LANSING, Mich., March 20, 2020 — State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) will be introducing a House Resolution urging the President and Congress to take further action to minimize the social and economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We need a nationwide moratorium on all payments immediately, including mortgages, rent, utilities, phone and internet. I’m deeply concerned with the lack of urgency displayed by the White House in taking this public health crisis seriously and addressing it in a timely manner,” said Hammoud. “Going forward, every action we take to make resources available will be vital in addressing the health of our communities, stabilizing our economy and protecting small businesses. The state of Michigan continues to work tirelessly to address this pandemic, and we need our partners in Washington to do the same.”

Hammoud’s resolution outlines several key specific action items available to the federal government in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, such as increasing accessibility of testing kits; placing a moratorium on mortgage, rent and utility payments while preventing utility service shutoffs and evictions; providing support and assistance to small businesses; and deploying the national guard to assist with sanitizing and medical efforts.