Steube holds virtual town hall to address coronavirus issues

Reporter: Erika Jackson Writer: Jackie Winchester

A Southwest Florida congressman held a virtual town hall to give an update on issues we’re facing as we navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

Republican Rep. Greg Steube (FL-17) on Wednesday met with constituents through the virtual town hall with the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce.

Steube addressed the latest actions in Congress, the U.S. economy, and the status of the personal stimulus checks.

“If you get direct deposit for your tax return, you’re going to start seeing those payments either this week or next week for that $1,200,” he said.

Locally, Steube said he spoke with all area hospital CEOs and health departments about their needs, which have recently improved.

“A week or two ago, I was actually really concerned about the level of protective equipment and swabs and all of that, and now I feel very comfortable that the hospitals have and are getting the things that they need.”

He also addressed what everyone wants to know: when does he expect life to start returning to normal?

“Hopefully by the beginning to the middle of May, we can start lifting these stay-at-home orders and get people back to work,” he said.

Steube said his office has received many complaints about Florida’s unemployment website. He suggested taking those complaints to your state representative or senator since it’s a statewide issue.

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