From Sen. Bill Wielechowski <[email protected]>
Subject COVID-19 Relief & Vaccination Updates 12/23/2020
Date December 24, 2020 1:22 AM
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December 23, 2020

Bill Wielechowski
State Capitol, Rm 9
Juneau, AK 99801
[email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
1500 W Benson #315
Anchorage, AK 99503
Contact My Staff
Sonja Kawasaki
Chief of Staff
Office: 907-465-2435
[email protected]
Nate Graham
Legislative Aide
Office: 907-269-0120
[email protected]
Leighan Gonzales
Legislative Aide
Office: 907-269-0120
[email protected]
Contact Alaska's Federal Delegation
Senator Lisa Murkowski
Phone: 907-271-3735
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Senator Dan Sullivan
Phone: 907-271-5915
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Representative Don Young
Phone: 907-271-5950
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Contact the Governor
Governor Dunleavy's Anchorage office may be reached at 269-7450, or e-mail him
at [email protected] [[link removed]]
Visit the state website [[link removed]]

Dear Friends & Neighbors,
I want to wish you and your families a safe and Happy Holidays! With the winter
solstice behind us, our days are getting longer and 2020 is finally coming to an
end. Please take a moment to read through my latest newsletter for information
about how Congress's recent Covid-19 relief bill can help you and Alaska's vaccine
Covid-19 Relief Stimulus Package
Congress has passed a $900 billion dollar relief package, which includes a $600
stimulus check for each adult whose 2019 income is less than $75,000 as well as
$600 for each dependent child. The U.S. Treasury Secretary expects direct deposits
of the $600 Economic Impact Payment as soon as next week.
Congress also added additional Unemployment Insurance benefits of $300 through March
14, and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits for those who are self-employed,
or gig workers, have been extended by 11 weeks. The federal eviction moratorium
has been extended until January 31 and funding for rental assistance programs have
been boosted by $25 billion to help people stay in their homes during this economic
crisis. SNAP benefits were also increased by $13 billion for 6 months as well as
additional funding for Food Banks and Senior nutrition programs nationwide.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans have also seen a major boost, with $284
billion designated to cover a second round of the program to keep businesses afloat.
President Trump has threatened to veto this package and House and Senate Democrats
have agreed to increase the amount paid to $2,000. It is unclear if Senate Republicans
will support this.

Covid-19 Vaccination Updates
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two Covid-19 vaccines. Thousands
of medical professionals statewide have been able to receive their first doses of
the new Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. The vaccine supply will be very limited at first,
and it will gradually become available to more Alaskans over time. The State of
Alaska is using a phased approach to make the Covid-19 vaccine available. For more
information please click HERE [[link removed]].

As always please contact my office if you have any questions. I wish everyone a
Merry Christmas and a safe, happy New Year!

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Sen. Bill Wielechowski | State Capitol | 4th Avenue & Main Street | Juneau | AK | 99801
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