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Debbie Dingell

From the office of:

Debbie Dingell

Sending Office: Honorable Debbie Dingell
Sent By:
Kevin.Rambosk@mail.house.gov

***FINAL DEADLINE: COB Wednesday, April 8, 2020***

Current signers: Debbie Dingell, Pramila Jayapal, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Barbara Lee, Mark Pocan,
Bobby L. Rush, Raúl M. Grijalva, Adriano Espaillat, Earl Blumenauer, Grace Napolitano,
Alan Lowenthal, Stephen F. Lynch, Deb Haaland, Nydia Velázquez, Rashida Tlaib,
Ro Khanna, Jamie Raskin, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Nanette Diaz Barragán,
Suzanne Bonamici, Betty McCollum, Ann Kirkpatrick, Veronica Escobar, James P. McGovern,
Joseph P. Kennedy, III, Darren Soto, Diana DeGette, William R. Keating,
Brendan F. Boyle, Jan Schakowsky, Andy Levin, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Wm. Lacy Clay, Peter Welch, Paul D. Tonko, Jesús G. “Chuy” García, David N. Cicilline, Tom Suozzi, Danny K. Davis, Yvette Clarke, Jared Huffman, Grace Meng,
Linda T. Sánchez, Katie Porter, Brenda L. Lawrence, Ted Lieu, Hank Johnson, Joaquin Castro, Steve Cohen, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Jimmy Gomez, André Carson, Bennie G. Thompson, Rosa L. DeLauro, Jerrold Nadler, Jimmy Panetta, Chellie Pingree, Tony Cárdenas, Joe
Neguse, John B. Larson, Adam Smith, Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Alma S. Adams, Ph.D., Carolyn Maloney, Mike Doyle, Karen Bass, Dwight Evans 

Dear Colleague:

As we continue to confront the COVID-19 crisis, we urgently need additional relief and stimulus measures to save lives and secure the health and economic security of our constituents. The depth of the crisis and the scope of the response mean that choices
being made right now will shape our society for years, if not decades to come. As we work to advance further spending packages to ensure immediate relief and long-term recovery, we need to consider the interrelated crises of income and wealth inequality, racism,
and ecological decline, which were in place long before COVID-19, and now risk being intensified. In this critical moment, we need to adequately respond to immediate needs and chart a path to a genuinely healthier and more equitable future through a just recovery.

We call for COVID-19 relief and stimulus packages to protect workers and communities by upholding the five principles outlined below.  

Over 300 organizations have endorsed these five principles, including unions and environmental, economic justice, Indigenous, youth, and immigrants’ rights groups.  The organizations endorsing these five principles include: BlueGreen Alliance, Center for
Popular Democracy, Climate Justice Alliance, Communications Workers of America, Indigenous Environmental Network, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, People’s Action, Service Employees International Union, Sierra Club, Sunrise
Movement, United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, and United We Dream. See here for the full list of organizational endorsers. 

The deadline to sign on is COB Wednesday, April 8, 2020. To sign on or if you have any questions, please reach out to Kevin Rambosk in Rep. Dingell’s office at Kevin.Rambosk@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Debbie Dingell
Member of Congress

Pramila Jayapal
Member of Congress

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Member of Congress

Barbara Lee
Member of Congress

Mark Pocan
Member of Congress

 

March XX, 2020

 

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi                                      The Honorable Kevin McCarthy

Speaker of the House                                                  Minority Leader

United States House of Representatives                     United States House of Representatives

H-232, U.S. Capitol                                                    H-204, U.S. Capitol

Washington, D.C. 20515                                            Washington, D.C. 20515

 

 

Dear Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy,

We appreciate your leadership to date as we work to protect the health and economic security of workers and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue to confront the crisis, we support additional bold and swift measures to save lives
and secure the well-being of our constituents. The depth of the crisis and the scope of the response mean that choices being made right now will shape our society for years, if not decades to come. As we work to advance further spending packages to ensure
immediate relief and long-term recovery, we need to consider the interrelated crises of income and wealth inequality, racism, and ecological decline, which were in place long before COVID-19, and now risk being intensified. In this critical moment, we need
to adequately respond to immediate needs and chart a path to a genuinely healthier and more equitable future through a just recovery.

We call for forthcoming COVID-19 relief and stimulus packages to contribute to a just recovery by upholding these five principles:

  1. Health is the top priority, for all people, with no exceptions.

We support the calls of community leaders, public health organizations, unions, and others for free and accessible testing, treatment, and protective equipment; expanded hospital capacity, including in rural areas, territories, and tribal lands; paid sick
leave and paid family medical leave for all workers without exception; expanded federal funding for Medicaid; and full funding for Indian Health Service, urban Indian health centers, and Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems. Critically, the government must
ensure such health protections cover all people, including low-wage workers, health care workers, independent contractors, family farmers, Black and Latinx communities, immigrants (including those who are undocumented), Indigenous peoples, people who are incarcerated,
people who are homeless or housing insecure, and others likely to be hit first and worst by COVID-19 and the economic downturn.

  1. Provide economic relief directly to the people.

We support the urgent calls to expand the social safety net by broadening unemployment insurance, vastly increasing food aid programs, extending housing assistance, expanding childcare for working families, relieving student debt, and halting evictions,
foreclosures, and shut offs of water and electricity. As with expanded public health measures, these economic measures must be implemented to ensure coverage of workers and communities likely to be hit first and worst by COVID-19 and the economic downturn
and be made accessible to all. In addition, to counteract the economic downturn, the federal government should immediately direct sizable cash payments to every person, regardless of citizenship status. Larger payments should be made to lower-income workers
and the poor, who are disproportionately exposed to both COVID-19 health risks and heightened job insecurity. These payments should be made swiftly and regularly throughout the duration of the economic recession.

  1. Rescue workers and communities, not corporate executives.

Any financial assistance directed at specific industries must be channeled to workers, not shareholders or corporate executives. Specifically, any federal loans must be used to maintain payroll and benefits, not executive bonuses, stock buybacks, or corporate
tax cuts. In addition, such funds should come with pro-worker conditions, such as requiring worker representation on the company’s board of directors, company-wide enactment of a $15/hour or higher minimum wage, and compliance with high-road labor standards
such as payment of prevailing wages, use of project-labor agreements, adoption of a neutrality policy with regard to union collective bargaining, and adoption of a “ban the box” hiring policy to ensure fair employment opportunities for all.

  1. Make a down payment on a regenerative economy, while preventing future crises.

While we urgently need a large, short-term stimulus to protect the health and economic security of those on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, we also need to plan for a large, medium-term stimulus to counteract the economic downturn and ensure a just
recovery. This stimulus should create millions of good, family-sustaining jobs with high-road labor standards; counter systemic inequities by directing investments to the working families, communities of color, and Indigenous communities who face the most
economic insecurity; and tackle the climate crisis that is compounding threats to our economy and health.

All three goals can be achieved simultaneously with public investments to rebuild our infrastructure, replace lead pipes, expand wind and solar power, build clean and affordable public transit, weatherize our buildings, build and repair public housing, manufacture
more clean energy goods, restore our wetlands and forests, expand public services that support climate resilience, and support regenerative agriculture led by family farmers. Critically, stimulus packages should include conditions for industries to implement
high-road labor standards, workforce development, and reductions in climate emissions and toxic pollution. The response to one existential crisis must not fuel another.

  1. Protect our democratic process while protecting each other.

People must not be forced to choose between exercising their rights as citizens and protecting public health. The federal government must support states, by providing funding and technical support wherever needed, to ensure that every American can vote safely
in primary and general elections. Specific life-saving and democracy-defending measures include expanding vote by mail, online or same-day voter registration, safety provisions for polling stations and workers, and voter education during these unprecedented
times. The 2020 Census must be fully supported and resourced to achieve an accurate and safe count under the new and evolving conditions. Congress, state capitals and city halls should not shut down until rules have been amended to ensure continuity of governance
in the case that in-person sessions are suspended.

Thank you again for your leadership during this unprecedented public health emergency and the growing economic uncertainty we face ahead. Adhering to these five principles as further relief and stimulus packages are crafted to address COVID-19 will be critical
for the long-term health of this nation. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Debbie Dingell

Member of Congress

 

Pramila Jayapal

Member of Congress

 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Member of Congress

 

Barbara Lee

Member of Congress

 

Mark Pocan

Member of Congress

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