Bonnie Watson Coleman

From the office of:

Bonnie Watson Coleman

Sending Office: Honorable Bonnie Watson Coleman
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Become an Original Cosponsor of the Essential Pay for Essential Workers Act




Dear Colleague,

I invite you to become an original cosponsor of the Essential Pay for Essential Workers Act.

As most of us continue to follow the stay-at-home orders, there are still millions of Americans who are putting their lives on the line to continue the essential services that keep this country going. They include our doctors, nurses and first responders,
but they also include our postal workers, grocery cashiers, truck drivers, sanitation workers, and so many more. These men and women put themselves at risk with every shift, as they are more likely to come into contact with the virus. Along with our continuous
thanks, we need to provide back to those who are giving so much.

The Essential Pay for Essential Workers Act will require employers to provide a minimum of $15 an hour in so-called “hazard pay” to workers during the coronavirus outbreak. The bill uses the third version of the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s
(CISA) Guidelines on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers classification of essential workers, encompassing sixteen separate infrastructure areas including:


  • Healthcare
  • Law enforcement
  • Food and agriculture
  • Energy
  • Water and wastewater
  • Transportation
  • Public works
  • Communication and information technology
  • Critical manufacturing
  • Hazardous materials
  • Shelter facilities and services
  • Hygiene products


The only group excluded from this pay that are part of CISA’s classification are workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges. Overall, this legislation will do the
right thing and fairly compensate those who are risking contracting the virus for the sake of our daily lives and safety.

For more information on the legislation or if you would like to be an original cosponsor, please contact Brad Korten ( | (202) 809-7530) in Rep. Watson Coleman’s office.






BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN                                              
Member of Congress    

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