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Original Cosponsor Request: The Farm System Reform Act

April 30, 2020

I invite you to cosponsor the Farm System Reform Act of 2020, a companion measure to S.3221 sponsored by Senator Cory Booker. It protects family farmers from anti-competitive practices and corporate consolidation by strengthening the Packers & Stockyards
Act. It places a moratorium on factory farms, commonly known as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). It ensures that livestock products that are labeled as a “Product of the USA” are not repackaged imports and are entirely raised in the United States.

Seeking Original Cosponsors for Bill to Support Families of Fallen Frontline Healthcare Workers

April 30, 2020

Congressman Vicente Gonzalez invites you to be an original cosponsor of the America’s Frontline Protection Act. The America’s Frontline Protection Act will give the families of frontline medical personnel, including but not limited to physicians, nurses,
technicians, aides, emergency and routine transportation personnel, custodial staff, and any staff exposed to medical waste, who die from COVID-19 access to benefits. Victims’ families would be eligible for cash benefits for both economic and non-economic
losses.

URGE DHS TO KEEP VAPE SHOPS OFF ESSENTIAL BUSINESS LIST DURING COVID-19!

April 30, 2020

Over the past several weeks we have seen reports of Vape shops defying state laws to close their businesses during this COVID-19 quarantine, and lobbying the Administration to be considered essential businesses under the Department of Homeland Security official
guidance.  Please join me in sending a letter to the DHS Acting Secretary requesting that vape shops not be included on the “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list, and that as we build plans to re-open our communities, vape shops not be
prioritized for opening ahead of other non-essential business establishments.

Cosponsor H.R. 5986, the Environmental Justice For All Act

April 30, 2020

Environmental policy should be based on justice and equity for all people, and we need new legislation to make that happen. Children of color continue to suffer from unusually high asthma rates. Major pollution sources – including chemical plants, fossil
fuel refineries, and waste incinerators – still disproportionately harm low income communities and are often located not far from a school or residential neighborhood.

CLOSING TOMORROW: Join Letter to USDA Regarding Cattle Markets and The Ongoing Investigation Into Meat-Packer Margins

April 30, 2020

Please join me in the attached letter to Sec. Perdue, asking USDA to swiftly release their findings from the ongoing investigation into meat-packer margins. This investigation began in August of last year and was recently expanded to encompass the more recent
CV-19 market concerns. The letter also raises many of the market-related concerns our office has been hearing from beef producers across the country in the wake of the CV-19 pandemic.

Support Mental Health Needs During COVID-19 Crisis

April 30, 2020

Please join me in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership requesting that Congress prioritize the mental health needs of young adults in upcoming legislation to respond to COVID-19.
The deadline to sign onto this letter is COB Friday, May 1.

Cosponsor the “Coronavirus Workers’ Compensation for TSA Employees Act”

April 30, 2020

On March 13, the President declared a nationwide emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic.  State-by-state, governors and local elected officials have shuttered non-essential businesses and asked residents to “flatten the curve” by staying at home, exercising
social distancing, and utilizing thorough cleaning methods to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Bipartisan Letter to Support Long-Term, Robust Community Health Center Funding

April 30, 2020

We welcome you to join our bipartisan letter urging leadership to prioritize both long-term reauthorization and additional infrastructure funding for community health centers (CHCs) in any forthcoming legislation.

Become a Cosponsor of the COVID-19 Commission Act

April 30, 2020

Presently, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are over 3,212,000 across the world and over 1,040,000 in the United States. While we do not yet know the full impact COVID-19 will have on the nation, already more Americans have been killed by the virus
than died in the September 11, 2001 attacks.  After those attacks, the 9/11 Commission was established to provide a full accounting of the circumstances surrounding the attacks and the Commission’s recommendations drove massive reforms to how we share intelligence
and organize the government to counter terrorist threats.  It is clear that we, as a nation, are at another inflection point.  Americans today will again demand a full accounting of our level of preparedness and response to this global public health emergency.  

Join Letter to the Administration on Impacts of COVID-19 on the Global LGBTQI Population

April 30, 2020

Evidence suggests the COVID-19 pandemic is having disproportionate impacts on marginalized populations around the globe. LGBTQI individuals around the world face unique challenges during this unprecedented time, particularly due to existing stigma, discrimination, harassment,
and higher rates of underlying health conditions that have been shown to exacerbate the mortality rate of COVID-19. I invite you to join me in sending a letter to Secretary Pompeo and USAID Acting Administrator Barsa outlining steps the Administration should
take to reaffirm our democratic and inclusive values in the treatment of LGBTQI people in global responses to the pandemic. Text of the letter below. To sign on, please contact Erica Riordan in my office at
Erica.Riordan@mail.house.gov. 

Support the First Step Toward Mental Health Equity: COSPONSOR H.R. 5469 – THE PURSUING EQUITY IN MENTAL HEALTH ACT OF 2019

April 30, 2020

I invite you to join me as a cosponsor of
H.R. 5469 – The Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act of 2019.

Expanding Eligibility of COVID-19 Recovery Rebates to All Mixed Status Joint Filers

April 30, 2020

Please join us as a cosponsor to H.R. 6485, the Recovery Rebates Improvement Act (RRIA), to ensure that mixed status households can be eligible for the same cash relief as overseas, mixed status military joint filers under Public Law 116-136 (CARES
Act).