As you know, the recently passed and signed CARES Act will provide millions of Americans with direct economic assistance during this coronavirus crisis. These recovery rebates are one-time payments of $1,200 for most adults over the age of 18 and $500 for
children under the age of 17. While a good first step, this limited, short-term aid will likely be insufficient to help many families manage this outbreak. Which is why we must ensure that most of these funds are distributed to as many Americans as possible,
as quickly as possible.
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Please join us in requesting that Secretary Azar issue guaranteed purchase orders for medical supplies necessary to address coronavirus. As the number of coronavirus cases explodes across the country, states and localities are issuing desperate pleas for
supplies to fight the spread of the virus and reduce the death toll. On March 4, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a guaranteed order that committed to purchasing 500 million N95 respirators over the next 18 months for the Strategic
National Stockpile (SNS). As HHS has noted, this guaranteed order serves as an important signal to private industry that a buyer exists, which in turn incentivizes manufacturers to dramatically
ramp up production. Any supplies remaining after the crisis ends would replenish the SNS, making our nation more prepared for the next public health crisis.
In response to the rising anti-Asian sentiment perpetuated by misinformation and rhetoric, I introduced a resolution, Condemning All Forms of Anti-Asian Sentiment as Related to COVID-19, H.Res.908.
I am writing to inform you that I am developing the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020, to create the Pandemic Risk Reinsurance Program, a system of shared public and private compensation for business interruption losses resulting from future pandemics
or public health emergencies.
Please join me in sending a letter to Treasury and the SBA asking them to pull back guidance that bars companies from funding they need to save their business in an unprecedented time.
**Join the Bipartisan H.R. 6376 and Remove Financial Barriers for Returning Travelers During COVID-19**
I invite you to cosponsor the bipartisan
H.R.6376 and waive fees for travelers who require evacuation assistance from the U.S. Department of State because of COVID-19.
End Evacuation Fees for Americans Abroad – Cosponsor H.R. 5895, the Leave No Americans Behind Act of 2020
You are invited to cosponsor H.R. 5895, the Leave No Americans Behind Act of 2020, that would end the practice of the State Department charging Americans for evacuations from foreign countries. These fees have been charged to thousands of Americans who have
been evacuated from around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please join us in sending a letter to House leadership asking them to adopt language establishing COVID-19 as an occupational illness for federal workers at risk of contracting this virus due to their occupations.
American hospitals are facing a daunting challenge. In order to respond to the growing pandemic, they have spent millions of dollars on expanding capacity, investing in new equipment, stocked up on personal protective equipment, and increased staffing—all
without income from cancelled non-essential procedures.