In response to calls from the President and others to provide federal assistance for cruise lines, we invite you to cosponsor the Cruise Reform and Uniform Industry Standards Evoke (CRUISE) Integrity Act to ensure that strong tax, labor, environmental, and
medical reforms accompany any aid to an industry rife with negligence and intentional oversights.
Specifically, my resolution:
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
Please join us as a cosponsor of H.R. 6592, the Coronavirus Relief for States Act, to provide critical resources to states to help them deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presently, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are over 2,732,000 across the world and over 869,000 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.
We invite you to join as a co-sponsor of the COVID-19 Frontline Worker Recognition Resolution recognizing our frontline workers’ contributions during the coronavirus pandemic. As veterans of the military and of the nation’s defense
and intelligence agencies, we recognize that our fight against COVID-19 is America’s latest war, and that these workers are serving on the frontlines. They are our infantry and our logistics, our first and last lines of defense, and this resolution serves
as a token of our appreciation for their heroic work.
Please join us in requesting that Congressional leadership include language protecting federal workers in future legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
As you may know, buried in the CARES Act was a provision that provides
a $170 billion tax break that would benefits real estate investors and hedge fund managers like the President and Jared Kushner. What’s worse is this provision applies to losses incurred not just in 2020, but in 2018 and 2019, well before the current pandemic.
While most Americans will get a one-time economic impact payment of $1,200, the individuals eligible for this tax break stand to gain an average tax break of $1.6 million.
We write today to get your support to include all our ports in the next COVID-19 relief package. While Congress has done good work to address many impacted industries, ports have so far been left out of those recent relief programs. Yet, they are still impacted
by this crisis and need critical resources to continue their work.
You are undoubtedly aware that COVID-19 has not spared the U.S. military, with more than 5,700 positive cases among servicemembers and their families, DoD civilians, and contractors; more than 250 hospitalized; and 25 deaths as of April 22, 2020. Given the
nature of military operations, especially on U.S. Navy ships, adherence to standard CDC guidelines on physical distancing, isolation, and treatment is difficult or impossible. The military must work with public health experts to set customized protocols to
address the specific circumstances of U.S. military operations, including operations and training on land, at sea, and in the air. Adherence to this specialized guidance would help to protect the health and safety of servicemembers and maintain military readiness.
It will also provide piece of mind to the families of servicemembers concerned that their loved ones are being exposed to unnecessary risk.