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.
Presently, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are over 2,261,000 across the world and over 706,000 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.
These unprecedented times have hit small businesses especially hard. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was designed as a lifeline to protect these pillars of our communities. The PPP was rolled out swiftly and has already helped nearly 1.6 million firms
nationwide. However, incredible demand has seen the initial $350 billion investment run dry. We are hopeful that an agreement can be reached very soon on the next tranche of funding, but we would like to see a plan to address any future shortfalls after that
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The IRS’s distribution of stimulus checks to millions of people across the country will hopefully provide some financial relief to those who are experiencing financial hardship and struggling to make ends meets during the on-going coronavirus pandemic.
I invite you to sign on to a letter addressed to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to obtain access to benefits under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Access
to health coverage for DACA recipients and their U.S. citizen children is absolutely critical during this pandemic in order to ensure that they have access to COVID-19 testing and treatment, particularly for the 27,000 DACA recipients employed as healthcare
practitioners and supporting occupations on the front lines of responding to COVID-19.
Please join us in a letter to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urging him to include first responders (including law enforcement, firefighters, and EMTs) with COVID-19 symptoms into their first prioritization category
for COVID-19 testing. On March 24, 2020, the CDC updated their interim guidance “Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” to reflect three priority
categories for testing, and we believe it is imperative first responders be prioritized first along with symptomatic health care workers and hospitalized patients.
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and widespread stay-at-home orders, many older Americans have missed the 2020 deadline to enroll in Medicare. Those that did successfully enroll are not able to receive coverage until July 1st. This has left
many seniors, who are among the most vulnerable to serious coronavirus complications, at risk both financially and physically.
CLOSING TODAY: Bicameral Letter to Ensure FEMA is Preparing for Natural Disasters During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Please join me and Senator Harris in sending a bicameral letter to FEMA Administrator Gaynor asking what specific steps the agency is taking to ensure that it is adequately prepared to respond to a natural disaster during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
As the federal agency responsible for emergency preparedness and response, it is imperative that FEMA’s natural disaster preparation and recovery plans address the unique challenges presented by this pandemic and be detailed and readily available to our states
before disaster strikes.
Thanks to your efforts, the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act has garnered bipartisan support, and today we have 115 co-sponsors. With this support, we are writing to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy urging them to include our Medical Supply
Chain Emergency Act in CARES 2.0.