Presently, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are over 2,826,000 across the world and over 905,000 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.
Please join us in a letter to House leadership urging them to lift the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) 500 employee cap for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the next COVID-19 legislative package. As you know, FQHCs are a critical resource
for vulnerable populations, serving the uninsured, the underserved, or those enrolled in Medicaid. Their ability to provide health services to all people, regardless of their ability to pay, is crucial to the success of our ongoing efforts to combat the COVID-19
epidemic. FQHCs will also serve a larger role as people who have lost their employer-provided insurance will seek out their services.
Our frontline health care workers have valiantly and selflessly taken up the call in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the virulence of COVID-19 and a dire shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), we now face a grave health care worker
shortage in many areas across the country. Simply put, the number of COVID-19 cases is not only overwhelming our medical supply chain but is also overwhelming our already overtaxed health care workforce.
Please join us in supporting the bipartisan Courtney Wild Crime Victims’ Rights Reform Act of 2019, which will update the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) to improve the justice system’s interactions with victims before, during, and after criminal
Representatives Kennedy, Matsui, Tonko, and Katko along with Senators Warren, Markey, and Murphy invite you to join a letter to leadership requesting $38.5 billion for behavioral health providers in the next COVID-19 package. COVID-19 has had a major impact
on people’s mental health and wellbeing and has exacerbated and contributed to existing and new behavioral health conditions. Behavioral health providers are at risk of closing their doors during this pandemic. With an already sparse workforce, now is not
the time to further reduce it, which will only intensify the limited access to behavioral health services.
Please join me in cosponsoring The Business Interruption Insurance Coverage Act of 2020. This legislation will make available insurance coverage for business interruption losses due to viral pandemics, forced closures of businesses, mandatory evacuations,
and public safety power shut-offs.
I invite you to cosponsor the Domestic Violence Public Health Emergency Guidance Act. This important legislation would require the Attorney General to provide guidance to assist
state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies as they address increases in incidents of domestic violence exacerbated by the COVID-19 public health emergency and stay-at-home orders.
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H.R. 1295 – Expanding Penalty Free Withdrawal Act of 2019, which would prevent those who are long-term unemployed from having to pay excessive fees for tapping into their retirement accounts.
Please join me in sending a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy requesting the next relief bill establish “Family Care” for essential workers and vulnerable family caregivers. The COVID-19 pandemic has put our public health
and collective wellbeing at risk in newly urgent ways. As schools, child care programs, and community centers for seniors and people with disabilities are closed – and as hospitals and makeshift care centers exceed capacity – the need for care at home has
increased with the need to reduce potential exposure to coronavirus. Now more than ever, caregivers are under extra pressure to work and care for families at home.