I have introduced the Hmong and Lao Refugee Deportation Prohibition Act of 2020
(H.R. 6034) to stop the Trump administration from deporting individuals with Final Orders for Removal to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao P.D.R) for 72 months and have their immigration cases reassessed. The Trump administration is
currently negotiating with the Lao P.D.R on a repatriation agreement that would affect more than 4,700 individuals nationwide. The Lao P.D.R. is a communist state that does not currently have an official deportation agreement with the U.S. or extradition treaty.
Since 1975, nearly 200,000 refugees from the Lao P.D.R, including persons of Hmong, Lao, Khmu, and Mien or Yao descent, have been resettled in the U.S. Most fought or assisted U.S. forces during the Vietnam War at great personal cost, including the loss of
their homeland. It is a betrayal of trust and honor for the U.S. to deport the Hmong and Lao veterans and/or their family members who aided U.S. forces and CIA in the war in Indochina.
This letter is to inform you about the newly created bipartisan Congressional Coronavirus Task Force and to invite you to join us on this task force. This task force will marshal the collective experience and expertise of Members of Congress
and Congressional Committees to produce an action plan and provide input into health policy and legislative efforts, be a vehicle for receiving and disseminating information on a regular basis to the entire Congress and the general public, to advocate for
needed resources, and to work with the Administration to act promptly on all matters related to combatting the coronavirus.
Please join me in asking House leadership to consider fully funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in any future coronavirus package.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have exceeded 400,000 across the world and 50,000 in the United States. Unfortunately, the virus is continuing to spread rapidly through
our communities and is projected to soon overwhelm our health care system. Health care providers are being forced to reuse the personal protective equipment (PPE) intended to prevent the spread of disease, ventilator supplies are a fraction of what experts
are pleading for, and testing components are in such short supply that only critically ill individuals can receive the COVID-19 test. The American people and our heroic frontline health care providers are desperate for the resources they need to prevent, identify,
and treat COVID-19 cases in order to minimize loss of life.
I invite you to cosponsor
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 Senator Menendez and me in honoring the accomplishments and legacy of César Estrada Chávez by signing on to a resolution that will be introduced in the House and Senate.
Please join us in signing this bipartisan letter urging House leadership to pass a long-term funding reauthorization for essential health care programs that are set to expire this November.
As we grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, it is critical that the American people have access to health services, including COVID-19 testing. We should explore every option to expand access including by making health insurance more widely available through
Medicaid waivers. Join me in asking CMS to issue guidance to states on these waivers.
I invite you to cosponsor
H.R. 1294, the Employee Profit-Sharing Encouragement Act of 2019, which would incentivize large companies to implement an employee profit-sharing plan.
The Congressional International Basic Education Caucus was founded to serve as a platform for Congress to respond quickly and effectively to events that endanger children’s right to learn, and we are writing to invite you to join a letter that encourages
the U.S. Agency for International Development to include education and distance learning opportunities in USAID’s multi-sector international COVID-19 response in order to address the critical needs of the 1.5 billion children and youth whose education has
been interrupted by this crisis.