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Support Increased Transparency & Efficiency in Student Loans

March 31, 2020

The burden of student loans has unquestionably taken a toll on millions of American families. As outstanding student loan debt in the U.S. continues to climb—in June of 2019, borrowers owed around $1.6 trillion—various proposals have been
introduced to offer free college, refinance student loans, or cancel student debt altogether. Protecting programs like PSLF and Federal Work-Study, along with increasing Pell Grant funding, would certainly reduce the amount of debt students accumulate,
but these actions alone will not fix the larger problem. Addressing the root of the student loan crisis must center on sharp transparency with borrowers and a loan disclosure that is simple, accessible, and easy to understand.  

Provide Long-Term Capital to Startups Amid COVID-19 Fallout – Co-Sponsor The New Business Preservation Act

March 31, 2020

The Great Recession did severe and lasting damage to American entrepreneurship. U.S. firms were failing at a faster rate than they were being born and the startup rate would sit at record lows for three years.  The economic fallout of COVID-19 threatens
the American economy with a similar depressed environment for entrepreneurs backed by venture capital.  In considering responses to this crisis, Congress must be mindful of the lingering effects of the last one.

Protect America’s Homeless During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 31, 2020

Please join me in asking HUD Secretary Carson, CDC Director Redfield, and HHS Secretary Azar what specific steps their agencies are taking to coordinate directly with state and local entities to ensure the proper care of America’s homeless population throughout
the COVID-19 pandemic. In these unprecedented times, it is critical that the most vulnerable Americans are not forgotten by the federal government and receive its direct support.

Cosponsor H.Res.913: Bipartisan Resolution Expressing Support of Frontline Workers in the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 31, 2020

 I ask that you join me in recognizing the
essential services that frontline employees are providing to our country in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by cosponsoring this resolution.

COSPONSOR H.R. 6398: Get Urgently Needed Medical Equipment to Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19

March 31, 2020

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.

Cosponsor H.R. 1295 – Expanding Penalty Free Withdrawal Act of 2019

March 31, 2020

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.

DEADLINE TODAY- Resolution Honoring the Legacy of Cesar E. Chavez

March 31, 2020

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.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Support Long-Term Funding for Essential Health Care Programs

March 31, 2020

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.

Protect America’s Homeless During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 31, 2020

Please join me in asking HUD Secretary Carson, CDC Director Redfield, and HHS Secretary Azar what specific steps their agencies are taking to coordinate directly with state and local entities to ensure the proper care of America’s homeless population throughout
the COVID-19 pandemic. In these unprecedented times, it is critical that the most vulnerable Americans are not forgotten by the federal government and receive its direct support.

PROTECT VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE AND STALKING

March 31, 2020

We urge you to become a cosponsor of the Safe at Home Act (H.R. 4705) to help protect victims of sexual violence and stalking by strengthening Address Confidentiality Programs (ACP).