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CLOSING AT NOON: Stop Delay in Hospital Funding

April 7, 2020

American hospitals are facing a daunting challenge. In order to respond to the growing pandemic, they have spent millions of dollars on expanding capacity, investing in new equipment, stocked up on personal protective equipment, and increased staffing—all
without income from cancelled non-essential procedures.  

Sign-on letter: Support TRICARE beneficiaries during Covid-19 Crisis

April 7, 2020

We invite you to join us in sending a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy supporting provisions to help military retirees and families in future coronavirus relief legislation. TRICARE beneficiaries pay a copay for mail order prescription drugs,
but can access the same drugs without a copay if they visit a Military Treatment Facility. By temporarily eliminating the copay, TRICARE beneficiaries can practice social distancing at no extra cost.

CLOSING TOMORROW: Support Water Affordability Assistance in Future COVID-19 Relief Packages

April 7, 2020

Please join us in sending this letter to House leadership advocating for assistance to address the issue of water affordability in any future relief package.

Co-Sponsor H.R. 6210, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

April 7, 2020

We are writing to invite you to cosponsor the
Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (H.R. 6210) bipartisan legislation to ensure that goods made with forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China do not enter the United States market.

Closing Tomorrow: Reduce COVID Supply Shortages with Guaranteed Orders

April 7, 2020

Please join us in requesting that Secretary Azar issue guaranteed purchase orders for medical supplies necessary to address coronavirus. As the number of coronavirus cases explodes across the country, states and localities are issuing desperate pleas for
supplies to fight the spread of the virus and reduce the death toll. On March 4, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a guaranteed order that committed to purchasing 500 million N95 respirators over the next 18 months for the Strategic
National Stockpile (SNS).[1] As HHS has noted, this guaranteed order serves as an important signal to private industry that a buyer exists, which in turn incentivizes manufacturers to dramatically ramp
up production. Any supplies remaining after the crisis ends would replenish the SNS, making our nation more prepared for the next public health crisis.

Support Servicemembers on the Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 7, 2020

Please join me in ensuring that the uniformed servicemembers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are eligible for Hazard Duty Incentive Pay, and cosponsor

H.R. 6439, the Pandemic Hazard Pay Expansion Act.
Under current law, additional pay of up to $250 ($450 for combat duty) per month is authorized for servicemembers whose duties involve inherent danger, including service in designated combat zones; flight duty; diving duty; and work with hazardous pesticides,
viruses, or bacteria. Yet the uniformed medical professionals on the frontlines of state and federal COVID-19 response efforts, including those in the Public Health Service, are not eligible. H.R. 6439 would change this by amending

37 USC 351 to expand hazard pay to servicemembers whose duties involve frequent exposure to a cause of a declared public health emergency.
As this global health crisis continues to escalate, it is important that we fully appreciate the unique threat it poses to medical professionals fighting to end it, including our men and women in uniform. In fact, as of April 6th, nearly 1,500 servicemembers
were confirmed to be infected—a number that is certain grow as the military expands its involvement in response efforts.
So far over
17,000 veterans have responded to the Army’s call for medical volunteers to return to active duty. Governors in all 50 states, in addition to Puerto Rico, Guam, and the District of Columbia have mobilized over 10,000 members of the National Guard to aid
response efforts in their states. Last week, field hospitals in New York and Los Angeles announced that they will now

care for COVID-19 patients. And on military installations across the country, military medical professionals are providing care to the infected within their own ranks.
These brave men and women who have answered the call of duty in our time of need deserve to be recognized for their heroism. Granting them hazard pay would be an important step in the right direction.
If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor this bill, please reach out to David Ogle (david.ogle@mail.house.gov) on my staff. Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,
Joe Cunningham
Member of Congress

Save Local Media Outlets Nationwide: Cosponsor Protect Local Media Act of 2020

April 7, 2020

I ask you to join me in supporting local media outlets who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Support Servicemembers Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 7, 2020

Please join me in ensuring that the uniformed servicemembers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are eligible for Hazard Duty Incentive Pay, and cosponsor H.R.
6439, the Pandemic Hazard Pay Expansion Act.
Under current law, additional pay of up to $250 ($450 for combat duty) per month is authorized for servicemembers whose duties involve inherent danger, including service in designated combat zones; flight duty; diving duty; and work with hazardous pesticides,
viruses, or bacteria. Yet the uniformed medical professionals on the front lines of state and federal COVID-19 response efforts, including those in the Public Health Service, are not eligible. H.R. 6439 would change this by amending 37
USC 351 to expand hazard pay to servicemembers whose duties involve frequent exposure to a cause of a declared public health emergency.
As this global health crisis continues to escalate, it is important that we fully appreciate the unique threat it poses to medical professionals fighting to end it, including our men and women in uniform. In fact, as of April 6th, nearly 1,500 servicemembers
were confirmed to be infected—a number that is certain grow as the military expands its involvement in response efforts.
So far over 17,000 veterans have responded to the Army’s call for medical volunteers to return to active duty. Governors in all
50 states, in addition to Puerto Rico, Guam, and the District of Columbia have mobilized over 10,000 members of the National Guard to aid response efforts in their states. Last week, field hospitals in New York and Los Angeles announced that they will now care
for COVID-19 patients. And on military installations across the country, military medical professionals are providing care to the infected within their own ranks.
These brave men and women who have answered the call of duty in our time of need deserve to be recognized for their heroism. Granting them hazard pay would be an important step in the right direction.
If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor this bill, please reach out to David Ogle (david.ogle@mail.house.gov) on my staff. Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,
Joe Cunningham
Member of Congress

SIGN ON: Urging U.S. Leadership Promoting International Cooperation on COVID-19 Pandemic Response

April 7, 2020

I invite you to join me in sending a letter to Vice President Pence requesting information on the Administration’s efforts to prioritize sharing information and best practices with other countries that have also been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.