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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.

CHANGED DEADLINE (11:00PM tonight!) – Letter to Secretary Esper calling for the restoration of Captain Crozier’s command of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt

April 7, 2020

I hope you will join me in sending the letter below to Secretary Esper calling for the restoration of Captain Crozier’s command of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt.  As you may be aware, Captain Crozier was relieved of his command after he took extraordinary
efforts to ensure the safety of the sailors under his command after several sailors became ill with coronavirus.

CLOSING COB TODAY: Join the Bipartisan Call for the FCC to Help Students Gain Internet Access During Covid-19 Related Closures

April 7, 2020

Please join me in calling on the Congressional Leadership to include at least $2 Billion in funding for the FCC’s E-Rate Program in the fourth coronavirus package to ensure that all students have adequate home access to the internet should their schools
close in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Urge Private Lenders to Protect Student Loan Borrowers

April 7, 2020

Please join Rep. Dean and Rep. Wexton in sending the below letter to private student loan lenders requesting information on steps they are taking to protect borrowers during the COVID-19 epidemic.

CLOSING TOMORROW: Support Americans with Disabilities in COVID-19 Response

April 7, 2020

With the growing spread of COVID-19, it has become increasingly difficult for disabled Americans to receive the services they need, including education, medical care, and daily activities. Additionally, people with underlying health conditions or disabilities
are at higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.

Become a Cosponsor of the COVID-19 Commission Act

April 7, 2020

Presently, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are over 1,362,000 across the world and over 368,000 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.  

Coronavirus: Support pandemic preparation and response by cosponsoring the Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act

April 7, 2020

Sending Office: Honorable Kurt Schrader Sent By: Julia.Stafford@mail.house.gov         Request for Cosponsor(s) Coronavirus: Support pandemic preparation and response by cosponsoring the Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act Dear Colleague, As the world responds to the spread of COVID-19, we need to be better prepared for future zoonotic disease outbreaks. The bipartisan […]