I ask you to join me in supporting local media outlets who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Local newspapers, television, and radio stations nationwide have experienced a significant decline in revenue due
to the coronavirus. Considering that most of their revenue comes from sponsorships and advertising for local arts and community events, local media has taken a major hit because of the cancellation of advertising contracts. Many local news outlets are unsure
whether they will be able to keep their doors open, and many have already begun staff layoffs. Protecting local media is essential because these outlets are ideal for sharing local information within communities. Many of these outlets are playing a vital role
in providing important public health information and sharing additional resources such as how to access unemployment or which grocery stores are offering special hours for seniors. For these reasons, I invite you to join as an original cosponsor on the
Protect Local Media Act of 2020.
Thanks to your efforts, the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act has garnered bipartisan support, and today we have 115 co-sponsors. With this support, we are writing to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy urging them to include our Medical Supply
Chain Emergency Act in CARES 2.0.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is disproportionately affecting communities of color – including Latino, African American, and Asian American communities – who already face exacerbated risk factors for health inequities. This unprecedented public health
crisis underscores the health disparities and racial inequities that have existed in the U.S. health care system for many years. Most importantly, it points to the need to implement a comprehensive and strategic plan to improve the health and well-being of
communities of color through a health equity perspective, which the Health Equity Accountability Act (HEAA) puts forth.
Americans are facing a devastating global health crisis. Though we should be dedicating all our available resources to prevent and treat COVID-19, the Trump Administration’s
restrictions on fetal tissue research have stripped us of one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal and sidelined some of our most productive and promising scientists.
We invite you to cosponsor the Protecting Cures Act of 2020 (H.R. 6417) to remove these restrictions and protect all biomedical research moving forward.
As you may know, buried in the CARES Act was a provision that provides
a $170 billion tax break that would benefits real estate investors and hedge fund managers like the President and Jared Kushner. What’s worse is this provision applies to losses incurred not just in 2020, but in 2018 and 2019, well before the current pandemic.
While most Americans will get a one-time economic impact payment of $1,200, the individuals eligible for this tax break stand to gain an average tax break of $1.6 million.
As you know, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has expended all funds, and SBA has stopped accepting new borrower applications and approving new lenders for the program. Millions of lenders and borrowers have missed the opportunity to participate in
the first tranche of this high-demand program until PPP is replenished.
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.
The IRS’s distribution of stimulus checks to millions of people across the country will hopefully provide some financial relief to those who are experiencing financial hardship and struggling to make ends meets during the on-going coronavirus pandemic.
Please join Congressman John Garamendi (CA-03) and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) in supporting H.R. 4710, the bipartisan Pharmaceutical Independence Long Term Readiness Reform Act.
I invite you to sign on to a letter addressed to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to obtain access to benefits under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Access
to health coverage for DACA recipients and their U.S. citizen children is absolutely critical during this pandemic in order to ensure that they have access to COVID-19 testing and treatment, particularly for the 27,000 DACA recipients employed as healthcare
practitioners and supporting occupations on the front lines of responding to COVID-19.