I invite you to cosponsor the Domestic Violence Public Health Emergency Guidance Act. This important legislation would require the Attorney General to provide
guidance to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies as they address increases in incidents of domestic violence exacerbated by the COVID-19 public health emergency and stay-at-home orders.
I invite you to cosponsor the Court Access Amid the Pandemic Act, which would authorize video teleconferencing and telephone conferencing of judicial proceedings during the COVID-19 emergency period. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal courts across
the country have changed their daily operations to work remotely in order to protect the wellbeing of the Justices, court staff, and the public from being exposed to the virus. This bill promotes access to these proceedings during the pandemic while we are
advised to not meet in person.
Please join me in urging the Federal Reserve to join the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) as an active member.
We invite you to cosponsor H.R. 6496, The
Emergency Money for the People Act, to provide monthly emergency payments to Americans throughout the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.
Please join us in sending a letter to Secretary Pompeo urging the administration to take immediate action to exempt emergency global health funding appropriated by Congress for the COVID-19 response from the dangerous and inefficient global gag rule and
to provide a humanitarian exemption to allow UNFPA to compete for emergency supplemental funding.
Now, as never before, we have also come to understand that, while some areas of our nation are ill, no area of our nation can be well. That is why I have introduced the Insular Area Medicaid Parity Act, which will repeal the cap
on territories’ Medicaid. By repealing the cap, we will be doing more than just ensuring there are sufficient resources to face the COVID-19 crisis. We will be setting up the healthcare systems in the territories to respond to the next public health challenge,
whatever it may be.
The current public health crisis caused by the coronavirus makes it clear that Congressional staff members need digital options to complete their critical day-to-day functions. On April 6th, the
Speaker’s office announced that submitting legislative documents electronically will be permitted through April 19th. However, we should use the lessons we’ve learned while adapting our work to the pandemic
conditions to permanently modernize Congressional processes. We are calling on leadership to continue allowing electronic submissions for legislative documents after the pandemic is over.
Presently, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are over 3,017,000 across the world and over 979,000 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.
Our country is getting through one of the worst pandemics in our nation’s history – certainly worse than any other outbreak in our lifetimes.
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