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.
Representatives Kennedy, Matsui, Tonko, and Katko along with Senators Warren, Markey, Murphy, and Stabenow invite you to join a letter to leadership requesting $38.5 billion for behavioral health providers in the next COVID-19 package. COVID-19 has had a
major impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing and has exacerbated and contributed to existing and new behavioral health conditions. Behavioral health providers are at risk of closing their doors during this pandemic. With an already sparse workforce,
now is not the time to further reduce it, which will only intensify the limited access to behavioral health services.
You are undoubtedly aware that COVID-19 has not spared the U.S. military, with more than 5,700 positive cases among servicemembers and their families, DoD civilians, and contractors; more than 250 hospitalized; and 25 deaths as of April 22, 2020. Given the
nature of military operations, especially on U.S. Navy ships, adherence to standard CDC guidelines on physical distancing, isolation, and treatment is difficult or impossible. The military must work with public health experts to set customized protocols to
address the specific circumstances of U.S. military operations, including operations and training on land, at sea, and in the air. Adherence to this specialized guidance would help to protect the health and safety of servicemembers and maintain military readiness.
It will also provide piece of mind to the families of servicemembers concerned that their loved ones are being exposed to unnecessary risk.
We invite you to join our letter urging the Department of the Treasury to ensure that Americans without internet access – including low-income individuals and those that live in rural areas – are able to receive their CARES Act Economic Impact Payments as
soon as possible
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.