Presently, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are over 1,498,000 across the world and over 432,000 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.
Please join us in calling on House Leadership to include the following funding priorities in the in the fourth coronavirus package. We must ensure that the programs our communities rely on to provide homeless services and prevent homelessness are sufficiently
funded as they respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
Please join me in sending letters to House leadership and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin calling for immediate aid to state and local governments to address surprise revenue shortfalls.
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.
I hope that your families are safe and well amidst the ongoing pandemic. On April 7th, I introduced the Small Cities and Towns Investment Act to provide small cities, towns, counties and townships with a new grant program that would allow them to invest
in community infrastructure and stimulate their economies following the COVID-19 pandemic. I encourage you to join me as a cosponsor of this bill.
As you may have seen, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is redirecting or seizing personal protective equipment (PPE), tests, and other essential medical supplies ordered by states, hospitals, and other health care providers as they respond
to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Reports in the New York Times
and the Los Angeles Times have highlighted how Colorado had secured a shipment of 500 ventilators and Massachusetts had placed a large order of PPE, both of which were ultimately “swept up by FEMA.” Health care providers in California, Florida,
Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Texas have described similar experiences.
Help States Avoid Operating Cost Gaps Cosponsor The State Operation Operations Stabilization (SOS) Act
As states and localities continue to grapple with the novel coronavirus, many have already begun to calculate the years’ worth of problems ahead due to their estimated lost tax revenue. Already they are estimating gaping holes in their budgets and facing
incredibly difficult decisions of what services to cut in their already hurting communities. Therefore, I will be introducing the
State Operations Stabilization (SOS) Act to help make states and localities whole during and after this crisis. The bill expands the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was recently enacted as part of the
CARES Act, to allow states and localities to utilize these funds to make up a deficit resulting from lost tax revenue due to disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. This would prevent state and local governments from being forced to cut critical social,
community, and educational services to make up shortfalls due to lost income during these difficult times.
Reports from the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak describe overflowing ICUs, severe shortages of equipment, and thousands of deaths, including of some healthcare workers. Healthcare workers are making enormous sacrifices every day to defeat this virus
and we must never forget their efforts. The horrific realities on the front lines also mean that we must ensure they have access to the mental health resources they need to endure the taxing months ahead and to recover in the outbreak’s aftermath.
I invite you to join Senator Coons and me in asking the Treasury Department to issue clear guidance to foreign banks regarding the legality of certain humanitarian transactions with Iran, such as trade in medical devices and personal protective equipment. We
also urge the State Department to pursue public diplomacy efforts to support and encourage non-governmental organizations who are working to combat COVID-19 in Iran.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have exceeded 1.5 million around the world and 430,000 in the United States. Unfortunately, the virus is continuing to spread rapidly through
our communities and is projected to soon overwhelm our health care system. Health care providers are being forced to reuse the personal protective equipment (PPE) intended to prevent the spread of disease, ventilator supplies are a fraction of what experts
are pleading for, and testing components are in such short supply that only critically ill individuals can receive the COVID-19 test. The American people and our heroic frontline health care providers are desperate for the resources they need to prevent, identify,
and treat COVID-19 cases in order to minimize loss of life.