Close the Digital Divide! Urge Leadership to Include Funding to Achieve Nationwide Broadband Access in a Post-Coronavirus Recovery Package
Please join me in calling on the Congressional Leadership to include in any post-coronavirus economic recovery or stimulus package the funding necessary to ensure that Americans have access to broadband from coast to coast. Not only has the spread of the
coronavirus within our nation’s communities has strained our healthcare systems beyond capacity, shuttered local businesses, and closed schools nationwide, turning the lives of everyday Americans upside down; it has also forced a historic reliance on the internet.
Yet, as of 2019, more than one in four rural residents still lack broadband access.
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and widespread stay-at-home orders, many older Americans have missed the 2020 deadline to enroll in Medicare. Those that did successfully enroll are not able to receive coverage until July 1st. This has left
many seniors, who are among the most vulnerable to serious coronavirus complications, at risk both financially and physically.
Please join us in sending a letter to House Leadership requesting that the next coronavirus response package include a data collection mechanism to ensure minority-owned businesses have access to vital loans and grants provided by
the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis that it has brought with it, it is critical that we ensure our relief efforts are benefitting all communities and leaving
no Americans behind.
CLOSING TODAY: Bicameral Letter to Ensure FEMA is Preparing for Natural Disasters During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Please join me and Senator Harris in sending a bicameral letter to FEMA Administrator Gaynor asking what specific steps the agency is taking to ensure that it is adequately prepared to respond to a natural disaster during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
As the federal agency responsible for emergency preparedness and response, it is imperative that FEMA’s natural disaster preparation and recovery plans address the unique challenges presented by this pandemic and be detailed and readily available to our states
before disaster strikes.
I am writing to invite you to become an original cosponsor of legislation I plan to introduce to alleviate the burden of student loan debt for frontline health care workers and help attract medical professionals in various specialties to lend their expertise
to the response to COVID-19. Medical professionals in hospitals and other health care settings are operating in extraordinarily difficult and dangerous circumstances to provide care for critically ill COVID-19 patients and protect our communities. New York
City has been hit particularly hard in the pandemic, and other regions are beginning to experience a similar surge in patients with COVID-19 symptoms, putting great stress on health care institutions and their employees. The least we can do to recognize their
service is to forgive their student loan debt so that they are not forced to worry about their financial wellbeing in addition to their health and the health of their families while they respond to a public health emergency.
Please join us in sending the attached letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense requesting additional funding to accelerate the cleanup of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, also known as PFAS, at military installations across the
country, and expand funding to address critical research and development needs.
Presently, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are over 2,078,000 across the world and over 639,000 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.
I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 4436, the “National Poverty Research Center Authorization Act”.
Cosponsor bill to direct the FBI to report data related to the increasing number of default proceeds during the COVID-19 pandemic
Please join me in cosponsoring a bill to direct the FBI to report the number of “default proceeds” during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The reporting of this information will enable Congress and the public to better understand how many prohibited
individuals may be gaining access to firearms during the current pandemic.