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Please join us in urging Donald Trump to eliminate the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) non-Federal cost share required by the disaster declaration to help state, local, tribal and territorial governments fight this global pandemic. Increasing
the federal burden of FEMA public assistance provides much-needed relief in additional federal assistance for state, local, tribal and territorial governments. As our entire country faces the daunting challenge of defeating this global pandemic, the full capacity
of the federal government needs to be used so those on the front lines can focus on saving lives and protect our most vulnerable populations.
We invite you to become a cosponsor of
H.R. 4278 – The Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act of 2019
I invite you to join me as a cosponsor of
H.R. 5469 – The Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act of 2019.
Letter to HHS – CARES Act Emergency Funding Relief for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Providers
Representatives Matsui, Tonko, and Kennedy invite you to join a letter to HHS Secretary Azar and CMS Administrator Verma requesting that a portion of the remaining $70 billion in CARES Act emergency funding for provider relief be allocated to community-based
health care providers that comprise the public health safety net for mental health and addiction services. The letter urges HHS to utilize a methodology for future distributions that supports mental health and substance use disorder providers and organizations.
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.