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[EXTENDED DEADLINE to THURS 12pm] Letter on PPE and ventilators: Demand the President share a national assessment and strategy to fill medical supply shortage

March 26, 2020

Please join me in asking the Administration to conduct and share publicly a national assessment and strategy that clarifies our critical medical supply needs, like personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators, and guides their production and allocation
in this pandemic crisis.

End Evacuation Fees for Americans Abroad – Cosponsor H.R. 5895, the Leave No Americans Behind Act of 2020

March 26, 2020

You are invited to cosponsor H.R. 5895, the Leave No Americans Behind Act of 2020, that would end the practice of the State Department charging Americans for evacuations from foreign countries. These fees have been charged to thousands of Americans who have
been evacuated from around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Support Life Saving Bone Marrow and Cord Blood Therapies Cosponsor the TRANSPLANT Act of 2019

March 26, 2020

We invite you to cosponsor bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the CW Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program (Program) and the National Cord Blood Inventory program (NCBI). These programs save lives by connecting patients with otherwise fatal blood cancers
or blood disorders to unrelated donors across the world. Authorization for the Program and NCBI expires at the end of Fiscal Year 2020. The
Timely ReAuthorization of Necessary Stem-cell Programs Lends Access to Needed Therapies Act of 2019 (TRANSPLANT Act) would allow for continued operation and funding through 2025 without interruption.

Cosponsor H.R. 6370, the Disaster Protection for Workers’ Credit Act

March 26, 2020

This week, I introduced H.R. 6370, the
Disaster Protection for Workers’ Credit Act which is designed to ensure that individuals’ credit scores are not negatively impacted as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. For those who rely on steady paychecks to make rent, utility, credit card or
mortgage payments, the months ahead will be difficult, and there will be missed payments. And that means lower credit scores. Lower credit scores will result in higher interest rates and reduced opportunities for homeownership. This legislation is a House
companion to a bill by the same name that was introduced in the Senate last week by
Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

[Deadline TODAY 12PM]: Letter on PPE and ventilators: Demand the President share a national assessment and strategy to fill medical supply shortage

March 26, 2020

Please join me in asking the Administration to conduct and share publicly a national assessment and strategy that clarifies our critical medical supply needs, like personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators, and guides their production and allocation
in this pandemic crisis.

Urge OMB to Provide Mandatory Administrative Relief to Research Grant Recipients During Coronavirus Outbreak Deadline: COB Thursday 3/26

March 26, 2020

Last week, OMB issued Memorandum M-20-17 “Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Due to Loss of Operations”. The Memo permits short-term relief for
administrative, financial management, and audit requirements for federal agency grant recipients impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. While, this was a positive step, the memorandum does not mandate agencies implement these policy changes.

Emergency Money For the People

March 26, 2020

We invite you to join us as an original cosponsor of the Emergency Money for the People Act to get emergency money to Americans hit hardest by COVID-19’s economic impacts. 

COSPONSOR: Get Urgently Needed Medical Equipment to Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19

March 26, 2020

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have exceeded 400,000 across the world and 50,000 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.

CLOSING TODAY: Letter to SecDef on Protecting the Defense Industrial Base

March 26, 2020

Re: Mitigating Impacts of COVID-19 on the Defense Industrial Base
Dear Secretary Esper,
We greatly appreciate the actions you and your colleagues in the Department have taken both to combat the spread and effects of COVID-19 as well as provide guidance for protecting the Defense Industrial Base.  As Congress acts to bring relief to individual
Americans and many of the industries hardest hit, we encourage you to continue taking additional action within your existing authority to mitigate damage to the only sector charged with protecting our national security.  There is much you can do to avoid both
short term and long term damage to the defense industrial base—an industry comprised of approximately 300,000 companies, the majority of which are small businesses.
First, we appreciate the memorandum Under Secretary Lord released on  March 20, 2020, and thank all of you for getting this guidance out expeditiously.  The designation of the Defense Industrial Base as Essential Critical Infrastructure will ensure vital parts,
equipment, and services continue to flow to our warfighters even in the midst of the disruption caused by COVID-19.  This, of course, comes with the understanding that the defense industry will do everything recommended by the CDC and federal and state governments
to ensure the safety of our workforce and their families as we cope with the spread of this virus.  As these measures continue, we encourage you to work closely with state and local authorities to ensure these workers maintain access to their facilities, installations,
and work areas even as measures are taken to limit movement around the nation.  It is particularly important for the small business in the supply chain to avoid ruinous work stoppages.
We were pleased to learn the Department has taken action to increase progress payment rates, and appreciate your acknowledgement of how vulnerable the defense-industrial base is to adversarial capital during this crisis.  As Ms. Herrington’s memo states, it
is imperative that we “ensure companies stay in business without losing their technology.”  We applaud these efforts and proactive measures.  
We were also pleased with the guidance from the Office of Management and Budget released on March 20, 2020 regarding the management of federal contract performance.  In accordance with this guidance, we ask you to direct your contracting authorities to exercise
both their judgment and what authorities they currently have to excuse delays, entitle vendors to an equitable adjustment of the contract price, and still make payments in a timely manner when vendors run into challenges to their contract fulfillment presented
by COVID-19 and mitigation efforts by the federal, state, and local governments.  These extraordinary circumstances have the potential to cripple our supply chain, which relies so heavily on specialized small businesses for parts and services.  Allowing thousands
of companies to shutter their doors and close down lines during this economic hardship will have devastating long-term implications for our entire national security enterprise.
Oversight will remain tremendously important throughout this disruptive pandemic, and we encourage you and your colleagues to maintain strict oversight of where these dollars are going.  For our part, we will do the same, and ask the Department to provide an
overview on how they plan to achieve this.  As we move forward, oversight and accountability will remain very important.
Finally, we ask that you work closely with the Congressional Defense Committees to inform us of any gaps in your authority needed to adequately protect and preserve our defense industrial base.  To this end, we request you provide recurring weekly updates on
the impact to the defense industrial base.  Included in this briefing should be a detailed list of companies with any impacts to their operations as well as the resulting impact to weapon system availability and readiness.  Congress is moving forward quickly
to provide the American people and companies relief from the second and third order effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We urge you to let us know immediately if there is anything we as lawmakers can to do support the Department of Defense and the thousands
of individuals, small business, and companies which make up the industrial base that supports it.
We thank you for your time and attention to these matters, and stand ready to assist however we are able.  We intend to work closely with you on this and look forward to your reply.   
Sincerely, 

MAKE COSMETICS AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS SAFER: COSPONSOR the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act (H.R. 4296)

March 26, 2020

Please join me as a cosponsor of the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019 (H.R. 4296). This bill protects consumers, workers, and the environment; it is the only bill of its scope that includes environmental justice provisions.