The burden of student loans has unquestionably taken a toll on millions of American families. As outstanding student loan debt in the U.S. continues to climb—in June of 2019, borrowers owed around $1.6 trillion—various proposals have been
introduced to offer free college, refinance student loans, or cancel student debt altogether. Protecting programs like PSLF and Federal Work-Study, along with increasing Pell Grant funding, would certainly reduce the amount of debt students accumulate,
but these actions alone will not fix the larger problem. Addressing the root of the student loan crisis must center on sharp transparency with borrowers and a loan disclosure that is simple, accessible, and easy to understand.
Please join me in asking HUD Secretary Carson, CDC Director Redfield, and HHS Secretary Azar what specific steps their agencies are taking to coordinate directly with state and local entities to ensure the proper care of America’s homeless population throughout
the COVID-19 pandemic. In these unprecedented times, it is critical that the most vulnerable Americans are not forgotten by the federal government and receive its direct support.
Please join me in asking the Administration to immediately suspend all tariffs placed on all imports of medical supplies and equipment, including personal protective equipment for the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Please join me in sending a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Azar urging him to fairly evaluate a National Coverage Determination (NCD) application for a novel blood-based test for colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause
of cancer death among men and women combined. In 2020, it is estimated that 147,950 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and approximately 53,000 will die from the disease.
As we continue to confront the COVID-19 crisis, we urgently need additional relief and stimulus measures to save lives and secure the health and economic security of our constituents. The depth of the crisis and the scope of the response mean that choices
being made right now will shape our society for years, if not decades to come. As we work to advance further spending packages to ensure immediate relief and long-term recovery, we need to consider the interrelated crises of income and wealth inequality, racism,
and ecological decline, which were in place long before COVID-19, and now risk being intensified. In this critical moment, we need to adequately respond to immediate needs and chart a path to a genuinely healthier and more equitable future through a just recovery.
Please join me in signing a letter to Secretary Mnuchin and Commissioner Retting asking Treasury and IRS to ensure parents with children born in 2020 are able to access advance direct payments included in the CARES Act for these children.
As you are aware, more than 140,000 people in the United States have tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus. This pandemic has led to the closure of many small businesses, which will have a disproportionate impact on immigrants.
The Congressional International Basic Education Caucus was founded to serve as a platform for Congress to respond quickly and effectively to events that endanger children’s right to learn, and we are writing to invite you to join a letter that encourages
the U.S. Agency for International Development to include education and distance learning opportunities in USAID’s multi-sector international COVID-19 response in order to address the critical needs of the 1.5 billion children and youth whose education has
been interrupted by this crisis.
Please join us in signing this bipartisan letter urging House leadership to pass a long-term funding reauthorization for essential health care programs that are set to expire this November.