Close the Digital Divide! Urge Leadership to Include Funding to Achieve Nationwide Broadband Access in any 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.
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.
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.
Presently, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are over 1,999,000 across the world and over 609,000 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.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have exceeded 2 million around the world and 610,000 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.
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We invite you to join us in a bipartisan effort to request funding and a directive in the next COVID-19 legislation to support the exercise of workers’ rights to organize and bargain collectively. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently took the
extraordinary step of suspending all union representation elections in response to the COVID-19 crisis. While they have since agreed to restart elections, this experience only underscores the need to have flexible processes at the ready to allow workers to
safely exercise their rights and to protect the NLRB employees who conduct these elections.
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.
Please join us in sending a bipartisan letter to House Leadership, asking them to ensure equitable per-capita distribution of funds to states in any future stimulus package.