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Become a Cosponsor of the COVID-19 Commission Act

April 15, 2020

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.  

COSPONSOR H.R. 6398: Get Urgently Needed Medical Equipment to Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19

April 15, 2020

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.

Close the Digital Divide! Urge Leadership to Include Funding to Achieve Nationwide Broadband Access in any Post-Coronavirus Recovery Package

April 15, 2020

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.

Join Bipartisan Defense Appropriations Letter: Support Funding to Address PFAS Contamination

April 15, 2020

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.

Eliminate Federal Emergency Cost Share

April 15, 2020

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.

SUPPORT ACCESS TO FOOD FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES DURING PANDEMIC

April 15, 2020

Widespread food insecurity has long been a reality for American families, and the outbreak of COVID-19 has further compounded their struggles. Even amidst federal guidance that Americans stay home as much as possible, there are still barriers preventing
these families from using their nutrition benefits while sheltering in place.

DEADLINE COB Today 4/15: Allow State-Legal Cannabis Businesses to Access Resources

April 15, 2020

We want to call your attention to a bipartisan letter regarding the Small Business Administration and the inability of the state-legal cannabis industry to access resources made available to every other sector of the American economy. 

Ensure FEMA is Preparing for Natural Disasters During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 15, 2020

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.