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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.

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.

Coronavirus: Support pandemic preparation and response by cosponsoring the Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act

April 15, 2020

Sending Office: Honorable Kurt Schrader Sent By: Julia.Stafford@mail.house.gov         Request for Cosponsor(s) Coronavirus: Support pandemic preparation and response by cosponsoring the Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act Dear Colleague, As the world responds to the spread of COVID-19, we need to be better prepared for future zoonotic disease outbreaks. The bipartisan […]

Deadline COB 4/15: Protect Stimulus Payments from Private Debt Garnishment

April 15, 2020

Yesterday,
The American Prospect reported that the Treasury Department has been advising financial institutions that there is nothing in the CARES Act that would prohibit them from using stimulus checks to pay off existing debts and fees their customers owe them.
 Please join me in urging Treasury and IRS to issue guidance to prohibit financial institutions and other private debtors from garnishing Economic Impact Payments (stimulus checks), ensuring that taxpayers receive their cash payments as Congress intended.
The full text of the letter is below for your consideration.
To sign the letter, please complete
this form by COB today, April 15th. For more information, please contact Caitlin Kovalkoski at
Caitlin.Kovalkoski@mail.house.gov.

CLOSING TODAY: Urge DOD and FEMA to Utilize DOD Manufacturing Capabilities to Produce PPE!

April 15, 2020

In these unprecedented times, it is important that we pursue a whole-of-government response to the global pandemic we are facing. While we’ve been heartened by the stories of private industry stepping up to help address needs across the country, healthcare
providers are still facing shortages of PPE and necessary health equipment. That’s why we are requesting that you join our letter urging the Department of Defense and FEMA to work together to leverage existing DOD manufacturing capabilities to help combat
coronavirus.