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INCREASE ACCESS TO OUR COURTS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

April 29, 2020

I invite you to cosponsor the Court Access Amid the Pandemic Act, which would authorize video teleconferencing and telephone conferencing of judicial proceedings during the COVID-19 emergency period. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal courts across
the country have changed their daily operations to work remotely in order to protect the wellbeing of the Justices, court staff, and the public from being exposed to the virus. This bill promotes access to these proceedings during the pandemic while we are
advised to not meet in person.

Cosponsor the Domestic Violence Public Health Emergency Guidance Act

April 29, 2020

I invite you to cosponsor the Domestic Violence Public Health Emergency Guidance Act. This important legislation would require the Attorney General to provide guidance to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies as they address increases
in incidents of domestic violence exacerbated by the COVID-19 public health emergency and stay-at-home orders.

Urge HHS to Suspend Efforts to Strip Away LGBTQ+ Protections

April 29, 2020

Please join me in sending the below letter to Secretary Azar at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging him to suspend any efforts to strip protections away from the LGBTQ community and maintain the important safeguards provided by Section
1557 of the Affordable Care Act (also known as “the Health Care Rights Law”).

LAST CALL: Become an Original Cosponsor of Fair Housing Month Resolution

April 29, 2020

We
invite
you to join us in becoming an original cosponsor of a
resolution recognizing the month of April as Fair Housing Month. 

CLOSING AT COB: Letter to IRS on Rural Access to Stimulus

April 29, 2020

Please join me in sending a letter to IRS Commissioner Rettig and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin about the issues rural and low-income constituents face in accessing resources only available on IRS.gov. In my district, as is the case across the country, there
is poor to no broadband access in some areas. Tools such as the “Get My Payment” option on IRS.gov are only available online with no alternative for those without an internet connection. This means my rural constituents are unable to track their IRS economic
impact payments or update their banking and address information to ensure their stimulus payments reach them.

Be an Original Cosponsor of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

April 29, 2020

At a time when all families are struggling with the threat of COVID-19, various communities are also suffering from the rise in hate crimes. Just within a few weeks time, 1,600 cases of physical and online attacks against those of Asian descent were reported.
With COVID-19, we are fighting an additional pandemic as a result, and must address the rise in hate crimes with urgency.

Join Letter to the Administration on Impacts of COVID-19 on the Global LGBTQI Population

April 29, 2020

Evidence suggests the COVID-19 pandemic is having disproportionate impacts on marginalized populations around the globe. LGBTQI individuals around the world face unique challenges during this unprecedented time, particularly due to existing stigma, discrimination, harassment,
and higher rates of underlying health conditions that have been shown to exacerbate the mortality rate of COVID-19. I invite you to join me in sending a letter to Secretary Pompeo and USAID Acting Administrator Barsa outlining steps the Administration should
take to reaffirm our democratic and inclusive values in the treatment of LGBTQI people in global responses to the pandemic. Text of the letter below. To sign on, please contact Erica Riordan in my office at
Erica.Riordan@mail.house.gov. 

Protect Consumers From Predatory Debt Collectors – Cosponsor the SCAM Debt Act

April 29, 2020

Predatory debt collection affects communities and families across the country. Nearly

500,000 people filed complaints about debt collection fraud with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last year, and it was their top complaint in both 2015 and

2017. Consumers and their families face threats, harassment at home and the workplace, and abusive litigation from unscrupulous debt collectors.
We invite you to join us as a cosponsor of the Securing Consumers Against Misrepresented (SCAM) Debt Act to make sure people can protect themselves against coercion and unlawful litigation.

Co-Sponsor the UNITE Act: Let’s Build a Volunteer Response Corps to Combat COVID-19

April 29, 2020

As we work to bring America through COVID-19 crisis, it is essential that we begin a widespread effort to conduct contact tracing of infections, ensure the flow of medical supplies, and perform other vital response efforts. America already has a set of dedicated,
service-minded volunteers ready to mobilize toward this goal, and this legislation will strengthen our ability to deploy them to help America combat the coronavirus pandemic.