The Coronavirus pandemic currently challenging our nation is a public health crisis that will undoubtedly have the greatest effect on poor and working-class community members. We must ensure our nation’s collective well-being by taking
major action to protect the health and economic security of the most vulnerable, including the millions of Americans currently at risk of housing instability and homelessness.
As Congress continues to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, I hope you will join me to call on leadership to include provisions to help homeless youth in the next COVID-19 package.
We will be introducing a bicameral bill that will prevent cuts in the federal matching rate for states’ Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – cuts that are scheduled for October 1, 2020. We are seeking original cosponsors on that bill
and are simultaneously seeking co-signers on a letter to leadership urging action to save CHIP in the next COVID-19 package/stimulus. The text of the letter is below.
PROTECT OUR YOUTH FROM COVID-19 COMPLICATIONS – URGE DHS TO KEEP VAPE SHOPS OFF ESSENTIAL BUSINESS LIST DURING THIS PANDEMIC
Over the past several weeks we have seen reports of Vape shops defying state laws to close their businesses during this COVID-19 quarantine, and lobbying the Administration to be considered essential businesses under the Department of Homeland Security official
guidance. Please join me in sending a letter to the DHS Acting Secretary requesting that vape shops not be included on the “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list, and that as we build plans to re-open our communities, vape shops not be
prioritized for opening ahead of other non-essential business establishments.
Child Poverty is Rapidly Climbing – Urge Leadership to Include an Expanded and Improved Child Tax Credit in the Next Package
As talks are underway for the fourth coronavirus emergency package, we invite you to join a letter to Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy, Majority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Schumer urging them to include expansions and improvements to the
Child Tax Credit.
With more than 95% of Americans under stay-at-home instructions in the COVID-19 pandemic, most schools and families have turned to on-line technology to continue children’s education and also to maintain broader social and family connections. But, as computers
assume an ever more central role in work, play, school and social life, parents are eager to help their children find the right balance between screen time and other activities and to understand both the promise and perils of an on-line childhood. This is
a matter of pressing importance in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please join us in cosponsoring H.R. 1367, the Children and Media Research Advancement Act (CAMRA Act), bipartisan and bicameral legislation that will help us understand how the dramatic
changes in technology and media are affecting children’s physical and mental development.
Please join me as a cosponsor of the Fair Housing for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors Act of 2019, to ensure survivors are protected from discrimination and included as a protected class under the Fair Housing Act.
Please join me in sending a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy requesting the next relief bill establish “Family Care” for essential workers and vulnerable family caregivers. The COVID-19 pandemic has put our public health
and collective wellbeing at risk in newly urgent ways. As schools, child care programs, and community centers for seniors and people with disabilities are closed – and as hospitals and makeshift care centers exceed capacity – the need for care at home has
increased with the need to reduce potential exposure to coronavirus. Now more than ever, caregivers are under extra pressure to work and care for families at home.
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.
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.