Presently, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are over 3,212,000 across the world and over 1,040,000 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.
We invite you to join our letter urging the Department of the Treasury to ensure that Americans without internet access – including low-income individuals and those that live in rural areas – are able to receive their CARES Act Economic Impact Payments as
soon as possible
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.
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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.
As you are aware, more than 1.5 million people in the United States have been infected by the novel coronavirus, with nearly 60,000 casualties. This pandemic has led to a crippling effect on our economy with the closure of many small businesses
and loss of jobs. In response, Congress has provided over $2 trillion dollars to help families, small businesses, and health providers.
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Our frontline health care workers have valiantly and selflessly taken up the call in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the virulence of COVID-19 and a dire shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), we now face a grave health care worker
shortage in many areas across the country. Simply put, the number of COVID-19 cases is not only overwhelming our medical supply chain but is also overwhelming our already overtaxed health care workforce.
Our country is in the midst of a pandemic that we have not seen the likes of for 100 years. The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in over a million Americans infected and, tragically, tens of thousands of lives lost. Our frontline health care workers
are doing everything in their power to stem the tide of the disease in hospitals and nursing homes, while essential workers are keeping food on our tables and our homes supplied during this lockdown. Despite their best efforts, the system to provide personal
protective equipment (PPE), sanitizer, testing components, and more
has not been able to keep up with the exponential increase in demand. Our essential workers are being forced to
reuse PPE, lack sufficient
components for mass testing, and are often forced to
procure their own materials due to a lack of a federal strategy.
We urge you to become a cosponsor of the Safe at Home Act (H.R. 4705) to help protect victims of sexual violence and stalking by strengthening Address Confidentiality Programs (ACP).