Environmental policy should be based on justice and equity for all people, and we need new legislation to make that happen. Children of color continue to suffer from unusually high asthma rates. Major pollution sources – including chemical plants, fossil
fuel refineries, and waste incinerators – still disproportionately harm low income communities and are often located not far from a school or residential neighborhood.
Congressman Vicente Gonzalez invites you to be an original cosponsor of the America’s Frontline Protection Act. The America’s Frontline Protection Act will give the families of frontline medical personnel, including but not limited to physicians, nurses,
technicians, aides, emergency and routine transportation personnel, custodial staff, and any staff exposed to medical waste, who die from COVID-19 access to benefits. Victims’ families would be eligible for cash benefits for both economic and non-economic
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.
CLOSING TOMORROW: Join Letter to USDA Regarding Cattle Markets and The Ongoing Investigation Into Meat-Packer Margins
Please join me in the attached letter to Sec. Perdue, asking USDA to swiftly release their findings from the ongoing investigation into meat-packer margins. This investigation began in August of last year and was recently expanded to encompass the more recent
CV-19 market concerns. The letter also raises many of the market-related concerns our office has been hearing from beef producers across the country in the wake of the CV-19 pandemic.
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).
I have introduced the Hmong and Lao Refugee Deportation Prohibition Act of 2020
(H.R. 6034) to stop the Trump administration from deporting individuals with Final Orders for Removal to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao P.D.R.) for 72 months and have their immigration cases reassessed. The Trump administration is
currently negotiating with the Lao P.D.R on a repatriation agreement that would affect more than 4,700 individuals nationwide. The Lao P.D.R. is a communist state that does not currently have an official deportation agreement with the U.S. or extradition treaty.
Since 1975, nearly 200,000 refugees from the Lao P.D.R, including persons of Hmong, Lao, Khmu, and Mien or Yao descent, have been resettled in the U.S. Most fought or assisted U.S. forces during the Vietnam War at great personal cost, including the loss of
their homeland. It is a betrayal of trust and honor for the U.S. to deport the Hmong and Lao veterans and/or their family members who aided U.S. forces and CIA in the war in Indochina.
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.
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.