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Protect Access to SNAP for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

April 30, 2020

I invite you to cosponsor my legislation to exclude Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation from consideration when determining SNAP eligibility, titled the
Food for Working Families Act. 

Full Emergency Compensation for Small Businesses and Workers Affected by COVID-19

April 30, 2020

Many small businesses and affected workers, especially in the food service industry, hospitality sector, and gig economy, already cannot afford to cover such major disruptions in demand and economic productivity. The unprecedented harm from COVID-19 to our
economy and society must be met with unprecedented action to ensure that both workers’ paychecks are protected and small business owners’ solvencies are prioritized. With the troubling

reports of banks in the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) favoring large companies over the most disadvantaged small businesses, Congress must take action on reforming and simplifying the program to solve its current
access barriers, distribution/lending challenges, and overall lack of oversight with funding. 

Support 2020 National Nurses Week Resolution during COVID-19

April 30, 2020

Please join Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson and Dave Joyce in cosponsoring this bipartisan resolution recognizing National Nurses Week for May 6-12, 2020. The Senate companion is led by Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Roger Wicker (R-MS). 

Support Volunteer Responders During COVID-19 Pandemic!

April 30, 2020

As our nation faces the historic COVID-19 crisis, we urge you to cosponsor the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act of 2019 (VRIPA), HR 1241, to protect resources for approximately
one million volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel who serve on the front lines of the pandemic. Nationally, 70 percent of all firefighters are volunteers and 91 percent of fire departments are made up of all or mostly volunteer
firefighters and EMS personnel. These volunteers are undergoing unprecedented challenges as they provide essential services despite shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) further risking their lives due to COVID-19. Now more than
ever, it is of utmost importance for Congress to ensure these volunteer departments are sufficiently equipped and staffed.

Last Call for Originals: Cosponsor the “Coronavirus Workers’ Compensation for TSA Employees Act”

April 30, 2020

On March 13, the President declared a nationwide emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic.  State-by-state, governors and local elected officials have shuttered non-essential businesses and asked residents to “flatten the curve” by staying at home, exercising
social distancing, and utilizing thorough cleaning methods to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus.

DEADLINE TODAY: Support Caregivers and Home Care Infrastructure During COVID-19

April 29, 2020

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. 

Let’s Ensure Essential Workers Get The Pay They Deserve: Become an Original Cosponsor of the Essential Pay for Essential Workers Act

April 29, 2020

I invite you to become an original cosponsor of the Essential Pay for Essential Workers Act.

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.

RENT IS DUE FRIDAY – Cosponsor the Rent & Mortgage Cancellation Act

April 29, 2020

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.