Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17), Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-2), Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) led over 50 of their colleagues in urging Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to release human rights activists, lawyers, journalists and other prisoners of conscience before their unjust imprisonments become death sentences in the face of massive COVID outbreaks in Egyptian prisons.
Last Friday, the Trump administration offered House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a $1.8 trillion stimulus deal, which she promptly rejected. It’s $400 billion smaller than the House Democrats’ plan and probably wouldn’t pass the GOP-controlled Senate. A handful of Democrats are calling on Pelosi to take it anyway, and dare Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to be the one to kill it. Now, Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are back on the phone, and reportedly inching closer to an agreement.
Washington, DC – Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Member of the House Armed Services and Oversight and Reform Committees, formally requested that the Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General (IG) investigate reports that the Pentagon redirected hundreds of millions of dollars of funds meant for COVID-19 response via the Defense Production Act (DPA) to defense contractors for “jet engine parts, body armor and dress uniforms.”
A pair of Democrats is asking the Pentagon’s internal watchdog to investigate how the department used $1 billion in coronavirus relief funds.
In a Friday letter to the Pentagon’s inspector general, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) asked the watchdog to “review the potential misuse of funds by the department that were meant 'to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally.’ ”
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) led a bipartisan group of thirteen Members of Congress in sending a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to consider an expedited authorization and modified sensitivity standards for low-cost, rapid, in-home coronavirus tests.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent a letter to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) inquiring about their efforts to keep prospective medical students safe as they take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The letter raises concerns about recent reports of unsafe testing conditions and students contracting COVID-19.
Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden is urging governors to implement mask mandates to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum,” he said during a Thursday news conference in Delaware.
Biden said wearing masks could save an estimated 40,000 lives. The former vice president called on Americans to “be a patriot” and protect one another from getting sick.
Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Adam Schiff (CA-28) and sent a letter to House and Senate Leadership asking for the inclusion of mask-related provisions in an upcoming health and economic legislative package responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One Silicon Valley legislator said the federal government urgently needs to update its information technology systems — especially as it deals with the COVID-19 crisis.