Good afternoon. I would like to provide a few updates about recent developments in Congress and share some important information. I would also like to take a moment to express my sympathy with those families in Silicon Valley who have lost loved ones to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be assured that my staff and I are doing all the we can to help you and our community respond to this ongoing threat to our health and safety. Please do not hesitate to contact my office if we can provide any assistance or if you have questions about how to find help.
House Continues to Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis
Earlier this month, I partnered with Senator Bernie Sanders to introduce the Emergency Medical Supplies Procurement Act to address ongoing medical supply shortages across the country. This legislation would provide an additional $75 billion for the purchase or production of personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, pharmaceuticals and other necessary medical supplies and hospital infrastructure. Our bill would also require the President to respond to a state government’s requests for urgent and critical health care supplies as quickly as possible.
Additionally, the House of Representatives passed “The Heroes Act,” which would provide nearly $1 trillion to state, local, and tribal governments; $75 billion for COVID-19 testing, tracing, and treatment; and an extra $200 billion for hazard pay for essential workers. This bill would also provide a second direct cash payment to individuals and families, strengthen the Paycheck Protection Program, direct more funds for PPE, expand unemployment insurance and supplemental nutrition benefits, subsidize rent and mortgage payments, and boost support for the U.S. Postal Service. This critically time sensitive legislation awaits further consideration by the U.S. Senate.
I will continue to push for public health coverage expansion and larger, recurring cash payments until the pandemic ends and the economy is back in full swing. American workers and families need all the support we can get them.
District Office Continues to Serve You
Our district office staff continues to work diligently on casework related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact. Economic Injury Payments, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, unemployment insurance, repatriation of travelers abroad and affected immigration applications occupy the bulk of our attention. While working from home, our district staff stands ready to answer your phone calls and respond to online inquiries. We are here to help.
Facebook Live Town Halls
Thank you to all who participated in this month’s Facebook Live town halls. In June, I will host Facebook Live town halls on June 9th and June 25th at 12:00 pm Pacific. Please be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @RepRoKhanna.
Reforming the American Food Supply Chain
I introduced the House companion to the Farm System Reform Act, previously introduced by Senator Cory Booker in the Senate. As the global pandemic exposes the dangers inherent in our highly concentrated food system, the legislation would strengthen the Packers & Stockyards Act to protect family farmers from anti-competitive practices and corporate consolidation, promoting a fair market for all producers.
US Needs Bipartisan Push For Scientific Research After Coronavirus
Researchers across the world are using all the scientific tools available in a global race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, but America is no longer the preeminent leader in scientific research we were. We must address this vulnerability. In an Op-Ed I wrote with Senators Chuck Schumer and Todd Young and Representative Mike Gallagher, we outline how and why we should push for more funding for scientific research.
Caseworkers in my Santa Clara office are available to help Silicon Valley residents navigate the bureaucracy of federal agencies and any other concerns during the COVID-19 crisis. My staff can help you solve problems with immigration, visas, Social Security payments and VA paperwork, among other areas. Please call my office at (408) 436-2720 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday-Friday if you need assistance. Your call will be promptly answered (remotely) by my staff. You can also contact me online at any time at Khanna.house.gov/contact. While we are unable to meet in-person, my staff is ready to help. Visit my website for more information.