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Seeking Targeted Relief

February 27, 2021
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Seeking Targeted Relief

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Unfortunately, the legislation the House passed this week was not a COVID relief bill. In fact, only nine percent focuses on public health measures like enhanced testing and vaccine distribution. In reality, this bloated $1.9 trillion bill is riddled with political handouts that have little or nothing to do with combating the virus. It is simply indefensible that this legislation devotes billions of dollars to extraneous provisions—foreign assistance programs, a subway in Speaker Pelosi’s district, a bridge in Senator Schumer’s state, and much more.

Up to this point, Congress has already allocated more than $4 trillion in COVID relief, and $1 trillion of that has yet to be spent. We owe it to our constituents to ditch the unrelated, wasteful spending and focus on delivering bipartisan results. A true relief package should be dedicated to defeating COVID-19 and targeted to reopening schools, rebuilding a healthy economy, and helping those most in need. Click here to watch my remarks on the legislation before the House Rules Committee.

Protecting Seniors from Scams

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Protecting vulnerable seniors needs to be a top priority in this digital age when scams have grown increasingly complex. This week, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and I introduced the Fraud and Scam Reduction Act. The bipartisan bill would improve the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) prevention and response efforts against senior fraud and scams through enhanced coordination with key partners. The legislation takes important steps to stop financial scammers from perpetrating fraud and taking advantage of our loved ones. 

Supermarket Employee Appreciation Day

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Recently, I stopped by Polly’s Country Market in Chelsea to celebrate National Supermarket Employee Day. I had a chance to deliver pizza and show appreciation for the dedicated supermarket employees who have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. I also had the opportunity to stop in at Dan's Downtown Tavern in Saline to discuss the Paycheck Protection Program and their hard work to continue operations throughout the pandemic. Supporting our neighbors and local small businesses is critical for our community at this time. 

Protecting the First Amendment

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Earlier this week, two senior Democrat leaders sent a letter to 12 cable, satellite, and streaming TV companies raising troubling questions related to political censorship and silencing dissenting viewpoints. It was a disturbing letter with many First Amendment implications. In a subsequent hearing, I had the opportunity to ask Professor Jonathan Turley questions on how we can best protect free speech and a free press.

Improving Vaccine Distribution

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While demand for the vaccine is undoubtedly high, I recently had the opportunity to ask questions to Pfizer about increasing production of the vaccine to bring greater balance between supply and demand. Some constituents eager to receive the inoculation have expressed frustration with the state’s vaccine allocations citing discrepancies in per capita doses and I had the opportunity to ask Pfizer about that as well.  You can watch my full questioning at a recent Congressional hearing by clicking here. For additional county-by-county vaccine information, please visit my website and you will find links to appropriate resources in your county. 


 

 

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