Month: April 2021

SBA Restaurant Revitalization Plan

It is estimated that 110,000 restaurants and bars across the country have permanently closed during the pandemic. I advocated for increased assistance to restaurants to help them stay in business through the pandemic. The American Rescue Plan Act created the Restaurant Revitalization Fund to provide $29 billion in funding to help restaurants keep their doors open. Starting on Friday, April 30 at noon, restaurant owners will be able to apply for the grant program.…/restaurant-revitalization-fund

President Biden’s First Address to a Joint Session of Congress

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, President Biden will give his first address to a joint session of Congress. This is an opportunity to bring members of Congress together to reflect on our common purpose to work together to deliver results for the American people. I look forward to hearing from President Biden on his vision for safely getting people back to work and students back to school, his ideas for lowering healthcare costs and making healthcare more accessible, and his plans to provide tuition-free community college.

Access to Counsel

Access to counsel is a matter of fundamental due process. No one should be held for hours without a chance to call a family member or a lawyer. I’m pleased the legislation passed the House and I was able to speak in favor of the bill both in the Rules Committee and Judiciary Committee.

Apple in Wake County

Thrilled that Apple has chosen to invest in Wake County. This decision will bring economic benefits and long-term job opportunities to the community.

COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

I’m glad the Senate passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act last week to address the surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans. Discrimination and hateful actions have no place in North Carolina or our country. I look forward to taking this bill up in the House and hope it gets signed into law as quickly as possible. #stopasianhate

Black Restaurant Week

Today kicks off Black Restaurant Week in the Triangle. Restaurants are the backbone of our community and Black-owned restaurants have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Consider supporting a Black-owned restaurant this week.

Today is Earth Day

While we continue to battle the global COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t forget we are also battling another global crisis, climate change. 

President Biden’s infrastructure plan aims to shift our economy to clean, sustainable energy, modernize our nation’s electric grid, create thousands of good-paying jobs, and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. With North Carolina well-positioned to lead the way in clean energy manufacturing, I’m committed to advancing this necessary, progressive agenda to protect our environment and beautiful state.

George Floyd Verdict

While nothing can bring George Floyd back to his family, today’s verdict is a step towards justice. We must all work together, in his memory, to achieve equal justice and institute long-overdue police reforms — including the Justice in Policing Act. 

My prayers are with the Floyd family and our nation.

COVID Vaccine Updates

The COVID vaccine is now available to anyone over the age of 16. If you haven’t gotten your vaccine yet, Wake County Public Health is offering drive-through vaccinations in parks. Get your shot to help keep your family and neighbors safe.