A true public leader respects their constituents and sets an example for the next generation. Sadly, the Lt. Governor has failed the people of North Carolina in these respects. His hateful comments are concerning, and I stand with the LGBTQ+ community in condemning them. North Carolina embraces diversity and is a welcoming, inclusive state. These comments do not reflect our people or values.
Ransomware attacks are becoming more common every year, threatening our national security, economy, and critical infrastructure. In North Carolina, we saw the damage the Colonial Pipeline attack had on our community. That’s why I introduced the Ransom Disclosure Act, legislation that provides DHS with critical data on ransomware payments in order to bolster our understanding of how cybercriminal enterprises operate.
On Indigenous Peoples’ Day we honor and celebrate the history and culture of America’s Native communities. I’d like to highlight Secretary Deb Haaland who is the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary in U.S. history. Today I cheer her on as she runs the Boston Marathon.
So great to see so many people across Raleigh come out to support women’s reproductive freedom. Although I could not be there due to late votes in DC, I stand with women across North Carolina and the U.S. in demanding equal access to abortion care and voted last month to make it equally accessible in every state. Equal access to care—everywhere—is essential to social and economic participation, reproductive freedom, and the right to determine our own lives. In Congress, I will keep fighting for women and will continue to push back against egregious abortion bans.
October is #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth. We remember all the survivors who have defeated the disease and loved ones who have passed away from their battle with breast cancer. In the U.S, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. This month, we recommit ourselves to funding resources for early detection, treatment, and a cure.
From rebuilding our roads and bridges, fighting the climate crisis, creating good paying jobs, investing in the next generation, universal pre-K, and free community college, we have a historic, once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver real results for the American people. Both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better agenda will do just that.