Updates

Healthy Tips for the New Year

As we enter the new year, here are some tips on how you can enjoy Wake County while caring for your body and mental health. https://www.wral.com/7-top-wellness-tips-for-healthy-living-in-the-triangle/20049739/

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Backlog of Work Authorizations for Immigrant Spouses

I sent a letter to DHS and USCIS requesting that they fix the backlog of work authorizations for immigrant spouses. Due to changes under the Trump administration, applicants – many of them women in STEM fields – have faced lengthy wait times hurting their families and our economy. Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/article256818492.html

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Chinese Lantern Festival in Cary

It was wonderful to visit the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival in Cary and see the hundreds of colorful lanterns on display. The festival is open daily through January 9th.

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Three New Drive-Thru COVID Testing Sites

The N.C. Department of Health of Human Services is opening three new drive-thru COVID testing sites in Wake County to accommodate for the increased demand. These new sites do not require appointments but do require online registration with the department’s testing vendor. If you have symptoms or have been around someone who has tested positive for COVID, you should get tested as soon as possible. https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article256921607.html

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Child Tax Credit Delivers $292 Million in Tax Cuts

The Child Tax Credit that my colleagues and I passed has delivered approximately $292 million in tax cuts to more than 118,000 families in our community according to new estimates from the Joint Economic Committee Majority. How has the Child Tax Credit helped your family? https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article252801563.html

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We Need the Build Back Better Act

Now more than ever we need the Build Back Better Act. From child care, to elder care, to strengthening the ACA, to addressing the climate crisis, this is a historic investment in our future. It is a lifeline to so many working families. Yesterday’s comments will not derail our mission to get this across the finish line. I look forward to continuing our conversation with the House, Senate, and White House to get this signed into law.

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Garner Christmas Parade

It was great to attend the Garner Christmas parade yesterday with Mayor Marshburn and Council Member Vance. Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season!

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Marine Toys for Tots Warehouse in Raleigh

Yesterday, I was able to visit the Marine Toys for Tots Warehouse in Raleigh and speak with staff and volunteers about their program. The program collects and distributes thousands of toys to help less fortunate children experience the joy of Christmas. I am grateful that we have a community that cares for children and families in need.

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