Earlier this week, I requested funds for transportation projects for Wake County through the 2021 surface transportation reauthorization bill. As Wake County continues to grow there is an urgent need for transportation infrastructure and transit system improvements. If Wake County receives these funds they would enhance safety and accessibility in our communities and be a catalyst for job creation.
Earlier this month, a bipartisan amendment of mine passed the House as part of H.R. 2547, the Comprehensive Debt Collection Improvement Act. This legislation gives protections for small businesses, servicemembers, students, and other consumers against mistreatment and harassment by certain debt collectors. My amendment asks for more investigation into the communications by debt collectors and how Congress can stop debt collectors from flooding consumers and homeowners with constant calls, texts, and emails.
Today marks one year since George Floyd’s life was taken at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. In the weeks and months that followed, millions of Americans took to the streets in one of the largest movements in American history to protest and demand justice. The fight for justice and truth should never be stopped or silenced. In March, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act passed the House and I proudly co-sponsored and voted for it. The bill is now in the hands of the Senate. Passing this bill would be a first step in reforming our police
HBCUs graduate 27 percent of African Americans with bachelor’s degrees in STEM subjects. By passing the Bipartisan IGNITE #HBCUExcellence Act, we can fully unlock their potential. As someone who represents Shaw University and Saint Augustine’s University, I’m thrilled to be a cosponsor of this vital legislation.
Shaw University continues to better our community and truly acts as a model for our country. In partnership with the city, they recently launched a survey to address local racial and social justice issues. The results will inform a series of listening sessions on race, racism and social equity. https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article251479293.html
Raleigh has so much to offer in the summertime. Glad we’re ranked one of the nation’s best summer destinations — from great restaurants to our wonderful greenways and museums, there’s always something to do. https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article251495738.html
Yesterday, I voted in favor of forming a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6th attack on the Capitol. All members of Congress took the same oath: to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. It’s our duty to investigate this attack on our democracy so we can gain a better understanding of what transpired, honor those who gave their lives to protect us, and then prevent something like this from ever happening again.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a dramatic increase in discrimination, hate crimes, and violence targeted at the AAPI community – including in Atlanta when 8 people were murdered. This week in Congress, I voted for two bills to combat anti-AAPI discrimination, violence, and bigotry. Hate has no home in our country or North Carolina. https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/coastal/politics/2021/05/18/anti-asian-hate-crime-bill-heads-to-pres–joe-biden-s-desk