On January 6th, Capitol Police risked their lives to protect our democracy. I’m thrilled the House and Senate voted for funds toward our Capitol Police officers, including training and wellness support. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/senate-passes-emergency-security-funding-capitol-police-national/story?id=79146361
With the highly contagious delta variant causing COVID cases to rise, Wake County has issued an indoor mask mandate for county buildings. Wake County is one of the only counties nationwide to offer free testing and shots. The best way to protect yourself and loved ones is to get a vaccine. I encourage you to go to Myspot.nc.gov to find a convenient spot to get your shot. https://www.newsobserver.com/article253138728.html
Check out the Tar Heel of the Month: NC State astrophysicist Katie Mack. Her book, The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) was named a best book by the NY Times, Washington Post and The Economist. Congratulations Katie! https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article252722813.html
January 6, was one of the darkest days of our democracy. Many questions about its origins and the appropriate response remain. It is imperative that we seek the truth about what happened and share it with the public. https://www.npr.org/2021/07/27/1019736664/jan-6-insurrection-hearing-police-nancy-pelosi-committee
For more than 10 years, I’ve fought for the expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina. Last week, I joined Rep. Bourdeaux and Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock‘s Medicaid Saves Lives Act to expand access to health care coverage for over four million low-income Americans. This bill would finish the work of the ACA, providing health insurance to low-income Americans in the 12 states that have refused to expand Medicaid, including North Carolina.
The withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan has placed thousands of our Afghan partners in danger of retribution. We can’t abandon them now. The ALLIES Act will authorize additional SIVs and remove unnecessary hurdles so our partners can find safe haven. I voted for the bill last week. It had overwhelming bipartisan support. https://thehill.com/policy/defense/564306-house-passes-bill-to-streamline-visa-process-for-afghans-who-helped-us
Good luck to the Triangle’s very own Claire Curzan as she competes in the 100-meter-butterfly at the Tokyo Game. You’re making North Carolina and Wake County proud! https://www.wralsportsfan.com/she-knows-she-s-representing-something-bigger-than-herself-triangle-s-claire-curzan-primed-to-compete-in-tokyo-games/19785804/
Earlier this week, the House voted to pass the PFAS Action Act which will require comprehensive regulation of PFAS. Included in the bill is my amendment, cosponsored by Congressman Rouzer, that would clarify the requirements of the grant program to ensure that communities that are already investing money to address PFAS contamination, including local governments in North Carolina, can still benefit from the program. PFAS are “forever chemicals” that are detected in everything from water to soil to air. In North Carolina, chemical companies have polluted the Cape Fear River with PFAS for years, resulting in serious health consequences for
I’m thrilled to announce $10.6 million in federal funding for North Carolina’s 2nd district is included in the House appropriations bills. If signed into law, the funds will go toward education, affordable housing, public safety, transit projects, and more.