Thank you to North Carolina’s research universities for your commitment to meeting the growing needs of data science research, education, and workforce in the Research Triangle. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all sectors in North Carolina, bearing a burden on our economy. I am confident that higher education will advance the economy and help attract good jobs. NC State recently launched the Data Science Academy — a crucial tool for research partnerships.
Congratulations to the students and staff of Wiley Elementary School for being named the top magnet elementary school in the nation for the second time in five years. As the Representative for North Carolina’s 2nd District, who lives less than a mile from Wiley, I appreciate that Wake County is a leader in education, excellence, and community values. Keep up the great work.
The American Families Plan is a once-in-a-generation investment to rebuild the middle class and invest in America’s future. I am particularly pleased that part of the plan focuses on tuition-free community college, as it is an issue that I have championed. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/biden-propose-free-preschool-community-college-address-congress-n1265559
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. https://www.sba.gov/…/restaurant-revitalization-fund
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 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.
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
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.