I was deeply disappointed by the Senate Parliamentarian’s decision to block immigration reform in the reconciliation package. Although this was not what we hoped for, we have many other avenues to ensure a path to citizenship to Dreamers, TPS and DED recipients, and essential workers.
This #HispanicHeritageMonth, we honor Latino and Hispanic Americans’ contributions to our nation. I’m particularly thankful for Hispanic Americans in Wake County such as Matty Lazo-Chadderton – a diversity outreach consultant who previously served as director for Hispanic and Latino Affairs for NC Sen. Marc Basnight and most recently served in Governor Cooper’s office. Thank you Matty for all you do for North Carolina.
I have been advocating for the 200,000 ‘Documented Dreamers’ who call the U.S. home. I’m thrilled the Build Back Better budget reconciliation package includes provisions to ensure a pathway to citizenship for ‘Documented Dreamers’ that will support the U.S. economy and businesses. I’m also thankful for my Senate colleagues who introduced a bill, that I championed in the House, to protect ‘Documented Dreamers’ from aging out of the system when they turn 21.
On the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, we pause to remember the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives on that tragic day. Today, we honor their lives and reflect on the acts of heroism of our first responders. The incredible resilience of our fellow Americans demonstrates that no act of terror could tarnish our nation.
I applaud the United States Department of Justice and Attorney General Merrick Garland for acting swiftly against this pernicious threat to women’s reproductive freedom everywhere. The unprecedented vigilante system authorized under this law is a clear and provocative violation of the constitution.
An investment in infrastructure is an investment in our future and for generations to come. Wake County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the entire country yet our infrastructure has not grown with our community. We need a seamless transportation network to connect Wake County to the rest of the state and nation. The bipartisan infrastructure deal will bring our innovation to the rest of the country. I look forward to passing the bill in the House and having it become law.
I was extremely disappointed by SCOTUS’ decision striking the federal moratorium on evictions. As North Carolina’s eviction ended in June, up to 400,000 households in North Carolina are uncertain in their ability to pay rent. The good news is that there is still help. If you are struggling to pay rent in North Carolina, visit hope.nc.gov or call 888-927-5467 to see what resources are available to you. If you reside in Wake County, visit housewake.org or call 919-899-9911. If you are facing eviction and seeking legal assistance, Legal Aid of North Carolina can help. Reach them at 866-219-5262.
This #LaborDay I’m giving thanks today to the workers and organizers who lead the labor movement. Their tireless efforts have led to the 8-hour workday and safer working conditions — and many of the things we take for granted, like weekends, lunch breaks, minimum wage and child labor laws, and so much more. Thank you to all workers across Wake County and North Carolina.