Full text of the letter is available here and below.
March 30, 2020
The Honorable William P. Barr
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530
Dear Attorney General Barr:
"This should be a wake up call. Failing to take drastic measures to combat the spread of this disease in prison will result in a magnified impact on all of society.
Chairman Jerrold Nadler: "I am pleased that we have voted in a bipartisan fashion to provide much needed relief to hospitals, healthcare workers, business owners, and hardworking Americans across the country as we all navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we must do even more to address this crisis.
The Members wrote:
“Foster youth may be particularly vulnerable to financial hardship and food and housing insecurity during this time,” they wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
On March 12, 2020, Chairman Nadler originally requested information from DOJ about their handling of the health crisis. To date, he has not received a response. Given the urgency of the global health pandemic, Nadler and Bass are renewing the request.
Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Congressmember Karen Bass’ team members will be principally working from home during normal business hours. Both offices have instituted continuity of operations procedures (COOP) to ensure constituent services are not interrupted during this extraordinary period.
“Last year, I had the opportunity to meet with Kyung Joo Lee, a 90-year-old Korean American man who has not seen his three older brothers and his older sister since he fled North Korea more than 70 years ago,” said Rep. Bass. “Tears streamed down his face during that meeting as he held my hands and urged me to do what I can to help Korean families to be reunited.
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