“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for the international community to work together to address the U.S. and the world’s health disadvantages. On this World Health Day, let us acknowledge that humanity’s health is dependent on every human’s complete physical, mental, and social well-being.
“I condemn the alleged military coup near the presidential palace just two days before new President Mohmed Bazoum is to take office. This is Niger’s first elected transition in its history since independence from France in 1960, and the perpetrators are trying to impede on the country’s democratic progress.
"PAs across the nation are providing high-quality healthcare to patients in both our largest cities and in America's most rural areas," said Rep. Bass. "In the next decade the demand for PAs is only going to increase and Congress needs to act today to make sure that we have the qualified health care professionals ready to meet the growing need."
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“I want to thank my colleagues for supporting this resolution,” said Rep. Karen Bass. “We all want this pandemic to be over but this simply cannot happen unless we act in collaboration and coordination to fight COVID-19 throughout the world. Renewed, strategic, respectful, and focused approach to U.S. policy toward Africa will lay the foundation for long-term post-COVID-19 recovery.
“Equal pay is not simply a women’s issue; it’s a family issue,” Rep. Karen Bass stated. “When women bring home less money each day, it means they have less for the everyday needs of their families – rent, education costs, and doctors’ visits. Two-thirds of mothers are either the primary breadwinner of a co-breadwinner in the household, so their earnings are vital to their families.”
“I am deeply concerned by the escalated violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and about the growing crisis in the Great Lakes region writ large. The conflict in northeastern DRC has worsened since the start of the year, leading to the deaths of hundreds of people, and forcing tens of thousands from their homes with nearly 20 million dealing with food insecurity.
“Africa represents a myriad of opportunities for the United States and must be met where it is – a continent of diverse people, cultures, critical natural resources, and multilateral organization,” said Rep. Karen Bass.
The American Dream and Promise Act – establishes a path to lawful permanent resident (LPR) status for Dreamers and for certain individuals who either held or were eligible for TPS or DED. The majority of these individuals have been in the United States for much of their lives, often with work authorization and temporary protections against deportation.
“Shortly after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, doomsday scenarios were predicted for the African continent,” said Rep. Karen Bass. “While Africa defied the COVID-19 nightmare scenarios, the toll of the pandemic on the continent, which has now surpassed 100,000 deaths, should not be ignored. Renewed, strategic, respectful, and focused approach to U.S.
The letter was signed by more than 100 Members of Congress.
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Dear Commissioner Rettig and Acting Assistant Secretary Mazur: