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A Message from the Congresswoman

Dear friend,

I hope this finds you and yours well. Like so many of you, I remain deeply concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on our district, the Commonwealth, and beyond.

I want to assure you that I am doing everything in my power to ensure that our communities have the resources we need to combat this outbreak and that workers and families throughout the 7th have the support they need to pull through this crisis. As this unprecedented situation unfolds, it’s important to me that you have all the latest information on resources and support in our district.

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Last week, I launched a new COVID-19 resources page on my website. This page contains the latest information on food assistance programs, unemployment support, resources for small business, and much more in and around our district. We will continue to update it regularly as new information and resources become available, so be sure to check back often for the latest updates.

I remain in close contact with my partners at every level of government as we work to quickly mobilize resources and ensure that those most vulnerable are not left behind. 

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It is expected this week that Congress will vote on its 3rd relief package. My number one priority is ensuring that any legislative solution we offer centers our most vulnerable in this crisis—workers and families, not corporate interests. That’s why I’ve been leading the fight to include emergency funding for our Community Health Centers, who are on the front lines of this crisis in the 7th and in communities across the country. It is also critical that we remember during this pandemic that housing is a critical determinant of health and will play a key role in slowing the spread of this virus. That is why I have been pushing for a nationwide ban on all evictions and mortgage foreclosures and introduced the Public Health Emergency Shelter Act to ensure that our neighbors experiencing homelessness have access to safe and stable shelter during this crisis.

While Congress continues to consider proposals to support workers and families and jumpstart our economy, it is critical that we do not forget the 45 million people— the single parents, teachers, small business owners, and seniors-- that were already struggling with crushing student loan debt. I was proud to see aspects of my proposal to provide student debt cancellation incorporated in Speaker Pelosi’s Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, and I remain committed to ensuring those struggling with crushing student loan debt aren’t forgotten.

We must prioritize the health, safety and humanity of all communities during this crisis. That is why I have also been pushing leaders at every level to prioritize decarceration in order to mitigate the risks of a catastrophic spread of COVID-19 in our prisons, jails, and immigrant detention facilities.

We are making inroads but let me be clear - further action is urgently required.

As this situation unfolds, I’ll continue to be in touch with regular updates and new resources as they become available. In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me in thanking all of the health care providers, food service & grocery workers, first responders, custodial & janitorial staff, truck drivers, postal workers and so many others on the front lines of this pandemic working around the clock to protect and serve us all.

As always, my office is ready to support you in any way we can, so don’t hesitate to give us a call at 617-850-0040 if there’s any way we can be of assistance. I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.

Sincerely,
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Ayanna Pressley

Member of Congress

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