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Like many, I’ve had some extra fee time these days... After rebinging @theofficenbc and #theofficereunion I was inspired.

A thread of Trump’s handling of the #coronavirus (#COVID19) pandemic, as told by Michael Scott. #TheOffice
Way back in 2018, Trump decided it was a good idea to disassemble the #Pandemic Response Team – created by the Obama administration in case there was “an airborne disease that is deadly.” This can’t go wrong! #thiswaspreventable
Trump does nothing to replace this. He plays golf and insults people on Twitter – just the normal things that presidents do right?
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THREAD: I want to be as open & accountable as possible to the people of Massachusetts' Second District about what actions my team and I have taken to address the #COVID19 crisis.

Here's a list of some of what we've been up to. (1/?)
2/ Before we had any confirmed cases of #COVID19 in #MA02, I organized an emergency conference call with health care providers to discuss whether or not they had the information, tools, and resources needed to keep our community safe.
3/ Massachusetts needs a robust, coordinated federal response to this crisis. So the day after my conference call, our Congressional Delegation asked the @WhiteHouse Coronavirus Task Force to take urgent & specific steps to help our state respond. ⤵️
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Welcome to the Pennsylvania member of Congress Tracking Report for the week ending March 22, 2020. We are doing things a bit differently this week. All of our content centers on the #COVID19 #coronavirus pandemic.
#MoCTrack 1/28
demcastusa.com/2020/03/22/pen…
First up, we have a recap of HR 6201, the #FamiliesFirst bill that was passed on Wednesday by the Senate and signed into law.
#MoCTrack 2/28
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If you have a chance, check out the #MoCTrack recap of the #FamiliesFirst action in the Senate. There were three attempts to amend the bill (1 good, 2 awful), and it is worth seeing ow our lawmakers voted on those efforts.
#MoCTrack 3/28
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51 Republican senators just voted against an amendment to the #FamiliesFirst #Coronavirus Response Act that would have expanded paid leave to millions of Americans left out of the package. Let that sink in.
The amendment, from @PattyMurray and @SenGillibrand, would've closed a critical gap in the package and meant real support for people who desperately need it. Folks who are looking to our elected officials for leadership and moral clarity during this time.
Every Democrat voted yes. Every Republican voted no (except Cory Gardner and Rick Scott, who didn't vote).

Every. Single. Republican.
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In response to the #COVID19 pandemic, the labor movement is mobilizing to protect front line workers who are combating the disease every day and millions more workers who may be exposed to the virus. #1u
We urge the Senate to pass the #FamiliesFirst Coronavirus Response Act #HR6201 as soon as possible. While this package is not a complete response to the crisis, it is an urgent measure that will get necessary assistance to working people facing serious health and financial risks.
#HR6201 will encourage working people to seek testing for infection by making the tests free for most people covered by employment-based insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid.
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THREAD ON PAID SICK DAYS/PAID LEAVE EROSION. Earlier today, Trump said he was planning to fix the #paidsickdays & #paidleave provisions in #FamiliesFirstCoronavirusResponseAct to require more businesses to provide sick leave. Instead, his negotiators: (1/8)
(1) Scaled back extended paid #FMLA to cover parents affected by school or child care closure (no personal or family care leave)

(2) Made it easier for employers to carve out emergency workers and health care providers from both #paidsickdays and #paidleave (2/8)
(3) Made it possible for the Secretary of Labor to allow small employers to get out of providing reimburseable #PaidSickDays (similar provision already existed in #paidleave section) (3/8)
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.@rweingarten has joined our webinar with @womensmarch from the car, noting that with technology we can all be connected as #COVID19 #coronavirus spreads across America.
Now that #COVID19 is in the US and there's no vaccine, there's going to be a lot of disruption to our lives "because no one has been through this," says @rweingarten
.@rweingarten lays out the things the AFT is focused on right now:

✅ Health & safety of our kids, educators, families, and communities
✅ Health & safety of our healthcare providers on the frontlines
✅ Short-term and long-term economic impacts
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Been taking a closer look at the #paidsickdays and #familyleave provisions of the #familiesfirst Coronavirus Response Act that the House just passed. Some first impressions.
The bill amends the #FMLA AND has a new Act that requires private employers with fewer than 500 workers and all public employers to offer #paidsickleave.
Mandatory #paidsickleave ONLY applies if you are affected by #coronavirus and need time off because you are sick or exposed or if you have a family member who is affected (either sick or home from school or childcare because of closures).
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40 Republicans voted NO on the #FamiliesFirst #coronavirus relief bill.

17 of them have lone challengers ready to take them on in November. We at #DemCast have compiled that list for you.

🚨 Please share this thread and follow/support the Democratic challengers listed!
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(Note - we are only listing races in which either there is an established Democratic nominee or there is only a single declared Democratic candidate.)
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TEXAS has a lot of Republicans who voted NO on #FamiliesFirst.

Chip Roy in #TX21 voted NO.
His opponent: Wendy Davis @WendyDavis.

Randy Weber in #TX14 voted NO.
His opponent: Adrienne Bell @AdrBell

Louie Gohmert in #TX01 voted NO.
His opponent: Hank Gilbert @Hank4Texas
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Today, we will pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act after reaching an agreement with the Administration. This legislation builds on the action that House Democrats took last week to put #FamiliesFirst with our strong, bipartisan $8.3 billion emergency funding package.
#FamiliesFirst is about testing, testing, testing. To stop the spread of the virus, we have secured free #coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured.
For families’ economic security, #FamiliesFirst secures paid emergency leave with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave. We have also secured enhanced Unemployment insurance for those who lose their jobs.
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There is a lot going wrong with the admin’s current response, but I also want to make to highlight some of the progress my House colleagues & I are making on Coronavirus response despite challenges.

(If you’re a House member & want your effort added just @ me!)

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First up: as many of you saw yesterday, Katie Porter did a masterful job in Oversight to get the (hesitant) CDC to commit to FREE testing on Coronavirus ⬇️
Rep. Tom @Malinowski has been working with insurance execs to confirm that people can fill prescriptions earlier than they usually are allowed to, so they can better stock + prepare:
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Tonight, we introduced the #FamiliesFirst Coronavirus Response Act. This legislation focuses directly on providing support to America’s families, who must be our first priority in this emergency. #coronavirus
#FamiliesFirst includes:
-Free #coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test
-Paid emergency leave for workers
-Enhanced unemployment insurance
-Strengthened food security initiatives
-Clear protections for frontline workers
-Increased federal funds for Medicaid
We cannot fight coronavirus effectively unless everyone who needs to be tested knows they can get tested for free. We cannot slow an outbreak when workers are stuck w/ the terrible choice of staying home to avoid spreading illness & the paycheck their family can’t afford to lose.
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