Our country is in the middle of multiple crises. The COVID relief package released yesterday by Republicans is out of touch with the grim reality facing communities large & small across the nation, which local leaders of both parties have highlighted over the past several months.
The bill DOES NOT include:

1) Food assistance for kids

2) Hazard pay for essential workers

3) Rental assistance for millions facing evictions

4) Money for communities of color
5) Funding for state & local governments being forced to lay off workers
· The Senate GOP proposal ignores the warnings of local leaders & also those of economists who have cautioned about the long-term impacts of failing to address local gov't revenue shortfalls due to COVID-19.
6) Adequate funds for testing and hospitals

7) Sufficient funds for K-12 schools

8) Money for broadband access

It’s wild that Republicans would rather spend $1.7 billion on rebuilding the FBI building to help the President than use it to help millions of Americans.
There are real human costs to inaction. We need a bill that matches the scale of the crisis and the needs of the American people.

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May 26
One of the best ways to improve how social media works for users is to encourage more competition in the space. Yesterday, I reintroduced my ACCESS Act with a broad range of bipartisan sponsors. Let me tell you a little more about how it works.
First, it would require that the largest online platforms make user data portable, meaning you could easily download your photos, messages, etc. and take them with you to a new platform if you want to switch services.
Second, it would require these platforms make their services interoperable, meaning that if you were a Facebook user and wanted to message someone on Snapchat, you could do that.
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May 5
Well folks, after a late night of voting, we’ve officially done it: we’re in conference to get our manufacturing bill done! I’m proud to have been working on this initiative since last summer and excited to see progress. Here’s what’s happening (a thread):
Last summer, the Senate passed a bill that contains a lot of provisions I worked on to create jobs, foster U.S. innovation, and restore American leadership in the semiconductor field.
I’m excited about it because semiconductors are absolutely critical to our supply chain, so passing this bill will ease bottlenecks, lower prices, and create good-paying jobs. Graphic contains a semiconductor on a dark blue background.
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Feb 27
Hey folks, I want to provide a few more updates on Ukraine:

First of all, I’m glad to see more unified global action against Russia – last night the US and EU moved to expel some Russian banks from the network that connects them globally, SWIFT.
Throughout this crisis, we’ve seen unity both domestically and internationally. The vast majority of US senators and our international allies agree that crushing, escalating sanctions are currently the best way to address Russia’s unprovoked attack.
Frankly, I don’t know if we would have seen so much unity a year ago. It’s a credit to Biden’s administration that they’ve restrengthened NATO after former President Trump weakened some of those alliances.
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Feb 25
Hey folks, I want to recap a few things on Ukraine:

First, the intelligence community has been very accurate and has given us a lot of insight over the past few months and through this invasion. We’ll keep trusting them.
We have broad, bipartisan consensus on countering Russian aggression with severe sanctions. There’s also strong international consensus, even beyond NATO. Our allies in all parts of the world are condemning the actions of Putin.
The Russian military is attacking targets across Ukraine, suggesting this is a broad invasion. It appears direct attacks on Kyiv are beginning. But they are meeting resistance from the Ukrainian people, including civilians who have been training over the past few weeks.
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Feb 17
Hey folks, a quick reminder about funding the infrastructure law has already secured for Virginia (THREAD):
Not to mention, all of this (and more):
Unfortunately, a lot of this funding is dependent on Congress passing a comprehensive omnibus bill – a bill that authorizes funding for new projects. Virginia alone could lose approximately $364 million in roads and bridges funding and $53 million in transit funding.
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Feb 1
This #BlackHistoryMonth should remind us that it’s critical to always uplift Black stories, speak up about continued injustice, and celebrate Black history. I’ll be using this thread to do so, follow along below:
First up, Mary McLeod Bethune! Among other achievements, Bethune founded several organizations and schools, registered women to vote just after achieving suffrage, served in the FDR Administration and as a VP for the NAACP, and was the only Black woman at the UN founding. Image
Today I want to highlight Maya Angelou, an incredible author, poet, and activist. Her work has challenged, inspired, and moved generations of Americans, and her talents lives on through an enormous, powerful body of work. Enjoy this short poem: Image
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