I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one.
Only hours after Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic—creating a superspreader event ON TOP of a domestic terrorist attack.
Any Member who refuses to wear a mask should be fully held accountable for endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy. I'm calling for every single Member who refuses to wear a mask in the Capitol to be fined and removed from the floor by the Sergeant at Arms.
While I am isolating per the Capitol Physician’s instructions, I will continue to work to the best of my ability because the deep urgency of our many crises is paramount.
I share the outrage and anger of those across America who have watched Trump fail to combat this raging pandemic and refuse to take care of Americans who are suffering, dying, and devastated.

I will not rest until I do everything in my power to remove this President from office.

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22 Dec 20
Big news: Bold progressive champions inside and outside of Congress just unveiled The People’s Agenda!

This people-first legislative roadmap for the first 6 months of 2021 is an urgent, brave, and just agenda. It's the way forward. And we're ready to make it happen. Take a look:
1⃣Provide COVID-19 relief that actually meets the scale of this devastating crisis and addresses the disproportionate harm to BIPOC and other vulnerable communities. This includes protecting essential workers, sending grants to businesses, and putting money in people's pockets.
2⃣Put people back to work, give workers more power, and transform to a clean renewable energy economy. This includes investing in a bold green infrastructure package that prioritizes frontline communities while dramatically curtailing air, water, land, and climate pollution.
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6 Dec 20
THREAD on health expertise in @JoeBiden's Cabinet. US has 15 mm cases & 3,000 deaths PER DAY. Racial injustice is rampant.

1. Cabinet MUST have multiple public health experts. Current structure: 5 econ & 3 climate positions. HHS Sec is SOLE health pos. Elevate SG & add 1 addl.
2. Nominate HHS Secretary who is public health/medical expert. @vivek_murthy, former Surgeon General, is exceptionally qualified & trusted. Our HC system has failed us & HHS Sec needs to understand & CHANGE this.
3. Elevate position of Surgeon General to Cabinet & consider adding one more position around equitable health access. We face the pandemic of a century. The top levels of Cabinet must have real public health knowledge embedded into every discussion.
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3 Dec 20
Being a progressive means being first to the best, most just idea. Our policies are so often slandered as crazy or radical or far-left before we build the movement across America that makes them the law of the land.

There are many examples, but today's is legalizing marijuana.
In 2012, WA and CO became the first states to legalize marijuana. Over the next 7 years, 9 states joined us. Last month, voters in 4 more states—red and blue—brought the list to 15. And TODAY, the House is debating the MORE Act to legalize marijuana at the federal level.
Let's keep the momentum for justice going. Let's legalize marijuana across the country. Let's expunge the records of those serving time for it. And let's ensure BIPOC communities who have been disproportionately harmed by the war on drugs own the profits of this new industry.
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29 Sep 20
Five major takeaways from Trump's tax returns:

😡He paid NO income taxes in 10 of past 15 years. In 2016 and 2017, he paid only $750. Even in our broken tax system where the wealthiest never pay their fair share, the average person in top .001% paid about $25 million.
Takeaway #2 from Trump's tax returns:

🤯He personally owes a lot of people ALOT of money--hundreds of millions of dollars--that has to be paid up in the next four years. That makes him a prime target for anyone who wants something--including dictators or other foreign enemies.
Takeaway #3 from Trump's tax returns:

😡He wants YOU--American taxpayers--to give him a $70+ million dollar REFUND. The IRS is auditing him, but don't forget he is president and controls the IRS.
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19 Sep 20
America not only lost a historic member of the highest court but a trailblazer for women everywhere. From her passionate advocacy on behalf of women to her decades on the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg served with grace and brilliance while fighting for equality and justice.
As some looked out for corporations and the powerful, she lifted up families and the most vulnerable. With every case she deliberated on, she was guided by the promise of the very words carved above the Supreme Court: equal justice under law.
Her tireless work on the court protected and expanded women’s rights, reproductive rights, voting rights, civil rights, and workers’ rights. She helped make possible historic progress on LGBTQ+ equality, health care, and immigration.
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Yesterday, I was briefed by attorneys representing women who were subjected to forced, invasive procedures by a gynecologist connected with a private, for-profit detention center in GA. It has become clear that the initial reports are likely part of a horrific pattern of conduct.
There may be at minimum 17 women who were subjected to unnecessary procedures from just one doctor, often without appropriate consent or knowledge, and with the clear intention of sterilization. It's possible there are similar cases for individuals who were already deported.
One woman, who was nearly deported, consulted the doctor simply about her menstrual cycle. She was put under for what she was told would be a simple procedure, only to wake up and find that the doctor had removed part of her reproductive organs without her knowledge or consent.
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