May 13, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 90 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 90
(Senate - May 13, 2020)
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[Pages S2420-S2421] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS The following petitions and memorials were laid before the Senate and were referred or ordered to lie on the table as indicated: POM-193. A resolution adopted by the Senate of the State of New Jersey urging the federal government to create a federal COVID-19 Business and Employee Continuity and Recovery Fund; to the Committee on Appropriations. Senate Resolution No. 65 Whereas, The United States faces an unprecedented public health crisis in the form of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic; and Whereas, There have already been over 15,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 in the State of New Jersey and that number is expected to climb higher throughout the month of April and beyond; and Whereas, Under Executive Order 107, the Governor has directed all residents to remain at home until further notice, in an effort to promote social distancing and stop the spread of the disease through personal contact; and Whereas, Social distancing has caused considerable business disruption, with many businesses closed or operating at a reduced capacity indefinitely; and Whereas, This has caused considerable financial hardship to employees who have been laid off, furloughed, or are working reduced hours, and to business owners who have seen a considerable reduction in income; and Whereas, This situation is consistent in every state in the country, and even those states that have not enacted orders to stay at home have seen economic hardships resulting from voluntary social distancing; and Whereas, Without government intervention, this large-scale business disruption will result in rampant unemployment, long-term damage to financial markets, and irreparable harm to communities across the country; and Whereas, Government intervention in the form of the provision of liquidity to affected businesses would be of considerable assistance to any business, regardless of industry, location, or size; and Whereas, The proposed COVID-19 Business and Employee Continuity and Recovery Fund allows for the distribution of federal funds and liquidity to impacted businesses and their employees; and Whereas, Funding provided by the COVID-19 Business and Employee Continuity and Recovery Fund will help businesses retain and rehire employees, maintain worker benefits, and meet operating expense obligations, and includes strong anti- abuse provisions, including audits and Special Inspector General oversight; and [[Page S2421]] Whereas, Federal assistance is therefore needed to help all businesses in the State and in the country; Now, therefore, be it Resolved, by the Senate of the State of New Jersey: 1. This House respectfully urges the President of the United States and the United States Congress to support the creation of the COVID-19 Business and Employee Continuity and Recovery Fund. 2. Copies of this resolution, as filed with the Secretary of State, shall be transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the President and Vice President of the United States, the Majority and Minority Leader of the United States Senate, the Speaker and Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, and to every member of the Congress elected from this State. ____ POM-194. A joint memorial adopted by the Legislature of the State of Washington respectfully requesting that Congress take the appropriate steps to restore federal benefits to Compacts of Free Association (COFA) migrants; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Substitute Senate Joint Memorial No. 8017 Whereas, Since 1986, Compacts of Free Association (COFA) between the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk, Kosrae, Yap, Pohnpei), and the United States allow citizens of nations with COFA agreements to serve in the United States military and enter, lawfully reside, and work in the United States; and Whereas, The relationship between the nations with Compacts of Free Association and the United States includes economic development and a military presence; and Whereas, The region served as a testing ground for atmospheric nuclear weapons between 1946 and 1958, which resulted in past and current inhabitants being exposed to high levels of radioactive fallout; and Whereas, When the Compacts were originally signed, COFA migrants were eligible for Medicaid and other federal programs; and Whereas, Despite paying state and federal taxes, these migrants were excluded from benefits as a consequence of the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act in 1996; and Whereas, This ineligibility for federal health programs has exacerbated barriers to health care access for this population, which has led to poorer health outcomes and increased, long-term costs on the health care system as a whole; and Whereas, Research shows that people living in households in which the primary language spoken at home is not English, seniors, people with disabilities, and people who identify as Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders are disproportionately impacted by health inequities; and Whereas, Washington state has the second-largest population of Kosraeans and the third-largest population of Palauans and Marshallese people in the United States according to the 2010 United States Census; and Whereas, Washington recognized the need to help address health inequities by providing support for citizens of nations with COFA agreements in need of food, medical, and dental care assistance in Washington state; and Whereas, Washington state continues to advocate, alongside other states, for congressional legislation to restore federal benefits for COFA communities who continue to provide military service at higher rates than the overall population of the United States and valuable economic and cultural contributions in the United States; and Whereas, The COFA communities in Washington are engaged in providing feedback regarding COFA renewal and participated in listening sessions as part of the recent United States Government Accountability Office study of COFA migrants in the United States in the fall of 2019; Now, therefore, Your Memorialists respectfully request that Congress take the appropriate steps to: Restore federal benefits for COFA migrants, the including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medicaid; ensure that citizens of nations with COFA agreements are appropriately counted as part of the 2020 census; consider the uniqueness of COFA status in all immigration policies, including exempting citizens of nations with COFA agreements from changes to the public charge rules; and immediately begin work on COFA renewal negotiations; be it Resolved, That copies of this Memorial be immediately transmitted to the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and each member of Congress from the State of Washington. ____ POM-195. A joint resolution adopted by the Legislature of the State of Alaska requesting the Secretary of the Treasury to mint not less than 5,000,000 $1 coins, honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich under the Native American $1 Coin Act; to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. House Joint Resolution No. 9 Whereas Elizabeth Peratrovich, of the Tlingit Nation, was an important civil rights activist who fought for equality for Alaska Natives; and Whereas Elizabeth Peratrovich advocated for the passage of the Alaska Territorial Legislature's Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, the first anti-discrimination law in the United States; and Whereas Elizabeth Peratrovich served as the Grand President of the Alaska Native Sisterhood; and Whereas, in 1988, the Alaska State Legislature established February 16 of each year as Elizabeth Peratrovich Day; and Whereas, in 1992, the public gallery of the chambers of the House of Representatives formerly known as Gallery B was renamed in honor of Elizabeth Peratrovich; and Whereas Elizabeth Peratrovich was named as a 2018 honoree of the National Women's History Alliance; and Whereas, in 2020, residents of the state will celebrate Elizabeth Peratrovich and the 75th anniversary of the Alaska Anti-Discrimination Act; and be it Resolved, That the Alaska State Legislature requests that the United States Secretary of the Treasury, under the Native American $1 Coin Act, mint not less than 5,000,000 Elizabeth Peratrovich $1 coins to be issued at face value and delivered to the Seattle branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for distribution for deposit in banks throughout the State of Alaska; and be it further Resolved, That the Alaska State Legislature requests that the United States Secretary of the Treasury carry out a continuing campaign to encourage commercial enterprises to accept and dispense Elizabeth Peratrovich $1 coins. Copies of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President of the United States; the Honorable Michael R. Pence, Vice President of the United States and President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Steven T. Mnuchin, United States Secretary of the Treasury; and the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress. ____ POM-196. A resolution adopted by the County Council of the County of Luzerne, Pennsylvania urging the President of the United States and the Enviornmental Protection Agency to halt the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), Storm Water Program, and Storm Water Fee Collection; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. POM-197. A resolution adopted by the City Council of the City of Dillingham, Alaska, requesting the United States Treasury mint not less than 5,000,000 Elizabeth Peratrovich $1 coins, under the Native American $1 Coin Act; to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. POM-198. A resolution adopted by the City Council of Saint Paul, Minnesota urging the United States Congress to enact without delay, H.R. 763 the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019; to the Committee on Finance. POM-199. A petition from a citizen of the State of Texas relative to prescription drug manufacturing; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. POM-200. A petition from a citizen of the State of Texas relative to prescription drug manufacturing; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions ____________________