What’s Happening in Congress? Support for Families, Climate Action, and More: A Message from Rep. Huffman
After an unprecedented month of action, I can confidently say: America is back on track. In April we reached 100 days of the Biden administration, and that milestone brought a tremendous amount of achievements. This month we reached 200 million vaccines, recommitted to global climate leadership, and introduced historic investments in America to support working families, rebuild our economy, and restore the country’s crumbling infrastructure. The Biden administration and our Democratic majority in Congress is showing that government can deliver for the people. Below are some highlights from the past month I’d like to share with you.
President Biden’s Plans for Jobs and Families
Just one month after we passed the historic American Rescue Plan to get shots in arms, money in people’s pockets, kids safely back to school, and millions of people back to work, President Biden unveiled our next big deliverable for the American people: the American Jobs Plan. This transformational roadmap will bring our infrastructure into the 21st Century with a focus on equity, jobs, and resilience. For decades, we have woefully neglected our infrastructure, and we know we not only need to rebuild it, we need to improve it. But this plan goes further than just bold investments in our nation’s transportation and infrastructure. It supports American manufacturing, invests in rural and urban communities, creates well-paying jobs, and addresses the most significant crisis of our lifetime: climate change.
To close out April, President Biden unveiled the third major plan of his administration – the American Families Plan. This plan is an ambitious, once-in-a-generation investment to rebuild the middle class and invest in America’s future. As we rebuild from the pandemic, we must lay a new foundation for working families and an equitable economy. The president’s American Families Plan invests in America’s future to reward work, not wealth, and ensure a bright future for everyone.
Recommitting to Climate Action
In honor of Earth Day, I joined Senator Ed Markey and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to reintroduce the Green New Deal. The GND sets the right standard for climate action by building equity, social justice, public health, and economic opportunity into our climate solutions. These aren’t pie-in-the-sky concepts. The comprehensive, concrete steps outlined in the Green New Deal are what's urgently needed to tackle the climate crisis.
I also had the privilege to meet with Climate Envoy John Kerry and my colleagues on the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis ahead of President Biden’s international Leaders Climate Summit. We’re ready to get to work with world leaders on solving the climate crisis—and with renewed goals and leadership in the administration, we are moving full steam ahead.
In the beginning of April I met with small businesses in Humboldt that have been affected by the COVID pandemic. We talked about the American Rescue Plan and how federal relief programs have helped these small businesses and what challenges remain during recovery.
As always, my staff is hard at work serving you. Whether it’s assistance working with a federal agency or providing information about legislation and policy – we're here to help.
There is no problem too big or small. Your needs matter, and I’d like to share one of our recent success stories:
“I lost my home and contents to the Glass Fire. After months spent speaking to dozens of people from federal agencies looking for assistance and failing, someone suggested I contact Congressman Huffman’s office. No one had figured out that I was placed into the wrong disaster classification. Thanks to Rep. Huffman’s staff this was fixed, and I started getting financial assistance! I was about to give up and likely may have become homeless if it wasn’t for Congressman Huffman’s office. Thank you!” -- David, Sonoma CA
This is just one example of how my office can help you. As I continue my important work for the people of California’s Second District, please don’t hesitate to contact my office for assistance if you are in need.
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Thank you, and stay well,
Member of Congress
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