April 2020

REPS LIEU AND BARRAGAN URGE RELEASE, HOME CONFINEMENT OF FEDERAL PRISONERS IN COVID-19-STRUCK SAN PEDRO FACILITY

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congresswoman Nanette Barragan (D-CA-44) sent a letter to the Director of the Bureau of Federal prisons calling for the release or home confinement of all inmates at Terminal Island, a federal prison facility in San Pedro, California. Their letter comes following reports that more than half of all inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

In the letter, the Members write:

Dear Director Carvajal:

Lawmakers work to protect consumers from scammers, price gouging amid pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEXSTAR) – Lawmakers in the US House and Senate are trying to protect consumers from scammers and price gouging in light of the coronavirus pandemic. 

They say it’s time to stop those playing on the public’s fear for profit.

Thirty dollar toilet paper, seventy dollar hand sanitizer. 

“We see amazing mark-ups of common items that many people need,” Representative Ted Lieu, D-California, said. 

Some online sellers have been price gouging trying to profit off Americans’ coronavirus fears.

REP LIEU CALLS ON PRESIDENT TO NOT RISK LIVES OF WEST POINT CADETS BY FORCING THEM TO RETURN FOR SPEECH DURING PANDEMIC

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) sent a letter to the President urging him not to require graduating West Point cadets to return to school to hear President Trump speak during the COVID-19 pandemic. Doing so, Rep. Lieu argues, could put their lives and the lives of their families at risk.

In the letter, Mr. Lieu writes:

Dear Mr. President:

REP LIEU STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF ADDITIONAL CORONAVIRUS FUNDING

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. The bill provides an additional $310 billion in funding for the PPP; adds $50 billion to the Small Business Administration's Disaster Loans Program; increases disaster grants by $10 billion; and offers $75 billion to hospitals and health care workers for necessities like personal protective equipment. 

Rep. Lieu Offers Help Tracking Down Small Business Aid Applications

In Malibu … US Congressman Ted Lieu is offering assistance to small businesses that have already submitted loan applications but have not yet heard back. Those businesses can fill out an online form and submit it to his office via email. A caseworker in his office will be assigned to investigate the application status of all forms received. Complete the form at https://lieu.house.gov/sites/lieu.house.gov/files/Privacy%20Release%20Form%20-%2033rd%20District.pdf.

REP LIEU STATEMENT ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DECISION TO ROLL BACK EMISSIONS STANDARDS

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced last month that it would roll back fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks for model years 2021 to 2026. These standards are significantly weaker than those that had been promulgated by the Obama Administration. Among other changes, under the rule, automakers will be required to improve annual fuel efficiency by 1.5 percent rather than 5 percent.

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