America is experiencing a moment of national anguish, as we grieve for those killed by police brutality and racial injustice. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery should all still be alive today. Black Americans have spent decades demanding change and despite this, we continue to see unarmed African Americans killed time and time again.
The past few weeks have shown that civic engagement is more important than ever. A small but meaningful action that you can take right now is completing the 2020 Census yourself or encouraging others to do so if you already have.
As of this week, over 1.5 million Americans have contracted coronavirus and over 90,000 have died – including more than 4,100 here in Illinois. And last month, nearly 22 million Americans filed for unemployment. I know that essential workers can’t wait for support and families can’t wait to pay rent or to keep food on their tables.
I know these past weeks have been particularly difficult for many Americans as you have been forced to celebrate Passover, Easter, and Ramadan away from your loved ones. Please know that continuing to following CDC guidance even when we most would have liked to be with our families helped keep our community safer. I'm wishing you and your friends and families the best.
I hope you, your family, and loved ones are staying safe and healthy as we continue our collective effort to slow the spread of the virus. I wanted to email you today to let you know about some of the most recent actions Congress has taken to address the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Over the past few weeks, you have likely heard about the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19. I want to reassure you that addressing this situation is the top priority in Congress.
Open enrollment for health care coverage has started!
Right now until December 15th, you can purchase, change, or renew your health care plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for coverage starting on January 1, 2020.