Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced companion bills in the Senate and House of Representatives to required FEMA to conduct a study and report on best practices in conducting mortality counts after major disasters. “Whether it be Hurricane Maria or another natural disaster to come,” Ms. Kamala Harris stated, “the accuracy of the death toll has a direct impact on an area’s recovery.” These bills come in response to a Harvard study that found the death toll in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria to be over 4600, far higher than the official count of 64.
Congress passed and President Trump signed into law a $2 trillion direct spending bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The bill passed out of the Senate the evening of March 25 on a unanimous…March 30, 2020
Prior to their passage of the COVID-19 response legislation negotiated in the Senate, Democrats in the House of Representatives and other members of Congress introduced their own bills to address the…March 30, 2020
Senators Urged Leaders to Include Assistance for People Experiencing Homelessness in COVID-19 Stimulus Package
As Congress and the White House negotiated a COVID-19 stimulus package, a number of Democratic members of the Senate urged Senate leaders and the administration to ensure that people experiencing…March 30, 2020