I hope everyone had a safe 4th of July weekend. For those of you who vote by mail, primary election ballots are being mailed out this week. Watch your mail closely and cast your ballot, so that your voice is heard in the primary election!
While the U.S. House of Representatives is not voting this week, Tom remains busy as a member of the Energy & Commerce Committee.
On Wednesday, Tom discussed critical issues facing Indian Country during the Committee's hearing, "The Urgent Needs of our Tribal Communities.” Navajo Nation President Nez testified about the significant challenges the Navajo Nation continues to face during the pandemic.
Tom also joined the Committee's Racial Disparities Working Group, where he and his colleagues discussed racial disparities throughout our society, particularly within areas under the Committee's jurisdiction, like health care and the environment. The purpose of the Working Group is for Members to have an honest discussion about these disparities and draft legislative proposals to address them.
Additionally, Tom and his colleagues in Arizona’s Democratic delegation requested a FEMA COVID-19 testing blitz in Arizona, as the state is currently showing above a 25% positive rate on tests. Tom firmly believes that Arizona urgently needs more testing and more contact tracing in order to have an effective and planned response to addressing the virus’ continued spread throughout the state.
Last, but not least,Tom introduced the Broadband Adoption & Opportunity Act to provide broadband services to unserved and underserved communities, reduce income-based disparities, and close the urban-rural divide in broadband accessibility. This bill will connect students to the computers and devices they need to succeed.
Tom was pleased that the bill was endorsed by several prominent organizations, including the American Library Association, the National Rural Education Association (NREA), NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, Public Knowledge, the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Connected Nation, the Competitive Carriers Association, and NTCA-The Internet & Television Association.
You can read more about the bill here:
Again, thank you for your support, and don’t forget to mail in your primary ballots at your earliest convenience!