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WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Jahana Hayes issued the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed by voice vote H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the third major piece of legislation passed by Congress to respond to the public health crisis in recent weeks. The Senate passed this legislation Thursday morning, and the President is expected to sign the bill into law as soon as possible.
WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Jahana Hayes joined fellow House Democrats in introducing legislation to protect the safety of health care workers caring for patients with the coronavirus. The COVID-19 Worker Protection Act of 2020 (H.R. 6139) would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to ensure health care facilities implement comprehensive infectious disease exposure control plans. These protocols would keep front line health care workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
WATERBURY - Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-5) issued the following statement regarding the first confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in CT, involving an employee working at Danbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital:
WASHINGTON – Today, United States Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) voted to pass H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act of 2019. Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals are known to cause certain types of cancer and can adversely impact the development of babies and young children. This critical legislation requires the Environmental Protection Agency to designate all PFAS as hazardous, prohibits the development of new PFAS, and specifically establishes a new contamination safety standard. The bill passed the House of Representatives 247 to 159.
WASHINGTON – On the anniversary of the United Nations adopting the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, United States Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) and United States Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced H. Con. Res 80, which declares federal government support of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act as well as legislation from 1968 requiring all infrastructure built with public funds to be made fully accessible to disabled individuals.
WASHINGTON – Today, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, a major piece of legislation set to address the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs in America. Included in H.R. 3 was the Supporting Trauma Informed Education Practices Act, which directs money recouped from drug companies involved in the opioid crisis to grants supporting mental health care for children in schools. This legislation was sponsored by Congresswoman Hayes.
WASHINGTON – In an effort to continue the ongoing fight against opioid addiction in Connecticut and around the country, United States Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) signed on to ten new pieces of legislation. These bills help to reduce abuse and provide better training for first responders and medical practitioners to treat people with substance abuse disorders (SUDs). Each of these ten bills is a targeted, highly impactful attempt to marshal federal resources. More than a third of the bills are bipartisan.
WASHINGTON – Last week, United States Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) introduced H.R. 4669, the Maximizing Drug Coverage for Low-Income Seniors Act. This bill seeks to improve the Medicare enrollment process and lower skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs by ensuring beneficiaries are enrolled in the Part D plan which best meets their needs. This is done by establishing an “intelligent assignment” process for low-income beneficiaries, rather than the current random system.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05), Senator Kamala Harris (CA), and Congressmembers Julia Brownley (CA-26), Jim Costa (CA-16), Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02), Mike Levin (CA-49), Jim Himes (CT-04), and John Larson (CT-01) introduced H.R. 3973, the Clean School Bus Act. This legislation would provide $1 billion to help school districts across the country replace traditional school buses with electric ones.
It should be basic that we do not make children breathe dirty air in order to get to school. Yet, that is what our kids have had to do for decades while travelling on old, polluting school buses.