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July 16, 2020
Rebuilding America
           Congressman Langevin with workers in hardhats

Dear Friends,

Communities across the country continue to face unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. I’m proud that Rhode Island has been a leader in the fight against this pandemic. However, we have more work to do to overcome the public health and economic challenges that lie ahead. In addition to several coronavirus relief bills, the House recently passed the Moving Forward Act, a $1.5 trillion transformational package that will stimulate our economy and make considerable improvements to our infrastructure.

From roads and highways to bridges, ports, and harbors, this legislation will provide the funding needed to fix and upgrade Rhode Island’s infrastructure while spurring financial investment in our communities and expanding economic opportunity for our workers. It also includes significant investments to modernize water infrastructure, improve school facilities, expand affordable housing, and spread broadband internet access to underserved areas.

The Moving Forward Act prioritizes funding for needed capital investments, but I also worked hard to ensure we fund career and technical education to prepare the workforce of tomorrow that we will need to build and maintain our infrastructure. This bill contains several provisions I helped write that will create a task force on developing a 21st Century surface transportation workforce and provide funding to support workforce development and apprenticeship programs in transportation, energy, construction, and other targeted industries. To help address the climate crisis and tap into renewable energy, there is a provision that extends tax credits for offshore wind projects like the one off Block Island.

Further, this package includes language to update and modernize the transportation process for the one in four Americans living with a disability. Among the provisions to improve accessibility are the establishment of a one-stop paratransit pilot program and a requirement to streamline and make more transparent the Department of Transportation’s accessibility complaint process.

To stay up to date on my latest efforts to help rebuild Rhode Island, please visit my website and follow me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

Congressman Langevin with health care professionals
Ensuring Affordable Healthcare
With over 3 million confirmed infections and more than 138,000 deaths in the U.S. from coronavirus, this pandemic has magnified the importance of access to healthcare coverage. But in the midst this crisis, the President is continuing efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act and take away coverage from millions of people. Public health must remain a focus, which is why I voted in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act to strengthen the ACA, expand access to quality, affordable health care, and lower prescription drug costs.
 
Congressman Langevin being interviewed
Tackling Racial Injustice
Americans are yearning for action to address the racial injustice and police misconduct that have claimed too many lives. Although the vast majority of law enforcement officers do their jobs honorably, there have been horrific incidents of profiling and brutality that we cannot ignore. To help end discriminatory practices that have inflicted preventable pain and suffering in communities of color, I supported the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
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