The COVID-19 pandemic has been the most disruptive force to American life in generations, taking the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans, sickening millions of others, causing an economic downturn that surpasses that of the Great Recession of 2008, and stretching our healthcare system to its limit.
Addressing the public health and economic effects of COVID-19 is the single most pressing issue before our country today. Eugene understands that, seeing the devastation the virus has caused across our community. In Congress, Eugene would advocate for policies to:
- Develop, manufacture, and distribute a vaccine.
- Ensure we have American-made Personal Protective Equipment, to keep our first responders and frontline health care workers healthy.
- Provide federal aid to families and small businesses to help them get through the economic fallout from the virus, and thrive again.
- Fight for affordable, accessible health care and to protect people with pre-existing conditions like asthma, cancer and even COVID-19.
- Ensure state and local governments have emergency aid to recover, avoid major tax increases and have the ability to pay workers like first responders.
- Invest in the jobs of our future, like a major infrastructure bill, to put Pennsylvanians back to work and rebuild our roads and bridges, invest in hospitals and internet.
In Congress, Eugene will fight every day to ensure that America is utilizing all its immunology research and development resources to develop a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. Eugene recognizes this as the single most important step to end the threat of COVID-19. He will also work to ensure the vaccine continues to be developed in a transparent manner so Americans can have faith in its safety and effectiveness.
Eugene will strongly encourage the President to employ his powers under the Defense Production Act to ensure that Personal Protective Equipment production is sizably increased and distributed to all classifications of healthcare workers, and Americans in the public and private sectors. He will also advocate for more rapid testing and increase the amount of supplies necessary to expand testing capacity. He also will work to support a comprehensive test and contact tracing system that has proven effective in other countries that have been successful in containing the spread of the virus.
Eugene will also fight to maintain protections for pre-existing conditions, so no American is ever denied coverage due to any long-term effects from COVID-19, and expand access to quality, affordable, healthcare to ensure Americans can receive the treatment they need.
Countless families in our community and across the country have also been touched by the economic devastation brought on by COVID-19. Eugene sees it as imperative that our federal government does everything possible to help Americans overcome the hardships they are facing through no fault of their own.
Eugene will advocate for the continuation of stimulus measures such as direct payments to families, an extension of increased unemployment benefits, another round of PPP funds for struggling small businesses, and increased oversight so the money goes where it should, not to corporations or well-connected lobbyists.
Eugene understands how critical the heroism of frontline workers has been to keeping our communities safe and healthy. That is why he will advocate for increased state and local funding in any future economic relief packages to ensure our police officers, firefighters, and other first responders are paid, as they selflessly serve our communities.
Eugene will fight for a large scale infrastructure investment to create well paying, blue-collar jobs, that put PA-10 residents back to work and provide a long-overdue overhaul to our roads and bridges. Eugene knows the road to recovery will be long, and he will always keep the needs of American families, not special interests, at the forefront of his work in Congress.