U.S. Representatives Robin Kelly, Mark Takano Host COVID19 Conference Call with Chicagoland LGBTQ Task Force
Chicago, IL – On Monday morning, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) and Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), co-chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus, hosted a COVID19 conference call discussion with members of the Illinois Second District LGBTQ Task Force.
On the call, Congresswoman Robin Kelly gave an update on the three enacted COVID19 response bills and efforts to pass new legislation to support families, small businesses and communities.
“Congress has made some historic investments in American families and small businesses but it’s clear from these unprecedented circumstances that much more is needed. It’s past time for my Republican colleagues to join us in renewing our historic commitment and targeting these resources into the most impacted communities,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly. “I appreciate everyone who dialed in and shared their ideas with Congressman Takano and myself. We will continue working, for the people, to overcome this pandemic and thrive afterwards.”
Congressman Mark Takano covered his efforts to protect America’s veterans as chair of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He also discussed efforts to protect America’s workforce and paychecks during this time as a member of the House Education and Labor Committee.
“As a co-Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, it was a pleasure to join Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s call with LGBTQ+ stakeholders and allies,” said Congressman Mark Takano. “The COVID-19 pandemic is having significant effects on LGBTQ+ people and people of color and it is incredibly important to have these conversations and to hear directly from our communities to effectively address their concerns. As Congress works on future relief packages, the Equality Caucus will continue advocating for the needs of LGBTQ+ Americans to ensure that they have access to the services, healthcare, and support they need. We are all in this together and we must ensure that no one gets left behind.”
Nearly fifty people joined the call and task force members raised a number of issues, including:
· The racial disparities in COVID-19 due to generations of health inequity,
· The impact of COVID-19 on individuals living with HIV/AIDS,
· Ensuring SBA lending resources are available to minority-owned banking institutions,
· Keeping students learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and Internet accessibility
· Working to ensure that future funding efforts adequately respond to the needs of the small businesses and non-profit community
· The danger of classifying gun stores as ‘essential businesses’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, and
· Increased cases of domestic violence during quarantine and the need for more resources to support families and emergency personnel.
Congressman Takano and Congresswoman Kelly assured callers that House Democrats would continue working to develop targeted strategies to connect with the communities that are most need.
This call was the eleventh in a series hosted by Congresswoman Kelly to inform constituents and solicit ideas for future COVID19 response legislation. Previously, she has spoken with local small businesses, superintendents, frontline healthcare workers, elected officials and first responders. On Tuesday evening, she will be speaking with Second District educators.