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Newsletter: A Bumpy Start to Summer

June 6, 2020
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A Bumpy Start to Summer

his week Americans across the nation continued to voice their rightful anguish over the unjust killing of George Floyd and past victims of violence in their communities. A vast majority of these protests started out peacefully, but many of the demonstrations were latched onto by criminals and groups well known for leading riots, looting and destruction. There is no place for the violence perpetrated on George Floyd and too many others, or the violent riots we are seeing in communities across the country, in today’s United States of America.

Communities across the Third District, however, led by example on how to peacefully protest and hold meaningful conversations about change. I was encouraged that communities from Grand Junction to Pueblo and everywhere in between, for the most part, were able to show solidarity for the victims of injustice in such a productive manner.

This moment we are living in should serve as an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our different circumstances while remaining united by our common bond as Americans. We must strive to always show compassion and respect for everyone. Americans of all race, ethnicity and creed should feel welcomed in every community and be treated equally under the law. I firmly believe that America’s best days are yet to come, and we must continue to work together to reach them.

Here’s what you might have missed this week.

Good News on Economic Recovery

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics released the May jobs report. Many economists were expecting to see the unemployment rate to climb to levels of around 20 percent. Instead, we saw the unemployment drop from 14.7 percent in April to around 13.3 percent. Our country is reopening safely, and Americans are getting back to work!

I joined a statewide virtual town hall with members of the Colorado delegation and other state officials to discuss what reopening Colorado looks like and the federal government’s continued priorities. One of the biggest takeaways that every participant agreed on, including myself, is stressing the importance that while we are gradually reopening businesses to improve the state of our economy, there are plenty of necessary precautions that must remain in place.

While it may seem that we have been dealing with COVID-19 for such a long time, the virus is still considered new and epidemiologists and public health officials have not yet gained a thorough understanding of the virus. Until that time comes and a safe vaccine is readily available, adhering to local health guidance and using basic commonsense such as staying home if sick and washing your hands will give us the best chance to prevent a second wave of the pandemic, avoid additional loss of life, and avert further disruption to the economy.

Again, Colorado’s Third District has done a great job of keeping infection rates low in most of our communities, and so long as we continue to be diligent in our efforts to keep the most vulnerable safe, we will be able to return to some semblance of normalcy faster.

Read more about the May jobs report here

The Latest on Holding China Accountable

The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) extensive wrongdoings and its initial reaction to COVID-19, has raised additional red flags that a necessary global reaction is needed to hold the regime accountable and reinforced the importance of the U.S. reducing its reliance on China for manufacturing and critical supply chains. America is leading that charge and I have been working to ensure the interests of Colorado’s Third District are included in those efforts.

On that front, I sent a letter to House of Representatives leadership requesting that Congress support the tariffs President Trump set on Chinese-imported steel products. Years of foul play and illegal steel dumping has placed a growing stress on American steel producers, especially in Pueblo. With nearly 1,600 steel-industry workers in our district, I am continuing my efforts to ensure Pueblo can lead the way towards restoring U.S. dominance in manufacturing.

More on my letter here

June is Great Outdoors Month

Each year, summertime in Colorado brings the excitement of getting outdoors and recreating in our cherished open spaces. While not every public park, campground or recreation facility has fully reopened, there are several places that are expanding access. Here are a few of them:

A great way to be active and still social distance is by getting outside to enjoy our beautiful state!   To make sure your trip is enjoyable plan before you go by researching local guidance on services like trash pickup and public facilities available, and be aware of any fire restrictions as we enter fire season.

It’s an honor to serve as the representative for our diverse district. As always, I appreciate your feedback and look forward to us being able to meet in person soon. Have a great weekend and please reach out to one of my offices if we can ever be of assistance to you.