Weekly Update - An Attempted Coup at the Capitol
Today, I write with deep sorrow for our nation as we all witnessed the deadly insurrection at the Capitol Building this week.
On Wednesday, our nation’s Capitol, the seat of our democracy, was attacked by domestic terrorists who were incited and inspired by President Trump. Trump’s peddling of conspiracy theories about this election and voter fraud, and his directing his followers to march on the Capitol, were a direct attack on our democracy and our freedoms.
This is a dark day for our country, but one thing is very clear: Trump must be removed from office either via the 25th Amendment or impeachment. Invoking the 25th Amendment is the quickest way to do this, and expedience must be our goal. He is clearly unfit and cannot be trusted to carry out his duties and peacefully transfer power to the next President. He must be removed from office as soon as possible. If the Vice President and Cabinet fail to act, the Congress has a duty to pursue impeachment, and I have signed onto Articles of Impeachment as a cosponsor. You can read that resolution here.
We must also not forget about the Republican members who stoked and allowed this attempted coup to overturn the election results. They should all resign.
It is also clear that security and enforcement measures were woefully inadequate, and it appears that many of the perpetrators were allowed to walk free. While I commend the bravery of our law enforcement officers for persevering throughout this deadly attack, we must ensure these domestic terrorists are brought to justice quickly, and that these systemic failures do not happen again, particularly with the Inauguration less than two weeks away.
As Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, I am coordinating with other committees that have jurisdiction over Capitol operations, and our Committee plans to review the steps taken by federal agencies in preparing for, and responding to, this attack.
You can read the letter I sent to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray seeking an immediate briefing on the FBI’s efforts to investigate the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol here.
Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol demonstrated once again that local public safety in the District of Columbia (D.C.) is subject to the whim of the President and that it is past time for Congress, pending D.C. statehood, to pass legislation giving the District’s mayor control over the D.C. National Guard and repealing the President’s authority to federalize the D.C. police department. The District has demonstrated its ability to coordinate with the many federal security agencies present in the District for years and did so again on Wednesday. I will proudly join Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) to introduce both the District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act and the District of Columbia Police Home Rule Act this Congress. Read more here.
As we continue these investigations and work to protect our democracy from further attack, I am focused on rebuilding this nation under the Biden-Harris Administration. Under their leadership, we will build back better from the events of both the last few months and the last four years, and emerge stronger than ever.
NY-12 COVID UPDATES
By the Numbers
Confirmed Cases: 88,589,250
Confirmed Deaths: 1,906,468
Confirmed Cases: 21,574,043
Confirmed Deaths: 365,208
New York State
Confirmed Cases: 1,081,885
Confirmed Deaths: 39,118
Testing Positivity: 4.05%
New York City
(Last 7 days)
Total Cases: 31,862
Confirmed Deaths: 269
New York City Updates
The first COVID-19 vaccines are here. While availability is limited in the initial weeks of the vaccination program, more and more New Yorkers will become eligible as the vaccine supply increases.
Two vaccines have been given emergency authorization by the FDA. The first, developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, was approved unanimously by New York State’s independent COVID-19 Clinical Advisory Task Force on December 10 and formally authorized by the FDA on December 11, 2020. The second, developed by Moderna, was authorized by the FDA and approved unanimously by the Clinical Advisory Task Force on December 18, 2020.
Learn more about the vaccines and how they are being distributed in NYC:
While the vaccination process is underway, every New Yorker should wear a mask, social distance, and continue to avoid small and large gatherings. COVID-19 is now spreading rapidly in New York City and throughout the United States. This is a vital time to follow the recommended prevention guidance and do your part to stop the spread.
New York State Updates
COVID Alert NY
As a reminder, New York State has launched COVID Alert NY, an app to provide COVID-19 exposure alerts to help protect your community while maintaining your privacy. More information here.
The State is strongly encouraging eligible and healthy New Yorkers to donate blood. During this crisis, we have seen severe blood shortages across NYS. Your donation could save a life. More information here. As I make this request, I am aware of and working to reverse the antiquated three month deferral policy for MSM who wish to donate blood. Earlier this year, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and I were successful in getting the FDA to decrease the 12 month deferral period to three months, but we need to completely get rid of this policy that is not based on current science, stigmatizes the LGBTQIA+ community, and undermines crucial efforts to increase the nation’s blood supply as we grapple with the coronavirus crisis.
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