Anna's Weekly Report

April 29, 2022
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Weekly Report
April 29, 2022
 

Dear Friends,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week that 3 out of 5 Americans have been infected with Covid. This number is even higher among children, with 3 out of 4 having been infected. While Covid hospitalizations and ICU admissions are at the lowest they’ve been during the pandemic, let this be a wakeup call that the virus is still spreading. To avoid serious illness or hospitalization, every eligible individual should be vaccinated and get their booster shots.

This week Moderna requested authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Covid vaccine for children under 6 years old, and Pfizer requested FDA approval for a booster shot for children 5 to 11 years old. These requests are critical steps to protect children from Covid-19 and ease the minds of worried parents. Children under 5 are the only group without an authorized vaccine, and my hope is that the FDA will quickly approve them for our youngest Americans.

If you have not yet been vaccinated or received your booster, you can sign up immediately for a free appointment at your county’s website below. It’s very easy to do.

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Ukraine Updates

This week I voted for the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act, legislation I cosponsored for the U.S. send military equipment to Ukraine more efficiently by streamlining the President’s authority to loan weapons and other supplies to Ukraine. I also voted for the Asset Seizure for Ukraine Reconstruction Act, legislation to seize and sell assets of Putin’s oligarchs and use the funds to help Ukraine.

Last week, the Administration approved $800 million in additional weapons and military equipment for Ukraine, bringing the total U.S. security assistance provided to Ukraine to $3.7 billion since Russia invaded in February. You can access a list of the specific weapons the U.S. has provided Ukraine by visiting my website here

Major Votes in the House This Week

National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture

This week I voted for legislation that would establish a commission to study and report on the potential creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. This is the first step to establish a Smithsonian institution dedicated to the vibrant and important history of Asian Pacific Americans.  

Legislation Anna Introduced This Week

Securing Semiconductor Supply Chains Act

I introduced bipartisan and bicameral legislation that strengthens semiconductor supply chains by requiring federal and state government agencies to develop strategies to attract investment in semiconductor manufacturing. Disruptions in the semiconductor supply chain have impacted nearly every aspect of our economy and the daily lives of Americans. My legislation will lead to the onshoring of chip production and ensure the U.S. maintains its global technological leadership.

Letters Anna Signed This Week

Preventing Authoritarians from Accessing Spyware

This week I sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee in support of efforts to prevent authoritarian regimes from accessing dangerous surveillance technology. Authoritarian governments increasingly rely on commercially available spyware to track and suppress political dissidents, activists, and journalists. My letter calls for strong export controls to ensure that autocrats cannot use American technology to facilitate their brutal repression. You can read the full letter here

Weekly Highlights

Hearing on the Health and Human Services Budget

This week I held a hearing in my Health Subcommittee with Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to discuss the President’s budget request. I asked several questions of the Secretary, including what future pandemic preparedness plans have been prepared; ARPA-H; and when he anticipates approval of vaccines for children under 5 years old. You can watch the whole hearing here.

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Event

I commemorated the 107th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide this week by participating in the Congressional Armenian Genocide Remembrance Event. In my remarks, I paid tribute to the more than 1.5 million Armenians, and hundreds of thousands of Assyrians, Greeks, Syriacs, Arameans, Maronites, and other Christians who were slaughtered at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. Members of my own family were lost in this, the first genocide of the 20th century. To honor the memory of the victims, we must say ‘never again’ and guarantee our words ring true by opposing hate in all its forms. You can view my remarks here.

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Congresswoman Anna Eshoo speaks at Congressional
Armenian Genocide Remembrance Event on April 27, 2022

Hangar One

This week NASA announced that under the Planetary Ventures (PV) Moffett Federal Airfield Lease Agreement, PV will begin restoration of Hangar One on May 5th. Having worked on this issue since 2003, I’m thrilled that restoration of Hangar One will finally begin. Our community has worked together for years to save this historic landmark that defines the landscape of the South Bay region and Silicon Valley.

The Hanger was originally built during the Great Depression and provided hundreds of much-needed jobs. It has been adjacent to NASA Ames from the start and was the training grounds and aircraft hangar during World War II. This American icon is also one of the largest freestanding structures in the country. I’m so proud that we were able to preserve this iconic piece of history for generations to come.

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Hangar One at Moffett Federal Airfield, Moffett Field, California, in 2006.
Credits: NASA/Dominic Hart

If You Ask Me

Today, social media is the modern public square and how it’s controlled has massive implications for every part of our lives and our democracy. This week Elon Musk reached a $44 billion deal to acquire Twitter, which will shift the platform from a publicly owned company to a private one largely in control of one person. I don’t have an opinion on the financial aspects of the transaction or the proposed owner. However, the public policy implications of such a critical speech platform becoming privately owned by a single individual are immense.

Any speech platform should be transparent in how it works and how content is moderated. Social media companies need controls for the spread of spam and dangerous misinformation, and they should be accountable to the public. A platform controlled by an individual, whether I agree with them or not, creates a dangerous concentration of power that puts our democracy and wellbeing at risk. We already have similar problems with Facebook and I worry about Twitter recreating these same governance issues.

In the Words of My Constituents

Every week hundreds of constituents call and write to me to express their concerns, share their passions, and ask questions regarding legislation and policies. Over 175,861 constituents have contacted me since the beginning of the 117th Congress in January, 2021. I actually read every communication and every constituent receives a personal response to their specific questions and comments from me. This week, 1,920 constituents contacted me about issues including:

  • 154 messages in support of increasing U.S. assistance to Ukraine
     
  • 98 messages in support of the Keep Food Containers Safe from PFAS Act
     
  • 95 messages in support of the Babies over Billionaires Act

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I close with this thought. Always know how deeply grateful I am for the trust you’ve placed in me to represent you. I work daily to live up to it.

Sincerely, 
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Anna G. Eshoo
Member of Congress