My top priority is to ensure all District residents have the information and resources you need to protect yourselves and loved ones from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Although we are living through a public health emergency, together, we will overcome this.
Ten members of the DC Council sent a letter to grocery store operators urging protections for the front line store workers we rely on desperately during this public health emergency. We are grateful that grocery stores have remained open, and we understand the risks workers are taking to serve our residents.
Today, I sent a letter with my DC Council colleagues and a separate letter with my Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments colleagues pushing Congress to grant DC additional funds to fight the coronavirus.
Today, in the first-ever virtual legislative meeting for the DC Council, we unanimously passed a second emergency bill, the COVID-19 Response Supplemental Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 , to help residents, small businesses, and Advisory Neighborhood Commissions through this unprecedented time.
On Monday, April 1st, Mayor Bowser issued a stay-at-home order . It was an important step that I called for last week because the only way we slow the spread of the dangerous coronavirus is by limiting interaction with other people.
Due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases in our city and across the region, Mayor Bowser issued a stay-at-home order, effective today at 12:01 A.M., for District residents, until April 24th. This order reinforces that residents should stay at home to protect us all and to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Today, Councilmember Robert White, along with 10 of his Council colleagues, sent a letter to Mayor Bowser expressing concern with elevated lead levels in District of Columbia public playgrounds. The Councilmembers have asked the Mayor to accelerate the final report on lead testing results, ensure that the report is released publicly, ensure that Department of Parks and Recreation’s (DPR) playgrounds are also tested, and develop a solution that ensures the District is using the safest and most durable materials for playgrounds.
Councilmember Robert White today said that oversight, transparency, and diversity on the WMATA board are needed in order to improve the relationship between Metro Transit Police and communities of color. White, Chair of the Committee on Facilities and Procurement, which has oversight over WMATA, and Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, held a joint hearing on Tuesday, November 12 th on how the Metro Transit Police Department’s (MTPD) policing practices impact communities of color. Councilmember White called for this oversight hearing following a June 22 nd incident where MTPD officers allegedly handcuffed and pinned down a 13-year-old DC student and tased a graduate student who attempted to intervene.
Many senior citizens fear the rising housing costs will make it almost impossible for them to stay in the District. Those on fixed incomes often do not have enough money to cover increasing costs of rent, medication, utilities, and groceries, so I introduced The Golden Girls Bill .