News from Representative Larson

Dear Friends, 

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening and threatening thousands of lives and livelihoods in Connecticut and across the nation. Please stay safe this holiday season and exercise extreme caution when meeting with those outside your household. Remember the 3 W’s: 1. Wear your mask. 2. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. 3. Watch your distance and stay 6 feet away from others.  

As this year and the 116th Congress begins to wrap up, I am working hard for Connecticut’s First District and preparing for the coming year. Here is what I’ve been working on, as well as additional updates from Washington: 

  • I will continue to fight to provide more COVID relief and resources such as expanded unemployment benefits, direct payments to Americans, and small business support. I have voted twice recently in the House of Representatives for additional funding and have urged my colleagues to come to agreement before the end of the year when many programs expire.  
  • Rep. Joe Courtney and I are introducing legislation that would nationalize the production and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), medical supplies, testing, vaccines and more, using the Department of Defense to quarterback the effort.  
  • I joined my colleagues in a statement condemning the Trump Administration’s decision to change the Social Security Administration’s appeals process. As featured in Salon, the change will make it harder for individuals denied disability benefits to appeal that decision. 
  • I am proud to have voted for the National Apprenticeship Act which passed the House last Friday. This legislation would create nearly 1 million new apprenticeship opportunities over the next five years. Connecticut has over 5,000 registered apprenticeships providing workers access to paid, on-the-job learning opportunities. 
  • With the 2020 election behind us, we welcome President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.  I look forward to working with the incoming Administration to develop a COVID relief plan, protect and expand Social Security, and other initiatives to help the American people.  

As we look to the 117th Congress, I will continue to fight for our community, especially fighting for a much-needed COVID-19 relief package that meets the needs of the American people.  

John B. Larson
Member of Congress


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