March 30, 2021
Pressley, Dingell, Lamb, Jayapal Lead Call for Historic Investment in Home and Community-Based Services in Recovery Package
WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Conor Lamb (PA-17) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) led a letter with 107 of their colleagues to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris calling for an historic investment of $450 billion in home- and community-based services (HCBS) in the Build Back Better infrastructure package. Sent ahead of President Biden’s speech rolling out his Build Back Better proposal, the lawmakers made the case for HCBS care being included in his vision for the rebuilding of the nation’s care infrastructure.
Full text of the letter is available here. The letter follows a similar call last month by Sens. Casey and Booker, along with 29 of their colleagues, for additional investments in HCBS in upcoming Recovery legislation.
Congresswoman Pressley has fought for older Americans and people with disabilities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In early 2020, she worked with advocates to challenge Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s crisis standards of care and release updated guidelines with input from the disability community. In June 2020, Rep. Pressley and Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) wrote to Governor Baker requesting an independent investigation into the outbreak of COVID-19 at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home (CSH).
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