I have been an original cosponsor of the Medicare for All bill in Congress since I was first elected in 2013. I believe that health care is a human right and every single person in America deserves access to affordable high-quality health care. That is why I worked as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to grow support for Medicare for all and bringing the number of cosponsors from 63 in 2013 to over 100 in 2020.
Wisconsin is a national leader in quality accessible health care. I believe we must continue to expand and innovate within our health care system to provide all Wisconsinites access to health insurance and health care that meets their needs. Until Medicare for All becomes the law of the land, I continue to support expanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide Wisconsinites with access to affordable, quality health care. Because of the ACA, individuals with preexisting conditions can no longer be denied coverage and 105 million Americans have gained access to free preventative care, including recommended cancer screenings and immunizations. I am committed to working with my colleagues on ways to strengthen and improve the ACA, but I refuse to support any legislation that guts the law for political purposes. Ensuring that all families and businesses in Wisconsin have the security of cost-effective health insurance without sacrificing the quality of care is one of my highest priorities.
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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), today announced the Refusal to Accept Losses or Liability In Every Situation Act (RALLIES) Act, which would prevent liability waivers from being enforced for indoor gatherings of 1,000 or more people if the 14-day COVID case trend is increasing in the locality the gathering is being held. President Trump is planning to host his first large rally since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic this Saturday at an indoor arena in Tulsa, OK.
MADISON, WI—Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI) today sent a letter to CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, asking if he believes states and localities should permit large indoor public events like President Trump’s planned June 19th rally in Tulsa, attended by thousands of participants not practicing recommended social distancing or face-covering practices—particularly if organizers require liability waivers to attend due to the likelihood of contracting COVID-19.
MADISON, WI—This morning, Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) sent a letter to Peter Gaynor, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, detailing continued problems with the amount and usability of medical and testing supplies FEMA has delivered to Wisconsin. FEMA’s support is critical to Wisconsin’s ability to respond to the coronavirus.
MADISON, WI—Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Charlie Crist (D-FL) will be introducing the COVID-19 Emergency Production Act tomorrow. The bill allows, by a vote of Congress, to force the President to use the Defense Production Act (DPA). Specifically, it requires him to use the DPA to designate PPE, all testing supplies and any future COVID-19 vaccine as critical material essential to the national defense.
MADISON, WI—Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) led a group of 29 Democrats demanding that this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorize a level of spending below last year’s budget, in a letter to House Armed Services Committee (HASC) leadership this morning.
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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) and David Cicilline (RI-01) today sent a letter to the Speaker of the House of the Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, requesting direct and immediate financial assistance to small businesses, independent contractors, sole proprietors, and gig economy workers in the House’s next legislative package to combat the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, to follow-up on previous outreach to the Department of Defense (DoD) on the lack of coronavirus testing capabilities available to military personnel stationed abroad as well as seeking additional information about the DoD’s response strategies to the coronavirus outbreak.
Washington, D.C.— U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) responded today to Rep. Pocan’s inquiry into lab capacity to process coronavirus tests in the United States.
“After questioning the CDC about lab capacity to process coronavirus tests in the United States, today they replied with the following answers: