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Episode 24 - Congressman Ted Lieu: Congress, CARES & COVID

The CARES Act and COVID-19: California Congressman Ted Lieu lays out his congressional action plan to expand Coronavirus testing, ongoing payments to workers, and how and when the country can re-open.

Congressman Ted Lieu talks about his planned changes to the CARES act, the need for testing, increased support for workers, and healthcare. Congressman Lieu makes a case for the need for universal healthcare and financial support to small business and 'gig' workers. The congressman talks about remote working and protecting employees. Climate change, national security, and military preparedness is also discussed.

(2:00) Decisive Presidents in history. (3:00) Congressman Lieu talks about extending stimulus law. (3:00) Changes to Payroll Protection Plan (PPP). (4:00) Testing for the Coronavirus. (7:30) Social Distancing, (11:00) Re-opening the country and working remotely. (14:30) Civil Liberties issues. (15:30) International Relations and Racism. (18:30) Defunding W.H.O. (20:00) The elections and voting by mail. (22:00) Universal Healthcare.


Ted W. Lieu represents California’s 33rd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.  Ted is serving in his third term in Congress and currently sits on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He was also elected by his Democratic Colleagues to serve as a Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. 

Ted has been a leader in Congress against ethnic and racial profiling, and discrimination against the LGBT community.  He serves as Whip of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Cloud Computing Caucus.

Ted was first elected in 2014, having taken over the seat of Henry Waxman, who retired after serving in Congress for 40 years. In 2015, Ted was elected president of the Democratic Freshman class by his colleagues. In his first term in Congress, seven pieces of legislation sponsored by Ted were signed into law.  This includes bills to provide housing for homeless Veterans and retrofit vacant buildings at the West LA VA campus; combat foreign propaganda and misinformation; and require more stringent cleaning instructions for medical devices.

Prior to serving in Congress, Ted was elected to the California State Senate in 2011 and the State Assembly in 2005.  Ted's legislative accomplishments include authoring landmark legislation regulating the subprime mortgage industry; a first-in-the-nation ban on gay conversion therapy for children; and a first-in-the-nation ban on the use of tanning beds for minors. Ted fought for California state tax reform that saved small businesses from millions in retroactive taxes, and tax incentives for film and TV production.  Ted also co-authored California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act and co-authored the law banning state pension funds from investing in Iran’s nuclear and energy industries.

For up-to-date information on Ted’s work in Congress, you can follow @RepTedLieu on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube

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