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Movie Theaters Banking on Congress Amid Industry Collapse

Rep. Judy Chu, who co-signed a May 26 letter seeking further aid for movie theaters, said she fears that people will not return to theaters or concerts until there is a vaccine.

“I am so troubled by the number of businesses that could be shuttered permanently and all the jobs that would be lost,” Chu told Variety. “Every city across America has a movie theater. This affects people from all kinds of areas, whether urban or rural, low income or high income.”

Rep. Judy Chu: How to talk about China's role in pandemic in racially sensitive way

The chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif, has released a toolkit to guide her colleagues on how to avoid inciting or emboldening anti-Asian sentiment and racism tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The toolkit, which Chu disseminated to her fellow members of Congress last week, lays out language to help lawmakers push back on rising anti-Asian bias, offering suggestions on how to discuss China's role in the pandemic.

The House votes to remove the ‘moral stain’ of Trump’s immigration policies

Now Congress is pushing back. On Wednesday the House passed the No Ban Act, legislation introduced last year by Sen Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.). The act aims to repeal Trump’s ban on arrivals from majority-Muslim countries and prevent future presidents from issuing discriminatory bans on foreign nationals or followers of specific religions.

Rep. Chu Statement on Historic Vote to Repeal President Trump’s Muslim Ban & Prevent Future Discrimination

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the NO BAN Act, legislation introduced by Congressmember Judy Chu (CA-27) and U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) in April 2019 to repeal all versions of the President’s Muslim ban and prevent another baseless, discriminatory ban from happening in the future. Congresswoman Chu and Senator Coons issued the following statements:

Lawmakers aim to close gap that prevented gig workers from getting relief aid

Two California lawmakers announced a bill in Congress on Monday that would help thousands of freelancers who have been shut out of the federal aid program to support out-of-work independent contractors.

The Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act, introduced by Reps. Adam Schiff and Judy Chu, both D-Calif., aims to correct an unintended gap in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed in March. The law left thousands of gig workers who earned incomes from both traditional jobs and independent contract work with little or no financial relief.

Rep. Chu Statement on National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6395, the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. The NDAA authorizes $740.5 billion in defense spending at the Department of Defense and Department of Energy. This includes a 3% pay raise for members of the military, $5 million for research into extreme weather, and a $1 billion Pandemic Preparedness and Resilience National Security Fund .