Press Releases

April 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) unveiled the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act, a bill to institute a nationwide cancellation of rents and home mortgage payments through the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. The bill would constitute a full payment forgiveness, with no accumulation of debt for renters or homeowners and no negative impact on their credit rating or rental history.

April 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) sent a letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt today requesting a comprehensive investigation into Amazon’s recent dismissal of two employees at a warehouse facility in Shakopee, Minnesota.

April 15, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) today led 26 House Members in writing to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee urging a moratorium on the approval and construction of new natural gas pipeline projects and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) export facilities during the coronavirus pandemic in order to protect the public health and the environment.
April 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) today unveiled the SNAP Online Purchasing Flexibility Act, a bill which would require the Secretary of Agriculture to allow all states that meet the necessary requirements to participate in the online purchasing program by allowing approved retail food stores to accept online transactions of SNAP benefits.

April 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA), and Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) sent a letter with 58 House Democratic colleagues to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging USDA to expand online purchases for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to all states and additional retailers. Currently, only a limited number of states are approved to administer online SNAP purchases.
April 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) today introduced the Recovery Rebates Improvement Act and sent a letter to the Department of Treasury to request guidance on eligibility of recovery rebates.

April 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) led Members of Congress on a series of letters to the CEOs of American companies today, calling on them to stop the use of forced labor of the Uyghur Muslim population in China.

April 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Deb Haaland (D-MN) introduced the Suspend School Meal Debt Act today to require school food authorities and local educational agencies to stop collecting unpaid meal fees during the COVID–19 pandemic, providing much-needed relief for families across the nation. They were joined by original cosponsors Reps.

March 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) sent a letter to the Treasury Department today calling for guidance to U.S. governors that ensures that the Coronavirus Relief Fund is distributed in a timely manner to cities with more than 50,000 residents and ensures that smaller communities do not get left behind.

March 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, 34 members of the House and Senate sent a letter to President Trump asking his administration to end sanctions against Iran, as the nation copes with COVID-19. The letter was also endorsed by 13 signatory groups. In a particularly troubling development, the Trump administration levied additional sanctions against Iran on March 18. The full letter is attached. 

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