Biden Meets With Two Indian-American Lawmakers at a Democratic Congressional Group Meeting
Two Indian American lawmakers, Congressman Dr Ami Bera and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal met President Joe Biden at the White House as part of his interaction with two different Democratic groups
FREMONT, CA: Ami Bera, who has represented a part of Silicon Valley since 2013 and is the House's longest-serving Indian American politician, met President Biden as part of the New Democrat Coalition at the White House. He is the coalition's vice chair for outreach. The alliance claims to comprise 98 progressive Democratic legislators that support pro-growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies. According to a press release, the meeting with President Biden intended to discuss the Coalition's priorities for the remainder of the 117th Congress.
President Biden conducted another back-to-back meeting at the White House with members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, chaired by Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, shortly after he met with members of the New Democratic Coalition. She is the first and only Indian American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives. Another Indian American, Gautam Raghavan, Director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, was among those in attendance from the White House.
Another Indian American Congressman, Raja Krishnamoorthi, was in the Oval Office when Biden signed the Dr Lorna Breen Healthcare Provider Protection Act the previous week. Krishnamoorthi's efforts to develop programs to address the mental health of front-line healthcare workers resulted in the legislation. He expressed his pride to join President Biden at the White House as the Lorna Breen Healthcare Provider Protection Act was signed into law to expand mental wellness resources for health care workers.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has wreaked havoc not only on the healthcare system and economy but also has imprinted a negative impact on the mental health of the frontline employees. More than 300 doctors are thought to commit themselves each year, which is more than double the overall population's suicide rate. The commemoration of Dr Lorna Breen is expected to benefit all the healthcare professionals and warriors fighting COVID across the country.