Dear Colleague on Commitment to Upholding Constitution and For The People Legislative Priorities

October 8, 2019
Press Release

Dear Democratic Colleague,

As we focus on our For The People agenda during the District Work Period, Democrats and Republicans alike are condemning President Trump for deserting our Kurdish allies in a foolish attempt to appease an authoritarian strongman.  This decision poses a dire threat to regional security and stability, and sends a dangerous message to Iran and Russia, as well as our allies, that the United States is no longer a trusted partner.

On another front, none of us has come to Congress to impeach a President.  Because of the seriousness of the challenge to our Constitution that our country faces, it is imperative that we address this investigation somberly and prayerfully.

The actions taken by the President over the past two weeks show a defiance of our Founders, with a total disregard for their wisdom and the U.S. Constitution.  In his “great and unmatched wisdom,” President Trump must know that no one is above the law.  The President will be held accountable.  When it comes to impeachment, it is just about the facts and the Constitution.

At the same time as President Trump is obstructing justice, abusing power and diminishing the office of the presidency, we have a responsibility to strengthen the institution in which we serve.  This is essential if we are to honor the separation of powers which is the genius of the Constitution.  To that end, I thank and am grateful to the Chairs and Members of the committees of jurisdiction and indeed all the Members of our Caucus for their seriousness of purpose in honoring our oath of office.

When it comes to our legislative priorities – gun violence prevention, equal pay, VAWA, minimum wage, Climate Action Now, Equality Act, Dream and Promise Act – we will continue the drumbeat across America for the GOP Senate to pass them.

Every single day, we will insist on the Senate passing our bipartisan background check legislation because every single day lives could be saved by its enactment.  The issue of lowering out-of-control drug prices is one not only of the health but of the financial health of America’s working families.  It is our hope that we could work with the President in a bipartisan way to pass the Lower Drug Costs Now Act this year, which could also save lives.

During this difficult time, we must continue our strong legislative agenda which is set at the kitchen table of America’s working families.  We will continue to keep our commitment For The People: lower health care costs by lowering prescription drug prices, bigger paychecks by building the physical and human infrastructure of America and promoting cleaner government.

We must legislate strongly, investigate fairly and litigate strategically.  During the District Work Period, I’m very proud of what our Members are doing to advance the prescription drug legislation, continue our discussion of the USMCA, press for action on life-saving gun violence prevention legislation and demonstrate the need for cleaner government as you hear the concerns of your constituents.

Thank you for your leadership.

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