Dear Colleague on Legislative Progress
Dear Democratic Colleague,
As we reflect on the blessings of family, community and country during this holiday season, I write to express my deep gratitude to you and to all Members of our Democratic Caucus for your courage, unity and outstanding leadership For The People.
This week, the House solemnly honored our oath of office by passing the articles of impeachment. It now remains for the Senate to present the rules under which we will proceed. We can then appoint managers. The vote on the Floor was overwhelming and inspiring, and the number of people who want to be mangers is indicative of our strong case.
We should all be proud of the courage of our Caucus and of our outstanding legislative action. In the last ten days of session alone, we passed H.R. 3, The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, passed a strong National Defense Authorization Act, kept government open by passing a robust bipartisan appropriations package that meets the needs of the American people, lifted the unfair SALT tax on middle class families and passed a transformative U.S.-Canada-Mexico Trade Agreement that is worthy of the American people.
In the first year of our Majority, Democrats have achieved historic progress to deliver on our For The People agenda.
• For lowering health care costs, we passed our landmark H.R. 3, The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, to dramatically reduce the price of prescription drugs, and bills to protect people with pre-existing conditions, crack down on junk plans and reverse the GOP health care sabotage that has driven up premiums and left more Americans without coverage.
• For increasing paychecks, we passed the Paycheck Fairness Act to secure equal pay for equal work, the Raise the Wage Act for a $15 federal minimum wage, and, again, a transformative U.S.-Canada-Mexico Trade Agreement.
• For cleaner government, we passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act, and H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, so that government works for the public interest, not the special interests.
We have passed more than 400 bills, of which 275 are bipartisan, which the Senate refuses to bring to the Floor, including bipartisan background checks legislation, the Dream and Promise Act, the Equality Act, the Climate Action Now Act, the Save the Internet Act, the SAFE Act to protect our elections, a strong VAWA Reauthorization, the Butch Lewis Act to protect pensions, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, the Deborah Sampson Act to reduce barriers for women veterans to access VA, and much more.
When we return in the New Year, House Democrats will continue to accelerate a drumbeat to make our legislation “too hot to handle” until Senator McConnell, the Grim Reaper, takes up our bills, which are alive and well with the American people. As we do so, we will continue our legislative action For The People, with confidence in our mission to meet the needs of the American people, humility in how we go forward and patriotism and love in our hearts.
As we prepare to face the important challenges ahead, we must all take time to enjoy family and friends. Please accept my thanks and warmest personal regards for a glorious Holiday Season and a joyous Happy New Year.
Thank you for your leadership and your friendship.