Dear Colleague on Democrats' Historic Progress to Protect the Constitution, Protect the American People and Protect Our Democracy
Today, the President released his budget, which demands billions for an ineffective, wasteful wall, while proposing to slash the lifeline of Medicare and important investments in education. In stark contrast, over the past two weeks, Democrats in the House have confronted challenges central to the well-being of America: protecting the Constitution, protecting the American people and protecting our democratic institutions.
We honored our oath of office to protect the Constitution by passing Congressman Joaquin Castro’s resolution to reject the President’s unlawful emergency declaration.
While the President proposes a fake crisis at the border, we protected the American people by passing two life-saving background checks bills under the leadership of Congressman Mike Thompson and Whip Jim Clyburn that confront the real crisis in our country of gun violence.
And, just this past week, under the leadership of Congressman John Sarbanes and our dynamic Freshman Class, we protected our democracy by passing our transformative H.R. 1: The For The People Act, which will restore the people’s faith that government works for the people’s interest, not the special interests:
- Ending the dominance of big dark special interest money in politics and empowering small donors;
- Ensuring clean, fair elections and fighting voter suppression; and
- Cleaning up corruption and returning integrity to Washington.
We must continue to advance progress on the issues that challenge the conscience and safety of our Country and our Constitution. We are calling upon the American people to weigh in with the Senate to pass our legislation. I am confident that, with outside mobilization, we will prevail.
Our drumbeat of action For The People continues this week. On Tuesday, we will introduce H.R. 6, The Dream and Promise Act, led by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, to protect our courageous and patriotic Dreamers and TPS and DED Americans.
On Wednesday, we will proudly introduce Congressman David Cicilline’s H.R. 5, the Equality Act, to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans and advance full equality in America.
And shortly, under the leadership of Congresswoman Karen Bass, we will bring bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act to the Floor.
In the coming weeks, we will continue our work For The People: to lower health costs and the price of prescription drugs, and to raise paychecks by rebuilding the infrastructure of America in a green, modern and job-creating way.
Our overarching goal is to end the disparity of income in America. To that end, in this Women’s History Month, we will pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, to secure equal pay for equal work.
March has come in like a lion, and we will keep up that pace. One hundred days from our swearing-in, we will have introduced, marked up or passed on the Floor much of our For The People agenda.
Thank you for your leadership. Best regards.