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Dear Colleague on Democrats’ Historic Progress on Advancing For The People Agenda

March 4, 2019

Dear Democratic Colleague:

Last week, House Democrats made historic progress in advancing our values.  I write to congratulate all Members for that extraordinary progress to advance our agenda For The People.

Guided by the wisdom of our Members and the leadership of our Committee Chairs, last week we:

  • Defended the Constitution and its system of separation of powers by passing Congressman Castro’s privileged resolution to terminate the President’s emergency declaration on a bipartisan basis;
  • Honored our oath to protect the American people by passing two long-overdue, commonsense, bipartisan background checks bills: Congressman Mike Thompson’s H.R. 8 universal background checks bill, and Whip Jim Clyburn’s H.R. 1112 bill to close the Charleston Loophole;
  • Protected the right to have our voices heard at the ballot box by launching H.R. 4: Congresswoman Terri Sewell’s Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore the Voting Rights Act;
  • Upheld Article I’s constitutional oversight responsibilities during the hearings convened by the Committee on Oversight and Reform under Chairman Elijah Cummings and the Intelligence Committee under Chairman Adam Schiff; and
  • Continued to hold hearings to deliver on our For The People agenda: lowering health costs and the price of prescription drugs, increasing paychecks by rebuilding infrastructure, and cleaning up corruption in Washington.

This week, we will continue our For The People agenda to restore the American people’s faith that government works for the public interest, not the special interests, as we pass our transformative H.R. 1: The For The People Act.  We must reduce the role of big, dark special interest money in politics, advance fair elections by strengthening the Voting Rights Act, and restore ethics and integrity to Washington.

In the weeks ahead, we will continue to bring legislation to the Floor that puts the American people first, moving forward with the Equality Act, the Dream Act, protecting TPS and more.  We are proud that H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, will come to the Floor before Equal Pay Day on April 2nd.

I invite all Members to join us at three important press events this week:

  • On Wednesday, we will launch the Save The Internet Act, working with Senate Democrats to introduce legislation to restore Net Neutrality at 11:15 a.m. in the Rayburn Room of the U.S. Capitol;
  • On Thursday, we will introduce legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act at 1:30 p.m. in the Rayburn Room of the U.S. Capitol; and
  • On Friday, House Democrats will be on the Capitol steps at 9:00 a.m. ahead of the passage of H.R. 1 to mark the critical leadership of our historic freshmen class in advancing this key priority.

Please RSVP to Joy.Lee@mail.house.gov in my office to let us know that you will be attending these important events.

I am very pleased that the Select Committees have begun their work, with the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis developing innovative, effective solutions to prevent and reverse the climate crisis and our new Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress exploring ways to update our institution so that we can best serve the American people.

As we strengthen our institution and as we make progress in the legislative battles ahead, the strength and unity of our Democratic Caucus will continue to be vital.

Thank you for your leadership.