Dear Colleague: Leader McConnell, House Democrats Challenge You to Pass Legislation FOR THE PEOPLE
April 26, 2019
Dear Democratic Colleague,
As I’m sure you will agree, the two week district work period has been an eventful one on many fronts. On the home front, Members spent time connecting with our constituents about the kitchen table issues facing America’s working families.
In our first 100 days, the House was busy passing vital bipartisan legislation that addresses the issues that matter in the lives of the American people.
The House has sent the Senate legislation that has strong bipartisan support across the country, consistent with our For The People agenda. We urge Senator McConnell to take up the legislation as soon as possible.
• H.R. 1 – the For The People Act to restore confidence in our democracy;
• H.R. 8 & H.R. 1112 – the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and the Enhanced Background Checks Act, commonsense gun violence prevention measures;
• H.R. 7 – the Paycheck Fairness Act, to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work;
• H.R. 1585 – Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, a strong improvement and long-term reauthorization of VAWA;
• H.R. 1644 – the Save The Internet Act to restore vital Net Neutrality protections.
In the coming weeks, we will be taking action on:
• The Protecting People with Pre-existing Conditions Act and other legislation to lower health costs by reducing prescription drug prices;
• H.R. 9 – the Climate Action Now Act to preserve the Paris Climate Accord and lay the foundation for more action;
• H.R. 5 – the Equality Act to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans;
• H.R. 6 – the American Dream and Promise Act to protect Dreamers, TPS and DED recipients.
Our progress For The People stands in stark contrast to the inaction of the GOP-controlled Senate. The Republican Senate needs to wake up, and vote on these urgently needed bills immediately. If they don’t like our bipartisan bills, then they can pass their own version and we can go to conference.
Leader McConnell has declared himself the “grim reaper” of these House bills to make progress for working families. We will show him that these bills are alive and well with the American people. The middle class and America don’t want the Senate to be a legislative graveyard for so many of these important issues – they want action.
As a key part of our For The People agenda, on Tuesday, Senator Schumer, other leaders and I will meet with President Trump to advance bipartisan action on a bold infrastructure bill to create jobs and grow our economy in a green and modern way.
On the Constitutional front, in the course of the past two weeks, we have seen President Trump and the Trump Administration continue to dishonor the office that he holds. Leader McConnell shamefully will not criticize President Trump’s disgraceful conduct, and he cannot use it as an excuse not to act for the American people.
I thank our Committee Chairs for their strength and leadership and our Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries and Vice Chair Katherine Clark for bringing us together on a very productive Caucus call on Monday.
Thank you for your leadership,