Dear Colleague: Democrats’ Successful District Work Period and Important Caucus Updates

August 21, 2019
Press Release

Dear Democratic Colleague,

As House Democrats continue our successful drumbeat of action across the nation to “Own August,” I write with several important updates for our Caucus, Congress and Country.

First, I am grateful to all Members for your leadership in your districts to highlight the progress that House Democrats have made in our first 200 days fighting For The People, both through in-person events and on social media.  You have made our legislation too hot to handle for the Senate GOP to block.

As we return to Washington energized and inspired to continue our fight For The People, the House continues to call on Senator McConnell to Give Us A Vote to pass the Bipartisan Background Check Act (H.R. 8) and the Enhanced Background  Checks Act (H.R. 1112), which we passed in February.  Returning early, the Judiciary Committee will mark up more legislation to address gun violence and the terrorism of white supremacy in America on September 4, including bills to ban high capacity ammunition magazines, help keep guns out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves and others and prevent people convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from acquiring firearms.

At the same time, the Congress continues to insist that the President reverse his short-sighted proposed State Department rescissions package, which is harmful to national security and is opposed by the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Committees of jurisdiction on a bipartisan basis.  It violates the good faith of our budget negotiations as it seeks to override the Congress’s most fundamental Constitutional power of the purse and is illegal as stated by the Government Accountability Office.

I urge you to join a Caucus-wide conference call this Friday, August 23 at 3:00PM E.T. to discuss the latest developments on these important priorities, and to discuss our plan of action for the final weeks of the August District Work Period.

Thank you for your leadership during this important time for the Congress and the Country.

best regards,


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