200 Days of a Democratic House
Over the last 200 days, the new Democratic Majority in the House has moved swiftly and purposefully to improve the health, prosperity and well-being of all Americans.
House Democrats have introduced and passed key bills that deliver on a host of top priorities, including legislation to clean up corruption in Washington, lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs, and increase paychecks for hardworking families. For example:
- H.R. 1, the For the People Act– As our first order of business, the House of Representatives passed a bill which would crack down on Washington corruption, fight back against big money in politics, improve ethics across all three branches of government, ensure the right to vote, fix partisan gerrymandering and protect our elections from foreign interference. By leading with H.R. 1, House Democrats made a clear commitment to put the public’s interests ahead of special interests and restore trust, transparency and integrity in Washington.
- H.R. 5, the Equality Act – This landmark bill would ensure that all Americans – including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans – would be protected from discrimination in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs and jury service.
- H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act – This legislation would provide a path to lawful permanent resident status, and potentially eventual citizenship, for DREAMers and those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status.
- H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act – This legislation would close loopholes in existing law to help ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.
- H.R. 8, Bipartisan Background Checks Act – This gun safety legislation would require background checks for gun sales and transfers to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals and bad actors.
- H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act – This bill would require the Trump Administration to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement, a global effort to combat climate change.
- H.R. 528, the Raise the Wage Act – This bill would increase paychecks for more than 33 million Americans by gradually raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.
- H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act and H.R. 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act – These bills would help to protect families from predatory junk insurance plans that don’t offer comprehensive health care coverage, including coverage for pre-existing conditions, and help rein in the soaring costs of health care and prescription drugs.
- H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act – This bill, which I introduced, would restore net neutrality and ensure that the internet remains free and open for all Americans.
- H.R. 2722, the SAFE Act – This essential bill would strengthen election security and protects our democracy ahead of the 2020 election. This bill responds to the alarming election system vulnerabilities outlined by the Mueller Report and acknowledges recent threat assessments by our intelligence community, which conclude that Russia and other hostile foreign actors plan to interfere in the upcoming 2020 election.
All of these bills have been sent to the United States Senate, where they await action. Democrats will continue to call upon the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, to bring these measures to the floor. He too must deliver on the priorities of the American people.
At the same time, our House investigative committees have conducted important oversight work, investigating the Trump Administration and holding the President and his appointees accountable to the people.