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For Immediate Release: 
September 9, 2022
Dear Colleague:
 
Next week, we return to Washington after a historic August in which we enacted major legislation to address inflation and the climate crisis and saw voters in two states more than 2,600 miles apart choose Democrats to represent them in Congress – a testament to the success of our Majority’s work to put the needs of the American people over politics and deliver results.  Americans are tired of extremism and want Congress to govern responsibly and tackle the big issues.  That’s what our Democratic Majority has done in the House in the 117th Congress and will continue to do throughout September as we respond to the challenges facing our country, defend our democracy, protect women’s freedom to make her own reproductive decisions, and work to ensure that our people can Make It In America.
 
The American Rescue Plan made it possible for businesses and schools to reopen and for our country to enter into the fastest and most robust economic recovery in our history.  The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will create high-wage jobs and grow local economies across the country.  The CHIPS and Science Act will make our supply chains more resilient, enable our businesses to manufacture more microchips and semiconductors in America instead of in China and other countries, and help our workers become more competitive in the global economy. Last month, the House returned so that House Democrats could unanimously pass the Inflation Reduction Act, which will lower health care and prescription drug costs for Americans and make the largest investment any nation has ever made to address the climate crisis.  Moreover, in addition to sending critical military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine as it defends freedom and democracy, our Majority secured the most-significant gun safety law in a generation, kept our promise to care for veterans affected by exposure to toxic chemicals, and rescued the pensions of millions of American retirees and workers.
 
In September, the House will return to continue legislating responsibly For the People.  We do so, however, while mourning the tragic loss of Rep. Jackie Walorski and two of her staff.  Members on both sides of the aisle were shocked and saddened to learn the news of their sudden passing, and I join in expressing the condolences of the whole House to Rep. Walorski’s family and constituents in Indiana’s Second District – as well as to the families of Zachery Potts and Emma Thomson.  All three will be remembered for their service to this institution and to the nation they loved. 
 
The House also joins in mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Canada, and other Commonwealth realms.  The late Queen was a dear friend to the American people, a towering figure for peace and understanding around the world, and a tireless worker in forging greater transatlantic ties based on democracy and human rights.  In respect for her and in solidarity with the people of the nations over which she reigned, the House will pass a bereavement resolution and adjourn this coming Tuesday in her honor. 
 
During the September legislative work period, the House will build on its record of delivering for the American people by considering a continuing resolution to ensure that the federal government remains open and serving the American people without interruption through December while Congress completes the annual appropriation process.  It is essential that the House and Senate continue moving forward toward the completion of appropriation bills before the end of the year in order to provide certainty and meet our most basic responsibility.  The House has already passed half of the appropriation bills for Fiscal Year 2023, and I hope that House and Senate negotiators can make steady work in the coming weeks, building off the House’s progress.  
 
Next week, we will take up several important bills from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform to promote transparency and accountability in government.  We will consider H.R. 2988, Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney’s Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act, as well as H.R. 8326, her Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act.  Additionally, the House will vote on H.R. 302, the Preventing a Patronage System Act, sponsored by Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerry Connolly.  All three will help us prevent the kind of abuses of office and lack of transparency that were rampant under the previous administration and protect the nonpartisan, merit-based nature of our federal civil service.  The House will also consider H.R. 3173, Rep. Suzan DelBene’s Improving Seniors Timely Access to Care Act, under suspension to make sure seniors don’t have to wait to receive the care they need and deserve. 
 
The House will also be ready to consider legislation supporting law enforcement and addressing a rise in crime this legislative work period whenever work is completed on readying bills for the Floor.  Ensuring that families and children are kept safe is the highest priority, and our Democratic Majority will continue to build on the work achieved under the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act this year as we seek to help make our communities safer.  I thank Members for their ongoing work on this effort.
 
Over the next three weeks and beyond, I look forward to working with Members to advance our agenda of putting people over politics and delivering results that keep growing our economy and helping more of our businesses and workers Make It In America.  I thank all of you for your hard work throughout August as you met with constituents and traveled across your districts talking about how our Majority is getting the job done, and I look forward to welcoming you back to Washington next week as we continue our legislative agenda For the People. 
 
Sincerely,
 
 
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STENY H. HOYER
House Majority Leader