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For Immediate Release: 
August 10, 2021
Dear Colleague:

As we began the August District Work Period, we looked back on seven months of very significant accomplishments For the People.  Of course, the most important of those was the American Rescue Plan.  In addition to that, we passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act; H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act, to make long-overdue investments in infrastructure and economic growth; H.R. 5, the Equality Act; H.R. 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act; H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act; H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act; H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act; H.R. 51 to admit Washington, D.C., as the fifty-first state, and other major legislation.  I want to congratulate all of you for the unity and singular purpose we displayed.  Our unity was, in fact, our power.  

 
As you know, the Senate is continuing to work on advancing the President’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan.  The Senate has passed its bipartisan infrastructure bill, which contains much of the American Jobs Plan’s investments, and it appears that it will also pass a budget resolution, which is a necessary step as we move toward a budget reconciliation bill that will allow us to implement the American Families Plan.  For your scheduling purposes, assuming that the Senate does, in fact, complete work on a budget resolution, the House will return to session on the evening of August 23 to consider that budget resolution and will remain in session until our business for the week is concluded.
 
Among legislation we will likely take up is H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. This critical bill honors the legacy of John Lewis and the heroes of the Civil Rights Movement by restoring the protections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that were removed in the disastrous rulings in Shelby v. Holder in 2013 and in the recent Brnovich case.  
 
As has become very clear in recent days, the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet behind us.  Where the virus continues to spread, I know that you will be encouraging constituents to take action to keep their family, friends, and neighbors safe by getting vaccinated, wearing masks when advised, and practicing social distancing and hygiene measures as directed by local health authorities.  Together, we can help stop the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 and protect the vulnerable.  
 
Thankfully, House Democrats together urged President Biden to take action to prevent millions of Americans from being evicted while still confronting the challenges of this pandemic and the surge in cases relating to the Delta variant.  I am pleased that the President followed the steps we recommended, and I hope all of you will join me this month in urging state and local officials to disburse funding into the hands of both tenants and landlords that Congress already appropriated. 
 
I hope this District Work Period will also provide Members with a chance to hear directly from small business owners, workers, teachers, and students who have been positively impacted by the American Rescue Plan that has enabled businesses to reopen, schools to resume in-person learning, and keep families afloat during trying economic times.  Members also have an opportunity to continue promoting the expanded Child Tax Credit, which is an important economic lifeline to families as we continue working to build back better.  
 
As we have done since 2019, the Democratic Majority will continue working to ensure that that the House does its job responsibly For the People.  I will notify Members of official schedule changes as soon as they are finalized, and I again wish you a very meaningful and productive August District Work Period. 
 
Sincerely,
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STENY H. HOYER
House Majority Leader