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Dear Colleague: 
 
I hope you are having a productive District Work Period and are using this time to discuss with your constituents how we are continuing to work on their behalf. I know we will all join together on Monday to honor our nation’s veterans and the sacrifices they and their families have made to keep our country safe. 
 
Next week, the House will consider H.R. 4863, reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank. This legislation will help ensure a level playing field for American businesses that are competing in a global economy. 
 
Given the Senate’s failure to complete their work on appropriations, the House will have to consider a continuing resolution the week of November 18th. This action will, unfortunately, be necessary to keep the government open as we work toward an agreement on 302(b) allocations, which will allow us to move appropriations bills that are in line with the bipartisan budget caps agreement. I remain hopeful that we can finish our work and fully fund the government before the end of the year. 
 
Also this work period, I expect the House to take up H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019. This legislation will restore the Voting Rights Act to its full strength after it was undermined by the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision in 2013. Every American should be able to exercise their right to vote. The Voting Rights Advancement Act will strengthen voting rights and prevent voter discrimination and suppression tactics. 
 
In addition, the House is ready to act on the National Defense Authorization Act conference report as soon as the conference committee has concluded its work.
 
House Democrats remain focused on taking action to lower prescription drug prices. The Education & Labor, Energy & Commerce, and Ways & Means Committees have all reported out H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act. As we wait for a final CBO score, I anticipate bringing this bill to the Floor for a vote in December. 
 
The House is continuing to do important work for the people, even as our committees continue the impeachment inquiry. We can, and we will, continue to make progress on critical issues while upholding our Constitutional duty.
 
With kindest regards, I am
 
Sincerely yours, 
 

STENY H. HOYER
House Majority Leader
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
For Immediate Release: 
November 8, 2019