Press Item
September 5, 2019
Dear Colleague:
 
I hope you’ve had a productive District Work Period and used these past few weeks to listen to your constituents and share with them how House Democrats are fighting for them. While much of our work remains bottled up in the Republican-led Senate – from legislation to help lower the cost of prescription drugs, raise the minimum wage, ensure equal pay, combat climate change, protect Dreamers, and clean up government – it is important that our constituents know that we are continuing to fight for the people.
 
Over the next three weeks in session, we will continue to advance our agenda. Next week, the House will take up three bills that will block oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, and in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. These bills will help protect our environment and the economies of coastal communities that rely on tourism, outdoor recreation, and fishing.
 
The week of September 16th, I expect the House to consider a clean continuing resolution to fund the government past September 30th. While the House did its work and sent ten appropriations bills to the Senate, covering 96% of government funding, I am disappointed that the Senate failed to introduce a single appropriations bill for the first time in more than three decades. As we wait for them to complete their work so that we can begin conference negotiations, a continuing resolution will be necessary to prevent another government shutdown like the one we experienced earlier this year, which harmed thousands of American families. Also that week, we will take up H.R. 1423, legislation that would eliminate forced arbitration in employment, consumer, and civil rights cases.
 
During this work period, the House will consider H.R. 3106, the DATA Act, out of the Homeland Security Committee. We will also address a number of items that expire on September 30th, including the National Flood Insurance Program, authorization of the Export-Import Bank, and a number of health programs. I also expect the House to go to conference on the National Defense Authorization Act and to consider additional legislation addressing the humanitarian crisis at the border, following the legislation passed in July. In addition, the House may take up additional legislation to strengthen election security.
 
Following the tragic mass shootings that occurred over August in El Paso, Dayton, Midland and Odessa, House Democrats continue to urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on H.R. 8, which requires universal background checks and is supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans. While we wait for the Senate to act on this commonsense measure, next week the Judiciary Committee will mark up additional gun violence prevention legislation that the House could consider this work period.
 
As we return to session next week, I hope that the Senate will act swiftly to fund the government and stop blocking legislation that will make real progress for all Americans.  
 
With kindest regards, I am
 
Sincerely yours,

STENY H. HOYER
House Majority Leader
For Immediate Release: 
September 5, 2019