Internal ● Human and Civil Rights
For Immediate Release: 
February 21, 2020
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
Dear Colleague:
 
I hope you’ve had productive district work period sharing with your constituents the work we’ve done on their behalf. I thank you for your work to pass the PRO Act and strengthen workers’ rights and collective bargaining as well as advancing the Equal Rights Amendment resolution and moving us one step closer to enshrining women’s equality in our Constitution.
 
Next Wednesday, the House will take up H.R. 35, the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, long overdue legislation to explicitly designate lynching as a hate crime under federal law. Also next week, the House will take up legislation to address the youth vaping and e-cigarette epidemic by prohibiting the manufacturing and sale of all flavored tobacco and increasing the user fee on nicotine to discourage young people from buying these dangerous products, among other provisions.
 
The week of March 2, the House will consider H.R. 1140, the Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act, which was reported out of the  House Committee on Homeland Security to improve the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) frontline workforce. The legislation would ensure Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) are afforded the same rights and protections afforded to other federal workers.
 
The week of March 9, the House will consider the No Ban Act, which will repeal the President’s Muslim travel ban and prevent the Administration from putting in place other discriminatory travel bans.
 
The current FISA authorization expires March 15, requiring action in the House. Pending committee action, I hope to bring a reauthorization to the Floor during this work period.   
 
Following Senate passage of Senator Kaine’s bipartisan war powers resolution, the House will also consider the resolution. We are working with our committees of jurisdiction to determine the appropriate time for consideration on the Floor.
 
I’m pleased our Committees are continuing to work on legislation that will address the problem of surprise medical billing. If a bill is ready, I will bring it to the Floor this work period.
 
Other pieces of legislation could come to the Floor during this work period, pending committee action. House Democrats will continue to address the priorities of the American people and urge Leader McConnell to allow votes on House-passed legislation for the people.
 
With kindest regards, I am
 
Sincerely yours,

STENY H. HOYER
House Majority Leader