For Immediate Release: 
October 16, 2021
Dear Colleague:
Constituents continue looking to us to provide sound leadership as we combat the COVID-19 pandemic and build our economy back better and stronger so that more of our businesses and people can make it in America.  The upcoming legislative work period will reflect House Democrats’ determination to achieve those aims and to deliver results For the People. 
With the short-term extension of surface-transportation programs through October 31, the House will aim to consider the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Build Back Better Act this work period.  Discussions continue to move forward, and I thank Members for their efforts as we work to ensure that both of these essential bills reach President Biden’s desk and achieve their goals of helping millions of Americans access economic security and opportunities to get ahead.
Next week, the House will take up bills under provisions of the rule adopted this past Tuesday.  The first is the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Lucy McBath, Gwen Moore, and others to reauthorize critical programs that provide resources to victims of domestic violence.  The second is the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, introduced by Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney.  This legislation protects the rights of workers who are breastfeeding by ensuring that employers provide accommodations to nursing mothers to help them stay in the workforce and earn the pay they are due for the hours they work.  Both of these bills were marked up by the Education and Labor Committee, and I thank Chairman Bobby Scott and Committee Members for their efforts to advance them to the Floor.
The House will also consider the Protect Older Job Applicants Act this work period.  This much-needed legislation would prevent discrimination based on age for those seeking work.  Sponsored by Rep. Sylvia Garcia, it would ban employers from limiting or classifying job applicants by age when considering candidates for positions.  The Protecting Older Job Applicants Act also met with the Education and Labor Committee’s approval and is ready for Floor action.
Earlier this week, we met to address the debt limit and prevent a default instigated by Republicans that would derail our recovery and threaten our businesses and workers with economic catastrophe.  Over the next seven weeks, it is imperative that Senate Republicans get out of the way and allow an up-or-down vote to address the debt limit.  In the meantime, the House will explore options to remove the threat that the debt limit poses over the long term, now that Republicans have demonstrated a willingness to weaponize it for partisan purposes.  The House may consider legislation as early as this month to do so.  I want to thank Reps. Boyle, Foster, and others for their work on that effort.  Meanwhile, we will stand ready to do our part once again to ensure that the debt limit is addressed in advance of the near-term deadline of December 3.
Additional legislative items are possible, and I look forward to working with Members and with Chairs when we return next week to determine which bills will be ready for Floor consideration the weeks of October 25 and November 1.  Throughout the next three weeks, House Democrats will continue to work tirelessly and determinedly to provide steady and responsible leadership for our country during this time of challenge and to help President Biden deliver on his agenda to build back better from the pandemic. 

House Majority Leader