Leader's Report
For Immediate Release: 
December 20, 2019
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

This week, the House voted to impeach the President of the United States. This was a sad moment for our country, but the President’s actions left the House no choice. Democrats did not rush to judgement on this decision; it wasn’t until witness after witness provided testimony that the President abused his power for personal political gain that the House was forced to act and defend our Constitution and democracy. I am proud of the courage the Democratic Members displayed with their votes, and I continue to urge my Republican colleagues to show courage and hold the President accountable for his actions. As I have said this week: Republicans’ loyalty to party must yield to a higher obligation, and it is my hope that the Senate conducts a serious, fair trial.  
The House has proven its ability to uphold our oath of office and legislate for the people. On Tuesday, Democrats passed legislation to fully fund government for the rest of the fiscal year, providing certainty to millions of Americans who feared another harmful shutdown. The two minibus appropriations bills passed by the House delivered victories for the American people, including funding for gun violence research, to ensure an accurate census, and to combat the opioid crisis. In addition, the legislation included a cost-of-living adjustment for federal employees, important health and tax extenders, a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank to support American jobs, and House-passed legislation to promote retirement security and eliminate a tax on Gold-Star families. Yesterday, the House also passed the USMCA trade agreement, which was a vast improvement from the President’s original proposal and is a better deal for American workers than the current NAFTA. I am proud of the bipartisan effort to get these bills passed.  
These votes cap off a very productive Congress led by House Democrats. The House has passed over 400 bills that address the priorities of the American people, including reforming government; protecting and expanding access to affordable health coverage; lowering the price of prescription drugs; raising wages; protecting Dreamers; acting on climate change; strengthening voting rights; and more. It is unfortunate that Senator McConnell refuses to take up House-passed bills, including over 275 bills that passed the House with bipartisan support. Heading into the new year, the Democratic House will continue to call on the Senate GOP to do its job and take up House-passed legislation for the people. 
Sincerely yours,
Steny H. Hoyer
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