Leader's Report ● For The People
For Immediate Release: 
March 8, 2019
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
Message from the majority leader

Today, the House passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act, fulfilling our pledge to pass a comprehensive government reform package that will clean up corruption in Washington and restore our democracy. The bill, which was introduced on day one of the new Congress by the Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-03), is a critical component of House Democrats’ For the People agenda. The legislation reduces the role of dark money in politics; makes it easier for Americans to exercise their right to vote; ends the process of partisan redistricting nationwide; and imposes new, higher standards of ethics for elected officials. I urge Leader McConnell to take up this legislation in the Senate and send it to the President for his signature so that we can renew the American people’s faith in government.

This week, the House also passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry, including Islamophobia and white nationalism. With every Democrat voting for the resolution, the House sent a strong message to the American people that we reject all forms of hate and discrimination.

In addition to H.R. 1, House Democrats are moving forward to deliver on other priorities. Just last week, the House passed two long-overdue bills to address gun violence. In the coming weeks, I will bring to the Floor the Paycheck Fairness Act to help ensure equal pay for equal work and a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Next week, House Democrats will introduce H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, to provide a path to citizenship for DREAMers and those with Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure. In addition, I’m proud the House has already held multiple hearings to examine how we can rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, lower health care and prescription drug costs, and address climate change. I look forward to moving ahead on these priorities and getting things done for the American people.

Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer
 
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