News from Representative Larson

Dear Friends,

During the past few weeks, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation on important issues for the American people.   From strengthening equal rights, to retirement security, and addressing climate change, the new Democratic majority is getting things done.

Ways and Means Committee Updates

I am proud to be a member of the Ways and Means Committee, that has jurisdiction over tax policy, health care, Social Security, trade, and many of the programs that provide families with economic security. Over the last few weeks, our committee has examined vital topics, including:

  • In 1987, as Senate Pro Tempore in Connecticut, I authored and led the passage of the nation’s first Family and Medical Leave Act. Today, we’re fighting for Paid Family and Medical Leave. The Ways and Means Committee recently held a hearing on the importance of paid leave to working families. I am proud to be an original cosponsor of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro’s FAMILY Act, which would create a national paid family and medical leave program. I’m looking forward to continuing to support this legislation and making it a reality.
  • The Ways and Means committee also held the first hearing on climate change in 10 years. We’re in the midst of a climate crisis.  We can’t wait to act. That’s why I’m a proud supporter of the Green New Deal resolution and have been long advocating for clean energy policies such as investing in renewable energy and taxing carbon pollution.
  • In another hearing, the Committee shined a light on the alarming rise in maternal mortality rates in the United States. The witnesses’ testimony highlighted why we need to act now to address this crisis.

Legislative Updates

  • The House recently voted on HR 5, the Equality Act, which would provide legal protections against the discrimination that LGBTQ Americans still face in employment, housing, & other core areas of life. I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the Equality Act and to have voted for it in the House.
  • The House also passed the bipartisan SECURES Act which expands options for Americans to increase their retirement savings and makes it easier for small businesses to offer their employees retirement plans. Included in the Act is my Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act of 2019 (VRIPA), a bipartisan bill that would exempt from taxation the benefits volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel receive from their communities. The bill also get fixes a punitive tax on the benefits received by Gold Star families. The families of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice shouldn’t face an unfair tax penalty and I am proud to have voted to fix this.
  • The new Democratic majority has passed 10 bills since the start of this Congress to lower prescription drug prices, protect those with pre-existing conditions, and strengthen our health care system from attacks. Most recently I voted for HR 987, The MORE Health Education Act, that restores funding that’s been slashed by the Administration for consumer outreach and enrollment educational activities, and HR 986 which rescinds guidance from the Administration that weakens protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Updates on the Social Security 2100 Act

Last week, I was proud to welcome a delegation of students from the Greater Hartford Youth Leadership Academy, who offered their first-hand perspective on how to engage students in school, address generational poverty, and reduce gun violence & its ripple effect on the surrounding community. I look forward to continuing this dialogue and working with the delegation!

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Regards,
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John B. Larson
Member of Congress

 

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