News from Representative Larson

Dear Friends,
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June was a very busy month in the House of Representatives. From introducing a bill to help students pay for college, to funding federal agencies, to acting on tax legislation to directly benefit working Americans, here are some highlights of my work in Washington.

Legislative Updates

  • Path to Citizenship for Dreamers: Early in June, I voted for the passage of HR 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which offers a pathway to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA, also known as Dreamers). This legislation is long overdue -- it’s time to provide these Americans with a clear path to citizenship. However, much more needs to be done to address the heart wrenching humanitarian crisis along our southern border. I have cosponsored the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act to restore due process for detainees, repeal mandatory detentions that have exacerbated the crisis and expand accountability over the Administration.
  • Disaster Aid: Since taking control of the House, Democrats have passed two separate supplemental disaster aid bills to support recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, the Midwest and California. Inadequate resources and harsh conditions in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria have already led to over 3,000 people losing their lives in Puerto Rico. On June 3rd, I voted for $19.1 billion in disaster aid, including $1.4 billion of additional funding for Puerto Rico. This critical funding should have been provided months ago, but was held up by the Republicans in the Senate. We have an obligation to help our fellow Americans in need and politics must be put aside.
  • Enforcing Subpoenas: On June 11th, the House passed a resolution to hold Attorney General William Barr and White House Counsel Don McGahn in civil contempt for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas, and to allow the House Judiciary Committee to enforce subpoenas in federal court. Nobody is above the law. This is a matter of constitutional responsibility.
  • Stopping War in Iran: As tensions have heightened with Iran, the Trump Administration has publicly suggested using military force against Iran. Our country cannot afford to slip into another avoidable war with no strategy and no achievable mission. That’s why I voted for Congress to take back its constitutional authority to declare war and to repeal the 2001 Authorization of Use of Military Force. This Administration does not have the authority to go to war with Iran, and I will continue to do everything I can to prevent this.
  • Connecticut Manufacturing: I am proud to announce the passage of the FY2020 Defense Appropriations bill that included funding for 90 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, Virginia class submarines, and our helicopter programs, which help fuel Connecticut’s strong defense manufacturing ecosystem.
  • National Service: On June 25th, along with Reps. Joe Kennedy III (MA-04), and Seth Moulton (MA-06) and joined by Reps. Donna Shalala (FL-27) and Katie Hill (CA-25), I introduced ACTION for National Service, which renews President Kennedy’s historic call to service by expanding national service opportunities like AmeriCorps, while offering student loan relief in exchange for service. For every year of service, students will receive the equivalent of two-years in-state tuition.
  • Strengthening our Election System: There’s no doubt that Russia interfered with our 2016 elections. That’s why I voted to strengthen our nation’s election infrastructure and protect our elections from foreign interference. It is our patriotic duty to ensure our most basic democratic processes are secure, and I am proud to have supported this bill.

Ways and Means Committee Updates

Social Security 2100 Act Updates

  • On June 26th, I was joined by the Tri-Caucus members of the Ways and Means Committee to drive home the importance of action on Social Security. I was joined by the NAACP, National Organization for Women (NOW), Latinos for a Secure Retirement, Reps. John Lewis, Linda Sanchez, and Judy Chu who represent the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, to tout the importance of Social Security as the nation’s leading insurance program and number one anti-poverty program; highlight Social Security as a civil rights and women’s rights issues; and to praise Social Security’s profound economic impact.

Regards,
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John B. Larson
Member of Congress

 

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