News from Representative Larson

Dear Friends –

The last two weeks in Washington, D.C. have been busy, to say the least.

Last week, I called for impeachment proceedings to begin against President Trump. The President’s continued disrespect for Congress, a co-equal branch of government, is evident.  The Administration kept the whistleblower complaint from being delivered to Congress in violation of the law.  In addition, the President attempted to involve a foreign nation in the 2020 elections.  The Trump Administration has continued to obstruct investigations and has refused to follow the law, leaving Congress with no alternative.  This isn’t a decision that I came to lightly, but no one is above the law and we must defend our Constitution. 

Rest assured, the impeachment proceedings aren’t stopping the House from moving forward with our work for the American people. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Legislative Updates:

  • Keep the Government Open: I voted for a Continuing Resolution to avoid a government shutdown at the end of September. While the House has passed our appropriation bills, the Senate has not.
  • Funding for Puerto Rico: Included in the Continuing Resolution was critical funding for Community Health Centers and Medicaid in Puerto Rico. It’s been two years since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Trump Administration continues to fail them. Recovery of the islands must remain our top priority.
  • Lower Prescription Drugs: Two weeks ago Speaker Pelosi introduced HR 3, The Lower Drug Costs Now Act. I’m proud to be a cosponsor of this bill to lower the prices of prescription drugs for all Americans and to cap out-of-pocket drug expenses for Medicare Part D beneficiaries.
  • Protecting Migrant Children and Families: Every American should be appalled by the treatment of migrant families and children who are seeking refuge and asylum. This is not who we are as a country; that’s why last week I voted for critical protections for these families. The Homeland Security Improvement Act will ensure accountability, transparency, and oversight of ICE and CBP agents.  The U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act will improve medical screenings to ensure children and other vulnerable individuals in CBP custody are receiving adequate care.  

Letters:

  • Standing Up for Equality: I joined other Members of Congress in sending a letter to HUD Secretary Ben Carson to condemn the removal of incentives for shelters to support LGBTQ individuals. 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, 62% of homeless LGBTQ youth attempt suicide, and homeless LGBTQ youth are 7.4 times more likely to experience sexual violence than their heterosexual counterparts. These initiatives are vital to ensuring the LGBTQ community have access to housing.
  • Expanding Social Security: Last week, I joined my Expand Social Security Caucus co-chairs in sending a letter to Speaker Pelosi urging a vote on the Social Security 2100 Act before Thanksgiving. The 2100 Act makes Social Security solvent beyond this century and expands benefits!

Upcoming Events in CT:

  • I’m hosting a Senior Resource Fair on October 11th in East Hartford. RSVP here!

Thank you for taking the time to read these updates. If you have any questions or need assistance with a federal agency, don’t hesitate to send me an email.

Regards,
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John B. Larson
Member of Congress

 

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