News from Representative Larson

Dear Friends –

The last two weeks have been a sad time for the House of Representatives and America. We lost my friend and colleague, Chairman Elijah E. Cummings. He was an ardent fighter for justice and civil rights. I’m honored to have served with Elijah and he will be greatly missed.

Here’s some legislative updates:

Impeachment Update:

  • House Committees are continuing their investigations as a part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The House Intelligence Committee is currently conducting interviews with key witnesses.
  • Last week, Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine testified. In his testimony he said that security aid was held up by President Trump until President Zelensky publicly stated he would investigate the Biden’s.

Ways and Means Committee:

  • I have been working hard on legislation in the Ways and Means Committee to address the cost of high prescription drugs in America. I’ve heard countless stories from constituents on how the high costs of prescription drugs are forcing them to make choices between paying for food or not filling their prescriptions. We need to address this crisis head on.
  • I am happy to report that last week I voted to pass HR 3, the Elijah Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, in the Ways and Means Committee. This legislation will cap out of pocket costs for beneficiaries, allow Medicare to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies, and have those lower costs apply to all Americans.
  • Last Wednesday in the Ways and Means Committee, I voted for legislation to address the youth-vaping crisis affecting our nation. The legislation would imposes a tax on nicotine used in vaping.

Legislation:

  • I voted to condemn the President’s Syria policy. His abandonment of our Kurdish allies was reckless and unconscionable. As a result, 275,000 Kurds were displaced and almost 800 ISIS fighters were freed.
  • On October 16th, the House passed the Homeless Veteran Families Act (H.R. 95) with overwhelming bipartisan support. This bill would reimburse community agencies that provide housing assistance for veterans with young children. This issue disproportionally impacts our female veterans, and I proudly voted to advance this relief to promote safe housing for homeless veteran families.
  • Last week, I voted to secure our elections. The House passed the SHIELD Act which protects our democracy by targeting foreign interference. It would create a duty to report if political campaigns are approached by foreign governments and their agents, and closes campaign spending loopholes.

Letters:

  • I joined 58 of my colleagues in sending a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing concern and demanding action over her department’s failure to take action on complaints from LGBTQ students.
  • I joined the Connecticut delegation to sending a letter to request that the final 2020 appropriations package includes the $4 million I secured with Rep. Joe Courtney to for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to conduct research on the effects of pyrrhotite on concreate aggregate.

ICYMI:

  • I spoke with Yahoo! Finance about the Social Security 2100 Act and this year’s Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). The 2100 Act would update the COLA formula to reflect the costs of goods and services seniors buy.

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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