News from Representative Larson

Dear Friends –

Thank you for taking the time to read my legislative updates! Please see below for some updates on the last few weeks:

Impeachment:

  • On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee voted to send two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the House floor.
  • The evidence makes clear that there has been abuse of power and obstruction of a co-equal branch of government by the President. I support the articles of impeachment. While I would have been fine continuing the investigation, I think it is important that the process moves forward for the country.
  • The House will be voting on the articles later this week.

Legislative Updates:

  • I voted for the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which would lower drug costs for Americans.  The bill also includes my proposal to allow Medicare to negotiate with drug companies for all Americans, not just those on Medicare. For the first time, it provides Medicare coverage for dental, hearing and vision services and includes critical funding to address the maternal mortality crisis and $10 billion to address the opioid epidemic.
  • Robocalls are not just disruptive and annoying, but many are illegal scams defrauding seniors and our most vulnerable residents. That is why I voted for bipartisan legislation to protect seniors and families from fraudulent calls.
  • Over 20 years ago, the Good Friday Agreement ended decades of horrific violence. Earlier this year, I visited Ireland and the United Kingdom with Speaker Pelosi. We made clear that whatever happens with Brexit, the Good Friday Agreement cannot be compromised. On December 3rd, the House approved a resolution to show that the House of Representatives will not stand for anything less than that.

Ways and Means Committee:

  • As Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee I introduced the Know Your Social Security Act. Last week, the committee bipartisanly voted to send my bill to the House floor. This legislation will require the Social Security Administration to mail statements every year to all workers 25 years old and up detailing their contributions and expected benefits, so Americans can more accurately plan for retirement.
  • Last week, I voted to restore the State and Local Tax Deduction that was capped in the 2017 GOP Tax Law. 83 percent of the benefits from that law went to the nation’s wealthiest 1 percent. At the same time the GOP tax law resulted in an increase in taxes on middle-class families in Connecticut’s by capping the State and Local Tax Deduction. On average, Connecticut residents were deducting $19,500 a year in state and local taxes; now they’re paying more for a tax cut for the rich.

Letters:

  • As Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, I sent two letters alongside the Republican Ranking Member Tom Reed, to Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner Andrew Saul and SSA Inspector General Gail S. Ennis asking them to review and address fraudulent Social Security robocalls which are on the rise.
  • I sent a letter with the Connecticut Congressional Delegation, calling on the Trump Administration to abandon a proposed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rule that would jeopardize benefits for vulnerable household, resulting in 45 percent of households who receive benefits in Connecticut losing or a seeing a decrease in benefits.

Thank you for taking the time to read my updates!

Regards,
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John B. Larson
Member of Congress

 

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