News from Representative Larson

Dear Friends –

Here are some updates on what’s been happening in Congress over the past few weeks.

Impeachment:

  • Last week the House voted to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial, which started on Tuesday.
  • A GAO report issued last week confirms the President misused the authority of his office and broke the law by withholding congressionally directed security assistance for Ukraine.
  • The President brought impeachment on himself through his own actions. The House’s case for impeachment is strong. As the Senate begins its work, Majority Leader McConnell has an obligation to hold a fair trial & defend the Constitution of the United States that he solemnly swore to protect.

Legislative Updates:

  • Last Thursday I voted for H.J. Res. 76, which reverses a harmful rule issued by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos denying debt relief to students defrauded by predatory, for-profit colleges. The Department of Education should be working on behalf of our students, not in support of predatory institutions.
  • I also voted for the PFAS Action Act, which would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate PFAS chemicals. For decades, scientists have warned that PFAS chemicals like PFOA and PFOS can harm our health, but the EPA has been too slow to react. Communities across the country have been exposed to these harmful chemicals, including Windsor. The designations made in the bill will give the state of Connecticut and our communities resources to undertake remediation efforts and ensure our drinking water is safe.
  • Earlier this month, I voted to stop the Trump Administration from going to war with Iran. Next week, the House will vote on two additional measures to prevent further escalation of tensions.

Letters Sent:

  • Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, and I sent a letter to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson. Families in the North End of Hartford have been living in horrific conditions due to insufficient HUD policies and oversight. The letter calls upon HUD to improve current policies regarding the oversight of Section 8 Housing as well as the promotion of fair housing opportunities.
  • On January 13, 2020, I joined Rep. Nydia Velázquez in sending a letter urging Secretary Carson to immediately release the $8.3 billion appropriated to rebuild housing and infrastructure in Puerto Rico damaged by Hurricane Maria. After two years of illegally withholding Congressionally directed relief funds, on January 15, 2020, the Administration announced it will finally begin to release the Hurricane aid. Next week, the House is scheduled to take up another emergency relief for the island to provide additional resources in the wake of the devastating earthquakes.
  • Rep. Joe Courtney and I sent letters to religious and nonprofit leaders to notify them of the repeal of a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that required them to tax benefits provided to their employees.
  • I joined my colleagues in sending a letter to Speaker Pelosi, Leader Hoyer, and Whip Clyburn to bring the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act to the floor as soon as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to read my update!

Regards,
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John B. Larson
Member of Congress

 

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