News from Representative Larson

Dear Friends –

Thank you for taking the time to read my updates! Here are some highlights of what I worked on last week:

Legislative Updates:

  • Last week, I voted to stop the United States from going to war with Iran. I voted to repeal the 2002 Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) that authorized the war with Iraq and to prevent President Trump from further escalating hostilities in the region by prohibiting any funding for war with Iran.
  • The House also approved the Keeping Girls in Schools Act (H.R. 2153) to address education barriers faced by 130 million adolescent girls around the world. As a cosponsor and a former teacher, I believe investing in education is one of the best ways to empower women, which will also have a ripple effect for their families and their communities.

Letters:

  • As e-cigarettes cause health problems around the country, I sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Alex Azar, to urge the FDA to withdraw its ineffective rule and instead ban all flavored e-cigarettes.
  • In November, the Trump Administration proposed a rule which would throw many disabled Social Security and SSI recipients off the rolls. I led two letters to Social Security Administration Commissioner Saul requesting the agency withdraw this dangerous rule. You can watch my video regarding the rule with disability advocate, Peter Morely, here.

Ways and Means Committee Updates:

  • The Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on legislative proposals to support paid family and medical leave. As the author of the nation’s first Family and Medical Leave Act while serving in the CT Senate, I am a proud cosponsor of the FAMILY Act, which would give all workers access to paid family and medical leave.
  • The Committee also held a hearing on funding infrastructure investments in the United States. My bill, the America Wins Act, would invest $1 trillion in rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure -- fully paid for through a tax on carbon pollution that will help us tack climate change. 

Regards,
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John B. Larson
Member of Congress

 

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