WASHINGTON, DC — April 7, 2019 — March is in the books and the new Majority in the House is continuing its legislative push for the people. Here are some of the key news items and legislative accomplishments from last month:
Led a House Delegation to Central America & Visited the Southern Border: As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I led a delegation of House colleagues, including Rep. Nadler, Rep. Jayapal, Rep. Espaillat, and Rep. Lofgren, on a trip to Central America and our Southern border to look into the root causes of migration that are fueling the humanitarian crisis in those countries. During our trip, we visited an El Paso detention center where we saw women and children in overcrowded conditions. This cannot stand. We must treat people seeking refuge in the U.S. with dignity and respect.
Received 100% Score on League of Conservation Voters 2018 National Environmental Scorecard: I was pleased to once again receive a perfect score for my environmental voting record from the League of Conservation Voters.
Introduced H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act: I was very proud to join Speaker Pelosi to introduce The Climate Action Now Act, legislation that will reverse the President’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. This legislation renews our country’s pledge to address climate change head on. I feel this is a moral obligation. We must be able to look at ourselves in the mirror and know we did everything we could to save our planet. The Climate Action Now Act gets us one step closer to that.
Release the Mueller Report: In a letter to Attorney General Barr, my colleagues and I made clear that we expect the full Mueller Report to be delivered to Congress, without edit, by early April and that the American people need to seeit. We also sent letters to DOJ, FBI, NSA, DNI, the State Department, Treasury, CIA, IRS and White House Counsel to retain and preserve the Mueller Report, any underlying evidence, and all investigatory materials complied by the Special Counsel.
Passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act: The new House Majority is committed to restoring the public faith, which is why the For the People Act, a sweeping government and election reform package, was the first bill we introduced in January. It included many of the key concepts in my Constitutional Amendment to reform our electoral system, get big money out of politics and expand voting rights for every American. It also strengthens ethics laws, ends taxpayer-settled harassment lawsuits in Congress, and requires sitting Presidents and Vice Presidents, to make their tax returns public. I was pleased to see this bill quickly pass the House.
Introduced H.R.6, the Dream and Promise Act: Two years ago, the President made what I consider to be a disgraceful decision to take away protections for DREAMers by rescinding the DACA program. I am proud to cosponsor the Dream and Promise Act to provide a pathway to citizenship for eligible DREAMers who entered the U.S. as children and who were continuously present in the U.S. for 4 years prior to the date of the bill’s enactment. In addition, the Dream and Promise Act would secure permanent residency for those with temporary protection. After 5 years, those permanent residents would be eligible to apply to become citizens.
- Cosponsored H.R. 5, the Equality Act: Almost 30 states do not have explicit laws barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. H.R. 5 isn’t just about updating the law—it’s about recognizing and protecting basic human rights for the LGBTQ community. If we want a truly inclusive society, we must look out for everyone equally.
- Called for Action to Combat Dangerous White Nationalist Terrorism: White nationalist terrorism threatens the United States domestically and internationally. Following the tragic mass shooting in New Zealand, I penned a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the State Department to make addressing the global threat of white nationalist terrorism a foreign policy priority. Our country cannot sit by while another attack like the ones in Pittsburgh, Charleston, New Zealand, and Norway leaves more victims in its wake.
- Passed the Paycheck Fairness Act: It takes women 15 months to earn what men make on average in 12 months. This is an inequity in its purest form. The Paycheck Fairness Act requires employers to prove any pay disparity among equivalent workers is legitimate; prohibits them from using salary history to determine future pay, so pay disparity does not follow women from job to job; bans retaliation against workers who voluntarily discuss or disclose their wages; and ensures women can receive the same remedies for pay discrimination as those subjected to discrimination based on race and ethnicity. I was proud to cosponsor and help pass this important bill.
- Cosponsored the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act: The House Majority is committed to lowering prescription drug prices and protecting those with pre-existing conditions. The Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act would do just that.
SOURCE: Bryant Daniels | Communications & Deputy District Director | Congressman Eliot L. Engel