100 Days of Fighting for the People in the House Majority
In November of 2018, the American people came together to reject the leadership of President Trump and Congressional Republicans. They were fed up with the attacks on their health care leading to higher prices and less comprehensive coverage. They were fed up with the massive tax cuts flowing to billionaires and big businesses while leaving them behind. And they were fed up with the constant corruption of the Trump Administration, with one senior official after another resigning in scandal, and our President himself making money off of foreign governments and his own policies.
On that election day in November of 2018, the American people ushered in a new era of Democratic leadership, giving the party forty more seats in the House of Representatives, the biggest win in a generation. As CNN’s Harry Enten put it:
“2018 wasn’t a blue wave. It was a blue tsunami.”
Last week on Friday, we marked the 100th day that Democrats have held the House majority. In those 100 days, we did exactly what we promised the American people: we fought for them. We’ve taken bold action to make healthcare more affordable and accessible, to raise working people’s wages and create broad-based economic growth, and to stamp out corruption in Washington with the kind of constitutional oversight Republicans abandoned under one party control.
In March, we passed H.R. 1 – the For The People Act – the most sweeping anti-corruption package in a generation. The bill makes it easier for citizens to vote, ends the dominance of special interests and big money in elections, and combats corruption among elected officials. It makes a clear statement: House Democrats are fighting to return our democracy to the American people. And once the people are in the driver’s seat again, just imagine what we’ll be able to accomplish: protecting our environment from big polluters, raising the minimum wage, and ensuring big corporations pay their fair share of taxes to name a few.
One of our first actions this Congress was to protect the American people against President Trump and Congressional Republicans’ attacks on the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have sued in court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act – including protections for pre-existing conditions, subsidies to help people afford insurance, and letting young adults stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26. Just one week after the beginning of this Congress, Democrats voted to intervene in the lawsuit and defend these critical provisions.
Now, we’re going a step further. Our bill – the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions and Making Health Care More Affordable Act – works to fix the issues with the ACA rather than tear it down. It reverses President Trump’s sabotage, reinforces protections for pre-existing conditions, and makes health insurance even more affordable for our families. This bill is expected to pass the House in the coming months.
We’ve also made great strides to make our communities safer. In February, we passed H.R. 8: the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. This bill, the first major gun violence prevention effort in a quarter century, would require all gun purchasers to first pass a federal background check. This common sense measure has the support of over 97% of the American people – a figure absolutely unheard of amid today’s deep political divisions. We also passed a bill closing the loophole that allowed the Charleston church shooter to obtain his weapon without a background check.
House Democrats have also prioritized women’s rights and equality. Two weeks ago, we passed the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would close loopholes in federal law that allow employers to pay their female employees less than men. Today, women earn 80 cents on a man’s dollar, and women of color earn even less; it’s well past time we close the gap. Last week, we also voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which ensures domestic violence survivors of all genders get the support they need to rebuild their lives.
But we’re not stopping here. We’re fighting for a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 for everyone, including tipped and disabled workers. We’ve also introduced bills to fight climate change, protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in the workplace and elsewhere, and strengthen voting rights protections.
Over the course of those first 100 days we’ve worked hard toward ensuring every American family has what they need to live a prosperous, safe, and healthy life. For the remaining 632 days of this term, and for generations to come, we won’t deviate from this mission.