September 30, 2022

New Dem Weekly Wrap 9/30/2022


"The House GOP 'Commitment to America' Agenda is Bad for Our Country and Bad for Our Economy"

Last week, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released a statement following House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s announcement of the GOP agenda: 

“Americans want and deserve a governing party that fights inflation, raises wages, protects individual freedoms, and moves our country forward,” said NDC Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01). “That’s the commitment Democrats have made, and that’s exactly what we’ve done this Congress. In February, New Dems formed a first of its kind Inflation Working Group and a comprehensive Action Plan to Fight Inflation. We’ve made incredible progress on this agenda by passing legislation to lower health care and energy costs, secure our supply chains, reduce our dependence on other countries.  

“Republicans had the opportunity to advance policies they purport to support but ultimately voted against strengthening our economy and lowering costs for working families. Leader McCarthy’s announcement of a GOP ‘Commitment to America’ agenda today shows once again that the Republican party has no plan to improve our economy or ensure Americans have an opportunity to succeed in it. The House GOP agenda to ban abortion, cut Medicare and Social Security and raise taxes on Americans would only take our country and economy back in time.  

“Thankfully, the New Dem economic agenda will take our country into the future. While Republicans wage culture wars, New Dems are fighting inflation, cutting costs, and making governance work for Americans. The House GOP agenda is bad for our country and bad for our economy.” 

Bill Action
House Passes Lee and Ruiz's NDC-endorsed Bipartisan MOBILE Health Care Act
The House passed the Senate version of Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03) and Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA-36)'s NDC-endorsed bill, S. 958, the Maximizing Outcomes through Better Investments in Lifesaving Equipment for (MOBILE) Health Care Act. This bipartisan legislation would expand access to health care by allowing Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to use New Access Point (NAP) grants for establishing mobile health units to increase access to affordable, quality health care in rural and underserved communities. The bill now heads to President Biden's desk for signature. 

House Passes Two Connolly Bills that Prioritize Health of Federal Employees and Improve Government Cybersecurity  
The House passed two bipartisan bills authored by Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11), the Chairman of the House Subcomittee on Government Operations. H.R. 8466, the Chai Suthammanont Healthy Federal Workplaces Act, puts employee health and safety at the forefront of government operations during a health emergency. H.R. 21, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Authorization Act, helps agencies adopt cost effective, secure, and nimble cloud technologies so agencies can serve the public anywhere at any time.

House Passes Ryan Bill to Expand Home Loans for Members of the National Guard and Reserve
The House passed Rep. Pat Ryan's (NY-19) bipartisan bill, H.R. 8875, the Expanding Home Loans for Guard and Reservists Act. This legislation extends VA home loans to more Members of the National Guard and Reserve to ensure each day in uniform counts for benefit eligibility and guarantees service members are treated fairly and receive the same benefits as active duty forces. 

House Passes Pappas Bill to Improve Protections for VA Whistleblowers 
The House passed Rep. Chris Pappas' (NH-01) bipartisan bill, H.R. 8510, the Strengthening Whistleblower Protections Act, which will improve the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) policies and procedures to better protect VA whistleblowers and investigate claims of wrongdoing. 

House Passes Williams Bill to Promote John Lewis' Legacy Globally 
The House passed Rep. Nikema Williams' (GA-05) bipartisan bill, H.R. 8681, the John Lewis Civil Rights Fellowship Act of 2022, which creates the John Lewis Civil Rights Fellowship within the Fulbright Scholarship Program. The fellowship will support scholars who want to study nonviolent civil rights movements abroad. 

House Passes Castro Bill to Expand Global Impact of the Millennium Challenge Corporation
The House passed Rep. Joaquin Castro's (TX-20) bipartisan bill, H.R. 8463, the Millennium Challenge Corporation Eligibility Expansion Act, bipartisan legislation that advances the fight against global poverty by expanding the number of countries eligible for development partnerships with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
Member Highlights
Member Action
Larsen Rides Amtrak Cascades as Service Resumes Between Seattle and Canada
Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) rode the Amtrak Cascades train from Everett to Stanwood to celebrate the return of Amtrak service to Vancouver, B.C for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Larsen supported the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which invests $66 billion over five years to renew and support long-distance and state-supported Amtrak routes like Empire Builder, Coast Starlight and Cascades. 

McEachin Leads Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers in Calling on FDA to Develop Broad COVID-19 Therapeutics Toolkit
Rep. Donald McEachin (VA-04) led a bipartisan group of 12 lawmakers, including New Dem Chair Emeritus Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06), New Dem Health Care Task Force Co-Chair Rep. Kim Schrier (WA-08), and NDC Rep. Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01), in urging the FDA to ensure there is a broad toolkit of available therapeutics to manage emerging COVID-19 variants. Due to the unpredictable nature of existing and future variants, this letter requests a portfolio of products for both prevention and treatment for medically vulnerable patients.  

Strickland Demands Solutions to Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Housing Crisis
Rep. Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) asked Liberty Military Housing how the company plans to address the extensive waiting list for housing that servicemembers and their families are encountering at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM).

McBath Announces Nearly $1 Million in Federal Funding for Cancer Research
Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-07)
 announced that Inlighta Biosciences, LLC has received $954,219 from the National Cancer Institute for cancer detection and diagnosis research. These federal funds will support a grant project entitled “Non-invasive staging of Metastasis by Precision MRI.”
Member Legislation
Larsen, Beyer, and Chu Introduce Legislation to Restore Fulbright Exchanges with China
Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Don Beyer (VA-08) introduced H.R. 8939, the Restoring Fulbright Exchanges with China and Hong Kong Act. This bill reverses the executive order signed by President Trump in 2020 that ended Fulbright exchanges both to and from China and Hong Kong. 

O’Halleran Introduces Bipartisan Tribal Policing Bill
Rep. Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) introduced H.R. 9068, the Tribal Capital for Operations Promoting Safety (COPS) Act, bipartisan legislation to improve tribal law enforcement agencies and operations through additional training, compensation, and equipment procurement.
McBath Introduces Bipartisan Federal Prison Oversight Legislation
Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-07) introduced H.R. 9009, the Federal Prison Oversight Act, bipartisan companion legislation to a measure introduced by Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) that would overhaul Federal prison oversight. This legislation was introduced as a response to Sen. Ossoff’s 10-month bipartisan investigation into the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The House measure is co-led by Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND).
McEachin Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Address Patient Safety Gap in Generic Drug Labeling
Rep. Donald McEachin (VA-04) introduced H.R. 9011, the Updated Drug Labeling for Patient Safety Act, bipartisan legislation to direct the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow generic drug manufacturers to update their product labeling with safety-related information. While brand-name drug manufacturers are permitted to update their product labels, generic manufacturers cannot independently update label information. This legislation will close this safety gap and improve health outcomes for more Americans.
Rep. Julia Brownley stands at podium to deliver speech about how the Inflation Reduction Act will lower costs for Americans, create good-paying jobs, and combat climate change.

This week, Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26) addressed the House floor about how the Inflation Reduction Act will lower costs for Americans, create good-paying jobs, and combat climate change.
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