Our First 100 Days
Today marks 100 days since the new Democratic majority was sworn in to the House of Representatives and I’ve been proud of our work to deliver on our promises to the American people. I’ve heard from people across New Hampshire that they want a government that works for them and focuses on delivering real results. I’m proud to say that’s what I’ve done. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I’ve had the opportunity to advance legislation that will improve access to affordable healthcare and lower the costs of prescription drugs. Just last week, the committee passed my legislation to ensure protections for people with pre-existing conditions and push back against efforts by the Trump Administration to eliminate the Affordable Care Act.
Last month, we passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act, which will help to get dark money out of politics, increase accountability for elected officials and protect the right to vote. Additionally, we’ve passed legislation to expand background checks to all gun sales, restore Net Neutrality protections, and help ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. I’m immensely proud of what we’ve done so far and look forward to passing further reforms that will improve the lives of Granite Staters and people across the country.
Supporting Our Veterans
This week, I helped to introduce the Keeping Our Promises Act, which would improve care for veterans exposed to certain herbicides used by the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. Thousands of U.S. service members were exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam and for too long they have been denied the support they deserve. I’m pleased to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to introduce this much-needed legislation and I will continue my work to help ensure all our service members receive the benefits they have earned.
I also joined with Senator Shaheen and Congressman Pappas to introduce bipartisan legislation that would create a registry for servicemembers and veterans experiencing health problems from exposure to PFAS chemicals. We cannot turn our back on these men and women who have answered the call to duty.
Acting to Reduce Carbon Pollution
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On Tuesday, I took to the House floor and called for urgent action to reduce carbon pollution and save our planet. We need immediate action to mitigate the environmental and economic threats climate change poses in New Hampshire and throughout the country. That’s why I joined with House Democrats recently to introduce H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, which would require the Trump Administration to remain in the Paris Climate Accord and establish a plan to reduce carbon pollution. We cannot play politics with our future - the time to act on this crisis is now.
Restoring Net Neutrality Protections
I voted in favor of H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act of 2019 on Wednesday. I’ve heard from thousands of Granite Staters about the importance of restoring net neutrality protections to ensure that everyone has an equal playing field when it comes to internet access. In today’s world, the internet is a vital tool to spread ideas and information, which is key to economic growth and mobility. This legislation will put net neutrality protections back in place that keep the internet fair and open for families and small businesses in New Hampshire. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to swiftly bring this bill to a vote.
Ensuring Equal Access to Quality Education
Yesterday, I helped introduce the Keep Our Promise to America’s Children and Teachers (PACT) Act, which would create a 10-year fiscally-responsible path for Congress to fulfill its obligation to fund Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) on a mandatory basis. Every child deserves access to quality education. Sadly, vulnerable students living in poverty across the country are being shortchanged as critical programs like Title I and IDEA are underfunded. I am proud to help introduce legislation that will ensure that education is a priority in the federal budget and give these students access to the quality education they need.
I Want to Hear From You
I encourage you to make your voice heard on the issues that matter to you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of my offices with questions, concerns or ideas you have. Thank you, as always, for everything you do to make New Hampshire such a great place to live. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!