Catching Up with Annie
Providing relief at the pharmacy counter
Washington, DC, December 13, 2019
Lowering the Price of Prescription Drugs
The House took the historic step yesterday of passing H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act to lower the price of prescription drugs and give Americans peace of mind in being able to afford their medications. I was proud to secure $10 billion in funding to fight the opioid epidemic over the next five years. I urge the Senate to swiftly bring this commonsense legislation to a vote so we can provide the American people with much-needed relief at the pharmacy counter. You can watch me speak in support of H.R. 3 on the House floor here.
Strengthening and Modernizing Our Trade Agreements
I’m pleased that a tentative deal on the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) has been reached between House Democrats and the White House. Trade supports nearly 50,000 jobs in New Hampshire, and I have supported strengthening and modernizing our trade agreements to reflect our advanced 21st Century economy. The agreement that was presented to Congress needed to be improved to ensure USMCA is fully enforceable, protects workers and our environment and preserves Congress’s ability to lower prescription drug costs. I am pleased to hear these improvements are reflected in the agreement and look forward to reviewing its full contents and working in a bipartisan manner to strengthen our trade relationships with Canada and Mexico.
Today, the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump: one for abuse of power and the second for obstruction of Congress. After detailed hearings in the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, the facts are clear and uncontested: President Trump has abused the power of the Presidency for his own personal gain, at the expense of our national security and the integrity of the 2020 election. I believe the President has violated his oath of office, and his actions represent a clear and present danger that he will continue to abuse his power for his own political gain.
Giving Our Servicemembers a Much-Needed Pay Increase
I’m thrilled the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020 on Wednesday. This bipartisan legislation includes provisions I led and advocated for that would reduce wasteful spending, protect servicemembers from sexual violence and improve support to families of fallen servicemembers. The bill also includes a 3.1% pay increase for our nation’s servicemembers—the largest in a decade—and 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all civilian federal employees. I’m excited to see these provisions included as part of our nation’s defense priorities.
This week, I joined Representatives Anthony Gonzalez, Guy Reschenthaler and Lucy McBath (D-GA) and Senators Marsha Blackburn and Catherine Cortez Masto to introduce the Eliminate Network Distribution of Child Exploitation Act. This legislation will extend the period of time that technology companies are required to preserve information about child sexual abuse images they report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Nothing is more important than the safety of our children, and I’m proud to join with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to announce this commonsense bill.
I was proud to join Representatives Pete Olson, Gwen Moore, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Jackie Speier in leading a bipartisan letter to call for improved funding to help survivors of sexual and domestic violence rebuild their lives and prevent sexual violence from ever occurring. Intimate partner violence ravages lives and generates billions in costs – for survivors, their communities, and our nation. Paving a path toward a future in which these crimes have no place in our society will protect Americans from domestic and sexual violence and save taxpayer dollars. I look forward to my continued work as the Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence to ensure that survivors have the tools they need to heal and thrive.
There are just two days left to get health coverage for 2020. Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ends on Sunday. Nothing is more important than your health – to find the plan that’s best for you and your family, visit healthcare.gov and sign up before the December 15th deadline.
My biggest responsibility as a member of Congress is to serve you, the people of New Hampshire’s second congressional district. Please continue to reach out to my office with any questions, concerns or ideas. You can call my Concord office at 603-226-1002 or my Washington, DC office at 202-225-5206.