DeLauro Statement on Congress’s First 200 Days
A video of her statement can be found here.
WASHINGTON, DC (August 12, 2019) – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released a video on Congress’s work over the first 200 days. Below are her remarks as delivered:
Hello, this is Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. Today I wanted to talk about what Democrats have accomplished in the House of Representatives during our first 200 days in power.
At the top of that list, we passed my bill, the Paycheck Fairness Act, by a strong and bipartisan vote—because women and men in the same job deserve the same pay.
We passed a bipartisan expansion of background checks, which would help reduce the epidemic of gun violence by keeping guns out of the wrong hands.
And we passed the For the People Act, to get the flood of dark money and special interests out of politics and put the power back in the hands of the American people.
We have taken on President Trump’s attacks on affordable, high-quality health coverage and the pharmaceutical industry by passing bills that encourage generic drug competition and crack down on junk health plans.
I am proud of our record over these first few months. Democrats are following through on our legislative agenda for the people. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is holding up nearly all of these important bills. That is wrong, and all of us need to continue putting pressure on the Senate to take action.
Beyond those bills, we have been hard at work to fund critical programs that help working people. As Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, we have hosted twelve hearings on the budget and topics including the unaccompanied children program, predatory for-profit colleges, federal student loan servicing, gun violence prevention research, wage theft, and the administration’s relentless attacks to undermine the Affordable Care Act.
I have also been hard at work as a member of the Speaker’s trade working group. We are continuing to work to ensure the renegotiated NAFTA agreement is one that working people. That means that the giveaways to the pharmaceutical industry, which would lock in skyrocketing prescription drugs costs, need to go. It also means that we need to include strong, enforceable labor and environmental standards to stop the outsourcing of jobs and endless pollution of our natural resources.
The first 200 days have come and gone, and we have more work to do. I look forward following through on these measures, as well as pushing for proposals like paid family and medical leave, as well as paid sick days, in the coming months. I will not give up the fight.