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    Re: Democrats HR 1 (2019)

    Democrats in Congress are getting things done. Trump and Republicans are just ignoring them.
    House Democrats are passing bills at a rapid pace, while Trump complains they’re “getting nothing done.”

    Trump is objectively wrong; House Democrats haven’t been squandering time. In addition to their investigations, they’ve been passing legislation at a rapid clip. In all, the House has taken up 51 bills, resolutions, and suspensions since January — 49 of which they’ve passed. This includes a slate of bills to attempt to end the longest government shutdown in history, the result of a protracted fight between Trump and Congress over border wall funding.

    Ironically, over the past two weeks, the House has passed bills to address most of the issues Trump mentioned in his tweet. They recently passed a bill to lower prescription drug prices, and another one to protect preexisting conditions. The House also passed nine bills on veterans issues this week alone, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi noted at her weekly press conference. On Thursday, Democrats tried to present Trump their infrastructure plan before he walked out of their meeting.

    So if the House is passing all these bills, why does it seem like Congress isn’t getting anything done? Welcome to the reality of divided government in Washington. The vast majority of House Democrats’ agenda has hit a dead end in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has dubbed himself the “grim reaper” of Democratic legislation. Pelosi has blasted the Senate leader for embracing this role, saying he’s working for special interests in Washington, rather than the people of the United States.

    “The Senate is the graveyard where bills that pass in the Congress, that have bipartisan support in the country, go to die,” Pelosi said at a recent press conference.

    Little is happening in Congress, but it’s not for Democrats’ lack of trying
    Despite Trump’s declaration that it’s impossible for Democrats to “investigate and legislate at the same time,” House Democrats have been doing a lot of legislating over the past few months.

    Here’s a list of bills the House has passed since January

    Health care

    HR 259 — Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019
    House Resolution 271 — Condemning the Trump Administration’s Legal Campaign to Take Away Americans’ Health Care
    HR 986 — Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019
    HR 987 — Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act
    HR 1520, the Purple Book Continuity Act (bill aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs)
    HR 1503, the Orange Book Transparency Act of 2019 (bill aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs)

    Civil rights

    HR 1 — For the People Act of 2019
    HR 5 — Equality Act
    HR 7 — Paycheck Fairness Act
    HR 124 — Expressing opposition to banning service in the Armed Forces by openly transgender individuals

    Gun control

    HR 8 — Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019
    HR 1112 — Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019

    Environment

    HR 9 — Climate Action Now Act
    HR 1331 — Local Water Protection Act
    S 47 — National Resources Management Act
    HR 2578 — National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2019

    Military/foreign affairs

    HR 840 — Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act
    HJ Res. 37 — Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress
    SJ Res. 7 — To direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress
    HR 31 — Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019
    HJ Res. 30 — Disapproving the President’s proposal to take an action relating to the application of certain sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation

    Mueller report

    H.Con.Res. 24 — Expressing the sense of Congress that the report of Special Counsel Mueller should be made available to the public and to Congress.

    Other legislation

    HR 1585 — Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019
    HR 1500 — Consumers First Act
    HR 1994 — SECURE Act
    HR 1644 — Save the Internet Act of 2019
    HR 2157 — Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019
    HR 269 — Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019
    HR 251 — Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Extension Act
    S 24 — Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019
    HR 430 — TANF Extension Act of 2019

    Concurring in the Senate Amendments to HR 251 — Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard Program Extension Act

    HR 790 — Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019
    HJ Res. 46 — Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019
    H Res. 183 — Condemning anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States and condemning anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States, as amended
    H Res. 194 — Rule Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1644 and H.R. 2021
    HR 2480 — Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
    HR 375 — To amend the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian Tribes (also known as the “Carcieri Fix”)

    Votes to end the government shutdown

    HR 21 — Making appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes
    HJ Res. 1 — Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes
    HR 265 — Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019
    HR 267 — Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019
    HR 266 — Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019
    HR 268 — Disaster Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 (Disaster Supplemental and short-term continuing resolution through Feb. 8)
    HR 264 — Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act
    HJ Res. 28 — Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019 (Short-term continuing resolution through Feb. 28)
    HR 648 — Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Six conferenced bills minibus)
    HJ Res. 31 — Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019 (Short-term homeland continuing resolution through Feb. 28)
    Conference Report to Accompany HJ Res 31 – Making consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes
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