First 100 Days in Congress

For the first 100 days in office, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and House Democrats continue to make progress on the For The People agenda focused on lowering health care and prescription drug costs for El Pasoans, raising wages, rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, and cleaning up corruption in Washington. 

Here’s a look at how the House of Representatives is moving forward on this agenda and other key priorities. Those with an asterisk denote measures with bipartisan support:

 

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H.R. 1, The For the People Act

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After holding five hearings with over 15 hours of testimony, marking up the bill, and considering 72 amendments, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, a bill co-sponsored by Congresswoman Veronica Escobar in an effort to deliver on her pledge to renew Americans’ faith in government.  

H.R. 2, Infrastructure

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El Pasoans and Americans deserve an infrastructure that will rebuild America. That is why multiple committees have held hearings on infrastructure, including Transportation and Infrastructure, Ways and Means, Small Business, and Energy and Commerce.

Lowering Prescription Drug Costs

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The Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor, and Oversight Committees have collectively held several hearings on the staggering cost of prescription drugs. Two of these committees have marked up several bills to address high drug costs. House Democrats have introduced multiple bills to combat the high cost of prescription drug prices.

H.R. 4, Voting Rights Advancement Act

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On February 26, Congresswoman Escobar joined her House Democratic Caucus colleagues in co-sponsoring H.R.4, a bill to restore and protect the Voting Rights Act. Both the Judiciary Committee and the Committee on House Administration have held hearings on voting rights.

*H.R. 5, Equality Act

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On March 13, Congresswoman Escobar joined her colleagues to introduce H.R.5, a bill that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual

orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, federal jury service, public accommodations and the use of federal funds. The Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing on the Equality Act.

H.R. 6, Dream and Promise Act

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On March 12, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar delivered on her pledge to protect Dreamers and TPS recipients by co-sponsoring the Dream and Promise Act.

*H.R. 7, Paycheck Fairness Act

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On January 30, Congresswoman Escobar joined her colleagues to introduce the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Committee on Education and Labor has held two hearings and passed the bill out of committee. It passed with bipartisan support on March 27.

*H.R. 8, Bipartisan Background Checks Act

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As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congresswoman Escobar participated in the hearing and markup of this historic bill to reduce gun violence.  On February 27, the House passed H.R. 8, which drew support from eight House Republicans.

H.R. 9, Climate Action Now Act

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Multiple committees have held hearings on climate change, including the Armed Services Committee, which Congresswoman Escobar is member of, and the Natural Resources, Energy and Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure, Science Committees. House Democrats introduced H.R. 9 on March 27, and the bill was marked up on April 9.

H.R. 582, Raise the Wage Act

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On January 16, Congresswoman Escobar joined her House Democratic Caucus colleagues in introducing the Raise the Wage Act. The Committee on Education and Labor held a hearing and passed the bill out of committee.

*H.R. 1585, Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

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On March 7, Congresswoman Escobar co-sponsored the VAWA Reauthorization of 2019. The Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the bill and passed it out of committee. It came to the Floor on April 3, where it passed with bipartisan support, including 33 House Republicans. Congresswoman Escobar was glad to see the House unanimously pass her amendment to H.R. 1585, that requires a report on the status of women in federal incarceration and collaboration on reentry and planning services, and includes the development of a national standard on prevention with respect to domestic and sexual violence.

H.R. 1884, Protecting Pre-existing Conditions and Making Health Care More Affordable Act of 2019

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House Democrats introduced the bill on March 26. The Energy and Commerce Committee and Education and Labor Committee have marked up a number of individual bills included in this larger package.

*H.R. 676 - NATO Support Act

 

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Congresswoman Escobar voted to pass bipartisan legislation reaffirming the United States’ support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Article V, the alliance’s collective defense agreement. The resolution passed with 357 votes, including all Democrats and 149 Republicans.

*S. 47 - John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act

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Congresswoman Escobar voted to pass S. 47, a bipartisan conservation and public lands package that includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

*H.J.Res.46 – Resolution to End National Emergency Declaration

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Congresswoman Escobar co-sponsored and voted in favor of the resolution to end President Trump’s national emergency declaration. The resolution passed by the House and Senate and was vetoed by President. On March 26, the House voted to override President Trump’s veto.

*S.J. Res. 7, Yemen War Powers Resolution

 

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The House and Senate passed a bipartisan, joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.

*H.R. 1994, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement

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House Democrats, with Republican support, introduced legislation to address the retirement crisis, increase the flexibility of 401(k) plans. and improve access to retirement savings accounts. Congress held hearings on the retirement savings crisis, and the Ways and Means Committee marked up the SECURE Act on April 2.

*H.Res. 271, Condemning the Trump Administration’s Legal Campaign to Take Away Americans’ Health Care

 

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H. Res. 271 was first announced by House Democrats on March 29. The following Thursday, April 3, Congresswoman Escobar joined her colleagues to vote in favor or the resolution, which passed with overwhelming Democratic support and eight Republican Members. 

*H.R. 1644, Save the Internet Act of 2019

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Congresswoman Escobar cosponsored the Save the Internet Act to reinstate vital net neutrality protections that were repealed by President Trump’s appointees at the FCC. The bill was marked up in the Energy and Commerce Committee on April 5, and passed through the House on April 10 with the support on one Republican.

*H.Res. 124, Expressing opposition to banning service in the Armed Forces by openly transgender individuals

 

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As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Escobar cosponsored this resolution opposing the Trump Administration’s transgender service ban. Just one week later the House passed the resolution by unanimous Democratic vote, drawing support from five House Republicans. 

*H.Con. Res. 24 – Resolution on the Mueller Report

 

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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar voted to pass legislation to express the sense of Congress that the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be made public to the American people and Congress. Not a single Member of the House voted against the resolution.

 

 

 

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