June’s jobs report and work period in the House sent a strong message: America is on the move again with a historic economic recovery.
From the Congressman
Economic disparities in our country are wider than ever. Covid made this brutally plain. Over the last 15 months, America’s wealthiest families worked from home, grew their wealth and accessed premier health care. Other Americans lost their jobs and struggled to pay rent and buy food. Our economy is recovering, but not for all.
As we celebrate the beginning of Pride Month today, we look back and remember the 1969 Stonewall Riots that were the boiling over of frustration and anger at discrimination, commemorate those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS and reaffirm our commitment to standing in solidarity with all LGBTQ+ Americans.
With gasoline once again flowing through the Colonial Pipeline, I too will resume a predictable routine. Every few days, I will pass armed guards and locked doors to be briefed on the week’s cyberattacks. Most will have come from Russia, China, North Korea, Iran or some shadowy criminal group, often sheltered by one of those countries. Many will have succeeded in stealing valuable data or breaking crucial networks. Some will have been catastrophic. Only a few, like the recent attacks on the Colonial Pipeline and the SolarWinds breach, will ever become publicly known.
We just surpassed a successful 100 days of the Biden Administration, and we are now looking ahead to what comes next. Who comes next.
Today, I was proud to preside over the passage of the Enhanced Background Checks Act in the House Chambers for the safety of all Americans. I live just a few miles where the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut happened. I have felt the real pain family members, neighbors and community members felt losing so many precious lives. Connecticut knows that pain, and we still feel it.
At about 2 a.m. this morning, the House passed the American Rescue Plan with my support. This comprehensive aid bill will save lives, expand and accelerate the vaccination program, put money directly in people’s pockets, extend federal unemployment benefits, provide emergency rental assistance and help reopen our schools.
I am proud to co-sponsor H.R. 1 the For the People Act and H.R. 4 the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in Congress. Both of these bills make it possible for more people to vote and participate in our democracy by strengthening voting rights, addressing voter discrimination, modernizing our voting systems, strengthening ethics rules and increasing election security funding.