Back in town, House Democrats are about to take multi-tasking to a whole new level
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It’s no secret in Washington that Attorney General Bill Barr released the Mueller report when he did for a reason.
He knew everyone in Washington was about to leave town, and he thought his misleading readout of the report would fill the vacuum.
What Barr and Donald Trump didn’t count on is the fact that this Democratic House majority doesn’t forget. And now that they’re back from recess, oversight and accountability are at the top of the agenda.
But it’s not the whole agenda.
Investigations and hearings are critical, especially since we know Russia is planning on more attacks on our democracy in 2020.
So while House committees go to work getting to the bottom of the Mueller report, Trump’s relationships with Russia and his efforts to obstruct justice and countless other corrupt, shady and flat out immoral Trump schemes, it’s important to recognize the other work they’re doing for the American people.
Unlike Mitch McConnell, who spent the entirety of President Obama’s eight years focused on obstruction and politics, Democrats are proving to the nation that they can do two things at once: Hold the administration accountable AND do the work of the American people.
Speaker Pelosi has already identified major areas where House Democrats can provide real results for the American people if only a dysfunctional Senate and a broken, compromised executive branch get on board or get out of the way.
Already, the Speaker is focused on:
● Infrastructure -- Trump said for the first two years of his administration that he wanted to focus on repairing America’s broken roads, bridges and airports. House Democrats are going to do more than just talk.
● Prescription drug prices -- Donald Trump used to say that drug companies “are getting away with murder.” Yet, he has done nothing to stop the carnage the American people see every time they have to pay for life-saving medications. House Democrats are going to do more than just talk.
● Health care -- Donald Trump says he’s going to provide big, beautiful health care plans for everyone, but his administration is in court trying to destroy the Affordable Care Act and make it easier for insurance companies to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. You better believe that House Democrats are going to do a lot more than just talk.
And that’s just the start of what we’re planning to tackle this year.
Unfortunately, so much of this important work will be doomed by a man who refers to himself as “the grim reaper” of good legislation -- Mitch McConnell.
McConnell has already refused to bring up H.R. 1 -- the For the People Act -- that is desperately needed to reform our elections and make it easier for eligible Americans to vote. And what we’ve seen of the Mueller report dramatically underscores the need for this legislation.
But McConnell, whose state is invested in an aluminum venture that just got a $200 billion boost from a Russian company that was until recently being sanctioned by the U.S. government, has declared H.R. 1 dead on arrival.
So as Congress returns to Washington and goes to work, we have a lot to do. We have to continue to investigate what we have learned from Mueller, pass legislation that improves the lives of the American people and turn up the heat on Mitch “The Grim Reaper” McConnell to get out of the way and do the job he was sent to Washington to do.
It’s a lot, but we can handle it. We are Democrats, after all.
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