The ABCs of Democracy
Early on a Saturday morning in January, I addressed my colleagues in the House of Representatives as the Democratic Leader. I discussed how House Democrats are united and ready to get to work and defend the progress that has been made.
Over the last two years, Democrats have been hard at work on behalf of the American people getting big things done. We passed the American Rescue Plan, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, gun safety legislation for the first time in 30 years, the CHIPS and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act. It was one of the most consequential Congresses in American history.
The D in Democrat stands for deliver, and we will always do the right thing by the American people.
Help is Here. The American Rescue Plan is the Law of the Land.
The American Rescue Plan is the law of the land. The $1.9 trillion legislation put shots in arms to crush the virus, delivered survival checks to you, got children back in schools, kept people in jobs and help our small businesses stay open. The American Rescue Plan will also delivered more than $12 billion to the New York State and $6 billion to the New York City governments so they could continue to serve us.
“House Democrats are continuing to put people over politics by lowering costs, creating better-paying jobs and fighting for safer communities.” -Rep. Jeffries
The Inflation Reduction Act will lower costs, creates millions of good paying jobs, makes health care more accessible, delivers the most significant action on climate in history and dramatically reduces the debt.
Building a Better America
“This bill will provide the largest single federal investment in infrastructure in the history of the Republic” -Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
This law will rebuild the roads, bridges and rails of America. It will expand access to clean drinking water and high-speed internet. Additionally, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will advance environmental justice and tackle the climate crisis. It will also ease inflationary pressures, strengthen supply chains and create good-paying union jobs. Overall, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will grow the economy sustainably and equitably for all Americans in every single zip code.
Making Safer Communities
In New York City, the guns used to commit crime are not initially purchased or manufactured here. They come up the Iron Pipeline, right up I-95, and these weapons of death make their way into our communities. Last year, for the first time in over 30 years, Democrats acted and passed gun safety legislation into law. This legislation made gun trafficking a federal crime for the first time in American history.
But more needs to be done. Our schools have become killing fields. It is time for Congress to put kids over guns.
Putting Money in Your Pocket
House Democrats have been working hard to put money in your pockets.
Starting in January of this year, Social Security recipients started to see an 8.7% benefit increase.
This is the largest single-year benefit increase in over 40 years.
Earlier this year, the Social Security Administration sent a letter detailing your new benefit rate. You can also verify your increase online at SSA.gov or 1-800-772-1213.
House Democrats will always defend Social Security and Medicare. We will not let anyone take the benefits you have worked hard and paid for away.
Not now, not ever.
Saving You Money on your Internet
In 2021 Congress Created the Affordable Connectivity Program to help households afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.
The benefit provides a discount of up to:
-$30 per month toward internet service for eligible households, AND A
-$100 for a laptop, desktop computer or tablet purchased through a participating provider.
See if You Qualify and Apply:
Delivering for those who Served
Last year, under the leadership of President Biden, House Democrats delivered the most significant expansion of benefits to our veterans in more than 30 years by passing the PACT Act. This legislation stands up for those who served by ensuring veterans can receive high-quality healthcare screenings and services related to potential toxic exposures.
House Democrats will always honor the sacrifices our veterans have made for our nation. And we will always support our veterans back at home.
Learn more about our work for veterans and their families.
COVID-19 Information & Resources
Learn more about the resources available to you as we continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic together.
Passing the Most Progressive Police Reform Bill in American History
Learn more about my work on the Judiciary Committee to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to end racial profiling, criminalize the chokehold, demilitarize the police, end qualified immunity, create a national standard on excessive use of force, create a database of brutal officers and expand the DOJ Office of Civil Rights’ jurisdiction.
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