When President Biden took office in 2021, he inherited a nation in the midst of a deadly pandemic and an economic crisis. But Democrats have been hard at work on behalf of the American people getting big things done. And this year, we have experienced record-low unemployment coupled with strong and steady economic growth.
The 117th Congress from 2021 through 2022 was one of the most consequential Congresses in American history. 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.
We made the D in Democrat stand for deliver. And, we will continue our work into this year ahead.
I will work alongside my colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus to continue to put people over politics by lowering costs, creating better-paying jobs and fighting for safer communities.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
“This bill will provide the largest single federal investment in infrastructure in the history of the Republic” -Rep. 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.
“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.
“We passed the CHIPS and Science Act that will bring back domestic manufacturing jobs to the United States of America.” -Rep. Jeffries
The CHIPS and Science Act will boost American semiconductor research, development and production. Semiconductors are crucial to almost every industry and are used in everything from computers to cars to healthcare devices. However, while the U.S. invented the semiconductor, it only produces approximately 10 percent of the world’s supply. The CHIPS and Science Act will unlock hundreds of billions of private sector semiconductor investments while simultaneously lowering costs for families, addressing inflation and strengthening national security.
Bipartisan Safer Communities Act
“We passed gun safety legislation for the first time in 30 years that will save lives” -Rep. Jeffries
The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (Public Law No: 117-159) is a commonsense law that will help keep America’s children safe from gun violence. It includes enhanced background checks for those under 21, protections for victims of domestic violence and penalties for straw purchasing. The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act also allocates funds for state crisis intervention orders, violence interruption and mental health services.