Democrats Accomplished A Lot In 2019

January 6, 2020
DeSaulnier Digest

The first year of the 116th Congress has been productive and eventful. In addition to the impeachment of President Trump and other critical steps taken to hold the President and his Administration accountable, the Democratic Majority in the U.S. House of Representatives had many historic successes on behalf of the American people.

Unfortunately, more than 275 bipartisan bills passed by the House are still sitting on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s desk. While Senator McConnell continues to refuse to do his job, we will keep working.

Below you can find a snapshot of what we are doing in the House to deliver on our promises to the American people and promote our national security.

Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress

In 2019, the Democratic-led House passed over 400 bills, including:

  • For the People Act (H.R. 1) – Reforms campaign finance laws to loosen the grip of special interests on our democracy;
  • Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3) – Reduces the cost of prescription drugs for millions of Americans;
  • Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4) – Expands voting rights for all Americans;
  • Equality Act (H.R. 5) – Protects the civil rights of the LGBTQ+ community;
  • American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) – Creates a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers;
  • Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8) – Requires commonsense background checks for all gun sales;
  • Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582) – Increases the minimum wage for workers across the country;
  • 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act (H.R. 1327) – Permanently funds health care for 9/11 first responders;
  • Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1585) – Addresses gender-based violence;
  • Securing America's Federal Elections Act (H.R. 2722) – Secures electronic voting systems against cyberattacks and improves access for voters.

House-Passed Funding to Support Critical Programs Supporting Americans:

  • $61 billion to start rebuilding America’s roads and bridges;
  • $6 billion to combat opioid addiction and prevent suicide;
  • $50 billion for new research to create life-saving cures and treatments;
  • $25 million to support gun violence research;
  • $425 million to secure federal elections;
  • $8 billion to ensure a complete and accurate 2020 Census;
  • $9 billion to fund the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and protect our clean air and water;
  • $80 billion for veterans’ medical care;
    • $2 billion for homelessness assistance;
    • $220 million for suicide prevention;
    • $9 billion for mental health care;
  • $11 billion to ensure military personnel and their families have adequate resources.

Senate Inaction