MESSAGE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP
With only four legislative days before we adjourn for the August District Work Period, I hope House Republicans will abandon their political lawsuit and obstruction gimmicks so that we can work together to support American families. It is time for House Republicans leaders to stop wasting time and taxpayer money and return to the long list of important issues currently facing our nation, including approving President Obama’s supplemental request to address the humanitarian crisis at the border. We must act immediately to address the challenge before us, as well as address immigration reform in a comprehensive way, which the majority of Americans support. This is a humanitarian issue, not a political issue, and I urge House Republican leaders to work with us so that we can bring a bill to the Floor before the end of July.
On Tuesday, I was pleased to see President Obama sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, making it the eleventh Make It In America bill enacted into law. This legislation, which is designed to train a twenty-first century workforce with the skills they need to secure a well-paying job, is an example of what Democrats and Republicans can achieve through bipartisan efforts to strengthen our economy and expand middle-class opportunities. However, there is still more Congress can do to jumpstart the middle class, such as raising the minimum wage for the first time in over five years and renewing unemployment insurance for the more than 3 million Americans who have been cut off from this vital assistance.
Earlier this week, Rep. Aaron Schock and I introduced the Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2014, bipartisan legislation that will expand full-service community schools across the country. Full-service community schools are elementary and secondary schools that coordinate a wide range of services, including medical care, all under one roof. Studies show that the full-service community schools model helps students do better in the classroom and provides parents with the resources need to support their children’s learning. I am proud to introduce this bipartisan bill so that we can help bridge the achievement gap that too many of our nation’s children face, and I hope House Republican leaders will allow a vote on it.
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