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MESSAGE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP
This week, Republicans were so deeply divided over their TrumpCare bill that they lacked the votes to pass it and leaders were forced to pull the bill from the Floor. The legislation would have kicked 24 million off their health coverage, raised premiums on average 24-29% for consumers, and imposed an ‘age tax’ on older Americans. With Democrats standing firm in our opposition, Republicans could not muster the votes they needed to pass it on their own – and that is a victory for the American people.
Now that Speaker Ryan has declared the Affordable Care Act will “remain the law of the land” and that we will be living with it for the “foreseeable future,” it’s time for Republicans to work with Democrats to improve the law where necessary and work together to make sure that it succeeds. President Trump and Republicans have a responsibility to govern, and they will be accountable for whatever happens to our health care system on their watch.
Also this week, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes demonstrated exactly why Congress must establish a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate Russia’s interference in our election. His visit to the White House and decision to make statements defending the President without informing his Committee colleagues were deeply alarming and raised major red flags about his ability to lead an impartial oversight investigation. We must continue to seek answers and get to the bottom of Russian efforts to undermine our democracy, and I agree with House Intelligence Ranking Member Adam Schiff that a gray cloud has now cast its shadow over the entire Administration. The American people deserve to know whether the President or anyone in his inner circle had direct ties to the Russian government for the purposes of collusion.
Steny H. Hoyer
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DEMOCRATIC NEWS UPDATE
- VIDEO: Whip Hoyer Releases Video: Ten Reasons the GOP’s Health Care Plan Would Force Americans to Pay More For Less
- Hoyer Statement on Republican Manager's Amendment to Their ACA Repeal Bill
- Hoyer Remarks at Press Conference with House Democratic Leaders on TrumpCare Vote
- Hoyer Remarks After Republicans Pulled Their TrumpCare Bill
On Ongoing Investigations into Russia