Whip's Report E-Newsletter ● Jobs and Economy
For Immediate Release: 
May 18, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
Message from the Democratic Whip

Today, the House once again witnessed the Republican Majority’s inability to govern when they failed to pass their partisan Farm Bill today. While the Farm Bill is traditionally bipartisan, Republicans chose a partisan path by bringing a Farm Bill to the Floor that would have cut vital nutrition assistance programs that keep 40 million Americans from going hungry; failed to support economic opportunity for rural America; and weakened environmental protections. Republicans faced wide-spread opposition to this bill from outside organizations and members of their own party. Instead of bringing this bill to the Floor again, I urge Republicans to abandon the proposal and come back to the table to work with Democrats on a real bipartisan farm bill that can secure the votes to pass to support America’s farmers and address food insecurity.
In addition, this week, almost a full six months after signing the GOP tax scam into law, Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee held their first hearing on this law that gives enormous tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations while leaving middle class families behind. The law represents not only a litany of broken economic promises to the American people, but also undermines the Affordable Care Act by taking health care from 13 million Americans. I appreciate the work of House Democrats to highlight the disproportionate benefits of the law in this week’s hearing and will continue to discuss how the GOP tax scam stacks the deck against America’s working families.
Finally, this week marked the one-year anniversary of the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Russia’s interference in our elections. So far, the Special Counsel’s investigation has resulted in twenty-two indictments and five guilty pleas. While President Trump and Republicans in Congress continue to undermine the investigation, I will continue to call for Congress to take action to protect the Special Counsel so we can understand the full extent of Russia’s attempts to subvert our democracy.

Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer
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On Republicans’ Partisan Farm Bill  On the GOP Tax Scam