Whip's Report E-Newsletter ● Health Care
For Immediate Release: 
September 7, 2018
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September 7, 2018
Message from the Democratic Whip

This week, the House returned from the August District Work Period facing a number of important priorities that need to be addressed, including funding the government. There are only seven legislative days remaining before the September 30 funding deadline, and Republicans – who control all levers of government – have a responsibility to fund the government before then. It’s deeply alarming that President Trump refused to rule out the possiblity of a shutdown this week and said: “if it happens, it happens.” I will continue to urge House Republicans to drop their insistence on holding the government hostage to controversial issues and responsibly fund the government before the end of the month.   

Republicans are also continuing to put health coverage at risk for Americans. This week, oral arguments took place for a Republican lawsuit that could gut protections for 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions. A recent poll showed that 75% of Americans — the overwhelming majority — support keeping those protections in place, confirming how out of step Republicans are with the interests of the American people. As Republicans continue to sabotage Americans’ health coverage, Democrats are focused on increasing access to affordable coverage and lowering costs.

Finally, I would like to invite you to a speech I am delivering next week on reforming government and making it more responsive, representative, and effective for the people it serves. The speech, which is hosted by End Citizens United Action Fund, will lay out ways that a House Democratic Majority would return the country to a government that is of, by, and for the people by overhauling our campaign finance system, renewing Congress’s oversight role, restoring voting rights, engaging in national redistricting reform, strengthening ethics standards, and modernizing government technology. Please RSVP to the speech here.

Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer
 
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