July 12, 2019 Update from Rep. Dean Phillips
I hope you had a safe and meaningful Fourth of July with family and friends. It has been a full week back at work here in Washington - here's what I've been up to since returning to Capitol Hill:
PROTECTING OUR HEALTH CARE
There is a lawsuit being heard this week in the Fifth Circuit that has major implications for your health care. The Trump Administration is arguing that the entire Affordable Care Act should be rescinded. That’s unacceptable. I believe that we should be working together across the aisle to strengthen the Affordable Care Act, fix the aspects that need fixing, bring down the health care costs, and lower the price of prescription drugs - and I'm doing that work in Congress. Unfortunately, we have a White House that is actively working to take health care away from millions of Americans. In fact, 26,000 people in the Third District alone will lose their coverage if this lawsuit repeals the ACA, and thousands more with private insurance will be harmed by the loss of protections for pre-exisitng conditions. We cannot let that happen, and I will do everything I can to protect our care.
|No one in this country should be one illness away from financial ruin. Click here to watch my video update about the case that will affect your health care.|
CLEANING UP POLLUTED GROUNDS IN MINNESOTA
The most important part of my job is hearing from Minnesotans back home. During our tour of all 36 cities in our Congressional District, we learned from city officials in Mound, including Greg Pederson, the Chief of the Mound Fire Department, about an issue impacting almost a dozen local communities. He’s been dealing with the same problem for nearly 20 years – the grounds that his and several other local volunteer fire departments train on are a former anti-aircraft missile site. It’s now full of harmful pollutants, and Chief Pederson has been looking for any possible way to clean the grounds up.
My team and I got right to work after hearing his story, and I introduced three amendments to the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) aimed at increasing accountability. One of those amendments requires the Army to issue a report on their plans to clean up this former missile site and other similar sites around the country. I’m pleased to share with you that the defense bill passed the House today. This is an important first step in solving this problem and building a cleaner, safer community.
INSPIRING A NEW ERA OF COLLABORATION
Yesterday, I was thrilled to host our first bipartisan, bicameral great Minnesota intern get-together. Outstanding interns from every office in our Minnesota Congressional Delegation joined us for some old fashioned face time. Seeing so many young Minnesotans meet face-to-face is inspiring. It’s more important than ever that we come out from behind our screens and tweets and engage in person – especially with people who disagree with us. It was wonderful to see our young interns doing just that in Washington.
|Interns from every Minnesota office joined us yesterday. Click here to learn more about internships in my office.|
COMMITTED TO OVERSIGHT
As you may know, I visited our southern border last month to see the humanitarian crisis occurring there with my own eyes. As a parent, as an American, and as a human being, I was horrified by what I saw. So I returned to Washington determined to do everything I could to get those families and children the aid they deserve. The aid package passed through Congress was necessary, but imperfect. Now that it has been delivered, I'm focused on oversight to ensure that those dollars are being used to improve the lives. Next week, I'm leading a bipartisan trip back to the border to encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come together and work for a solution -- so we can ensure this awful situation never happens again.
|Click here to watch my video update about immigration and oversight.|
I want you to know that I will always do what I believe is right, and I invite you to continue sharing your thoughts and ideas with me -- even when we disagree.
My team will be in Brooklyn Park for mobile office hours next week, so stop by if there's any way we can be of service.
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