July 26, 2019 Update from Rep. Dean Phillips
I'm headed home for a rejuvenating, and hot, August in Minnesota. I can't wait to connect with many of you in the weeks to come, but first I want to fill you in on a few developments from the end of our session in Washington:
200 DAYS WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE
As I reflect on my first 200 days working for the people, I'm hopeful about our future. On Tuesday, I joined my big, diverse House family on the steps of the Capitol to reflect on all we've accomplished and set our eyes on the challenges that still lay ahead. The House has passed bills aimed at putting political power back in the hands of the American people, securing our elections, reducing the cost of health care and prescription drugs, combating climate change, and ending gun violence. We’ve seen more than 400 bills pass the House so far, and I look forward to continuing to work hard to empower the people of Minnesota and our nation.
|Click here to hear what the House has accomplished for the people in our first 200 days.|
STANDING UP FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT
On Thursday, I testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about critical environmental issues facing Minnesota. From protecting the Boundary Waters for future generations to supporting our communities as they fight to save our lakes and rivers from invasive species, there is so much work to do. I raised these issues with the Committee and urged them to take bold action on climate change - beginning with the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act - in my testimony. You can watch it here.
|Climate change is in our backyards, and it's time to act. Click here to watch my testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.|
LOWERING THE COST OF INSULIN
Today I announced that I teamed up with my fellow Minnesotan, Rep. Angie Craig, to introduce legislation to bring down the cost of insulin. The Emergency Access to Insulin Act would increase insulin access for underinsured and uninsured patients, make insulin more affordable, and hold big drug companies accountable for jacking up insulin prices and making other life-saving drugs unaffordable for Minnesota families.
RETURNING FROM THE BORDER
Last week, I led a bipartisan group of my colleagues from the Problem Solvers Caucus on my second trip to facilities at our southern border in McAllen, Texas. It was an emotional and an impactful trip, and I am committed to doing anything in my power to improve the situation at the border, particularly for kids and their families. The truth is, Democrats and Republicans in Congress and multiple White Houses have failed everyone involved in this ongoing crisis. When we return to D.C. in September, I will be joining my Republican colleague Rep. Lloyd Smucker from Pennsylvania to lead a working group with the goal of developing solutions for the border crisis. It is my hope that our bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus can finally break the gridlock and find thoughtful solutions to at least begin to fix our broken immigration system.
|My second bipartisan trip to the border was emotional and impactful.|
Representing Minnesota's Third District in Congress is an honor, and the most gratifying job I have ever had. I invite you to join me at a Community Conversation on Workforce Developmentnext week, meet my team for mobile office hours in Edina on Wednesday, and keep in touch with your ideas and perspectives. I am listening.
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