June 14, 2019 Update from Rep. Dean Phillips
Summer has arrived in Minnesota and I'm so glad to be back home to enjoy it. I'm dropping a line before tomorrow's town hall meeting in Mound, which I hope you'll be attending, to let you know what I've been up to:
TAKING ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Earlier this week, I met with some of the more than 1,500 volunteers who assembled in Washington to inspire Congress to take action on climate change. We talked about how we can continue to build momentum for efforts like H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, which would put a tax on carbon emissions and put money back in the pockets of the American people. Carbon emissions have a cost, and we need to make sure polluters are the ones who pay it.
I had an extraordinary conversation with Aryanna, a fifth-grader from Edina, who drove an electric car (with some help from her dad) all the way from Minnesota to D.C. to support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.
MAKING HOME LOANS MORE AFFORDABLE
This week, I authored and introduced legislation that would reduce the cost of federal home loans by providing Federal Housing Administration (FHA) borrowers - who are often low or middle-income, minority and/or first time home buyers - with a more level playing field relative to those who use private lenders. I'm happy to report that the Making Federal Home Loans More Affordable Act passed through the Financial Services Committee with bipartisan support.
REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE
With a heavy heart, I paid tribute to the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting on the House Floor. Three years after this senseless tragedy, I stand with survivors, I stand with our extraordinary LGBTQ community, and I stand in the House to ask our colleagues in the Senate to join us in working to end this country’s gun violence epidemic. Only meaningful action will actually save lives. We passed H.R.8 to require universal background checks on all gun sales in February - it's time for the Senate to do the same.
Three years ago, 49 people were murdered at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. I told Eddie Justice's story on the House Floor this week and urged the Senate to honor his memory with action by passing universal background checks.
CONVENING MY YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL
Today, I finished off my week on the highest note possible - by convening the first meeting of my 2019 Youth Advisory Council. This group of high school students from every corner of our community will engage with my team and I over the course of the next few months on civic engagement, policymaking and public service – and they’ll be sharing their ideas for how to address some of our country’s greatest challenges. I can't wait to work with them.
I'm looking forward to working with the engaged and talented high schoolers on my Youth Advisory Council this year.
Representation begins with listening, so whether it's attending tomorrow's town hall meeting, upcoming mobile office hours, or getting in touch via phone or email, I invite you to continue sharing your concerns, perspectives and ideas. I can't do my job without you.
Member of Congress