June 6, 2019 Update from Rep. Dean Phillips
I’m checking in after a week of inspiring action in Washington. Here’s what I was up to:
STANDING UP FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
Like many of you, I watched the news with grief and sadness as we learned of yet another mass shooting last week – this time at a workplace in Virginia Beach. It has been 100 days since we passed H.R. 8 to require universal background checks on all gun sales. This common-sense bill is a supported by a majority of Americans, including gun owners like myself. Thoughts and tweets don’t save lives, action saves lives, and it is time for the Senate to join us in taking meaningful action to end gun violence.
The House passed H.R. 8 requiring universal background checks on all gun sales 100 days ago. To commemorate Gun Violence Prevention Day, we wore orange and called on the Senate to join us.
A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP FOR LIBERIANS ON DED
On Thursday, I was honored to co-lead the American Dream and Promise Act, a package of historic immigration reforms. The bill creates a pathway to citizenship for our Liberian friends on Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), legal residents with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Dreamers who meet certain criteria. In Minnesota, we are living proof that immigrants make our communities stronger. When President Trump extended DED for one year in March, I promised to work to find a legislative fix that would prevent the need for more extensions, and this bill does just that. It is critical to Minnesota’s future, and I urge the Senate to pass it and make the American Dream a reality for more members of our hardworking immigrant community.
Fleeing civil war, my friend Louise Stevens left Liberia to build a life in Brooklyn Park. At 60 years old, she has worked hard and paid taxes for 18 years while on DED. The American Dream and Promise Act would finally give her a pathway to citizenship.
CALLING FOR SENATE ACTION ON ELECTION REFORM
I joined my freshmen colleagues in calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow the Senate to vote on H.R. 1, the For the People Act. By refusing to do so, he keeps our elections open to foreign attacks and stands in the way of ending the era of bought and sold politicians. That is wrong, that is dangerous, and that should concern every single American.
I joined House Freshmen in calling on Mitch McConnell to bring H.R. 1 up for a vote. It's time to protect our elections and end the influence of big money in politics. Watch here.
Finally, I invite you to my town hall at the Gillespie Center in Mound at 10:00 AM next Saturday, June 15th! There's so much to talk about, and I'm looking forward to learning from you. Until then, keep in touch.
Member of Congress