DC Update incl. Historic News on the Equality Act
We just had a historic moment on the floor of the House. I joined 235 of my colleagues to pass the Equality Act, sweeping new civil rights legislation that will prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ Americans in all walks of life. I have fought for equality for my entire career and this is one of the proudest moments of my career in public service. Below is more information about the Equality Act’s historic reforms.
This week we also took important actions to lower the cost of prescription drugs. On Thursday, we passed H.R 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act. That same day, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, on which I am a senior member, held a hearing on the high cost of PrEP, the drug that helps to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
The Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee also held a hearing this week on how we can fight white supremacy.
In more good news, the House Judiciary Committee announced that it will hold a hearing on my bill with Congressmen Jerry Nadler and Peter King to renew, fully fund, and essentially make permanent the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
More on this week’s events below.
The Equality Act
Today, the House voted in a bipartisan way to pass the Equality Act, landmark civil rights legislation that will ensure equal rights for all LGBTQ individuals across the country. I was proud to vote for this bill and spoke on the House floor urging all of my colleagues to do the same. You can watch my speech here.
Being able to be your true self shouldn’t depend on where you live. All LGBTQ Americans deserve nothing less than full rights and equal protections under the law and that’s exactly what the Equality Act will provide. The Senate should immediately vote on this important bill and send it to the President’s desk.
Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act
Last night, I was proud to vote for the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act which will protect the Affordable Care Act from Republican sabotage and make prescription drugs more affordable.
Among other provisions, this bill will block expansion of junk insurance plans that don’t provide the most basic healthcare coverage and will restore funding for open enrollment outreach and assistance so that everyone can get covered. It will also prevent drug companies from buying off the competition to delay generic drugs from being produced. This will pave the way to bringing generics to the market faster.
9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
On June 11, the House Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing on H.R. 1327, the bipartisan Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, legislation I introduced with Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Peter King (R-NY) to ensure that all 9/11 first responders and survivors who have been injured by the toxins at Ground Zero and have certified 9/11 illnesses would receive their full compensation through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) now and into the future as more become ill with 9/11-related diseases. The bill would also close the funding gap announced earlier this year by the VCF Special Master.
This is the next step in ensuring this vital bill will become law and I am confident that we will get it to the President’s desk for his signature.
Holding Google Accountable for Helping to Spread Misinformation About Women’s Health
Following reports that Google has awarded more than $150,000 in advertising grants to Obria Group, an organization that runs fake medical clinics – sometimes called “crisis pregnancy centers” - that falsely advertise medical services to pregnant women, I wrote to Google today to demand that the company remove these ads from their platform and cease any funding.
Corporate Transparency Act
This is one of the most important bills, if not the most important bill, that the Financial Services Committee will take up this Congress. It will help solve one of the most pressing national security problems we face in this country — the use of anonymous shell companies to hide dirty money, and finance terrorism and drug cartels. It is good for our financial institutions, good for law enforcement, and good for our national security. We’re the only advanced country in the world that doesn’t already require disclosure of this information — and frankly, it’s an embarrassment. This is an issue we must address, a problem we must fix, and a bill we need to pass.On Tuesday, I brought together Rep. King, the FACT Coalition and the Bank Policy Institute to highlight the need to crack down on anonymous shell companies and pass my and Rep. King’s bipartisan Corporate Transparency Act.
Saturday @ 12pm: Census Forum and Job Fair
Tomorrow I will be joining the National Action Network and Rev. Al Sharpton at a forum and job fair on the 2020 Census from 12-2pm at the National Nation Network House of Justice (106 W 145th Street) – I hope you can join. More information on the event here.
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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress