WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee held a hearing on gas prices and excessive oil speculation. The hearing was necessary because House Republicans have refused to address the issue that is costing American families billions every month.
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Caucus Chairman John B. Larson (CT) today named Irma Esparza Diggs as the new Executive Director of the House Democratic Caucus.
“I’m very happy to name Irma Esparza Diggs to succeed Shelley Rubino as the Executive Director of the Democratic Caucus,” Larson said. “With nearly twenty years of experience in the public, private, and non-profit communities and her track record of building partnerships and bringing people together, I know Irma will make a great addition to the team and be a real resource for the Members of the Caucus.”
WASHINGTON –House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (CT) released the following statement on the House Republican Budget that would end the Medicare guarantee and slash over four million jobs while rewarding those making over $1 million a year with over $300,000 in additional tax breaks:
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (CT) held a press avail before the Democratic Caucus meeting today on the effects of the Republican budget and how Democrats remain committed to defending Medicare, and healthcare reform. You can watch the avail and read the transcript below:
Two years ago, House Democrats joined with President Barack Obama to pass the Affordable Care Act. By eliminating pre-existing conditions, closing the Medicare donut hole, and extending coverage for 2.5 million young adults, the Affordable Care Act is increasing access to health care for every American.
Now, Republicans want to repeal the law – taking away middle class benefits and protections and putting your healthcare back in the hands of the special interests that have driven up healthcare costs year after year.
Be sure that you are taking advantage of all of the tax credits in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that you are eligible for. 95% of working Americans will be eligible for assistance, as part of one of the largest tax cuts in history. The Recovery Act created more than two dozen different tax cuts– amounting to more than $800 billion in tax cuts for working families and small business in the Recovery Act.
Here are a few of the benefits you may be eligible for:
During the two week April District Work period, Members returned home and held a total of over 1,000 events with their constituents. Take a look at the photos below, showing Members at events about health care reform, the economic recovery, seniors issues, and other areas of interest to their communities.
Today marks the 83rd anniversary of the birth of César Chávez. Chávez worked tirelessly to improve the lives and protect the safety of farm workers. His legacy continues today, and is echoed each time his famous motto for the United Farm Workers – “¡Si Se puede!” or “Yes, we can” – is chanted.
Today marks the one year anniversary of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009. The legislation preserves more wilderness area than any other bill passed by Congress in the past 15 years. The protected land is currently used by millions of Americans – including small business owners, vacationers, hunters, and ranchers – and the Act ensures that future generations will also be able to enjoy the same resources.
Despite Republican suggestions to the contrary, reconciliation has been used in the Senate by both parties for almost 30 years. Since it was first used in 1980, 19 bills have been signed into law. Of those bills, 14 were signed by Republican presidents and five by Democratic presidents.
To view an interactive timeline of when the reconciliation process has been used to pass major legislation, please click the button below:
Tax cuts were the biggest individual component of the Recovery Act. Even though only half of taxpayers have filed so far this year, tax refunds are already up nearly 10% from last year due to the Recovery Act.
As you file your 2009 income taxes, you may qualify for a series of new tax cuts that were established through the Recovery Act. You could, for example, save money for attending college, making energy-saving home improvements, purchasing a home for the first time, or buying a new car.
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Caucus Chairman John B. Larson (CT) announced that his Chief of Staff, Shelley Rubino, is leaving at the end of the month to become Vice President of Global Government Affairs of Airlines for America (A4A).
WASHINGTON –House Democratic Caucus Chairman John B. Larson (CT) released the following statement today after House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-CA) announced he will not run for reelection:
“David Dreier has spent over thirty years representing the state of California and his constituents in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is both a fierce adversary and a good ally on a broad range of subjects. He has always been a good friend with an insightful perspective.
WASHINGTON –House Democratic Caucus Chairman John B. Larson (CT) released the following statement today after Parliamentarian of the House of Representatives John Sullivan announced his retirement:
“For a quarter century, John Sullivan helped Members navigate the rules of the House and the Constitution in a way that not only honored the institution but earned him the respect of Members and staff alike.
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (CT) and Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra held a press avail after the Democratic Caucus meeting today on the need for Congress to act on the long delayed transportation bill to help improve the economy both today and for generations to come. You can watch the avail and read the transcript below:
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (CT) and Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra held a press avail after the Democratic Caucus meeting today on the need for Congress to pass an extension of middle class tax relief and unemployment insurance to help the millions of Americans struggling today. Below is the transcript and video:
WASHINGTON –House Democratic Caucus Chairman John B. Larson (CT) applauded President Obama’s decision to address concerns raised by the religious community in the new contraception rule being enacted by the Department of Health and Human Services:
“As a strong supporter of healthcare reform and the plan to provide free preventative care - including contraception - to all Americans, I want to applaud President Obama for finding a path forward to provide coverage to everyone while addressing the conscience concerns of religiously-affiliated organizations.
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (CT) was joined by Robert Baugh, the Executive Director of the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council, for a press avail before the Democratic Caucus meeting today on the need for Congress to address Jobs. Below is the transcript and video: