A Stain on The President’s Record
Wednesday, the Senate voted to acquit the President of both of the House’s articles of impeachment. The President and Senate Republicans have normalized lawlessness and rejected the system of checks and balances enshrined in our Constitution. Our Founders put safeguards in the Constitution to protect against a rogue president. They never imagined that they would at the same time have a rogue leader in the Senate who would cowardly abandon his duty to uphold the Constitution.
President Trump was impeached with the support of a majority of the American people – a first in our nation’s history. And now he is the first President in history to face a bipartisan vote to convict him in the Senate. A full 75 percent of Americans and many members of the GOP Senate believe the President’s behavior is wrong. But the Senate chose instead to ignore the facts, the will of the American people and their duty to the Constitution.
The President will boast that he has been acquitted. There can be no acquittal without a trial, and there is no trial without witnesses, documents and evidence. The President has been impeached forever. Sadly, because of a majority of the Senate’s betrayal of the Constitution, the President remains an ongoing threat to American democracy, with his insistence that he is above the law and that he can corrupt the elections if he wants to. The House will continue to protect and defend the checks and balances in the Constitution that safeguard our Republic, both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion. Democrats will continue to defend our democracy For The People.
Congresswoman Pelosi speaks with Chairman Bobby Scott, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and others in support of the PRO Act to protect workers’ right to organize.
Fighting for America’s Workers
This week, the House took bold action to restore fundamental fairness for America’s workers by passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act: one of the most significant legislative victories for workers and unions in decades!
Democrats know that the men and women of labor are the backbone of the American economy. The victories of unions have long lifted up all Americans: from the 40-hour workweek to safer working conditions, fair pay to family leave, collective bargaining to a secure retirement. As I always say, America’s middle class has a union label on it! Yet, for decades, Republicans in courthouses, statehouses and even this House have worked to undermine workers’ rights, including their right to join in union to negotiate better wages, working conditions and futures. This must end!
With the PRO Act, the sacred right of joining a union is protected for all Americans. This bill holds companies that violate workers’ rights accountable with effective, enforceable monetary policies, strengthens workers’ collective bargaining rights including by giving workers the power to override “right to work” laws, and protects workers’ access to fair union elections. Since Day One of our Majority, we have fought for workers – passing a $15 federal minimum wage, securing paycheck fairness for women, protecting the pensions of millions, lowering health care costs and increasing paychecks. We will always fight for hard-working families across America!
Reviving the Wetlands
Over the last 200 years, 90 percent of the Bay Area’s wetlands have been destroyed by human activity. The San Francisco Bay Estuary, which spans 1,600 square miles and drains more than 40 percent of California’s water, faces threats from pesticide, invasive species, toxic substances, bacteria and habitat destruction. We know that by 2030, the damage to the San Francisco Bay will be irreversible.
The lack of sufficient federal funding has been one of the biggest risks to long-term restoration efforts needed for the survival of numerous species, including more than 100 endangered species. The House Majority will remain committed to protecting our environment and combating climate change.
That is why, on Wednesday, the House passed Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s San Francisco Bay Restoration Act, which I cosponsored, that would authorize $25 million annually from 2021 through 2025 to revive Bay Area wetlands, improve water quality and protect coastal communities from sea level rise. The funds would match the $25 million that local Measure AA is expected to raise annually for Bay restoration. These funds will allow us to preserve and restore areas where freshwater rivers and streams meet the ocean. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
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