Saturday, December 07, 2019
CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER SCOLDS PREZ TRUMP OVER FOOD STAMP CUTBACKS!!!
The highlight of the latest digital newsletter form this Kansas City political power player . . .
"The decision to target poor and working-class Americans by implementing more burdensome and costly requirements to qualify for food stamps is a sad statement of this administration’s priorities and antithetical to the American values we hold so dearly."
Check the rest of his remarks and his update to constituents this week . . .
Cleaver Hosts Midwest Summit and House passes voting rights legislation
After spending Thanksgiving with family, friends, and constituents across the nation, Congress returned to Washington this week to continue our work for the American people. I know the media has been acutely focused on the impeachment hearings as the House of Representative’s inquiry moves forward, but there are a few other important developments I want to make sure you are aware of. This week, I want to report to you a major event I hosted in Washington, an important development in the fight for voting rights in America, and a disappointing decision brought by the administration.
On Tuesday evening, I was proud to welcome local stakeholders and financial institutions from the Heartland to participate in the Midwest Banking Summit in our nation’s capital. Co-hosted the event by Reps. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO) and Joyce Beatty (D-OH), the summit was an opportunity for three Financial Services Subcommittee Chairs to receive direct input from local institutions on ways in which Congress can reform our financial system to better serve our Midwestern communities. We discussed several issues that are critically important to our region such as creating more affordable housing, expanding Americans’ access to credit, and strengthening the Community Reinvestment Act so that we can construct the kinds of incentives that will lead to greater investment in our local neighborhoods. It is absolutely imperative that members of Congress receive this kind of input from local stakeholders, and the information gathered from the summit will help focus my work and the work of other subcommittee chairs as we prioritize issues for the rest of this year and moving into 2020.
Today, I am excited to relay that the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019. This critical bill will finally restore the Voting Rights Act (VRA) to full strength following the Supreme Court’s disastrous decision to gut the VRA in the Shelby County v. Holder. Since that decision in 2013, over 20 states have enacted restrictive statewide voting laws—from unfair voter ID laws to purging voter rolls—which have been shown to disproportionately impact communities of color. The right to vote in free and fair elections is the cornerstone of our democracy, and H.R. 4 will ensure that every eligible American voter has the opportunity to make their voice heard. As an original co-sponsor of the bill, I’m proud of the House for voting to restore crucial voting protections, and I’m hopeful the Senate will do the same.
The last item—but certainly not the least—that I would like to write to you about deals with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation’s most effective anti-hunger program. As you may have already heard, the administration finalized a rule this week that threatens to take food off the table of nearly 700,000 of America’s most vulnerable citizens as the holidays approach. The decision to target poor and working-class Americans by implementing more burdensome and costly requirements to qualify for food stamps is a sad statement of this administration’s priorities and antithetical to the American values we hold so dearly. However, the Congressional Black Caucus, House Democrats, and I are committed to fighting this decision. Today, the Protect SNAP Act, which I co-sponsored, was introduced to prevent the administration from changing regulations dealing with SNAP. I will be sure to keep you updated on this legislation moving forward.
As another work week comes to a close, it has been another busy one for the United States House of Representatives. While the press is concentrated on the monumentally serious impeachment inquiry, I want to reassure you that the House has been hard at work passing legislation that will undoubtedly benefit the American people. We are currently up to 400 bills passed on the year, 275 of which were passed with bipartisan support. We will continue to legislate on issues that will improve the lives of Americans across the country, while pressing the United States Senate to begin doing the same.
Emanuel Cleaver, II
Member of Congress
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