Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Reintroduces Legislation that Strengthens our Democracy, Protects our Communities, Children and Seniors

Jan 9, 2019
Press Release

 

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January 4, 2019                                                                             202-225-3816

Press Statement

 

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Reintroduces Legislation that Strengthens our Democracy, Protects our Communities, Children and Seniors

 

Jackson Lee—“Taken together, these bills will enhance the safety of our communities and enhance the health of all our citizenry, including the elderly and newborns.  I look forward to shepherding these bills to final passage.”

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, issued this statement on the reintroduction of bills related to the safety of our communities and the health of all our citizenry:

 

“As a Member of Congress, the need to care for my constituents is among my most sacred responsibilities.  For those in the Eighteenth District of Texas, there are many threats to the health and well-being of my constituents and the values we hold dear. 

“The need to safeguard our democracy—and the eternal principle of ‘one person, one vote’—is a sacred responsibility.  Unfortunately, it has been under assault from various directions, including those seeking to marginalize the electoral voice of our fellow citizens.  As a Senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee, the committee of jurisdiction for the Voting Rights Act, I am determined to ensure that the promise of our democracy is available to all.  This includes guaranteeing that our legislative districts are not drawn in the middle of the decade, so as to leverage undue partisan gain.  This is why I introduced H.R. 44, the Coretta Scott King Mid-Decade Redistricting Prohibition Act of 2017, which would prevent redistricting before the constitutionally prescribed time to do so. 

“As we conclude one year and begin another, we must reexamine the scourge of gun violence and consider ways to combat it.  One such was is closing the Charleston Loophole, so-named because the assailant in the massacre that killed parishioners at Mother Emmanuel Church received his firearm before a complete background check could have been completed—had a background check been thoroughly completed, the assailant would not have received the firearm.  The need to stop this practice is why I reintroduced H.R. 49, the Accidental Firearms Transfers Reporting Act of 2017, so that a firearm does not end up in the wrong hands.

“And, in the face of budgets that explode our debt and deficit, and tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the wealthiest among us, the need to protect the most vulnerable citizens is why I reintroduced two pieces of legislation related to the health and safety of our citizenry.  The first, which will strengthen the social safety net, is H.R. 46, the Social Security Safety Dividend Act, which would ensure that seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities who receive Social Security and certain other Federal benefits receive a $250 payment in the event that no cost-of-living adjustment is payable in a calendar year.  The second, H.R. 53, the Baby Switching Protection Act, would require hospitals reimbursed under Medicare, to establish and implement security procedures to reduce the likelihood of infant patient abduction and baby switching, including procedures for identifying all infant patients in the hospital in a manner that ensures that it will be evident if infants are missing from the hospital.

“Taken together, these bills will enhance the safety of our communities and enhance the health of all our citizenry, including the elderly and newborns.  I look forward to shepherding these bills to final passage.”

 

 

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Congresswoman Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.