Rep. Pramila Jayapal Profile picture
Congresswoman and lifelong organizer. Proudly serving WA-07. Chair of @USProgressives, Member of @HouseJudiciary, @EdLaborCmte and @HouseBudgetDems. She/her.
8 Jun
Between 1866 and 1890, there were NINE landmark civil rights laws enacted by Congress.

None of them received bipartisan votes but all of them were popular, urgent, and necessary for taking critical steps towards equality, justice, and opportunity for Black people across America.
They were:
✅The 1866 Civil Rights Bill
✅The 14th Amendment
✅The 15th Amendment
✅The 1870 Enforcement Act
✅The Klu Klux Klan Act
✅The 1872 Enforcement Act
✅The 1875 Civil Rights Bill
✅The 1875 Enforcement Act
✅The Lodge Bill
EVERY SINGLE ONE of these landmark bills was passed WITHOUT bipartisan votes even though these bills — like civil rights legislation including the For the People Act today — were supported by a majority of voters.
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6 Feb
We promised people that if we won the Senate, we would send out $2,000 survival checks. They delivered us to victory—and now we MUST deliver.

“Targeting” checks to a smaller group fails to do that. People need help like never before, and we must put money in their pockets.
“Targeting” checks isn’t just bad for people, it’s bad policy too! It’s not humane, it's not smart, it’s not effective, and it’s not even fiscally responsible. Not to mention that it doesn't meet the scale of this crisis.

Help me spread the word about 4 obvious reasons why:
1⃣The survival checks often use 2019 tax data to measure someone’s income.

Millions lost their jobs in 2020 due to COVID—that’s the whole point of this relief!—and therefore their income from 1 or 2 years ago is no longer accurate. They need help now and we must provide it.
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12 Jan
I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one.
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Only hours after Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic—creating a superspreader event ON TOP of a domestic terrorist attack.
Any Member who refuses to wear a mask should be fully held accountable for endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy. I'm calling for every single Member who refuses to wear a mask in the Capitol to be fined and removed from the floor by the Sergeant at Arms.
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22 Dec 20
Big news: Bold progressive champions inside and outside of Congress just unveiled The People’s Agenda!

This people-first legislative roadmap for the first 6 months of 2021 is an urgent, brave, and just agenda. It's the way forward. And we're ready to make it happen. Take a look:
1⃣Provide COVID-19 relief that actually meets the scale of this devastating crisis and addresses the disproportionate harm to BIPOC and other vulnerable communities. This includes protecting essential workers, sending grants to businesses, and putting money in people's pockets.
2⃣Put people back to work, give workers more power, and transform to a clean renewable energy economy. This includes investing in a bold green infrastructure package that prioritizes frontline communities while dramatically curtailing air, water, land, and climate pollution.
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6 Dec 20
THREAD on health expertise in @JoeBiden's Cabinet. US has 15 mm cases & 3,000 deaths PER DAY. Racial injustice is rampant.

1. Cabinet MUST have multiple public health experts. Current structure: 5 econ & 3 climate positions. HHS Sec is SOLE health pos. Elevate SG & add 1 addl.
2. Nominate HHS Secretary who is public health/medical expert. @vivek_murthy, former Surgeon General, is exceptionally qualified & trusted. Our HC system has failed us & HHS Sec needs to understand & CHANGE this.
3. Elevate position of Surgeon General to Cabinet & consider adding one more position around equitable health access. We face the pandemic of a century. The top levels of Cabinet must have real public health knowledge embedded into every discussion.
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3 Dec 20
Being a progressive means being first to the best, most just idea. Our policies are so often slandered as crazy or radical or far-left before we build the movement across America that makes them the law of the land.

There are many examples, but today's is legalizing marijuana.
In 2012, WA and CO became the first states to legalize marijuana. Over the next 7 years, 9 states joined us. Last month, voters in 4 more states—red and blue—brought the list to 15. And TODAY, the House is debating the MORE Act to legalize marijuana at the federal level.
Let's keep the momentum for justice going. Let's legalize marijuana across the country. Let's expunge the records of those serving time for it. And let's ensure BIPOC communities who have been disproportionately harmed by the war on drugs own the profits of this new industry.
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29 Sep 20
Five major takeaways from Trump's tax returns:

😡He paid NO income taxes in 10 of past 15 years. In 2016 and 2017, he paid only $750. Even in our broken tax system where the wealthiest never pay their fair share, the average person in top .001% paid about $25 million.
Takeaway #2 from Trump's tax returns:

🤯He personally owes a lot of people ALOT of money--hundreds of millions of dollars--that has to be paid up in the next four years. That makes him a prime target for anyone who wants something--including dictators or other foreign enemies.
Takeaway #3 from Trump's tax returns:

😡He wants YOU--American taxpayers--to give him a $70+ million dollar REFUND. The IRS is auditing him, but don't forget he is president and controls the IRS.
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19 Sep 20
America not only lost a historic member of the highest court but a trailblazer for women everywhere. From her passionate advocacy on behalf of women to her decades on the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg served with grace and brilliance while fighting for equality and justice.
As some looked out for corporations and the powerful, she lifted up families and the most vulnerable. With every case she deliberated on, she was guided by the promise of the very words carved above the Supreme Court: equal justice under law.
Her tireless work on the court protected and expanded women’s rights, reproductive rights, voting rights, civil rights, and workers’ rights. She helped make possible historic progress on LGBTQ+ equality, health care, and immigration.
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16 Sep 20
Yesterday, I was briefed by attorneys representing women who were subjected to forced, invasive procedures by a gynecologist connected with a private, for-profit detention center in GA. It has become clear that the initial reports are likely part of a horrific pattern of conduct.
There may be at minimum 17 women who were subjected to unnecessary procedures from just one doctor, often without appropriate consent or knowledge, and with the clear intention of sterilization. It's possible there are similar cases for individuals who were already deported.
One woman, who was nearly deported, consulted the doctor simply about her menstrual cycle. She was put under for what she was told would be a simple procedure, only to wake up and find that the doctor had removed part of her reproductive organs without her knowledge or consent.
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10 Sep 20
Millions of people have lost their jobs, housing, and health care during COVID-19. We must respond with policies that match the scale of this unprecedented crisis. The new Republican bill in the Senate FAILS to do that.

RT to share 6 reasons why:
To help people withstand this crisis, we must renew expanded unemployment assistance by the FULL $600 a week.

✅The House plan does this

❌The Republican bill fails to do this (it actually slashes benefits in half, which then expire in December)
We must get stimulus checks out to people across this country so they can put food on the table, make ends meet, and pay their bills.

✅My proposal does this with recurring monthly checks

❌The Republican bill fails to do this (NO new checks would be sent out)
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9 Sep 20
BIG NEWS: A House committee is voting on my South Asian Heart Health Awareness & Research Act TODAY!

This bipartisan legislation will raise awareness about the alarming rate of heart disease in South Asian communities while investing in strategies to reverse this deadly trend.
As the first South Asian American woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, I know how urgent this is for families across the country. South Asians in the United States continue to experience a dramatic rise in heart disease.
South Asian Americans also have a much greater chance of having a heart attack before age 50 and have emerged as the ethnic group with the highest prevalence of Type 2 diabetes, which is a leading cause of heart disease. Unfortunately, a similar trend is happening globally.
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7 Sep 20
This #LaborDay, COVID has only highlighted the fact that workers are the backbone of this country. I'm grateful for workers across America, and I'm proud to fight alongside them for good wages, strong benefits, full workers' rights, the right to organize, and dignity on the job. Image
I'm thinking of frontline workers—heroes who have ALWAYS kept our communities going. I refuse to allow them to be called essential but treated as expendable. That's why I'm fighting for hazard pay, paid leave, Medicare for All & the passage of my Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
I'm also thinking about those in WA who have powerfully organized to turn our state into a leader on workers' rights. I was proud to fight alongside them to secure:
✅Paid leave
✅Collective bargaining laws
✅$15 minimum wage tied to inflation
✅Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
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3 Sep 20
Not just unlawful but also a prime example of Trump's failed leadership and desperation. Amidst COVID, people in Seattle & across America need more federal funding—not less. Yet he would prefer to turn your attention away from these real crises by fearmongering & fanning racism.
Instead of levying partisan attacks at cities across America and attacking those powerfully protesting police brutality, this president should be focused on attacking COVID and the devastating economic crisis we face with millions having lost their jobs, housing, and health care.
Instead of standing idly by as more than 6.1 million people have tested positive and at least 186,600 people have already died because of his inaction, he should be focused on investing in a national testing and contact tracing strategy.
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22 Aug 20
As the House prepares to vote on fully restoring USPS operations, I'm thinking about those of you who have emailed and called—deeply concerned about how the Trump administration's sabotage of the Postal Service is hurting your families.

Here's what you've told me:
You've told me that an attack on the USPS is an attack on health care as millions of families get their prescriptions and medications in the mail. Image
You've told me that an attack on the USPS is an attack on democracy and our elections as millions plan to safely and securely vote-by-mail—as we've been doing for years in Washington state. Image
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20 Aug 20
"The President was also scoffing at the Postal Service, calling it a joke, while a large number of our employees were dying daily as they struggled to perform our mission, during a deadly pandemic."

-David C. Williams, Former Vice Chairman of the USPS Board of Governors
"We are now seeing infrastructure cuts that are destroying the Postal Service’s commitment to service delivery standards and the beginning of the price increases that the President threatened."
"The White House has admitted that steps are being taken to assure that Americans cannot vote in the next Presidential election without exposing themselves to disease at the height of a deadly pandemic."
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11 Aug 20
Don't cut the $600 a week of unemployment assistance. Extend it! This is critical relief that goes towards groceries, paying bills, and helping people withstand this crisis.

I've heard from dozens of constituents who need this help to make ends meet. Here's what they're saying:
Dana is a single mother who was laid off from a position she had for 13 years:

"It was devastating. I have a child to support, and rely on this to make ends meet. It's becoming increasingly stressful to think of what I'll do once the payments stop. I don't know what we'll do."
Taylor is 38 and has been working since they were 12. They say COVID caused them to be laid off for the first time, and calls the impact suffocating:

"I'm terrified. This will pass eventually but the reality of rent, bills, finances and student loans pilling up is overwhelming."
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22 Jul 20
If you're going to issue passionate statements supporting racial justice and Black lives, STOP taking checks from CBP. Walk the talk. Don't allow your business to enable Trump's abhorrent attacks on immigrants and those powerfully protesting racism.

Some examples ⬇
Booz Allen Hamilton wants to be "a sustained catalyst for change in the fight against racial injustice."

But they have taken $12,480,644 in contracts with CBP since September 2018.
McKinsey & Co. says they will "use our skills productively to help our local communities break down unacceptable barriers to equality and opportunity.”

But they have been using their skills to help CBP, receiving $6,762,299 in contracts since August 2017.
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7 Jul 20
A stunning confirmation of what we've been seeing: Black, Latinx, and Native people are being disproportionately impacted by COVID.

Latinx and Black people have been 3X as likely to become infected as their white neighbors, and nearly 2X as likely to die. nytimes.com/interactive/20…
This is not unrelated to the fact that Black and Latinx individuals are disproportionately the heroes working on the frontlines of this pandemic. Many don't have the option to stay home because they need their paycheck. So they're forced to go back to work where they get sick.
Diana said her husband got sick at a construction site in April. She and her brother soon fell ill too. Diana is still battling symptoms.

“We have to go out to work,” she said. “We have to pay our rent. We have to pay our utilities. We just have to keep working.”
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18 Jun 20
FACT CHECK: Republicans spent today’s entire @HouseJudiciary hearing trying to distract and change the topic from the Justice in Policing Act because they don't want to admit their version COMPLETELY fails to end police brutality and transform law enforcement.

Let me show you⬇
Bans chokeholds like the ones used to murder George Floyd and Manuel Ellis:

✅Justice in Policing Act
❌Republican legislation
Bans no-knock warrants for drug cases like the one that was used when officers murdered Breonna Taylor, shooting her at least eight times:

✅Justice in Policing Act
❌Republican legislation
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8 Jun 20
To those rising up and speaking out, marching and protesting, demanding accountability and fighting for justice: YOU have caused urgent action in Congress.

I am proud to help introduce the Justice in Policing Act on your behalf. RT to share8⃣things people should know about it ⬇
1⃣It not only bans chokeholds like the one used to murder George Floyd, but it establishes them as a civil rights violation too.

It also bans no-knock warrants for drug cases like the one that was used when officers murdered Breonna Taylor, shooting her at least eight times.
2⃣It finally classifies lynching as a federal hate crime in the United States. We know that this is long overdue but it is also urgently necessary today as we just witnessed the modern-day lynching of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia.
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19 May 20
🚨BREAKING: I just introduced the Paycheck Recovery Act with 92 co-sponsors! Our legislation will deliver working people immediate relief and certainty while ending mass unemployment and matching the scale of this crisis.

RT to share5⃣things people should know about HR 6918:
1⃣The Paycheck Recovery Act keeps workers connected to their paychecks by covering the wages of those earning up to $90,000.

And at a time when 37 million workers have lost their jobs, it also ensures businesses can rehire those laid-off or furloughed since March 1.
2⃣HR 6918 is not just an economic recovery plan; it’s a public health plan too. At a time when at least 27 million people have lost health care during #COVID19, this bill also covers the costs of returning workers to their employer-sponsored benefits, including health insurance.
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