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We started the 116th Congress inheriting a Republican-led government shutdown; the first time a shutdown began in one Congress and was passed to the next. We ended in the midst of a global pandemic the likes of which our nation hasn’t seen in more than 100 years.

Despite these challenges, we delivered on behalf of the American people.

Our Democratic Majority delivered on the promises we made. We passed legislation to lower prescription drug costs, confront the climate crisis, combat gun violence, reform our criminal justice system, protect coverage for pre-existing conditions, promote equality, and clean up our politics. Rather than shrink in the face of the challenges posed by COVID-19, the Rules Committee spearheaded a temporary rules change permitting remote voting and virtual committee proceedings. …

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As submitted for publication in the Congressional Record

Madam Speaker, today, December 10th, International Human Rights Day, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time, the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in Oslo, Norway to the World Food Program (WFP) for its outstanding humanitarian work to feed the world’s hungriest and most vulnerable people.

The World Food Program is the largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security internationally, providing aid to nearly 100 million people in 88 countries last year alone.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began wreaking havoc on people’s lives, livelihoods and economic security, WFP has redoubled its efforts to address global hunger and failing food systems. Last month, WFP executive director David Beasley warned of the potential for famine of Biblical proportions if the world failed to provide support now to the those currently made most vulnerable by the pandemic and its associated economic shocks, climate change, natural disaster, war and conflict. …

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On June 23, 2020, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) submitted the following testimony to the House Appropriations Committee advocating for increased funding for two important housing priorities that impact Central and Western Massachusetts:

I want to thank Madam Chair Lowey and Ranking Member Granger for allowing me this opportunity. As the Appropriations Committee begins to draft this year’s funding bills, I encourage you to provide critical funding for two important housing programs that will provide safe, affordable housing for Americans across the country. …

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Scrolling through social media recently, you could be excused for confusing America with the authoritarian regimes the United States government regularly calls out for failing to respect the human rights of their people. Though the vast majority of protests over the murder of George Floyd have been peaceful and many leaders and police responded appropriately, it has been shocking to see some authorities attack and berate citizens and journalists.

As a Member of Congress I’ve often sat across from foreign leaders of countries with atrocious human rights records who are annoyed when I name victims of abuses in their countries and urge an end to oppression and state-sanctioned violence. As Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, I’ve shined a light on human rights abuses all over the world and sought to end them by enacting legislation to make sure America’s soaring rhetoric on human rights is reflected in our diplomacy and the foreign and security assistance we provide. …

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On June 4, 1989, Chinese authorities unleashed the People’s Liberation Army to crush the peaceful protesters who had gathered in Tiananmen Square. The events of that day are etched into our collective memory, captured by the image of one lone man standing before a tank. His act of resistance lives on in the hearts and minds of those who continue to struggle for human rights in China and abroad.

The anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre is a stark reminder that we must always be on guard against authoritarian leaders and their apologists who violate human rights and fail to respect the rule of law. Yet President Trump has expressed admiration for Beijing’s crackdown when he said: “When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, and they put it down with strength. …

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**This page was last updated on April 23rd. More information will be added as it becomes available.

The coronavirus crisis is placing a tremendous strain on the small businesses which serve as the backbone of our economy. As the son of small business owners and a supporter of eating, shopping, and spending locally, I’m deeply concerned by the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on employers and employees here in Massachusetts.

My office has received questions about assistance available to small businesses, and we put together this guide to help you navigate your options during these uncertain times.

Over the past month, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, three major emergency relief packages designed to help those affected by the coronavirus. There are major provisions for small businesses in the bills — here’s what you need to know about these programs.

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

A new loan program for small businesses to help them retain employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Paycheck Protection Program provides loans designed to help small businesses keep their workers on payroll. These loans will be completely forgiven if all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks and the money can be used for either payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

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An Overview of All Three Emergency Packages can be found here. More detailed information on each package can be found below.

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Thank you for that kind introduction. I’m grateful to be here, and I’m proud to stand alongside so many of you who are working so hard in our community to keep the vision of Dr. King alive.

Martin Luther King inspired a generation with his words and he spurred the sleeping conscience of our nation into action with his vision.

Today is the first full day of the Second Session of the 116th Congress. In my first year as Chairman of the Rules Committee, I’m proud of what House Democrats have achieved to make a real difference in the lives of the American people, and excited for what we will accomplish together in 2020. We’ve passed over 400 bills, including 275 bipartisan bills, and we’re just getting started.

Scroll down to see some great behind-the-scenes photos from 2019:

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Members of the 116th Congress are sworn in on the House Floor. January 3, 2019
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Madam Speaker, for the purposes of debate only, I yield the customary 30 minutes to the distinguished gentleman from Oklahoma, my good friend Mr. Cole, pending which I yield myself such time as I may consume. During consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purposes of debate only.

I ask unanimous consent that all Members be given five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks.

Madam Speaker, on Tuesday, the Rules Committee met and reported a closed rule for House Resolution 767, providing for consideration of H. Res. …

About

Rep. Jim McGovern

Dad. Husband. #Worcester born & raised. Chairman of @RulesDemocrats & @CECCgov. Co-Chair of @TLhumanrights. Fighting to #EndHungerNow #OverturnCitizensUnited

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