Here’s what’s coming, America: House Democrats share legislative wish list


A New Hampshire lawmaker pulled the curtain back on what the Democrats hope to accomplish if they manage to get control of both chambers of Congress.

Rep. Chris Pappas shared a wish list of sorts on Twitter Tuesday even as results of Georgia’s two U.S. Senate runoff races hung in the balance. As the nation waited expectantly to see if Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock would score a victory over incumbent Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, Pappas contemplated what “flipping the Senate” could mean for Democrats.

Pappas, who has represented New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district since 2019, tweeted a list that included  $2,000 stimulus checks and “Climate action” on Tuesday.

The list of things America “needs” just “goes on, and on, and on,” the Democrat wrote in the tweet blaming  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for blocking the “popular bills” which included infrastructure, the DREAM Act, and voting rights.

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“Flipping the Senate would be huge to get votes on popular bills blocked by Mitch McConnell,” Pappas tweeted.

Other Democrats also shared their goals, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asking who was “ready to PUSH.”

And Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington hoped Democrats would increase the minimum wage, advance “guaranteed health care” and promote “repro justice.”

The Senate did not vote on a bill passed by the House in 2019 that sought to restore portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder eliminated. Democrats have clamored for new voting-rights legislation since the high court’s ruling.

Democrat Joe Biden vowed to pass the Equality Act in his first 100 days in office, banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. But measures to pass civil rights specific to LGBTQ people were not successful even under former President Obama’s administration when, in 2009 and 2010, Democrats held a supermajority in Congress.

The latest version of the Dream Act, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, was introduced in the House in 2019 and has still not become law. The measure seeks to provide a pathway to U.S. legal status for young people who came to America illegally as children.

Pappas pinned the blame for stalled bills on McConnell who most recently blocked a vote on increasing the amount of emergency stimulus funds that would be given to individual Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

McConnell reportedly told his fellow Republicans in December that Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who faced runoff elections Tuesday that will hand Senate control to one party, were “getting hammered” because of the failure of Congress to agree on relief measures for Americans, according to The New York Times.

After a bill giving out $600 payments was criticized by President Donald Trump, who said Americans should receive $2,000 checks, Democrats pushed the revision but were ultimately blocked by a McConnell-led Senate.

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene slammed the runoff race results in Georgia on Wednesday, exposing what Democrats plan to do with full control of Congress and more, with Biden in place as president.

The Georgia Republican also shared the tweet from Pappas, noting “… And here is what’s coming.” Pappas fired back with a snarky response, inviting his House colleague to “Feel free to co-sponsor any of these bills that have deeply-rooted support across our country.”

Greene vowed she will be objecting to the Electoral College vote certification set for Congress on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, many Twitter users responded to the initial tweet from Pappas and the impending “dismantling” of the U.S. under Democrats.

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