Rep. Larson's Work in the 116th Congress
Rep. Larson's Work During the 116th Congress
- Representative Larson was appointed Chair of the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee in 2019. As Chair, he has taken a leading role in protecting and improving Social Security as an earned benefit. He is the author of the leading Social Security bill in the House, the Social Security 2100 Act, to expand benefits and make the program solvent for future generations. He spearheaded 6 hearings in the House on the Social Security 2100 Act and secured more than 200 original cosponsors. Additionally, he has led efforts to:
- Fight back against the Trump Administration’s executive order to defund Social Security.
- Boost Social Security benefits for those most in need during the COVID pandemic.
- Fix a new “notch” created by the pandemic to prevent a benefit cut for those born in 1960.
- Fight for funding for the Social Security Administration to maintain high levels of customer service and reduce the disability backlog.
- Bipartisan Solutions: Rep. Larson’s worked across the aisle to get bipartisan bills signed into law.
- The Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (introduced with Rep. Mike Kelly [R-PA]), ensures that volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel receive a tax exemption for the benefits they receive from their community for the 2020 tax year.
- The Protecting Access to Wheelchairs Act (introduced with Rep. Lee Zeldin [R-NY]) ensures Medicare patients with degenerative diseases like ALS have access to individualized wheelchair equipment.
- Getting Results for the First District Manufacturing Base: Rep. Larson has continued to advance critical defense priorities that fuel the First District’s manufacturing base and bolsters our national security.
- As co-chair of the Joint Strike Fighter Caucus, he led bipartisan efforts to secure the third straight year of more than 90 F-35’s, including a record 98 in 2020. The F-35 supports more than 7,000 jobs and 40 suppliers in the First District, resulting in $800 million in economic activity.
- He worked with Rep. Courtney to restore production of a second Virginia-class submarine in 2020 after it was left out of the President’s budget. The First District is home to 76 suppliers of the Navy’s submarine programs representing $150 million in purchase orders for the Virginial-class and Columbia-class submarines.
While the pandemic has taken a toll on the commercial aerospace sector, the military side of aerospace has remained steady, sustaining thousands of manufacturing jobs in the First District. This builds on Rep. Larson’s efforts in 2011 to designate Pratt and Whitney as the sole supplier of the F135 engine over the 60-year lifespan of the program.Stepping-up during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down causing an unprecedented health and economic crisis. Rep. Larson has been outspoken about the need for a nationally coordinated, science-based plan. Early on in February, he pressed Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to increase testing, he held numerous teletown halls to brief First District residents on the federal coronavirus response, and he has supported more than $5 trillion in federal COVID relief.
- Rep. Larson has voted for 4 separate relief measures totaling $3 trillion that have been signed into law to help families weather the economic downturn, including direct cash payments, small business relief, and expanded unemployment benefits.
- Rep. Larson also voted for HEROES Act, currently stalled in the Senate, which would provide an additional $3 trillion in relief through an additional round of cash payments, extended unemployment assistance, along with much needed funding for state and local governments in Connecticut to keep frontline workers on the job.
- He has championed efforts to increase production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), testing, and vaccine development by introducing legislation to utilize the expertise of the military through the Defense Production Act and Defense Logistics Agency.
- Rep. Larson worked with the Rep. Courtney and Senators Murphy and Blumenthal to secure three federal studies related to the Crumbling Foundation crisis: A Government Accountability Office study to examine the financial impact of the issue as well as to examine relevant government programs, (released in July, 2020) , a U.S. Geological Survey study to develop a map of pyrrhotite in the United States (released in March, 2020), and a National Standards and Technology study to better understand the impacts of pyrrhotite in concreate.
- This builds upon Rep. Larson’s previous work with Rep. Courtney to secure a ruling from the IRS that homeowners can utilize the casualty loss deduction to write off crumbling foundation repair expenses.
- The Social Security 2100 Act – Protects and strengthens Social Security for today’s seniors and future generations.
- Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization – Allows Americans to buy into Medicare at age 50, providing a new low-cost health insurance option and lowers drug costs by allowing the federal government to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies.
- America Wins Act – Invests more than $1 trillion in the nation’s infrastructure while tackling climate change and creating millions of jobs.
- ACTION for National Service – Increases opportunities for national service in organizations such as the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps while providing student debt relief for those who serve.
- In the 116th Congress, Rep. Larson has held over 80 public events, including 26 town halls.
- Over his career, his staff has assisted with nearly 17,500 constituent cases. This Congress, they’ve assisted with nearly 1,500 constituent cases ranging from immigration, Social Security and Medicare, Small Business, IRS and VA issues.
- His office has helped get over $2 billion in grants awarded the First District, including $108 million this Congress.
Along with the CT delegation, he has continued to secure funding for critical programs like our fighters, submarines, helicopter, bomber, and tanker planes that support over $1 billion in economic activity in the First District alone.