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Rep. Larson's Work During the 2021-2022 Congressional Session

Rep. Larson's Work During the 2021-2022 Congressional Session 

Congressman John B. Larson proudly represents Connecticut's First District. As a lifetime East Hartford resident raised in public housing and attended public schools, he is dedicated to serving his community. That’s why he is fighting hard to serve the working families and people of Connecticut. Here are some of his accomplishments so far during this session of Congress as well as his priorities for the First District in Congress: 

Serving the First District of Connecticut 

American Rescue Plan: COVID Relief: During the worst ravages of the pandemic, Congressman Larson helped author and pass the American Rescue Plan to put money in people’s pockets, vaccinations in arms, and kids back in school. This historic relief package delivered over $10 billion in federal funds to Connecticut alone. Here are just some of the American Rescue Plan provisions that came right to Connecticut: 

  • Stimulus Checks – Provided federal payments of $1,400 to individuals earning $75,000 or less to over one and a half million Connecticut residents 

  • Affordable Healthcare – More than 33,000 households in Connecticut saved over $4.5 million through American Rescue Plan tax credits on the Access Health CT marketplace for health insurance. In the First Congressional District there was an average annual savings of $1,174 per household.  

  • Tax Cuts for Families - Expanded the Child Tax Credit, providing monthly payments up to $3,600 a child benefiting 77% of children in CT-01 and lifting 7,800 children out of poverty 

  • Rental Assistance – Created a new federal program paying up to $10,000 in rental assistance to help renters and landlords, as well as $125 million to assist homeowners with their mortgages 

  • Unemployment Benefits - Extended federal unemployment benefit supplemental payments of $300 per week on top of standard state benefit levels to help those who lost their jobs due to the pandemic and made self-employed and gig workers eligible for the first time 

  • Small Business Relief – Brought home to Connecticut federal funds to help small businesses and restaurants weather the pandemic in the amount of $10 billion in Paycheck Protection Program payments, $64.5 million in Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program grants, and $301 million in Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant payments.  

  • Funding for Schools and Municipalities – In the First Congressional District alone, the Rescue Plan provided more than $1 billion in federal funding directly to the towns to fund critical services such as fire and police and schools so children could return to school safely. 

Here to Help: One of Rep. Larson’s most important responsibilities is hearing directly from First District residents and helping them navigate federal agencies. His staff work hard each day to help constituents get their VA benefits, track down their tax refunds, obtain their visas, and much more.  

  • Throughout this session of Congress, Rep. Larson has held over 90 public events, including 12 town halls to hear from constituents on issues of concern and to keep them up to date with what’s going on in Washington. 

  • This Congress, his staff has helped over 1,000 constituents navigate federal agencies with cases ranging from solving problems with immigration, Social Security and Medicare, Small Business, IRS and VA issues. 

  • His office has helped secure $200 billion in federal grants, contracts, and tax credits for vital projects in the First District, including over $100 million this Congress.  

 

Getting Results for the First District Manufacturing Base:Rep. Larson has continued to advance critical priorities that fuel the First District’s manufacturing base and bolster our national security.  

  • Rep. Larson has continued to secure federal funding for critical programs such as planes, submarines, and helicopters that support over $1 billion in economic activity and jobs in the First District alone. 

  • Thousands of manufacturing jobs in the First District have been sustained through the national defense sector of aerospace. This was critical to keeping aerospace workers on the job during while the commercial aviation industry suffered during the pandemic. No union machinists at Pratt and Whitney were laid off because of the work on F135, the engine that powers the F-35. The F-35 supports more than 6,000 jobs and 41 suppliers in the First District, resulting in $750 million in economic activity. 

 

House Majority Delivering to the American People:  Alongside the House Democratic majority, Rep. Larson has helped to advance critical policies bills that will deliver to the American people.  Here are just some of the key bills Rep. Larson has voted for that have been passed by the House this Congress:  

  • COVID Relief - The American Rescue Plan, a historic relief bill, delivered over $10 billion in federal funds to Connecticut alone, putting money in people’s pockets, vaccinations in arms, and kids back in school. 

  • Rebuild America’s Infrastructure – The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will send over $6 billion federal dollars to Connecticut to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure including helping improve the I-84/I-91 interchange (the number one bottleneck in New England), fund intermodal transportation and public transit, and fix the Hartford levees, together achieving a 50-year goal of recapturing the riverfront.  

  • Combatting Climate Change - As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Larson helped author the GREEN Act, which would drive down the cost of green technologies, lowering carbon emissions. He also helped write and pass out of the Ways and Means Committee the Build Back Better Act, which is the largest investment in addressing climate change in our nation’s history.  

  • Funding Priorities for the First District - As part of the Appropriations Bills passed by the House, Rep. Larson secured over $6 million in funding for key needs in the district such as reconnecting Hartford, fixing our levee system, and addressing gun violence and hunger. You can read about them here. He also voted to increase funding for education, job training, and veteran’s health care, which you can read more about here.  

  • Protecting Voting Rights – Following his work leading the task force on campaign finance reform, Rep. Larson fought to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which would restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the For the People Act, which would strengthen voting rights, get big money out of politics, and protect our elections from foreign interference. Together these two bills would increase, instead of hinder, Americans’ ability to choose who represents them. 

  • Addressing Gun Violence – As a leader in the fight against gun violence who led the sit-in on the House floor demanding action, Rep. Larson helped pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act which would require background checks on all gun sales, a common-sense way to keep guns out of the wrong hands.  

  • Justice in Policing - The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which Rep. Larson voted to pass in the House, would transform policing in our country to take a step towards ending the racial injustice in our criminal justice system and at the same time keeping our communities safe.   

  • Protecting Reproductive Freedom – As states across the country are trying to put unconstitutional restrictions on women’s health care, Rep. Larson continues to fight for women’s rights and voted to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to remove barriers and reject these illegal attacks on abortion access.  

  • Lowering Prescription Drug Prices – Rep. Larson cosponsored the Elijah Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which included his legislation to allow Medicare to finally negotiate lower drug prices and would save money for Medicare beneficiaries as well as Americans with private insurance. 

  • Equal Pay for Equal Work - As an ardent supporter of women’s equality, Rep. Larson supports the Paycheck Fairness Act to combat the wage discrimination women face across the country.  

  • Protect DREAMERS – Rep. Larson has long fought to protect dreamers and voted for the American Dream and Promise Act to provide the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children a pathway to permanent legal status and citizenship.  

  • Opposing Foreign Wars – Rep. Larson voted against the Iraq war, voted to bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and voted to repeal the President’s broad authority to use our military without specific Congressional authorization (2001 and 2002 AUMFs). 

  • National Defense Authorization Act – Rep. Larson fought for First District priorities in the National Defense Authorization Act, including helping to address PFAS contaminations, $1 billion to secure our nation’s cyberspace, billions of dollars for CT manufacturing priorities, and more. 

  • Protecting the LGBTQ+ Community – As a member of the LGBTQ Caucus in Congress, Rep. Larson supported and voted for The Equality Act, which would ban discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  

 

Protecting and Enhancing Social Security: Representative Larson was appointed Chair of the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee in 2019 when the Democrats took back the House. As Chair, he is the recognized champion in the House fighting to protect and enhance Social Security as an earned benefit that each and every worker pays for in their paychecks. He is the author of the leading Social Security bill in the House, the Social Security 2100: A Sacred Trust Act, to provide additional benefits for current and future beneficiaries with almost 200 cosponsors. You can read more about this legislation here.  

In addition to his lead bill, Rep. Larson has also led efforts to:  

  • Boost Social Security benefits for those most in need during the COVID pandemic. 

  • Fight for funding for the Social Security Administration to maintain high levels of customer service and reduce the disability hearings backlog. 

  • Work to eliminate harmful rules the Trump Administration put in place to deprive beneficiaries of disability benefits. 

  • Provide Americans who contribute to Social Security a mailed annual statement, so they know how much in benefits they are earning. These benefits protect Americans in retirement or in case of disability or the death of a spouse or parent.