One week after an historic election where Democrats retook the U.S. House of Representatives with people who much better reflect the diversity of America, the National Action Network (NAN) gathered for an information and lobbying session in Washington. “The politicians came ready with an agenda for the first 100 days of Congress and prepared to work on passing bills that benefit ‘we the people,’” commented Vanessa Petty, a NAN member and Port Of Harlem reader.
In a fast pace, (reminiscent of slow speed, speed dating,) prominent senators and congresspeople shared information about their priority bills for the 2019 session. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar was up first during NAN’s Legislative & Policy Conference with her list that included repairing the Voting Rights Act and overturning Citizens United to immigration reform and criminal justice reform. On the later, she said, “to have a strong economy, every one has to participate.”
Similar to Klobuchar’s mantra “when you answer with action, you win,” Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren spinned the phrase to “at the end of the today, it is action we need.” As expected, Warren addressed the wealth gap and shared information on her bill that would try to repair the damage to neighborhoods that historically suffered from government-sanctioned redlining.