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Rep. Pramila Jayapal

Rep. Pramila Jayapal

Democrat, Washington, 7th District
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Office Phone: 202-225-2956
Committees:
Budget
Judiciary

DISTRICT SNAPSHOT
Among children in this district:
7.2% of children are in poverty
4.4% of children under 6 are in poverty
3.4% of children are in extreme poverty
12.4% are food insecure
1.8% lack health insurance

Sources: 2017 Annual Community Survey, US Dept. of Agriculture

Jayapal on Child Poverty

  • voted against H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which provided for tax cuts that disporportionately favor wealthy individuals and corporations. The bill is projected to add $1.5 trillion to the national debt over ten years, which could lead to future cuts to important social safety net programs. The bill also repeals the individual health insurance mandate established under the Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing health insurance coverage for millions of people.

  • co-sponsored H.R.15, the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour over a period of seven years.

  • co-sponsored H.R.821, the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act, which would increase the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 per child to $3,600 per child for children under the age of 6.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1748, the Opening Doors for Youth Act, which would provide at-risk and disconnected youth with subsidized summer and year-round employment and assist local community partnerships in improving high school graduation and youth employment rates.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3757, the GAIN Act, which would increase the value of the Earned Income Tax Credit for every group including individuals with no children.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4074, the Pathways Out of Poverty Act, which would provide for expansion and improvement of pre-K education, housing subsidies, TANF, SNAP, reemployment programs, and an increase in the minimum wage.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5928, the Student Over Special Interests Act, which would repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, increase federal Pell Grants, and forgive all outstanding federal student loans.

  • Jayapal on Child Health

  • voted against H.R.195, the HEALTHY KIDS Act, which extended funding for the federal government by three weeks and extended CHIP for six years.

  • voted for H.R.315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, which would provide for the identification of areas of need with respect to maternity care health professionals.

  • voted against H.R.1370, the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, which extended funding for the government by four weeks and retroactively funded CHIP for the first half of fiscal year 2018.

  • voted against H.R.1628, the American Health Care Act, which would have repealed Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, repealed the individual and employer health care mandates, and otherwise modified the private health insurance market.

  • voted against H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, which extended CHIP for four additional years, funded a home visiting program for new mothers, funded community health centers, and modified funding and eligibilty requirements for foster care prevention services.

  • voted for H.R.2422, the Action for Dental Health Act, which would establish a CDC grant program to improve access to dental care for underserved communities.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3770, the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act, which would reauthorize and extend funding for community health centers.

  • voted against H.R.3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, which would extend CHIP and Community Health Centers funding. CHIP and Community Health Centers were eventually funded through a series of budget bills.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4129, the State Public Option Act, which would establish a state public option through Medicaid.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4820, the ASK Act, which would permanently fund CHIP and provide temporary extensions for community health centers and MIECHV.


  • voted against H.R.6311, the Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act, which would modify rules regarding health savings accounts and allow for the sale of bare bones health plans on the health care exchanges. Often these plans are purchased by lower-income individuals who are unaware that the benefits offered by the plan are extremely limited.

  • Jayapal on Child Welfare

  • co-sponsored H.R.1511, the Homeless Children and Youth Act, which would amend the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to expand the act’s definition of homeless children and youth and thereby expand eligibility for services.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2069, the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act, which would prioritize housing benefits for youths aging out of the foster care system.

  • voted against H.R.2824, the Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act, which would reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program for five years, and require grantees to match federal funds beginning in fiscal year 2020. MIECHV was eventually reauthorized through H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, without a state matching requirement.

  • voted for H.R.2847, the Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act, which would authorize states to extend foster care eligibilty up to age 21 and to increase age limits on other programs for youths who have aged out of foster care.

  • voted for H.R.2866, the Reducing Unnecessary Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act, which would require the Department of Health and Human Services to identify model standards for the licensing of foster family homes and to evaluate state plans against those standards.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3092, the Permanency for Children Act, which would modify the Federal Parent Locator Service to improve search functions and include state responsible father registry search functions.

  • voted for H.R.5890, the Assisting States’ Implementation of Plans of Safe Care Act, which would provide states with guidance and technical assistance for the safe care of infants affected by prenatal substance use.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5955, the Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act, which would increase funding to improve outcomes for children who have been abused.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6545, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which would improves services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including young victims.

  • Jayapal on Youth Justice

  • co-sponsored H.R.901, the MERCY Act, which would restrict the use of solitary confinement for juveniles in federal custody.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2435, the Justice Safety Valve Act, which would amend the criminal code to allow judges discretion to imposes sentences below the statutory minimum.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3811, the National Center for the Right to Counsel Act, which would establish the National Center for the Right to Counsel.

  • Jayapal on Gun Violence Prevention

  • voted against H.R.38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow individuals licensed for concealed carry in one state to possess or carry a concealed weapon in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1478, the Gun Violence Research Act, which would permit the Department of Health and Human Services to sponsor research on gun violence.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1612, the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act, which would require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions at gun shows.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2598, the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act, which would allow family members of an individual who they believe to be a danger to himself or others to seek a gun violence prevention order, which would allow for the temporary seizure of said individual’s firearms.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3464, the Background Check Completion Act, which would prohibit the sale of firearms prior to the completion of a background check.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3613, the Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act, which would authorize grants for states, local governments, or gun dealers to conduct gun buyback programs.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3947, the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, which would prohibit the sale of bump stocks and other mechanisms to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3962, the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, which would require face to face sales of ammunition, licensing of ammunition dealers, and reporting about bulk ammunition purchases.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4018, a bill to modify gun laws, which would require a three day waiting period for the purchase of a handgun.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4268, the Gun Safety: Not Sorry Act, which would provide for a seven-day waiting period before a semiautomatic firarm, silencer, armor piercing ammunition, or a high-capacity magazine may be transferred.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4573, the Gun Violence Research Act, which would allow for federal funds to be used for research on mental health, gun violence, and how they intersect, and provide for reporting on the effects of gun violence.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4786, the Protecting Communities from Lost or Stolen Law Enforcement Weapons Act, which would require state and local law enforcement to promptly report the loss or theft of any firearm to the National Tracing Center.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5087, the Assault Weapons Ban, which would prohibit the possession, sale, manufacture, importation, or transfer of a semiautomatic wepaon or large capacity ammunition feeding device.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5162, the Firearm Safety Act, which would allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue safety standards for firearms.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5163, the Keeping Guns from High-Risk Individuals Act, which would prohibit firearm ownership by certain high-risk individuals including those recently convicted of a violent crime.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5383, the Ammunition Background Check Act, which would extend background check requirements to the transfer of ammunition at gun shows or over the internet.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6629, the No Guns for Abusers Act, which would prevent individuals convicete of domestic violence or subject to a domestic violence prevention order from purchasing a gun.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6643, the Untraceable Firearms Act, which would require that all guns be traceable and prohibits weapons made of materials undetectable by x-ray machines or other means.

  • Jayapal on Housing

  • co-sponsored H.R.1145, the Housing for Homeless Students Act, which would allow homeless youth who are full-time students to qualify for the low income housing tax credit.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4185, the Access to Affordable Housing Act, which would increase state allocations for the low-income housing tax credit.

  • voted for H.R.5793, the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act, which would establish a demonstration program to encourage families receiving housing voucher assistance to move to lower-poverty areas.

  • Jayapal on Nutrition

  • voted against H.R.2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, which would cut SNAP benefits by $20 billion over ten years through more stringent work requirements and elimination of other programs; the bill would also create additional barriers to receiving SNAP benefits.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1276, the Closing the Meal Gap Act, which would increase the minimum SNAP benefit and exempt individuals from work requirements if they have not been offered a position in a federal jobs or job training program.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6586, the Reducing Obesity in Youth Act, which would provide for grants to promote healthy eating and physical activity among children.

  • Jayapal on Early Childhood Development

  • voted against H.R.695, the Child Protection Improvements Act, which would establish a background check system for individuals who care for children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1022, the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, which would provide 6 weeks of paid parental leave to Federal employees.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3773, the Child Care for Working Families Act, which would expand and improve the Child Care and Development Block Grant and provide grants for funding high-quality preschool.

  • Jayapal on Education

  • voted against H.J.RES.57, the resolution that nullified a Department of Education rule providing for federal standards for states implementing plans to meet the needs of historically marginalized groups under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2902, the IDEA Full Funding Act, which would fully fund part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3550, the Signing is Language Act, which would amend education law to clarify that ASL students are English learners.

  • voted for H.R.4909, the STOP School Violence Act, which would reauthorize a grant program for school security to train local law enforcement, school personnel, and students and to develop an anonymous reporting system for violent threats at school.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5374, the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity of a student or a person associated with that student in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5814, the Educators Expense Deduction Modernization Act, which would increase the deduction for expenses of elementary and secondary school teachers.

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