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Rep. Terri Sewell

Rep. Terri Sewell

Democrat, Alabama, 7th District
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Office Phone: 202-224-4814
Committees:
Intelligence
Ways and Means

DISTRICT SNAPSHOT
Among children in this district:
34.7% of children are in poverty
41.7% of children under 6 are in poverty
13.9% of children are in extreme poverty
26.7% are food insecure
3.1% lack health insurance

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

Sewell 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.5785, the Jobs and Justice Act, which would redirect federal appropriations toward high poverty areas, increase funding for federal housing assistance, create a commission on youth justice, and modify gun laws to ban weapon sales to abusers and to allow federal research on gun violence.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5888, the Improving Access to Good Jobs for Parents Act, which would provide grants to coordinate the TANF program with career opportunities for parents.

  • Sewell on Child Health

  • voted for 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.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1318, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, which would create a committee to review maternal and infant mortality and fund demonstration programs to study potential interventions.

  • voted for 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.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1757, the Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act, which would establish institutions to address the psychological, developmental, social, and emotional needs of children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma.

  • voted for 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 and co-sponsored 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.3258, the Marketplace Certainty Act, which would increase subsidies for individuals who purchase health insurance on state exchanges.

  • 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.4541, the CHAMPION KIDS Act, which would extend funding for a number of health programs, including CHIP and community health centers.

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

  • co-sponsored H.R.5761, the Ending Maternal Mortality Act, which would require the Department of Health and Human Services to publish every two years a plan for reducing the maternal mortality rate.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5977, the MOMMA’s Act, which would provide technical assistance and federal grants to fund the implementation of maternal safety measures.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6174, the NEWBORN Act, which would fund a pilot prorgram to reduce rates of infant mortality in high-risk areas.

  • 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.

  • Sewell on Child Welfare

  • co-sponsored H.R.253, the Family First Prevention Services Act, which would amend foster care laws to increase the likelihood of children remaining with their families rather than being placed in the foster care system. This bill became law as a part of H.R. 1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act.

  • 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 and co-sponsored 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.2952, the Foster Youth Mentoring Act, which would establish programs for the mentoring of youths in foster care.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3410, the SIMARRA Act, which would establish a pilot program to allow incarcerated women and children born during incarceration to reside together in a separate prison housing unit.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3525, the Home Visiting Works Act, which would reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program for 5 years without a state-matching provision. MIECHV was eventually reauthorized for five years without a state matching requirement as a part of H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act.

  • 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.6014, a bill to reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, which would extend the law through 2023. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program supports emergency shelter and assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children.

  • Sewell on Youth Justice

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    Sewell 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.

  • Sewell on Housing

  • 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.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6542, the Restoring Tax Credits for Affordable Housing Act, which would increase the low-income housing tax credit to incentivize the development, rehabilitation, and preservation of affordable housing.

  • Sewell 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.4855, the SNAP Healthy Incentives Act, which would provide financial incentives for SNAP participants to purchase fruits and vegetables.

  • Sewell 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.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.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3842, the Healthy Start Reauthorization Act, which would reauthorize the Healthy Start for Infants Program, which directs resources to areas with high infant mortality rates.

  • Sewell 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.2475, the Rebuild America¬ís Schools Act, which would provide funds for improvements to public school facilities.

  • 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.

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