Congressman Chris Pappas ran in 2018 on policies such as a $12 national minimum wage, reducing medical costs and enacting nationwide paid family leave. Now it's time to check in with Pappas about his first term in the House. On Tuesday, May 28, at 9 a.m., Pappas gives us an update and answers questions on The Exchange.
So far this session, he's co-sponsored the Climate Action Now Act, aimed at getting the U.S. back into the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, as well as the Equality Act, a measure to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Of the measure, he said "As a proud member of the LGBTQ community, I can attest that attitudes in this country have changed for the better, and it is time that our laws catch up. Congress can send a message to LGBTQ Americans everywhere that we see you, that we celebrate you for who you are."
Pappas rejected taking a paycheck while the government shutdown persisted in early 2019. The government reopened Jan. 25, a little over three weeks after his pledge. Pappas declared his support for the Green New Deal in December 2018.