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Dear Colleague: Justice is Our Mission

Dear Democratic Colleague,

Today, we mark one week since the historic Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.  We are so proud that the President has issued so many important and transformative Executive Actions starting on Day One, ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to racial equity to the climate crisis. 

On the legislative front, we are grateful to our Committee Chairs, who are working on coronavirus relief legislation as a basis for reconciliation, should that step be needed.  We hope and expect Republicans in Congress will support assistance that will bring relief to their communities.  But the need for action could not be more urgent, and Democrats will not take any tools off the table as to how the House and Senate can get this package done.  We are grateful to Members for their flexibility with regard to the schedule.

Today also marks two weeks since the House upheld its duty to the Constitution by impeaching Donald Trump.  We are proud of our Impeachment Managers, who have proceeded with extraordinary patriotism and professionalism and who continue to prepare for the trial before the 100 jurors of the Senate.  Senators on both sides of the aisle should honor their oath to render impartial justice by listening to the evidence and arguments presented during the trial and not violate their duty as jurors by prejudging the case.    

On the occasion of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday recently, many of us recalled and shared his words: “True peace is not merely the absence of tension.  It is the presence of justice.”  Similarly, Pope Paul IV said, “If you want peace, work for justice.”  Justice is our mission, and I am confident that, led by our Managers, we will see justice prevail.  This trial is about the protection of the Constitution and the preservation of the Republic, and we will insist upon the integrity and fairness of the proceeding.

Discipline is the order of the day as we message the narrative of justice.  Our Managers have given us guidance and talking points have been sent out daily to all House Democratic offices for messaging guidance on impeachment.

Finally, today also marks three weeks since the insurrection against the U.S. Capitol and against our Democracy.  I urge all Members to take advantage of this time to write your story of January 6.  I also hope you have taken advantage of the trauma and resilience resources provided by the Office of Employee Assistance, and I encourage you to do so if you have not.  Members have told me that they have found these resources to be beneficial.

As we continue our work For The People, we must do so prayerfully, solemnly and courageously.  Let us draw faith and inspiration from the closing words of the poem that Amanda Gorman shared with the nation one week ago: “For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.”

Thank you for your patriotism and leadership.



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