Rep. Susie Lee Releases 2019 Annual Report

December 20, 2019
Press Release

Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-03) marked the end of her first year in Congress by releasing a report of her legislative and casework accomplishments in 2019.  

“From my first day in Congress, every action taken, policy supported, and bill introduced has been to benefit my constituents in southern Nevada,” said Rep. Lee. “More than anything, I take pride in solving constituents’ problems with federal agencies, answering their calls and letters, and passing legislation that directly helps our community. I have done that during my first year in Congress by working hard and reaching across the aisle to get things done with my Republican and Democratic colleagues. I have helped recover just under $1 million for my constituents, passed nine of my bills through the House, and am one of just seven freshman House members to have a bill signed into law by the President. 2019 was a great year for Nevada’s 3rd District, and I’m confident 2020 will be even better. As the year comes to an end, I reflect on the honor it has been to serve Nevada’s families.”

Accomplishments for Constituents 

  • Recovered approximately $907,000 for constituents 
  • Responded to 62,968 emails, calls, and letters 
  • Taken on 413 constituent cases, resolving nearly 80% of those cases 
  • Have held more than 950 official meetings in the district 
  • Attended/hosted 206 public events in the district 
  • Provided internships for 10 Nevada students 
  • Hosted 31 Town Halls, Community Conversations, and Coffee Hours 
  • Held 32 student-focused events 

Legislative Accomplishments 

  • One of seven freshman members of the House of Representatives to have a bill signed into law by the President.
  • Nine pieces of legislation passed by the House, all with bipartisan support.  
  • Prevented a pay raise for Members of Congress.
  • 17 bills introduced, nine of which she introduced with bipartisan support.
  • Co-sponsored 278 bills, amendments, and resolutions.

K-12 Education 

Rep. Lee spent her entire career working to improve Nevada’s public education system and help students succeed in and out of the classroom. As a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, Rep. Lee has brought her on-the-ground education experience to Congress and is helping introduce and pass common-sense legislation to improve Nevada’s schools and America’s education system. 

  • Rep. Lee introduced the Keep our PACT Act, which will guarantee funding for all Title I public schools and Individuals with Disabilities in Education programs.  
     
  • Rep. Lee introduced an amendment to the Rebuild America’s Schools Act to address overcrowding in K-12 classrooms. Clark County schools are the most overcrowded in the country. 
     
  • Rep. Lee introduced an amendment that would increase funding for the STARBASE program, which invests in Science Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs and resources in K-12 schools. 

Higher Education 

Rep. Lee understands that every American deserves access to higher education. Unfortunately, with cost-of-living, tuition, and student debt skyrocketing, it’s harder than ever to afford and education. Through her committee work and leadership, Rep. Lee is leading the fight to improve the nation’s higher education system and open access to college for every American.  

  • PASSED THE HOUSE: The bipartisan Student Veteran Protection Act, which helps student veterans by removing the financial burdens of GI Bill overpayments, passed as part of the Protect the GI Bill Act. Right now, when the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) overpays a school for GI assistance for a student veteran, the student, not the school, is responsible for reimbursing the VA. This bill shifts the financial burden from the student veteran to the school, where it belongs. Not only does this help remove an unfair obstacle in our veterans’ journeys to academic success, it will save taxpayers $120 million over the next decade (CBO). 
     
  • With over 30 for-profit colleges in Nevada shutting down in the last decade, Rep. Lee understands that immediate action is needed to protect students. Rep. Lee introduced the PROTECT Students Act, which will crack down on predatory for-profit colleges and student loan practices. 
     
  • Rep. Lee and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.) introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval on Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s rewritten borrower defense rule that gutted essential protections for student borrowers and taxpayers. The original 2016 Borrower Defense Rule was a commonsense policy meant to level the playing field between students and the predatory colleges taking advantage of them. But Secretary DeVos’s new rule makes the process of applying for and granting borrower defense forgiveness unnecessarily difficult and burdensome for the students who we are supposed to be protecting. 
     
  • Rep. Lee introduced the bipartisan Protecting Access to Student Transcripts (PAST) Act to prevent higher education institutions from withholding transcripts from students who have defaulted on their student loans. 

Health Care 

Rep. Lee is fighting for access to quality, affordable health care for every American. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions more have access, but growing premiums, deductibles, and prescription drug costs threaten that basic core right of all Americans. Three of Rep. Lee’s health care-focused bills have passed the House, all of which focus on improving the quality of care while bringing down costs.  

  • PASSED THE HOUSE: The Enhancing Retirement Security for Medicare Benefits Act, which would guarantee that retirement savings are not counted when determining if someone qualifies for Medicare Part D’s Low Income Subsidy (LES) program, passed as part of the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act. Rep. Lee strongly supported and help pass this bill through the House to help lower prescription drug costs for millions of Americans. 
     
  • PASSED THE HOUSE: Rep. Susie Lee joined a group of her colleagues on the House Education and Labor committee to introduce the Dignity in Aging Act, H.R. 4334, a bipartisan proposal to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA), which increases funding for vital programs that help aging Americans live independently and with dignity. 
     
  • SIGNED INTO LAW: Rep. Lee’s amendment to increase funding for Graduate Medical Education slots was adopted and passed in the fiscal year 2020 budget. Rep. Lee secured an additional $53 million to address Nevada’s doctor shortage crisis. 
     
  • Rep. Lee introduced the Bipartisan Rural and Underserved Residencies to Attract Long-Term (RURAL) Physicians Act to make it easier for doctors in underserved communities like southern Nevada to access loan forgiveness during their residency. Nevada is currently suffering from a doctor shortage crisis, the RURAL Physicians Act will help doctors work and grow their careers in Nevada.  
     
  • Rep. Lee and a group of freshmen congresswomen introduced legislation to protect Americans from “surprise bills” due to out-of-date insurance directories. The UPDATE Act requires insurance companies to regularly update their provider directories to prevent patients from unknowingly receiving out-of-network care. Health care in this country is already expensive enough, and for any person to receive a surprise bill from a provider that they were led to believe is in their network is a burden that no American deserves. 

Veterans 

Rep. Lee is committed to serving our nation’s veterans. She is a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on Technology Modernization, where she is leading congressional oversight of electronic health services at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  

  • PASSED THE HOUSE: The bipartisan Newborn Care Improvement Act, which extends newborn health coverage for new veteran mothers, passed as a provision of the Deborah Sampson Act. Currently, veterans are only eligible to receive seven days of newborn care, after which they must find and sign up for health insurance for their newborn. This bill would double that available time to 14 days of care, providing additional time for veterans to find the best health coverage, especially during a high-stress period. 
     
  • SIGNED INTO LAW: In August, the President signed H.R.1198, a bill renaming the 404 South Boulder Highway post office to the Henderson Veterans Memorial Post Office Building, into law. Rep. Lee drafted and introduced the legislation in February, making this her first ever original bill signed into law. 
     
  • Rep. Lee launched the bipartisan Veterans Education Caucus with her Republican colleague Rep. Denver Riggleman (Va.-05), which was formed to highlight the experiences of America’s student veterans, and create a space for members to collaborate in a bipartisan fashion on  policies and solutions to improve the lives of student veterans and enhance their educational and economic opportunities. 
     
  • Rep. Lee introduced the introduced the bipartisan Leave No Veteran Behind Act, which would require the VA to reach out to veterans that they have not had contact with in two or more years, to ensure that every veteran is aware and has access to the comprehensive medical services provided by the VA. 

Economy and Workforce Development

Rep. Lee’s goal is to make sure southern Nevadans are not just making ends meet, but succeeding in today’s economy. In so many respects, the economy is doing well for most Americans, but Rep. Lee understands that there is always room for improvement, especially when it comes to stagnant wages, workforce development, and keeping up with a more modern and automated economy.  

  • PASSED THE HOUSE: As part of her effort to bolster services for seniors through the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, Rep. Lee and Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (Va.-03) introduced legislation to invest in and support direct care workers. The Direct Creation, Advancement, and Retention of Employment (CARE) Opportunity Act (H.R. 4397) invests in training and employment advancement opportunities for America’s direct care workers. 
     
  • Rep. Lee and U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen (Nev.) introduced the Cyber Ready Workforce Act. This bill will give students and workers apprenticeship opportunities in the cyber industry, giving them the key skills they need to compete in the developing 21st-century economy. 
     
  • Rep. Lee introduced the bipartisan Hire Student Veterans Act to help ensure that all student veterans can take advantage of valuable paid internships or work opportunities while in school. 
     
  • Rep. Lee introduced the bipartisan American Energy Opportunity Act, which would provide the tools for local communities to streamline permitting processes for resident and business solar energy systems.   

Yucca Mountain 
 
Since her first minute in Congress, Rep. Lee has stood with Nevadans against funding for nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain.

  • She introduced the Jobs, Not Waste Act with Sens. Cortez Masto (Nev.) and Rosen (Nev.), to require the Department of Energy to find new, job-creating projects for Yucca Mountain other than nuclear waste storage. 
     
  • Rep. Lee and the Nevada delegation stood strong against Yucca proponents and successfully secured a budget deal without any funding for Yucca Mountain.

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