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Media Advisory: Senate HELP Committee to Hold First Partisan Markup since 2009, Undermining Committee’s Bipartisan Tradition

WASHINGTON – The Democrat majority of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led by Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT), announced that tomorrow the Committee will hold its first partisan markup since the Affordable Care Act in 2009. For every markup in the last 14 years, the Chair and Ranking Member of the HELP Committee have worked together on the bills the Committee considers to secure the bipartisan support needed to pass legislation in the 60 vote Senate. A bipartisan markup involves cooperation and securing a fundamental agreement between the Chair and Ranking Member on the legislation considered by the committee. This focus on bipartisanship and passing bills that get signed into law has set the HELP Committee apart from other Senate committees.

“For almost a decade and a half, this Committee has committed to work past partisanship to produce meaningful legislation,” said Dr. Cassidy. “One of the last bastions of bipartisanship in Congress is being eroded. For what? For the majority to shamelessly message on controversial bills that will not pass the Senate, let alone be signed into law.”

The Committee will be marking up three partisan labor bills including the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2023, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and the Healthy Families Act.

Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2023

Time: 10:00 AM ET/ 9:00 AM CT 

Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Click here to watch live. 


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