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Dingell delivers Dems’ weekly address, stresses kitchen-table issues, not Mueller report

By: - April 19, 2019 12:34 pm

Debbie Dingell

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) delivered the Democrats’ official weekly address and stressed the party’s “For the People” agenda over the redacted report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Russian election interference.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller (C) is surrounded by security and staff as he leaves a meeting with senators at the U.S. Capitol June 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The congresswoman noted the report’s release and said, “Congress’ oversight responsibilities matter.” She also appeared on CNN on Friday, where she said, “I think that for me, the Mueller report is a roadmap for the November 2020 election. And people need to remember the kind of behavior they saw.”

In the weekly address, Dingell focused on domestic issues.

“Our agenda – to lower prescription drug prices, to create 16 million good-paying jobs through a real infrastructure plan and to make sure that our government is working – is what Americans expect from this Congress and it’s what they deserve,” she said. “Every day, we have stayed focused on the issues that matter to working men and women, and are working hard to improve lives across this country.”

Dingell started our her speech by noting her Southeast Michigan district is the home of the auto industry and added “Go Blue!”

Rep. Debbie Dingell in Washington
Rep. Debbie Dingell introducing the revamped Violence Against Women Act | Robin Bravender

She ticked off legislation Democrats had passed since taking control of the U.S. House in January, including the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act that she’s helped champion, although she did not mention it by name or her role.

Dingell also listed the conservation law that bears the name of her late husband, former Dean of the House John Dingell, although, again, she did not cite it by name. Toward the end of her address, she acknowledged that “these first 100 days have been difficult ones for me. I lost the man I loved.”

Dingell also noted Dems’ work on voting rights and equal pay for women. She looked ahead to other priorities, including protecting immigrants and the environment.

“This is just in our first 100 days. We’re just getting started,” she said. “Democrats will put forward an infrastructure plan that will provide millions of good-paying jobs for hard-working people by fixing our roads and bridges. We will also aggressively address the dangers posed by climate change and protect promises made to the Dreamers.”

Dingell ended by acknowledging the holidays of Easter, Passover and Ramadan.

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.