Congressman Jim Himes is a tireless voice for common-sense, independent solutions to the challenges facing Connecticut. He's looking out for the middle class, fighting for affordable health care for all, taking on special interests like the NRA to end gun violence, and working to create economic opportunity for working families.

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Jim Himes · [email protected]
November 24, 2021 at 1:36 PM

Give back to CT this Thanksgiving

Friend,   As we gather together with friends and family this Thanksgiving, it is important to remember to give back to those in need during the holidays. Every year, I share a list of organizations committed to helping the most vulnerable in Con…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
November 20, 2021 at 1:37 AM

Not since FDR's New Deal.

Friend,   It's hard to imagine this time last year newspaper headlines were about Donald Trump's refusal to concede in the 2020 election and his plans to overturn the results.     One year later, under President Biden's leadership, we have passe…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
November 19, 2021 at 2:35 AM

This is a BIG deal. ✅

Friend,     On Monday, President Biden made history when he signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. This landmark legislation will invest $1 trillion in our country’s future. With this historic investment we will i…
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November 1, 2021 at 2:25 PM

A message from Jim Himes:

Friend,     Local elections are notorious for their low turnout. But this year, Tuesday’s voting won’t just be about school boards and town budgets; it will make a difference, maybe THE difference, to our imperiled democracy.   Had you heard of …
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September 12, 2021 at 12:30 AM

Words from Jim

CLICK TO WATCH ON FACEBOOK This week I joined local leaders across the district to remember the lives lost and honor heroes made 20 years ago. Let this anniversary remind us that even in the divisive times we currently…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
September 6, 2021 at 3:31 PM

Today We Celebrate American Workers

Friend,   Labor Day is a time to celebrate America's hard-working families and honor advancements the labor movement has made to protect workers' rights.    Over the past 18 months, American workers have put their lives on the line to keep the p…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
September 2, 2021 at 4:53 PM

How we fight back in Texas

Friend,   This week, a barbaric law went into effect in Texas that bans abortions after just six weeks of pregnancy — long before most women even know they're pregnant  — and allows no exceptions for rape or incest. The law also allows individua…
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August 28, 2021 at 3:11 PM

"In spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.”

Friend,   Today is the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, calling on the nation to rise up for political and economic j…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
August 23, 2021 at 3:57 PM

Important COVID-19 Updates

FDA vaccine approval, relief provisions begin expiring in September and more Friend,   We're now 17 months into the global COVID-19 pandemic, and I wanted to send a couple of important updates and reminders as COVID cases are on the rise in Conne…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
August 12, 2021 at 12:16 AM

It's infrastructure month

Friend,   After months of negotiations, the Senate passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to provide critical funding to address our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, create good-paying jobs, ensure access to high-speed, r…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
July 31, 2021 at 2:57 PM

Over 200 days of progress for all Americans

Friend,   Over 200 days of progress this year. And we're still advancing the priorities of all Americans.   We delivered the American Rescue Plan to help people and businesses recover from the pandemic's economic impact and kickstart our economi…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
July 15, 2021 at 5:16 PM

Cutting child poverty in half

Friend,   Starting today, Child Tax Credit monthly payments will begin hitting bank accounts for millions of families across America and over 100,000 families in my district in Southwest Connecticut, thanks to the expansion in the American Rescu…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
July 6, 2021 at 4:18 PM

Good news: America is back.

Friend,   June's jobs report and work period in the House sent a strong message: America is on the move again with a historic economic recovery.   Thanks to President Biden and Congressional Democrats, we are advancing bills addressing key prior…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
June 24, 2021 at 4:29 PM

We need the select committee to investigate the deadly Capitol riots

Friend,   The FBI released a new report yesterday acknowledging that angry Trump supporters in multiple online groups and on various social media platforms were talking openly in the days leading up to the January 6 Capitol riots about storming …
Jim Himes · [email protected]
June 17, 2021 at 1:53 PM

The economic gap has widened, it's time to act.

Friend,   Economic disparities in our country are wider than ever. Covid made this brutally plain. Over the last 15 months, America's wealthiest families worked from home, grew their wealth and accessed premier health care. Other Americans lost …
Jim Himes · [email protected]
June 9, 2021 at 12:30 PM

Infrastructure and transportation investments. Job creation. Now.

Friend,   As states begin to re-open and we continue to rebound from the pandemic recession, right now is our opportunity to build back better and make smart investments for future success.   That's why I'm urging Congress to pass the American J…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
June 3, 2021 at 8:02 PM

We are under attack

Friend,   Our gasoline pipelines. Our food supply. Sony. Target. The federal government’s networks.   All under attack. Vulnerable to threats. Every single day. It doesn’t stop, and we’re not doing nearly enough to stop it. In fact, most of the …
Jim Himes · [email protected]
June 1, 2021 at 4:45 PM

Celebrating love and pride 🏳️‍🌈

Dear Friend,   As we celebrate the beginning of Pride Month today, we look back and remember the 1969 Stonewall Riots that were the boiling over of frustration and anger at discrimination, commemorate those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS and r…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
May 25, 2021 at 7:36 PM

One year ago, everything changed

Friend,   One year ago today, George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The sight of Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck for nine minutes galvanized the world into action. Communities and neighborhoods across the w…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
May 20, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Why I voted for the bipartisan COVID–19 Hate Crimes Act

Friend,   May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It is especially important to celebrate this year as it has been a difficult one for the AAPI community here in America and around the world. The AAPI community has contributed…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
May 17, 2021 at 12:53 PM

File your taxes today to receive the expanded child care tax credit

Friend,   Through the American Rescue Plan, the child tax credit will lift half of our country's children out of poverty. For families to receive the expanded child tax credit this year, you must file your taxes by the end of today, May 17.The c…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
May 11, 2021 at 9:31 PM

The U.S. needs an immediate, strategic cyberdefense strategy

Friend,   Over the weekend, a cybercrime group led a significant cyberattack on the biggest U.S. pipeline, Coastal Pipeline, which carries 45% of the east coast's fuel supplies. As a result, the White House has created an inter-agency task force…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
May 3, 2021 at 6:47 PM

The next generation of Democratic campaign leaders

Dear Friend,   We just surpassed a successful 100 days of the Biden Administration, and we are now looking ahead to what comes next. Who comes next.   Our Democratic House and Senate majorities are under attack, and winning this year's local ele…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
April 30, 2021 at 7:04 PM

A message of hope

Dear Friend,   This week, President Joe Biden addressed the nation during his first Joint Address to Congress with a forward-looking message full of hope. He also reviewed our challenges and accomplishments from his first 100 days.In just 100 da…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
April 22, 2021 at 12:50 PM

Change starts with action.

Jim Himes for Congress     Every year, Earth Day serves as an important reminder that we all must work together to care for our environment.   With unpredictable and extreme weather patterns, dangerous storms, warming temperatures and rising ocean levels, we are reminded daily of th…
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April 12, 2021 at 10:41 PM

100 days of the 117th Congress with a Democratic Majority

Jim Himes for Congress     Today is the 100th day of the 117th Congress and in those four short months, House Democrats have made good on our promises to help the everyday Americans we have the privilege to represent. We have taken bold action by advancing legislation like: The Amer…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
April 7, 2021 at 6:03 PM

Let's end this pandemic

Jim Himes for Congress     Less than a month ago, Congress passed the historic American Rescue Plan, and it has made a huge difference in every community. We've accelerated the vaccine rollout, delivered tax credits and stimulus checks to struggling families, created jobs and helped…
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March 31, 2021 at 1:43 PM

We have to protect our Democratic majority

Jim Himes for Congress     Right now, Democrats have the slimmest majority we've had since 1930. Midterm elections next year seem far away, but we need to prepare now. Our majority is at risk, and the Republicans know they have a chance to turn the House red in 2022. They only need to…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
March 18, 2021 at 6:31 PM

Our normal lives will return, but so will our commuting challenges

Jim Himes for Congress     As vaccinations are becoming available to every American, I am more optimistic than ever that we will soon return to our normal lives. When we turn the corner, Congress needs to be ready with the infrastructure investment necessary to support our families …
Jim Himes · [email protected]
March 15, 2021 at 5:40 PM

Help is here. Direct payments. Business aid. Vaccines.

Jim Himes for Congress     The American Rescue Plan is now law. Help is here and we are on the road to recovery.   This law provides $1,400 direct payments to the majority of American households, extends unemployment benefits, cuts child poverty rates in half, sends children safely …
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March 11, 2021 at 7:22 PM

Today we delivered on our promise to end the gun violence epidemic

Jim Himes for Congress     Today, I was proud to preside over the passage of the Enhanced Background Checks Act in the House Chambers for the safety of all Americans. I live just a few miles where the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut happened. …
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February 25, 2021 at 4:39 PM

Honoring John Lewis by advancing voting rights

Jim Himes for Congress     As we continue celebrating Black History Month, I’ve been thinking of Congressman John Lewis. I miss him now more than ever and know we could use his leadership in these troubled times.Congressman Lewis dedicated his life to fighting for voting rights, equ…
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February 22, 2021 at 10:06 PM

We cannot afford any more delays

Jim Himes for Congress     500,000 Americans lost to the COVID-19 virus is a number almost too large to grasp. That is more than US combat deaths in WWI, WWII and Vietnam combined. I know many people who this virus has taken, and I continue to feel hurt by this substantial loss.   …
Jim Himes · [email protected]
February 12, 2021 at 5:38 PM

What a difference three weeks makes

Jim Himes for Congress     When President Joe Biden took office three weeks ago, he and his team went straight to work to develop a real plan to combat COVID and purchase more vaccine supplies.   Yesterday, President Biden announced weekly shipments of vaccines have increased by 30…
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February 10, 2021 at 12:24 AM

Moving beyond impeachment to deliver for the American people

Jim Himes for Congress     The Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump for his incitement of the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol began today. Yesterday, I joined Nicolle Wallace to discuss that dark day in our history and how we move forward and deliver impac…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
February 2, 2021 at 6:32 PM

Democrats need to deliver.

Jim Himes for Congress     The 117th Congress is underway, and the American people have placed their trust in us to move past the vitriol and gridlock of the last four years and get to work for the people.   And we have a lot of work to do. Every day I see real people, families and …
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January 20, 2021 at 4:22 PM

A message of hope on Inauguration Day

Jim Himes for Congress     Today, January 20, 2021, is the day we've worked for and waited for what feels like a long time. Today marks the beginning of a new, hopeful chapter in our country.    At 12 p.m. today, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take the oath of office to become our Pre…
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January 19, 2021 at 5:13 PM

My Op-Ed for CNN: America almost lost its democracy. Here's how its citizens can protect it.

Jim Himes for Congress     I was in the House chamber on January 6 as America almost lost its democracy. As officers piled furniture in front of doors and pointed their weapons at insurrectionists intent on tearing down humankind's most recognized temple to self-government.   In th…
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January 18, 2021 at 6:36 PM

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy with service

Jim Himes for Congress     Today, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy and his commitment to justice and service with a day of reflection, reverence, celebration, activism, and service. Service is a fitting way to start to rebuild and reunite our communities and th…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
January 6, 2021 at 10:48 PM

The House will return tonight.

Jim Himes for Congress       I wanted to send this quick update to let you know my staff and I are safe and secure. Despite today's armed insurrection, we will not back down. The House will return tonight and we will do our job, what the U.S. Constitution dictates. We will not let…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
January 6, 2021 at 5:22 PM

Congress will vote today to certify the Electoral College results

Jim Himes for Congress         Today, the Congress will complete its constitutional duty to certify the Electoral College results by counting the votes that have been certified by all 50 states.   Despite the fantasies of President Trump's supporters, the Constitution is very cl…
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January 4, 2021 at 2:01 AM

The 117th Congress began today

Jim Himes for Congress         First name,   Today, the 117th Congress convened for the first time. New and returning members took the oath of office and swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. This is the most …
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December 31, 2020 at 8:09 PM

Goodbye 2020

Jim Himes for Congress         I will not miss 2020.   We faced a global pandemic, lost loved ones, and watched our economy crumble. Our national leadership responded with incompetence, self-gratification and grievance. We lost fighters and role models like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jo…
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December 24, 2020 at 7:55 PM

Happy Holidays

Jim Himes for Congress     As we close out 2020, I remain grateful for the courage and generosity displayed in our communities this year. It has been a challenging year, but we have accomplished so much together.  I wish you and your loved ones a safe and healthy holiday season fille…
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December 22, 2020 at 2:56 AM

Additional COVID relief is on the way

Jim Himes for Congress       Tonight, with my support, the House finally passed a bipartisan coronavirus relief package to support struggling families, individuals and businesses. I'm relieved this bill passed before the end of the year. Now it goes to the Senate.  Here is what this…
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December 14, 2020 at 4:12 PM

The Electoral College formally elects Joe Biden and Kamala Harris today

Jim Himes for Congress     Today, members of the Electoral College from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will formally cast their ballots for President and Vice President. The ballots will then be sent to Washington and be certified by Congress on January 6. President-Elect …
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December 3, 2020 at 7:45 PM

Rosa DeLauro is the new Chair of the House Appropriations Committee

Jim Himes for Congress     Today, I was proud to support my friend Rosa DeLauro, Congresswoman for Connecticut's Third District, as she was elected the new Chair of the House Appropriations Committee.   With Rosa DeLauro as the next Chair of Appropriations, Connecticut and New Engl…
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November 28, 2020 at 3:46 PM

Shopping small makes a big impact

Jim Himes for Congress     Local businesses are the backbone of our communities and the effects of Covid-19 hit small business owners especially hard this year. Today is Small Business Saturday, and I hope you'll join me in supporting a few local shops wherever you live.     M…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
November 7, 2020 at 5:12 PM

Joe Biden is the next President of the United States

Jim Himes for Congress       America has spoken in this historic election. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been elected as the next President and Vice President of the United States!     Now, it is up to both of them and all of us to begin to bring our country together. Let'…
Jim Himes · [email protected]
November 4, 2020 at 7:53 PM

Where things stand.

Jim Himes for Congress       Thank you, and deep gratitude, to every voter who again put their confidence in me to send me to be your representative in Washington. I am humbled by the substantial support and I commit to representing ALL of my constituents. Thank you also to the man…