Keith and his Democratic colleagues in Congress passed the historic Patient and Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The sweeping reforms expand health care access to those without coverage and implements strong consumer protections to ensure that patients come before profits.
The law extends health care coverage to 32 million more Americans, including 40,500 people in Minnesota's Fifth District. It ensures that 9,700 Fifth District residents will no longer face discrimination for pre-existing conditions. Lastly, the bill allows young people to stay on their parent's health plan until their 26th birthday, and provides affordable insurance rates for small businesses along with tax credits to help them insure their employees.
Keith sits on the House Financial Services Committee, where he works to advance working-class prosperity through enactment of strong consumer protections. Keith has worked to protect Main Street and reign in Wall Street abuse by:
* Authoring the Universal Default Prohibition Act included in the Credit Cardholder's Bill of Rights.
* Voting for historic financial regulatory reform, which ends 'too big to fail' companies and protects consumers from deceptive practices, hidden feeds, and abusive, predatory lending terms.
Employee Free Choice Act
In his first term, Keith and his House Democratic colleagues passed the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), which would provide working families with the tools to advocate for a living wage, health benefits, and safe working conditions. It will protect the rights of workers and expand the middle class for future generations. Keith is committed to expanding workers' rights because the U.S. economy will do better when working families have health care and earn a living wage.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
In February 2009, Keith voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This legislation brought our economy back from the brink of another Great Depression by cutting taxes for working families and businesses, investing in our infrastructure and educastion,, and directing aid to state and local governments.
In March 2010, Keith voted with his Democratic colleagues to overhaul our federal student loan system by passing the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. The law expands educational opportunities by strengthening the Pell Grant program and investing in community colleges. It will end government subsidies given to private financial institutions, which will make more money directly available to students so they can pursue a world-class education.