A member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell is a leader on efforts to grow manufacturing, improve access to quality affordable health care, support seniors and veterans and protect the Great Lakes. Recognized as one of the 25 hardest-working Members of Congress, Debbie is focused on forging bipartisan solutions that support Michigan’s families and economy, including improving long-term care and ushering in the future of the American auto industry. Before being elected to Congress, Debbie worked in the auto industry for more than three decades, where she was President of the General Motors (GM) Foundation and a senior executive responsible for public affairs. She was also Chairman of the Wayne State University (WSU) Board of Governors, and continues to fight to make education more affordable and accessible in Congress.
Congresswoman Dingell has consistently led the opposition the Trump administration’s discriminatory Muslim travel ban. This includes supporting the NO BAN Act to fight against the Trump administration’s discriminatory Muslim ban and opposing efforts to further restrict immigration from Middle Eastern countries. Congresswoman Dingell has been a leader in pushing for bipartisan reforms to the Department of Homeland Security’s No Fly List to ensure that discriminatory provisions of the program are removed, and due process rights of all Americans are protected.
Congresswoman Dingell has consistently supported the right of her constituents to engage in political protest. Her most recent demonstration of this was by voting against H.Res.246 in July of this year, which condemned the BDS movement as counterproductive to peace efforts in the Middle East. She was one of only 17 Members of Congress to vote against the legislation.
In response to the Trump administration’s decision to cut all US aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) last year, she pushed for renewed funding UNRWA, as well as humanitarian assistance to the West Bank and Gaza. As a result of these efforts, the House-passed FY2020 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations legislation included $170.5 million in funding for UNRWA, as well as report language specifying $226.6 million in support of humanitarian and development efforts in the West Bank and Gaza.
Congresswoman Dingell has been a vocal opponent of U.S. involvement in the Yemen civil war, which has cost thousands of lives, led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and was never authorized by Congress. She has championed War Powers legislation to end U.S. involvement in the conflict and has voted multiple times in favor of ending U.S. weapons and logistical support for the Saudi-led coalition. Congresswoman Dingell last year led a group of House members in calling on the Trump administration to extend and designate Temporary Protected Status for Yemen due to ongoing armed conflict in the country. Since the Yemen war began, Congresswoman Dingell has led the fight to ensure that Yemen TPS is extended and redesignated when it is up for review next year.