This week, Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, delivers the Weekly Republican Address. Jenkins discusses common-sense solutions to lower costs and expand opportunity for middle-class families, including a plan she introduced this week to protect college savings.
"As a former State Treasurer and a mother of two college kids, I know how critical saving for higher education can be, and how important 529s have become for middle-class families,” Rep. Jenkins said. “If the president is serious about helping middle-class families afford higher education then he should work with Congress and publicly support my bipartisan legislation to empower hardworking families by expanding and strengthening 529 college savings plans, and keeping them tax-free. America’s new Congress is committed to making your priorities our priorities.”
Human trafficking is a horrific crime that happens around the world, and each year more than 300,000 American children are at risk of becoming victims of sex trafficking. According to the FBI, sex trafficking is the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world. Tragically, most of the victims of this crime are vulnerable youth who have run away from home, are part of the child welfare system, or have been victims of abuse and assault growing up.
This week, the House will take up a series of bipartisan bills to protect our children and combat this growing problem – providing support and services to the victims of this crime and boosting resources for law enforcement. These bills will build on the bipartisan efforts that became law last year to reduce child sex trafficking and increase adoptions of foster care youth.
Delivering this week’s Republican address, Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK) highlights the new Congress's work to restore truly representative government that puts the people’s priorities – including more jobs and a stronger economy – first. Rep. Russell is a new member of the House of Representatives from Oklahoma’s Fifth District.
This week's Conference One-minute of the week is by Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas. Rep. Yoder discussed the goals and vision for America's New Congress, including solutions to create jobs, grow our economy, and holding the executive branch accountable.