As Speaker Ryan said, you may not always hear about it when it happens, but House Republicans have been hard at work keeping our promises.
Here are 5 ways we’ve been keeping our promises to the American people:
- We’ve passed health care reforms, including a bill to repeal/replace Obamacare
- We’ve reined in government overreach, and offered regulatory relief to families and businesses
- We’ve passed significant reforms of the Department of Veterans Affairs that President Trump signed into law
- We’ve stood up for families, credit unions, and small banks by overhauling Dodd-Frank
- We’ve made it easier for Americans to learn new skills and be competitive in the workforce
#1: We’ve passed health care reforms, including a bill to repeal/replace Obamacare
Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN):
“In 2016, Tennessee Farm Bureau began offering marketplace plans to both Farm Bureau members and non-members, intending to expand health care offerings to more Tennesseans. Unfortunately, the “mounting and systemic problems” within the Affordable Care Act have forced them to stop offering this insurance plan. …It is increasingly clear that we need to remove the individual mandate and create more affordable and flexible options for all Tennesseans. The House of Representatives passed the American Healthcare Act to do just that, and I urge my colleagues in Congress to move swiftly on repealing and replacing Obamacare.
House Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN): Phase 3 Begins
“Since the House passed its legislation, the American Health Care Act, the Senate has now been working on their version of a replacement package. Getting it right is so important, because we need to ensure continued access to health insurance while slowing the explosive growth in costs people have experienced under Obamacare. I’m confident the Senate will keep working through this issue, just as the House did, and find a solution that puts patients back in charge of their health care.
While there is much work to be done on this legislation, it’s important to remember this is only Phase 1 of our three-pronged approach to reforming health care. Phase 2 is the regulatory reform we can expect to see from Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, and I expect further changes that will lower the cost of health insurance for consumers and increase the choices available.
The House is now well underway on Phase 3 of the plan, which involves other legislative changes that can even further improve health care options but that will require bipartisan support.”
“…the House took action on legislation that continues to fulfill our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and fix our nation’s broken healthcare system. The Protecting Access to Care Act is significant medical tort reform that addresses the rising number of medical malpractice suits that have caused doctors to leave the medical field and have driven up healthcare costs for Americans nationwide.”
#2: We’ve reined in government overreach, and offered regulatory relief to families and businesses
Speaker Ryan via IJR: Ignore The Cable News Bickering. This Congress Is Getting Things Done
We have delivered a record amount of relief from Obama-era red tape, sending President Trump 14 bills to strike bad regulations from the books. According to American Action Forum, “Combined, the repeal of 14 rules eliminated $3.7 billion in total costs, $1.1 billion in annual burdens, and 4.2 million paperwork burden hours.”
ICYMI: Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Townhall.com: Washington’s Power Shift: How Congress Is Enacting Trump’s Call to Drain the Swamp
To begin this process of reform and restore power to the people, the House passed the REINS Act, requiring congressional approval of regulations that cost $100 million or more, and the Regulatory Accountability Act, which ends a court precedence that stacks the legal system in favor of the bureaucracy and against the people. Together, these bills put a check on what regulators can do and what they can get away with in court.
While these pieces of legislation work their way through Congress, the House and Senate used the Congressional Review Act to overturn Obama administration rules that would have endangered tens of thousands of American jobs, undermined local control over land and education, and threatened our core constitutional rights, from the Second Amendment to due process protections. Though before this year only one Congressional Review Act resolution was ever successfully signed, last week Republicans accomplished something unprecedented when President Trump signed the final one of these 14 resolutions.
#TBT: House Budget Committee Chair Diane Black (R-TN) on GOP.gov: Putting the Brakes on the Obama Administration’s Parting Gift to the Abortion Industry
“I introduced one of the CRA resolutions, because among the former administration’s most troubling actions in its last days was a federal rule designed to prop up former President Obama’s allies in the abortion industry at the expense of states’ 10th Amendment rights. The rule, finalized last December, centers on a program known as Title X – a federal grant administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for family planning purposes. For the last 45 years, states have received these grants from the federal government and could determine how to best put their dollars to use.”
#3: We’ve passed significant reforms of the Department of Veterans Affairs that President Trump signed into law
“Our Nation made a promise to care for the brave men and women of our armed forces who have made significant sacrifices for our freedom. I am confident the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, which was signed into law…will help ensure that the VA keeps that promise.”
Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Greg Walden (R-OR):
“One of the commitments we made to the American people, especially our veterans, is to improve the situation at the VA. To do this, we must make sure that the VA employees caring for our veterans are doing their jobs with integrity, devotion, and respect. The VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act is a new law that will help us reach this goal, and put us on a better path toward providing world-class care for the people who protect our freedom.”
House Homeland Security Committee Chair Michael McCaul (R-TX) in the Katy Times: Protecting Our Veterans
“Fortunately, we now have an administration that is committed to ensuring our nation’s veterans have the proper access to care, services, and the benefits they have earned and rightfully deserve. To achieve this, it is critical we hold the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to the highest standards and if they fall short, we must ensure they are appropriately held accountable.
This is why I am extremely pleased that on June 23rd President Donald Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 into law. This is a great step forward towards a solution to the VA’s many scandals and reports of mistreatment of our veterans over recent years. Sadly, these scandals have included lengthy wait times and inexcusable deaths, among other tragedies. This alone is unacceptable and the lack of accountability to those responsible for these mishaps is even more disturbing. Our veterans deserve better and the time has finally come for this mistreatment to end.”
Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS):
“…some of my colleagues and I joined U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin to discuss our ideas and challenges regarding the VA. Like me, he comes from a private hospital background, and wants to run the VA more like a private entity. This means cutting through bureaucracy, using competition to improve services and being able to fire bad employees. At the end of the meeting, he and I privately discussed several challenges Kansans have brought to my attention, and he pledged to personally do what he could to help. We in Congress have helped the VA make a lot of progress this year, but I am excited to continue this work with the Secretary. Our heroes deserve the best.”
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT):
“I was happy to see President Trump sign the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law…This bipartisan legislation creates a new process to remove, demote or suspend any VA employee for poor performance or misconduct. This law will keep the VA more accountable while making sure our veterans are treated like the heroes they are.”
Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA):
“The VA Accountability Act is officially law! It is time we put our Veterans first by providing the best care and protections possible. I congratulate my colleagues in the House and Senate for crafting and passing this essential piece of legislation that is now law.”
“For years a broken, bureaucratic system protected the status quo & punished those who spoke out on behalf of our veterans. With the signing of the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act we’re rebuilding trust in the VA to carry out its mission: ‘To care for him who shall have borne the battle.’”
#4: We’ve stood up for families, credit unions, and small banks by overhauling Dodd-Frank
Check out this great video from the House Committee on Financial Services:
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) in the Colorado Springs Business Journal: Why I Supported the Financial CHOICE Act
The Financial CHOICE Act is a response to Dodd-Frank designed to help boost our economy and protect consumers from future financial meltdowns, and I was very pleased to support this bill.
Here are five ways that this new legislation could benefit your life: Creating more available capital for small businesses…Increasing access to credit cards and checking accounts for individuals and families…Eliminating regulatory burdens…Protecting consumers — not big banks…Blocking taxpayer-funded bailouts”
#5: We’ve made it easier for Americans to learn new skills and be competitive in the workforce
Rep. John Carter (R-TX):
“To see how CTE is impacting lives and building a talented workforce across #TX31, just ask these outstanding students what CTE means to them!”
Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) in The Daily Record: Helping Americans find skills, jobs
“Helping more Americans develop these skills is a pressing issue for our country. A good job and a good salary are the golden ticket to opportunity, and sadly, more and more Americans are finding themselves without the means to seize these opportunities. It is incumbent that our nation’s elected representatives not only recognize the barriers to opportunity that exist but also correct them.
The House passed two bills…that move us forward in this regard. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, and the Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act, will provide millions of Americans with increased access to…education and the skills-based learning opportunities that will allow them to pursue the high-skilled, high-wage jobs that are currently unfilled and elevate their station in life.
Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND):
“…the House passed the Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act….which encourages employer-led partnerships with state and local agencies to hire recipients from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, providing recipients with highly-valued work experience and on-the-job training, including apprenticeships.
This bill is an important step for restoring the dignity of work while providing a safety net for able-bodied adults. I can’t think of a better way to help people through difficult times than helping them find a job and earn the skills they need to sustain their employment for the rest of their lives.”
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX):
“More than 1 Million Texas students enroll in Career and Technical programs each year. These programs play a huge role in helping students secure competitive jobs. That’s why…I supported and the House passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act which provides essential education and skills to Americans so that they may build a promising career. This will help close the skills gap and equip Americans for a successful future.”
AND MORE: House Republicans Vote for Public Safety
Last week, House Republicans also kept their promise to keep Americans safe by passing Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.
House Small Business Committee Chair Steve Chabot (R-OH):
“Nearly two years ago, Kate Steinle, a young woman with a promising future had her life tragically taken away by an undocumented criminal when she was walking a California pier with her Dad. As a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, I’ve heard many stories like Kate’s and how the loopholes in our immigration system are risking our nation’s safety. However, HR 3004 (Kate’s Law) will finally help to close these loopholes and ensure that our communities are safe.”