We’re taking our vision for a Better Way to every corner of the country. Because our agenda is about more than just policy – it’s about the American people. It’s about restoring the voices of every man, woman, and child in this country and having government serve them, not the other way around.
We’re talking about real, tangible solutions for people all over America. People like:
#1: Team Jonny
You’ll remember the Wade Family from this year’s State of the Union address. They joined Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) as his guests to the big event. Tragically, Kimberly Wade’s eight-year-old son, Jonny, passed away from a rare form of brain cancer this past Christmas Eve.
To document his fight and raise awareness for childhood cancer, Kimberly set up a Facebook page, “Project Team Jonny,” when her young son was diagnosed with this horrific disease on Christmas Day 2014. Today, Project Team Jonny has nearly 70,000 followers.
There are 10,000 known diseases but only treatments for 500 of them. Part of our health care reform agenda, “A Better Way to Fix Health Care,” is prioritizing the 21st Century Cures initiative and expediting the development and discovery of new treatments and cures, so that those facing life with debilitating – or potentially fatal – diseases have hope in a happier, healthier future.
#2: Bishop Shirley Holloway
Bishop Shirley Holloway, the Founder and CEO of House of Help City of Hope in Washington, D.C., is on the front lines of combating poverty in her community. The men and women in her care come to turn their lives around. She holds them accountable and holds them to standards that teach self-restraint as the essence of self-respect. As Speaker Ryan puts it, “They aren’t isolating the poor, they’re elevating them.”
Our “Better Way to Fight Poverty” is inspired by leaders like Bishop Holloway. We want to reward work, tailor benefits to people’s needs, improve skills and schools, plan and save for the future, and demand results. Let’s break free from the endless cycle of poverty in our communities, and, and Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers often says, empower everyone to pursue their version of the American Dream.
#3: The Gleasons
Around the same time as the ice bucket challenge in the summer of 2014, Gail Gleason, a mother with an idea, approached her representative with concerns about Medicare denying access to cutting-edge speech generating technology for patients living with degenerative diseases.
Before eye tracking technology became available, once people lost their ability to type, they could no longer communicate. This revolutionary innovation changed their lives.
As unelected bureaucrats threatened to take this technology away, Gail and her son, former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason, feared thousands would lose their ability to communicate with the world around them.
The decision was made without any input from the American people through their elected representatives. It took an act of Congress to return this life-changing innovation to the people who need it most.
Unfortunately, this is just one example of the countless ways bureaucrats — who are disconnected from their mission — can do real damage to real people.
Our “Better Way to Do the People’s Business” is the most important portion of this agenda – it’s about restoring representative government, and accountability on behalf of the American people across the country.
#4: Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha
At 6 a.m., Oct. 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, came under complex attack by an enemy force estimated at 300 fighters. The fighters occupied the high ground on all four sides of the combat outpost and initiated the attack with concentrated fire from B10 recoilless rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, known as RPGs, DSHKA heavy machine gun fire, mortars, and small-arms fire.
Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha displayed extraordinary heroism through a day-long engagement in which he killed multiple enemy fighters, recovered fallen Soldiers, and led multiple recovery, resupply, and counterattack operations. You may recognize his story, he attended the State of the Union address earlier this year as Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND)’s guest.
Heroic service members like Staff Sgt. Romesha are the inspiration behind our “Better Way to Keep us Safe and Free.” It’s about ensuring our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to be successful and know that there is strategy and confidence behind their missions.
— Main Street 4 Growth (@MainSt4Growth) July 7, 2016
Like many Americans, Rebecca had a dream. She and her mother built chairs in their garage in the late 1980s, and turned it into a profitable small business with 140 employees across the country. Despite the success of their endeavor, she says that America’s outdated tax system still hurts her company.
As we rolled out our “Better Way for Tax Reform” agenda, Rebecca put pen to paper praising Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin brady (R-TX)’s efforts.
In her words:
“Small businesses like mine create jobs and stimulate local economies, but we’re forced to deal with a taxation system that is at odds with our success.
“Not only are we faced with tax rates close to 40 percent, we also have to dedicate time and resources to figuring out how to navigate this antiquated code.
“It should not take a team of accountants working so many hours simply to ensure that we don’t get audited.
“It’s especially unfair that my income is almost taxed twice due to pass-through taxation.
“I fear that, in this increasingly competitive economy, entrepreneurs will be held back due to our harmful tax code and will not be able to reach their full potential.
“We need a less complicated system that helps to foster success. It’s time for a complete overhaul of the tax code.”
With the “Better Way for Tax Reform,” we want your taxes to be so simple, you could complete them on a postcard. A new tax code — one that is simpler, flatter, and fairer.
Corey is a home builder in Spokane. While he’s grateful he has the industry experience to navigate bureaucratic regulations on construction, he’s worried that the constant changes will deter new people from learning his trade. “…regulations makes it very, very expensive to build a home… Without small businesses the economy essentially collapses.”
Hear his full story here:
The American people are drowning in red tape, and feel they have no way out. They’ve lost their voice, and they’re looking to use to fix this problem. Our “Better Way to Grow our Economy” aims to make America the best place to invest, produce, and build things by taking a smart approach that cuts down on redundant or needless regulations.