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Day 2: Trump, Pence, and UK Prime Minister address #GOPretreat

House and Senate Republicans convened for Day 2 of the Congressional Institute’s Congress of Tomorrow retreat. Here’s the top moments from Day 2 of the #GOPretreat.

First, President Trump took to the stage to address House and Senate Republicans.
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Everyone was on their feet to give a thunderous welcome to the President.

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He spoke about how we are here for the people and have to put America first.
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Following the President’s speech, Vice President Mike Pence echoed the same message in his address to Congressional Republicans.

Watch his entire remarks below:

Finally, the British Prime Minister Theresa May addressed the House and Senate Republicans. She emphasized the importance of the special relationship shared between the United States and United Kingdom.
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Watch her entire remarks below:

Here are some other great moments we captured on Day 2 of the #GOPretreat:
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Vice President Mike Pence speaks at #GOPretreat

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Highest-ranking GOP Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers introduces Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Speaker Paul Ryan, Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell watch Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Day 1: #GOPretreat in Philadelphia

House and Senate Republicans met in Philadelphia for the Congressional Institute’s Congress of Tomorrow retreat. Here’s a recap of the highlights from Day 1 of the #GOPretreat.

Kicking things off, House GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Senate GOP Conference Chair John Thune shared their excitement for unified Republican government.

Then Arthur Brooks gave the lunch keynote address. He focused on the idea that the purpose of policy is to make sure everyone feels needed, not just taken care of. Our dignity as human beings is dependent on living in a society that needs us and where we feel like we are able to create value in our own lives and in the lives of those around us

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And he sat down for a Facebook Live with our team following his speech.

Later, Speaker Ryan laid out a 200-day plan to address the major challenges facing our country.

Here are some of our other favorite pictures from Day 1.
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Diane Black (R-TN)

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Liz Cheney (R-WY)

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Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)

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Kevin Brady (R-TX)

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Peter Roskam (R-IL)

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5 Weekly Essentials: GOP chairmen tell Obama admin no new regulations

A quick weekly newsletter to keep you up to date on the top things happening for the House GOP


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A preview of what unified Republican government looks like.


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Introducing the House Republicans Leadership-Elect team for the 115th Congress.


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Members overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that protects America from Iran’s threatening behavior.


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The Ways and Means Committee named a committee room the “Sam Johnson Room” in honor of Rep. Sam Johnson and his military service.


GOP Chairmen Send Letter

GOP chairmen sent a letter to every government agency requesting them to halt all new regulations until President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

The 5 Weekly Essentials (11/4/2016)

A quick weekly newsletter to keep you up to date on the top things happening for the House GOP


7-year old Max Schill shows his support for House-passed legislation to help develop new cures and treatments.


House Republicans have a blueprint for a simpler, fairer tax code.


Latest news from Hillary email investigation shows FBI never asked Clinton aides for all their devices.


Despite controversies at the VA, nearly 189,000 employees received $177 million in bonuses last year.


Monthly premiums for Obamacare are rising dramatically throughout the country.

House GOP fights unconstitutional schemes to save Obamacare

Recently, the House took legal action against the Obama administration on its attempted Obamacare bailout of insurance companies.

Trying to save the failing Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration has attempted to funnel billions of taxpayer dollars to insurance companies despite a lack of constitutional grounds for an Obamacare bailout. These efforts directly oppose the Constitution which states that no money can be taken from the Treasury without Congress’s approval.

Aiming to circumvent the law and Constitution, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has encouraged insurance companies to enter into settlement agreements with the United States in order to receive illegal payouts. Even though the Department of Justice (DOJ) stated that the HHS has no obligation or right to pay insurance companies more than the costs of the program.

Responding to this, the House filed an amicus brief to the United States Court of Federal Claims explaining just how unconstitutional this scheme is. A key quote from the full brief filed on October 13th by the House’s general counsel:

“HHS is trying to force the U.S. Treasury to disburse billions of dollars of taxpayer funds to insurance companies even though DOJ has convincingly demonstrated that HHS has no legal obligation (and no legal right) to pay these sums.  The House strongly disagrees with this scheme to subvert Congressional intent by engineering a massive giveaway of taxpayer money.”

This isn’t the first time that the House has called out this administration’s misuse of funds to save Obamacare. In May 2016, a Federal District Court judge ruled that the administration had directed federal funds to insurance companies without constitutional authority. Again in July 2016, the Ways and Means and the Energy and Commerce Committees released a joint report showing how the administration had illegally funded a key part of the health insurance law without the approval of the People’s House.

Obamacare is more than an example of a failed big government one-size-fits-all policy. It’s a battleground over the separation of powers in our Constitution.

That’s why House Republicans are offering a policy agenda that restores our Constitution and the balance of power between the branches of government. We’ve also got a plan for affordable, quality health care for all Americans that doesn’t trample on the ideals this country was founded on. 

Learn more about our Constitution plan and plan to fix health care at better.gop.

The 5 Weekly Essentials (9/20/2016)

A quick weekly newsletter to keep you up to date on the top things happening for the House GOP


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The Treasury Department admits wire transfers were made to Iran, contrary to comments made by President Obama.


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Rep. Erik Paulsen’s bill (R-MN), Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership Act, promotes employee ownership at startup companies. This week the House will vote on it.


Tomorrow, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing with Mylan’s CEO regarding the company’s EpiPen price hike.


This week the House votes on the REVIEW Act introduced by Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) and Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), which protects hardworking Americans from the financial burden of high-impact regulations.


Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) put forward legislation that blocks future ransom payments and cash payments to Iran. The House will consider it this week.

The 5 Weekly Essentials (8/30/2016)

A quick weekly newsletter to keep you up to date on the top things happening in the House GOP


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Press conference on police accountability and public aggression towards law enforcement from House Judiciary Committee today.


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An alternative to President Obama’s foreign policy by Chairman McCaul.


EpiPen Epinephrine Auto-Injector for Allergic Emergencies

EpiPen price hike being investigated by top Republican and Democrat.


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Congresswoman Diane Black addresses the broken tax code and offers GOP plan.


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Working paper on alternative federal budget processes just released by House Budget Committee.

4 huge ideas revealed in House GOP Constitution plan

House Republicans just revealed our plan for a better, fairer government. These changes would affect how government works. They clarify roles between the three government branches, update rules for governing, simplify spending, and puts information about government actions into the light.

Here are four huge ideas from today’s announcement:

1) Hold Washington responsible for its performance

Your representatives will be able to do their job. In our plan, Congress will review government programs before deciding to continue, redesign, or remove them. Government agencies will have to prove their performance before your elected representatives.

Other changes make legislation easier to understand and make government actions easier to follow and correct. Also, courts will be able to resolve problems faster between Congress and the President.

2) Make government more representative

Currently, government agencies make up many rules and laws without permission from the people’s representatives. There are laws that your representatives didn’t vote on, yet you’re expected to obey them.

Our plan returns to constitutional basics: Congress writes the laws.

So, Congress will take part in creating all rules and regulations that you have to follow. The laws and regulations will have to be easy to understand. Any plans for new rules will be shared with you first. As a result, you’ll be able to follow what your government does.

3) Push Congress to spend smarter

The federal government, which spent well over $3.7 trillion last year, will spend smarter with these changes.

Congress will update the appropriations process for success. These changes allow your representatives to discuss who is spending your money, what they’re spending it on, when they’re spending it, how they’re spending, and why they’re spending it. Through the People’s House, you will have more control over how Washington spends your money.

Other changes include preventing your tax dollars from being spent illegally or inappropriately and addressing automatic government spending.

4) Get government to share more information on what’s working and what’s not

The federal government already shares some information on what it’s working on. Our plan gets government to publish more data on the money it spends. It would be made easy to access and search. In other words, you’ll see where your money is being spent.

Also our plan links spending and performance data. This allows your representatives to see what works and what doesn’t work in government. Investigations get easier too, so Congress can make sure that laws are followed.

What’s next

We will keep sharing our vision for 2017. The next announcements will cover health care reform and tax reform. For the latest information on “A Better Way”, visit better.gop.

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This map explains why the opioid epidemic affects all of us

In 14 years, between 2000 and 2014, the number of Americans who overdosed on opioids quadrupled to 28,647 deaths.

source: CDC.gov

The opioid epidemic affects all of us, regardless if you’re rich or poor, young or old, a high school athlete or a mother of four. In fact, According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 1 in 5 Americans have a family member who’s suffered from addiction to prescription painkillers.

Let’s dig deeper into the opioid state data.

Between 2013 and 2014, fourteen states experienced a significant increase in opioid overdoses: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The highest was North Dakota with an increase of 125% of opioid deaths.

source: CDC.gov

For countless hours, we held hearings and meetings pouring through data and sharing stories of addiction. The House will vote on 18 bills to address the opioid epidemic this week. These bills have support from Republicans and Democrats. Ultimately, we fight to save lives from opioid overdosage and find recovery for those who need it.

Read the latest stories and news on our fight against opioids →

Susan Brooks on the Power of a Question

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Rep. Susan Brooks’ (R-IN) journey all started with a question, “..would you ever consider running for office?”  That question planted an idea, which turned into a plan. And the plan eventually–with support and encouragement along the way– landed her in the People’s House where she currently serves Central Indiana Hoosiers. Today, Brooks is encouraging others–especially women–to consider running for elected office.  In her latest op-ed published in The Hill, she discusses the importance of having women at the table — especially at a time where an agenda for a more confident America is being built.

Throughout Women’s History Month, House Republicans are celebrating the many accomplishments of women across America, many of which are thanks to courage and the confidence to step up and be risk takers.

Following are excerpts from Rep. Susan Brooks’ op-ed:

On Women Making History for Future Generations |  “Even though there are a record number of women in Congress, we’re still just 20 percent of the total. In fact, many of us made history just by running. “We need more women at all levels of government… Women have concerns that are distinct from men’s, and we have different ways of approaching problems. The more different voices we can engage in the national conversation, the better the outcome is going to be.

On Being the Change | “…[a] study found that men are 60 percent more likely than women to say they are ‘very qualified’ for office. That gap won’t change on its own. We need to make the change, and it cannot take another 100 years to do it. This Women’s History Month, I not only want to directly encourage more women to run for office, I want to encourage more Americans to ASK the women they know…  By asking, we’ll find more women willing to run, and willing to change our country.”

To read the full op-ed, click here.