We know everyone can get a little busy at times, so here are six things you might have missed (but you really should know)…
1) A Better Way for Tax Reform, According to Rep. Renacci (R-OH)
As House Republicans rolled out our blueprint for A Better Way for Tax Reform, Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) had an op-ed that ran on Investor’s Business Daily taking aim at burdensome government regulation. According to Renacci, since assuming office in 2009, the Obama Administration has passed 229 major regulations that have hurt businesses and jobs. Says Rep. Renacci, a member of the chief tax-writing committee, “today it’s hard to think of any aspect of daily life not micromanaged by federal bureaucrats.” As Rep. Renacci puts it, “will lay the groundwork for business to get to investing and growing the economy.” We’re pretty proud of that!
2) A Closer Look at A Better Way to Keep Us Safe and Free
Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), penned an op-ed online for Fox News, where he presses President Obama on the worst foreign policy of any president in our lifetimes. His strategy of having the U.S. “lead from behind” has only served to make the world less safe and make Americans far less secure than eight years ago. House Republicans believe that we can find A Better Way to Keep Us Safe and Free. How? Says, Chairman McCaul, “The United States must ensure the global balance of power favors free countries like our own, which is why we are committed to promoting prosperity through open markets and strategic investments.”
3) Puerto Rico Legislation Signed Into Law
Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) has been critical in leading our efforts to ensure that the territory of Puerto Rico doesn’t completely collapse under the weight of its $188 billion debt. His Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), was signed into law last week by the President. In case you missed it, Rep. Duffy joined CNN last month to discuss this legislation which has wide bipartisan support, where he said, “If we get this right, we have an opportunity to put the people of Puerto Rico on a path to economic opportunity. However, if we do nothing, the American people will be on the hook.”
4) The Supreme Court Upholds the Constitution (Again)
Last month, the Supreme Court ruled against the Obama Administration’s efforts to singlehandedly write and enforce immigration reform. As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), said, this decision, “… effectively ends President Obama’s unilateral rewrite of our nation’s immigration laws for the remainder of the Obama Administration. This is a win for the American people, the Constitution, and the rule of law.” House Republican efforts to block President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) a week before SCOTUS ruling was led by Rep. Curbelo (R-FL) and Rep. Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). They were joined with fellow Floridian, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and others for a joint statement following the decision, where they pledged commitment to, “fixing our broken immigration system once and for all.”
5) House Approves Final Package to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
The opioid epidemic is wreaking havoc across this country. After months of work on this just today the House passed a final bill to help end this problem once and for all. The opioid epidemic has been hurting millions of American families. People like Nick Yacoub, who are continuing to battle through opioid withdrawal. As Nick says, “these are not bad people trying to get good. These are sick people trying to get well.” Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), a member of the Conference Committee, agrees. “We owe this effort to the past, present, and sadly, future victims of the opioid epidemic – our neighbors, friends, and family, across every part of the country and every demographic group. Our work will continue. We owe it to all of those in our communities who are suffering from addiction” Chairman Upton’s Energy and Commerce Committee was responsible for 11 of the 18 pieces of legislation designed to combat the Opioid Epidemic.
6) Democrats Block Crucial Zika Funding
The Democrats have been betting the health of the American people like a chip in a political poker game. But this isn’t a political game, and their actions are incredibly irresponsible. In Rep. Andy Harris’ latest op-ed (R-MD) published on The Hill’s Congress Blog, Harris calls out this unacceptable behavior: “The bipartisan Zika funding bill that Senate Democrats struck down this week would have zeroed in on the critical elements of Zika prevention by both supporting efforts to disrupt the mosquitoes that carry this virus and by doubling down on vaccine research, development, and production.” He finished by saying that, “while Democrats in Congress continue to play politics with the health of our women and children, Republicans are offering real, targeted solutions to fighting the Zika virus.”
To view Rep. Andy’s Harris’ full op-ed, click here.