House Republicans are here to ensure that every hard-working American can prosper. That means an America uninhibited by burdensome regulations or limits on trade and a place where economic opportunity can flourish. This week, we addressed the benefits of TPA – how it enhances congressional authority on future trade negotiations, creates good-paying American jobs, and strengthens our international security. We also discussed the 21st Century Cures Act, which brings innovative solutions to our broken health care system. Read below for some points of view!
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX)
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“What is the proportionate response here? It hasn’t been defined. There are no rules of the game in terms of what should be the adequate response to this… As these attacks happen more and more, we’re going to have to clearly define what the consequences will be for nation-state attacks on our government or private sector.”
“If [Obama] wants to get anything done, it’s going to have to be on our terms. And he does want to get a trade agreement done… We want to get a trade agreement so that we can open up markets to our products, so we can make and grow more things in America and sell them overseas, and to create more jobs and get faster economic growth. Jobs based on trade pay more, and we want more of that.”
“One-in-five jobs in America are created because of free trade. 95% of consumers are outside of the United States. If America doesn’t take the lead on trade, China is going to — and I want America to set the standards and take the lead.”
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI)
“How To Breathe New Life Into America’s Health-Care System”
“The 21st Century Cures Act is the product of a multiyear, unconventional, nonpartisan listening tour that has brought every facet of the health-care innovation infrastructure together to begin the work of building a 21st century health-care system.
“With this bill, everyone from patients to researchers to clinicians would have new opportunities to engage with the system that produces treatments and cures. The bill would remove unnecessary paperwork burdens and begin to establish a structured framework for the meaningful incorporation of patient experience data.
“It is no secret that doing big things in health care can take time, but for patients and families who are suffering, there is no time to waste.”
“The 21st Century Cures Act cuts government red tape by streamlining the drug and device review apparatus. In the 21st century, health care innovation is happening at lightning speed, but many government rules and regulations were developed in another era.
“The 21st Century Cures Act is fiscally responsible. It makes targeted increases to funding of the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration alongside policy changes to ensure that the agencies can operate more efficiently and effectively.
“The 21st Century Cures Act recognizes that health care is uniquely personal and private. That’s why, even as the legislation works to improve communication and collaboration among researchers, patients, and practitioners, it maintains critical privacy protections and limits data sharing provisions to those covered by all the HIPAA privacy and security rules.”
“The 21st Century Cures initiative is a bipartisan undertaking… The provisions in the bill — including an increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health — will deliver cures and treatments to patients faster.
“The OPEN [Orphan Product Extension Now] Act would unlock a new world of potential treatments and put FDA-approved, safe and effective treatments ‘on-label.’
“I expect the 21st Century Cures Act to pass the U.S. House later this month by an overwhelming, bipartisan margin. When this bill is signed into law, it will be a historic achievement. It will help the 160 million Americans who suffer from a chronic or rare condition. Helping people is why we were sent to Washington, and that is what we are doing.”
“Trade Promotion Authority is not about what deal is negotiated through TPP or any other future trade negotiation. Rather, it’s meant to define the authority that the president should be allowed to exercise in trade negotiations and how Congress can rightfully scrutinize any deal reached with our partners abroad, have oversight throughout the process and demand accountability of the president.
“The world is also a bustling marketplace that could benefit from our products and services. In fact, 96 percent of the world’s customers reside outside of the United States. That means that there is undoubtedly untapped demand for American-made products, including products originating in Oklahoma.
“While America already exports a lot of products today, there is still much more opportunity. Roughly one out of every seven jobs currently found in America are export-related.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)
“Congress Must Continue Blocking ‘Risk Corridor’ Bailout Of Insurance Companies”
“We also heard the president rail against health insurance company profits, saying he would ‘eliminate wasteful taxpayer subsidies that currently go to insurance [companies]’… we now find out that Obamacare’s provisions would actually increase those ‘immoral’ insurance company profits through a back-door bailout.
“Through risk corridors, insurers offering Obamacare plans that earn more than a three percent profit transfer money to insurers offering Obamacare plans that have a three percent loss.
“We were able to insert a provision in the government funding bill that prohibited the administration from using taxpayer dollars to pay insurers through the risk corridor program in fiscal year 2015… Conservatives must ensure that taxpayers are not forced to bail out insurers through Obamacare’s risk corridor program in the future, as we continue to fight cronyism in all forms.”
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
“Will U.S. China Policy Be On The Side Of The “Tank Man” Or The Tank?”
“We remember the Tiananmen massacre here in Congress each year because of its enduring impact on U.S.-China relations. We remember it also because an unknown number of people died, were arrested, and exiled for simply seeking universally recognized freedoms.
“The domestic screws on dissent have tightened considerably since Xi Jinping assumed the Presidency.
“Our strategic and moral interests coincide when we support human rights and democracy in China. A more democratic China, one that respects human rights, and is governed by the rule of law, is more likely to be a productive and peaceful partner rather than strategic and hostile competitor.”
“Innocent until proven guilty? Not under civil asset forfeiture. This is what happened to Terry and Sandy Dehko… The federal government used civil asset forfeiture to seize more than $35,000 from their store’s bank account under suspicion they had violated federal money laundering statutes.
“Civil asset forfeiture laws are a great idea in theory — they hit drug dealers and money launderers right where it counts, in their wallets. But the laws are poorly written and put police in a difficult position.
“For this reason, we are working in both Congress and the Michigan Legislature to reform civil asset forfeiture laws to ensure personal property and due process are protected.”
“We [Montana] have 22 million acres of forest with 13 million available for timber harvesting. Despite this, the U.S. imported $14 billion in wood products in 2013.
“Currently, Montana’s timber industry is under a continual assault by excessive and predatory lawsuits. This delays projects and costs local communities and taxpayers millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs… Costs for the Spotted Bear River litigation alone are estimated at around 130 lost jobs and $10 million in income and revenue.
“My bill will curb lawsuits by addressing both sides of the issue: first, by incentivizing locally driven collaborative projects, and then by requiring litigants to put forth bond money up front to cover the administrative costs of their lawsuit.”