Points of View

House Republicans want every American to have access to affordable health care. Obamacare does not achieve this goal – instead, it keeps Americans further away from it. This week, we addressed innovative, patient-centered solutions to our broken health care system, like the 21st Century Cures Act. We also addressed the urgent need to pass trade promotion authority. Read below for some points of view!

House Benghazi Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC)
Gowdy: Confidant Who Sent Libya Memos To Clinton Didn’t Write Them
Fox News, The Kelly File

“[Blumenthal] didn’t know if the sources were legitimate, he didn’t know whether or not the information had been corroborated. He was merely a conduit between somebody who may have had a financial interest in Libya and our nation’s top diplomat.”

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
Chairman Hensarling On Squawk Box
CNBC, Squawk Box

“I do believe that we are dangerously close to really eroding one of our foundational principles and that is the rule of law. We should not have governance by a Chief Executive who has a pen and a telephone but doesn’t seem to have a copy of the Constitution.”

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Ryan On CNBC: The Question Is Whether Democrats Will Support Their President
CNBC, Squawk Box

“We have the votes for TPA. It’s really a question of whether or not the Democrats are going to support their president, the leader of their party, or not. That is going to be answered today, and I don’t know the answer to that.”

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI)
New Cures For The 21st Century
Denver Post

“We have our share of differences, but we recognize the need to help patients and their families. And we see great opportunities to improve the way Congress supports biomedical advances so that policy aligns with progress in the research lab and the doctor’s office.

“We recently introduced the 21st Century Cures Act with strong, bipartisan support right out of the gate. This legislation promises to modernize and improve the entire process of finding medical discoveries in the lab and then turning them into treatments and cures that will change patients’ lives.

“The time for 21st Century Cures is now. In the coming weeks, we hope to move this bill to a vote before the full House, and ultimately, we want to put it on the president’s desk to be signed into law as soon as possible.”

House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX)
TPA Means The US Will Lead On Trade
The Hill

“If the House of Representatives rejects TPA, our allies will be left looking for another country, like China, to set the rules of the 21st century. For America to continue to determine the rules of the global economy and lead the world in setting and passing free trade agreements, the House must pass TPA.

“It is vital that members of Congress and the American people have the opportunity to closely read the text of any completed trade agreement before Congress votes on it. That is why we added a new provision to TPA that would require that the president make public the text of a completed trade agreement for at least 60 days before he or she approves it.

“Most importantly, TPA reaffirms Congress’s inherent, exclusive right to make changes to U.S. law, including immigration law. With TPA, members of Congress maintain their constitutional right to vote for or against any trade agreement, ensuring that American sovereignty is upheld.”

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Increased Access To Affordable Health Care Begins With End Of ObamaCare Subsidies
Fox News

“The defenders of ObamaCare are touting a reduction in the uninsured rate as a marker for success. Unfortunately, that is all ObamaCare has accomplished – increased numbers of people with insurance cards. As we have consistently said, this is a poor surrogate for actual access to health care. Health insurance and delivery of health care are two separate activities.

“To achieve transformation, all voices must be heard – patients, doctors, payors, hospitals, and others. Transformation will never be accomplished behind closed doors in Washington.

“Small businesses and individuals will be empowered by having the ability to choose from a wide variety of insurance products such as health savings accounts. This is in stark contrast to Obamacare which is a mandated, one size fits all idea.”

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY)
Treatment Of Rare Diseases Must Be Improved
Buffalo News

“Of the over 7,000 known diseases, we have cures or treatments for only 500 of them. To change this startling statistic, I have joined with my congressional colleagues on both sides of the aisle to help craft the 21st Century Cures Act.

“… But in order to expedite the development of lifesaving drugs, the FDA approval process must be modernized… I introduced a provision that enhances and accelerates effective clinical trials. It allows drug developers to customize trials to an individual’s DNA by utilizing what we know about the human genome.

“The 21st Century Cures Act will provide America’s medical innovators the guidance they need to lead a new age of medical innovations.”

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
America’s Abducted Kids Get No Help From Japan
Wall Street Journal

“Last year Congress passed the Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act, which requires that the State Department hold countries accountable if an abduction case is still unresolved a year after State requests assistance in the return of a child.

“Furthermore, State’s continued refusal to reveal each country’s real number of unresolved cases, even when required to do so by law, should worry every American who believes the U.S. government should be honest about successes and failures in the return of American abducted children.

“Congress went to great lengths to reunite these families, passing the Goldman Act unanimously. But a law is only as good as its implementation. A congressional hearing on June 11 featured anguished parents of children abducted to and currently held in Japan, India and elsewhere. With hope, the State Department will learn from their stories and follow through on enforcement in the future.”