10 Things That Happened Last Week

House Republicans spent the past week home in our districts, working with and listening to people from all walks of life. We’re keeping our promises to the American people, and focusing on their priorities.

Here are 10 things from last week we don’t want you to miss:

#1: We celebrated our nation’s Independence and the values that make America great

Rep. John Katko (R-NY):

“Honored to be a part of the special Independence Day naturalization ceremony at the Lakeview Amphitheater. Congratulations to all of the new Americans in our community who took the Oath of Allegiance this evening!”

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chair Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN): Celebrating Independence Day

As a Chairman for House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I believe among my most important duties are to protect and preserve our Constitution, and to ensure the men and women who serve this country have every resource they need to complete their mission and transition back to civilian life when their service ends. I take these responsibilities very seriously, and I will continue to prioritize these duties as long as I have the great privilege of representing the First District.

Full Column Here

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) in the Omaha World-Herald: Independence from tyranny also means interdependence in community

“We rightly mark our Independence from the British as the beginning of a new nation, a new experiment in government, based in freedom. However, freedom is most properly expressed in the freedom to do what we ought.

Unlinked to responsibility to one another and higher ideals, freedom is a meaningless wandering. Progress, no matter how grand, is never an end in itself. Persons unconnected, an economy uncaring and technology ever-accelerating can leave many behind. Independence from tyranny also means interdependence in community.”

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#2: We pledged to continue to combat human trafficking (we’re voting on three bills this week!)

Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) on Good 4 Utah:

“It’s becoming an epidemic. It’s happening here in the United States, it’s happening just everywhere. …To let [Haiti’s president] know of these activities, and how he can assist us. Not just in stopping the activity, but also assist us in making sure that any help, whether it’s financial or physical from the United States doesn’t get diverted to this type of activity.”

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Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) in the Columbia Tribune: We must fight back against sex trafficking

Sex trafficking is a serious problem we must address now. On issues like the budget, trade agreements or tax breaks, reasonable people can agree to disagree in good faith. But some topics bring people together because it is so wrong. Sex trafficking is one of those issues.

Full Column Here

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) in the Herald-Tribune:

“At the hearing I co-chaired with Democrat Alcee Hastings of Fort Lauderdale, we spoke with several Florida experts on ways to combat this vile and monstrous crime. One of the witnesses was Elizabeth Fisher, founder and head of Selah Freedom, a national anti-sex-trafficking nonprofit based in Sarasota. Ms. Fisher briefed the members on her group’s efforts to help more than 2,000 young women in the Suncoast region. She also shared the harrowing story of a Bradenton girl who was trafficked from 11 years old up until she was 26. The scope of the global problem is staggering: 27 million people are caught in the modern slave industry, which turns billions of dollars in profits for the heinous individuals behind these crimes.”

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#3: We listened to and advocated for our veterans

Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA):

“Proud to attend the Dubuque area homeless veterans transition home ribbon cutting today with Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa and Dubuque Racing Association.”

Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA):

“Proud to join folks yesterday in Putnam County as we honor local veterans. No one deserves red carpet treatment more than our heroes in uniform.”


#4: We heard from medical professionals and seniors about health care reform


#5: We continued to support workforce development — because everyone deserves the opportunity at a better life

#6: We visited with local leaders, organizations who are working to ensure that we’re defined by our potential — not our limitations.

Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY):

“Yesterday morning, I met with bike riders participating in the Our Ability Journey Along the Erie Canal ride. The ride is held to raise awareness abt an employer’s ability to make a difference by including people with disabilities in their workforce.”


#7: We toured energy facilities, and collaborated with leaders on ways to bring America closer to energy independence

Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI):

“Yesterday, I had a very good discussion on energy and trade with Ron Schuler, the Minister of Crown Services for Manitoba, Canada. It was great to welcome him to Holland!”


#8: We championed our tax reform plan and heard from communities why it’s so important that we  pass it this year.

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC):

“NC Rep. Jason Saine and I stopped by the Lincoln County Economic Development Association (LEDA). While there, we discussed the latest on tax reform and how the recent lifting of regulatory burdens is helping to spur economic growth.”

Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH):

“In this week’s #TaxReformTuesday, Congressman Jim Renacci discusses how the United States’ high corporate tax rate leads to lower paychecks for hardworking Americans. He also makes the case for pro-growth tax reform that delivers a lower, corporate tax rate and empowers businesses to hire more workers, increase paychecks, and help grow the U.S. economy.”

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI):

“Our job and our goal is to get tax reform done in 2017, so that when we roll into the new year in 2018 we roll into having a new tax code. …One of the reasons that we’re doing tax reform this year is to not just have more jobs and faster economic growth, but to put American businesses and manufacturers at a competitive scale globally.”


#9: We met with small business owners and heard ways we can alleviate the red tape burden on them and their employees

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY):

“Discussed issues impacting small businesses during a visit to Whiting Door in Akron. Great family owned business with 60+ years of history in #WNY.”

#10: We enjoyed quality time with family, friends, and the communities we’re honored to represent

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL):

“Finally! The pool patio painters showed up to finish up their art! Even worked on the 4th!”