Our economy is booming. It’s doing so well, in fact, that the New York Times put out this headline: “We Ran Out of Words to Describe How Good the Jobs Numbers Are”.
With one million new jobs, unemployment at an 18-year low, and consumer confidence sky-high, there’s a renewed optimism in America. We promised more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks, and by rolling back regulations and simplifying the tax code, we’re delivering on that promise.
But that’s not all we’ve worked on this year. House Republicans have passed legislation that:
- Improves access to experimental treatments for patients with terminal diseases and conditions.
- Empowers students, teachers, school officials, and law enforcement to identify and intervene before there’s violence in our schools.
- Expands skills-based education and development to help Americans find new opportunities and the right skills to get better-paying jobs.
- Restores competition through association health plans for small businesses and a level playing field.
- Strengthens the U.S. military, modernizes equipment, and restores readiness.
- Adds more resources to fight the opioid epidemic including treatment and prevention.
- Helps combat human trafficking with tougher penalties for sex traffickers and increased support for victims.
- Demands accountability at the VA by making sure employees can be fired, demoted, or suspended for not doing their jobs.
And much, much more — which you can see at DidYouKnow.gop.
We’re proud of our work on the American people’s priorities, and this past week at home, House Republicans met with families, workers, and small business owners and highlighted the legislation inspired by them.
Here are 10 things that happened last week:
KUOW | McMorris Rodgers Touts Prison Reform Bill At Spokane Roundtable
“The First Step Act funds education, drug rehabilitation and job skills training programs under the Federal Bureau of Prisons. It also prohibits shackling pregnant female inmates and requires inmates be housed within 500 miles of their families, if possible.
“During an hour-long community roundtable, McMorris Rodgers heard from prosecutors and defense attorneys, a superior court judge and counselors who are trying to find ways to divert individuals from entering the prison system at all.”