10 Things that Happened Last Week

District work weeks are often confused for a “recess,” when they’re anything but.

No word on if any of them like to hopscotch with their friends, but representatives spend these weeks at home in their districts, working with and listening to people from all walks of life. And if last week were any indication, House Republicans haven’t slowed down talking about the American people’s priorities.

Here are 10 things that happened last week:

#1: We toured farms and businesses to learn more about how to help them grow

#2: We reacted to President Trump withdrawing the United States from the Paris Accord

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) on Fox Business

“This is not about climate change…this is about a bad deal for America and the American worker. …I’ll join the liberals in the U.S. Senate and other countries that want to talk about how we can all structure a good deal that works for the climate — but everyone has to participate. We just can’t carry the brunt of this load.”

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND):

“From the beginning, President Trump was looking for a deal that would benefit our nation, and it’s clear he thoughtfully weighed all his options over the past several weeks. The Paris Climate Agreement, in current form, would be terrible for America, and I’m glad we have a President who values Americans more than the interests of the rest of the world.”

#3: We reflected on Memorial Day and the heroes who sacrificed everything so that we may be free

Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC)

“It is here at the World War II Memorial that we mark the price of freedom paid by so many men and women in uniform. …we build these memorials or we mark graves to ensure the men and women who fought to defend our freedoms will never be forgotten.”

#4: We talked about our plan for comprehensive tax reform

#5: We promoted a better health care future for every American

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) on FoxNews.com: ObamaCare boosters are wrong about the American Health Care Act – just like they were about ObamaCare

But opponents of real health care reform will say anything to protect ObamaCare at the expense of the people it hurts. To me, Americans’ well-being is more important than any party’s political legacy. And it’s more important than insurance companies’ bottom lines. …The truth is that Republicans are working hard to undo the damage ObamaCare has done and improve health care in America for all of us. We’re putting patients first.

Click here to read the entire op-ed

Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) in the Dallas News: The government’s own rules are blocking people from getting off of disability

According to the most recent survey of disability insurance beneficiaries, 40 percent want to return to work. However, in any given year, less than .5 percent successfully re-enter the workforce. That’s largely because Social Security’s complicated rules stand in the way, and that’s not right.

Click here to read his full op-ed

#6: We reaffirmed our commitment to combating the opioid epidemic

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) on CNN

“…part of the problem is we put this money towards treatments and those treatments aren’t effective, plus we don’t have enough providers. Remember, half the counties in America have no psychologists, no psychiatrists, no clinical social worker, and I think the ratio of licensed drug practitioners is even less.”

#7: We continued to roll back Obama-era regulations that kill jobs and hurt families

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Townhall: Washington’s Power Shift: How Congress Is Enacting Trump’s Call to Drain the Swamp

Ultimately, the people had this overwhelming sense that Washington wasn’t listening, that the country was on the wrong track, and that faraway elites didn’t care to help them or even hear their opinions.

So while we have big issues to tackle—health care and tax reform top the list—President Trump and Republicans in Congress recognize that if we don’t disrupt the way Washington works, we’ll end up facing the same problems.

Click here to read his full op-ed

#8: We shared more about our work to protect young Americans

Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA): Combating Human Trafficking and Child Abuse

“The House of Representatives recently passed several pieces of legislation to protect children from trafficking and abuse. …Human trafficking is a serious problem around the globe. An estimated 300,000 young Americans are in danger of becoming victims of sex trafficking.”

Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI) on Medium.com: Protecting Our Children

In an ever more disturbing world, it is our responsibility to protect our nation’s youth, using every means we have to safeguard them against our world’s most heinous criminal. My unwavering commitment to our nation’s children spurred me to further action this month, supporting a series of legislative items that will strengthen and protect child safety.

Click Here for His Full Post

#9: We met with students and teachers to listen to the next generation of leaders

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) meets with Thompson ISD administrators about rural school districts and budgeting

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) at Carolina Forest Elementary School

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) visits Little Edisons School in Pullman, WA

#10: We had some fun celebrating life’s special moments with the people we serve

Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) celebrates with new American citizens at a Naturalization Ceremony in Roanoke

Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) honors students who received appointments to service academies

Bonus: One of the first — maybe the FIRST (don’t quote us…) — Members of Congress to use #WCW (woman crush wednesday) in a tweet. You go, Judge Carter!