Our “Why”: How Real Americans Inspire Real Change

Oct 19, 2018 | Communications •

Two years ago, we rolled out the Better Way agenda. It was our promise to the American people that we’d address the pressing issues facing our country, like a weakened military and a sluggish economy. Today, we have a booming economy, safer communities, and a stronger military because Republicans delivered on our promises. Our country is Better Off Now than it was two years ago.

A key component of those original policy proposals was a belief that the American people are the voice in this government. And for too long, that voice had been ignored and trust broken. House Republicans take the term ‘People’s House’ seriously, and we’ve worked diligently for the past two years to ensure that your priorities are our priorities. That’s why we continue to meet with people from all walks of life at home.

You inspire Republican policies. Your coworkers, family, friends, and neighbors inspire Republican policies. And your stories and your challenges are what encourage House Republicans to advance meaningful solutions that make a difference in your lives.  

It was families, law enforcement, and doctors who inspired our historic work combating the opioid crisis.

It was workers and small business owners that inspired our overhaul of the tax code.

And our servicemen and women inspired our work to strengthen and rebuild our military.

Your stories, your challenges, are the reasons behind our policies. As we continue our work on a booming economy, safer communities, and a stronger military, we want to revisit a few of our ‘whys’ that helped us get to where we are now. For more on House Republicans’ work to ensure this country is Better Off Now, be sure to visit Better.gop.

COMBATING THE OPIOID CRISIS

The opioid crisis is wreaking havoc on families and communities across the country, regardless of age, income, race, or gender. As the House prepared to make a historic investment in the fight against this crisis, House Republicans shared stories of addiction. Here’s what Rep. Tim Walberg shared from Michigan:

“This is a picture of Jessie Grubb, and it tells a story that shouldn’t have happened. Jessie’s Law was passed yesterday on the floor of the House. Jessie was a recovering addict. She had come to Michigan, was making it, both in education and the workforce, and preparing for a marathon. She had an injury, subsequently had a surgery. That surgery dealt with an infection as well. A part was put in her body.

“She and her parents both informed the surgeons and the doctoral staff at the hospital that she was a recovering addict, so opioids shouldn’t be part of her therapy. Sadly, that didn’t make it to the discharging physician and he discharged her with 50 OxyContin pills. She went home, and the next night overdosed. Jessie Grubb is no longer with us. But her story goes on, and it’s the story that speaks to why we’re doing what we’re doing: to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

BUILDING A BOOMING ECONOMY

When the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act was signed into law nearly ten months ago, it was the first overhaul of the tax code since 1986. Needless to say, the updates were long overdue! But tax reform is more than just numbers (of which there are plenty of great ones!) — it’s about families and small businesses that for too long were struggling to get ahead and barely getting by. In the days leading up to this historic reform, House Republicans like Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) met with workers, families, and small business owners to hear what tax reform would mean for them:

REBUILDING OUR MILITARY

After a decade of cuts, our military was in desperate need of repair. We’ve had too many planes that can’t fly, boats that can’t sail, and soldiers that can’t deploy. It’s gotten so bad that more service members were dying in training than in combat. To ensure that our men and women in uniform had the resources they needed to be safe and effective in their duties, Republicans have launched a historic rebuilding of our military. Both the National Defense Authorization Act and funding for the Department of Defense are now law, providing the military with stability they haven’t seen in years. Prior to the Senate passing their versions of these bills, Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) and several other members took to the House floor to highlight why the resources and reliability were so important:

“There are some other negative impacts that we don’t hear about often. The Virginia National Guard is second contributing to the war effort amongst other guard units around the country. The Reserve components make up 47 percent of our nation’s operational forces, yet they are required to cease operations during a continuing resolution while Active Duty counterparts continue training.”

“I have the great honor of representing the district with more military and veterans than any congressional district in the nation. If there is anything going on in the world, if Mother Freedom needs to be defended anywhere in the world, then our men and women are there on the front-lines fighting for family, for friends, and for freedom. We in Congress and the Senate owe them better, and we have to do better. We have to get our acts together. We have to lead with the courage and the spirit that they have. We can make it happen, and we should push and push until we got it done.”

BETTER OFF NOW: WHAT AMERICANS ARE SAYING NOW

“If you want to see how things are going, go get a haircut at the Cartersville barber shop in Cartersville, Georgia. Talk to the ladies working in the barbershop and hear how they’ve had to hire more barbers, but more importantly, if you really want to know how things are going you get a haircut because people talk. Hear the stories of their clients of…how much happier they are.” -Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA)

“Wichita Railway Systems, which is a local railroad car supplier, announced what we think are the largest bonuses — $3,000-$6,000 to their employees. It’s a small distribution company that helps make sure our economy keeps moving forward. There’s just so much now with the economic growth that rail lines are increasing the amount of traffic they have, and they’ve seen an uptick in business from that standpoint.” -Rep. Ron Estes (R-KS)