What’s this about? Opportunities for all.

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) led this morning’s House Republican Leadership press conference, where she discussed the progress of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act and the ongoing steps the House is taking to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Chair McMorris Rodgers also invited Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD), who has long been an advocate for pro-family, pro-growth tax reform and champion for the ABLE Act, to join and share her perspective.

Here’s what you may have missed:


“The American people sent us here to do the big things. And as the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act moves to the conference committee, I’m really excited about what it means for everybody in this country: more opportunities.

“And I’m especially proud that it builds on the legacy of the ABLE Act for families that have saved for their son’s or daughter’s tuition, which is no longer needed. It gives families the opportunity to roll over their 529 account into an ABLE account, which means that child could use that money for medical or for education and skills [development].

“I’m also excited about ABLE to Work, which allows an individual that has a 529 account to go explore the opportunity to work and then take that income and put it in their ABLE account without jeopardizing their benefits.

“With this [tax reform] bill, we are making it easier for everyone to reach their full potential…we are getting closer to sending this pro-growth, pro-family tax reform plan to the President’s desk.


“This week the Committee on House Administration is also continuing its extensive review of the congressional workplace. They will be having a hearing on Thursday to examine what changes need to be made to the Congressional Accountability Act to prevent sexual harassment. This law has not been updated since 1995. It’s long overdue, which is why [the committee’s] work is so important.

“As I said last week, these recent reports are so deeply troubling. Members of Congress, we must walk the talk, lead by example. We are taking action to renew the people’s trust in the representatives that serve here in Congress.”