We’ve all heard it – “Congress doesn’t do anything.” The day to day business of the U.S. House of Representatives isn’t always the flashiest of headlines, so we can’t blame everyday Americans for not knowing every bill and every vote.
The truth is, House Republicans have been hard at work delivering on the American people’s priorities. And thanks to Republican policies, we have a booming economy, a stronger military, and safer communities. President Trump has now signed 275 bills, and not just tax reform!
Here’s a quick trip down memory lane of a few of the bills that are now the law of the land:
MAJOR VA REFORMS:
- The VA MISSION Act will help ensure our veterans get the care they earned when they need it, and make sure that the VA isn’t squandering resources on unused or unnecessary facilities and instead targets resources on improving care.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 creates a new streamlined and efficient process to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee for poor performance or misconduct with a concrete shortened timeline, while still protecting employees’ due process rights. This legislation ensures that America’s veterans receive the highest quality medical care and most efficient delivery of benefits.
HOPE FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER
- The Childhood Cancer STAR Act expands opportunities for childhood cancer research, improves efforts to identify and track childhood cancer incidences, and enhances the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors.
INVESTMENTS TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING
- The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act made it easier for prosecutors to target dangerous criminals who wish to sell our girls into slavery and prostitution through the internet. Since this bill became law, sex trafficking has been in decline across the country.
HISTORIC OPIOID LEGISLATION
- The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R.6) will help in our overall efforts to combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting our communities, and bolstering our efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl.
STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
- The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for 21st Century Act promotes career and technical education at the state level, and improves and reforms programs to help Americans acquire the skills needed to fill the millions of open jobs in this economy.
STABILITY FOR THE MILITARY
- The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 and Department of Defense Appropriations end the era of funding defense through continuing resolutions. It gives troops their biggest pay raise in nine years, funds the procurement of new equipment, funds research and development into new defense systems and technologies, cares for service members and military forces with funding above the president’s request for cancer research, traumatic brain injury research, and sexual assault prevention.
- America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 reauthorizes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), ensuring our dams, ports, and waterways are usable for generations to come. Removing red tape means the Army Corps of Engineers has the freedom and flexibility they need for proper maintenance to reduce flood risks, the likelihood of dam leaks, and damage to our environment.
- FAA reauthorization means we can make reforms that will help modernize aviation and ensure airports are safer and more secure for everyday Americans.
RIGHT TO TRY
- The Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017 authorizes the use of eligible investigational drugs by patients who have been diagnosed with certain illnesses, who have exhausted the approved treatment options and are not eligible to participate in a clinical trial.
- The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act reforms Dodd-Frank to protect community banks and credit unions from regulations that were never meant to be applied to them in the first place.