Here in the People’s House, we’ve been hard at work championing efforts that empower every American to pursue their own dreams and make their own decisions. Here’s a look back at some of last week’s highlights:
1.) I Can See Your HALO(S Act)
PROBLEM: Starbucks, Costco, Amazon were all started with the help of angel investors (think Mark Cuban). The issue here is the Obama Administration attempted to impose burdensome regulations on angel investors that make it difficult for entrepreneurs and startups to solicit the support they need to be the next big thing.
SOLUTION: House Republicans said “thanks, but no thanks” and developed an alternative that makes it easier for these angel investors to invest in small start-up companies. The effort is known as the HALOS Act (thank you, Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Rep. Robert Hurt (R-VA)), and we passed it out of the House last week with strong bipartisan support. **cue angelic choir singing**
2.) Uncle Sam, Not “Big Brother” Sam
PROBLEM: Our electronic communication privacy laws were written in 1986, the same year some of us were playing with Cabbage Patch Dolls and rocking out to our mixed cassette tapes. The laws worked during the times of communicating via snail mail, but this is the age of Snapchat, email, and iPhones— and our laws need to be updated to reflect that.
SOLUTION: House Republicans passed Rep. Kevin Yoder’s (R-KS) Email Privacy Act, a law that gives your emails and text messages the same protection as your paper mail. That means Uncle Sam can no longer snoop in your emails and you can go back to sending your sweetheart “sweet nothings” in peace.
3.) TBH, we love MTBs
PROBLEM: Every year, manufacturing companies are hit with a $748 million tax hike– costing our economy $2 billion annually. That’s a whole lotta moola for companies trying to compete on a global playing field.
SOLUTION: Thanks to the leadership of Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA), House Republicans created an open and transparent process for the House to consider non-controversial, temporary tax breaks through the Miscellaneous Tarriff Bill (MTB). This new process will help American manufacturers obtain the materials they need in order to compete in the global market while upholding House earmark rules. TBH, we love MTBs.
At an increasingly alarming rate, the executive branch has been bypassing the branch closest to the people, the legislative branch. And what that means is unelected and unaccountable officials have been enforcing their own interests and their own rules onto the American people (that’s you) without consulting the People’s House.
Republicans aren’t standing for this.
Last week, we listened in as House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) joined Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) in the call to restore the voice of “We, the People” in our system of government. McMorris Rodgers is leading the charge to rethink government from top to bottom – be sure to catch her remarks below: