Washington Watch - 1/11/16
Last week, the House passed H.R. 3762, the “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act,” by a vote of 240-181, and I was proud to take the lead on this bill as we brought it to the floor. By repealing the individual and employer mandates, stopping job-killing tax hikes on life-saving medical devices, and more, this bill takes the largest stride ever to end the coercive and destructive effects of the President's health care law. By ending these controversial policies, the bill would save American taxpayers more than $500 billion. That’s right: putting patients back in charge of their health care instead of putting the federal government in charge would save the American taxpayer half a trillion dollars!
Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, President Obama has refused to sign the bill, and on Friday, he issued the eighth veto of his Presidency. This short-sighted veto will cause hard-working Americans to see their taxes increase, their insurance deductibles continue to rise, and their choices taken away from them. That said, this bill is not wasted effort. Sending a bill like this to the President means that our work to unravel this damaging legislation is moving forward. Never before have we had the votes to move a bill of this magnitude to the President's desk. But we worked and we worked and last week we succeeded. We will succeed in returning health care certainty to America, we will succeed in lowering health care costs in America, we will succeed in increasing health care choice in America, and we will succeed in keeping the President's broken promise: if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan; if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. We can all agree that America deserves no less.
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- Woodall. House clears bill dismantling Obamacare, sends to President
- KSNT News. House vote to send health law repeal to Obama for first time
- CNN. House sends Obamacare repeal bill to White House
- Real Clear Politics. Ryan scores dual wins with Obamacare repeal vote
- Washington Times. Congress sends Obamacare repeal to President’s desk for first time
On Wednesday, the House Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, of which I am the chairman, held a critically important hearing on a bill that could change our federal budget process dramatically – H.R. 1610, the “Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act of 2015.” The bill would move our annual budget and appropriations processes to one that occurs once every two years. This would be a major change, and as such, I’m happy that we spent a significant amount of time discussing the consequences of making a change like this.
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- Woodall. Woodall responds to subcommittee meeting o Biennial Budgeting Act
- FCW. Should Congress budget on a two-year cycle?
I know that for many of you, the most important provision in the reconciliation bill that was recently sent to the President is the one year moratorium on Medicaid funding going to Planned Parenthood. Sadly, but not surprisingly, the President chose to veto this bill. But make no mistake, this was an important step in the pro-life movement. It means that we now have the votes to finally end taxpayer support for this unapologetically brutal organization once the next President takes office in 2017. This is a step forward for our quest to protect the lives of the unborn and a sign that our long struggle is paying dividends.
- Life Site News. House votes to defund Planned Parenthood
- Catholic News Agency. For first time, bill to defund Planned Parenthood heads to White House
Amid all of the other activity last week was an important markup by the House Foreign Affairs Committee of H.R. 3662, the “Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act,” which would require the Administration to simply certify that certain individuals and financial institutions were not involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program or in financing terrorism before removing current sanctions on them. The idea is simple: we shouldn’t be rewarding any person or institution that furthers international instability and turmoil. Sadly, the President has already announced his opposition to this common-sense idea because it may complicate the Iran nuclear deal that he has dogmatically forced upon the American people. The Administration’s position on this legislation further confirms something we’ve long known: that the agreement negotiated by President Obama is a bad deal for not just America, but for global stability. Our nation and our world deserve better. And I am pleased that the House is going to bring this bill to the floor this week.
- US News & World Report. Republican-led committee approves legislation for oversight of landmark Iran nuclear deal
- Foreign Affairs Committee. Foreign Affairs Committee Enhances Iran Sanctions, Improves Counterterrorism Screening
This week, the House is expected to consider H.R. 3662, and I have detailed above, as well as a critically important bill, S.J.Res. 22. This measure is a formal Congressional disapproval of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. You and I have talked at length in the past about how harmful this rule will be to Georgians, most especially Georgia's farmers and ranchers.
CLICK HERE to watch me discuss the issue with the EPA Administrator.
If you want more information about it, I encourage you to visit the American Farm Bureau's website to learn more.
On Tuesday, the chamber of the House of Representatives will be filled with members of Congress, members of the President's Cabinet, justices of the Supreme Court, and the Vice President to listen to President Obama's final State of the Union address. The speech will be televised live at 9:00PM on Tuesday, and I encourage every American to tune in and learn about the President's plans for the rest of his term.
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