Washington Watch - 1/30/17
Every January, around the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, tens of thousands of Americans from all walks of life come to Washington, D.C., to take part in the annual March for Life. Marchers give a voice to the voiceless, and Congress hears them loud and clear.
March for Life participants outside the U.S. Supreme Court on
January 27, 2017
The House of Representatives voted last week on a pro-life measure ensuring that no American will be forced to pay for an abortion. H.R. 7, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” makes permanent the Hyde Amendment, which bars the federal government from spending one penny paying for an abortion except in the case of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is in jeopardy. I know that passions run deep on this issue, and while I respect our different views, I am unapologetically pro-life and will do all that I can as a member of Congress to ensure that we protect human life from conception to natural death.
- Woodall Press Release. Woodall cosponsors, House passes “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”
- The Hill. Anti-abortion protestors take to the streets of Washington
I often tell folks that there is much more that unites us as Americans than divides us, and that couldn’t be exemplified more than when my friend Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and I reintroduced our resolution condemning violence against Israel, reasserting the United States’ support of Israel, and calling for a peaceful solution to the current conflict. Mr. Hastings and I often disagree on issues of public policy, but where we do agree; it’s easy to put aside our partisan differences and work together for the greater good. I firmly believe that when Republicans and Democrats spend time together and learn from each other, that we can find areas of common ground where we can truly make a difference in the lives of others. I look forward to working with Mr. Hastings to push this resolution across the House floor, and I hope that you will share with me those issues that you believe are ripe for bipartisan cooperation.
- Woodall Press Release. Woodall and Hastings introduce bipartisan resolution condemning Palestinian incitement of violence against Israel
Last week the House Budget Committee held its first hearing of the year about the impact Obamacare is having on families, businesses, the economy, and the federal budget. As you all would likely expect, members on both sides of the aisle delivered passionate remarks about the successes and failures of the law, and many shared stories from folks back home to advance their arguments. As I said during the few minutes that I spoke at the hearing, which you can watch by clicking on the picture below, I absolutely recognize that many Americans have benefited from the reforms in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including folks right here in our district, and we should all be happy that many of our friends and neighbors are better off today than they were before the ACA was signed into law. But not all Americans are thriving under the ACA. The truth is that the law has failed many of our friends and neighbors in the Seventh District who are decidedly worse off today than they were before the ACA, and that should be unacceptable to each and every one of us, especially given the enormous financial investment we made to get the ACA up and running. We can do better, and we will!
As I’ve said before, advancing a health care reform bill that ensures more Americans have access to quality, affordable health care will be a difficult task. This important work is already underway, and while I’ve heard from many of you about both the successes and failures of the ACA, I hope to hear from even more of you in coming weeks and months. There is a great deal of work to be done, and your ideas, advice, and counsel will be helpful to me as we work to enact fundamental health care reforms that benefit generations of Americans for decades to come.
- MedPage Today. ACA divisions in the spotlight at House hearing
- Washington Post. Key House committee will hold hearings on first Obamacare replacement bills next week.
Last week, my Republican colleagues and I from the House and Senate met together in Philadelphia to discuss the many issues that are facing our country and to work out a joint action plan for how best to solve them. We discussed the most effective ways to tackle tax reform, how to move forward with new trade agreements, how to best replace Obamacare with a patient-centered approached, and more. The good news is, we have plans and a timeline for reform, and next week, we’ll begin moving forward together.
- Fortune. Republicans plan Obamacare repeal as 3-day Philadelphia retreat begins
- Speaker Paul Ryan. Obamacare, tax reform, and border security: interview with Greta on MSNBC
Tragedy struck our state last week when severe weather wreaked havoc with communities in south Georgia. Over a dozen were killed and many more were injured by the powerful storms. Given these circumstances, I am thankful for Governor Nathan Deal’s diligence in requesting federal aid, and the expediency in which the Trump Administration granted the request. President Trump’s willingness and openness to help our friends and neighbors recover has been crucial to ensuring we can rebuild. That said, I encourage you to join me in praying for those affected by this terrible disaster so they may restore their homes and their lives after facing such unimaginable heartache. Additionally, if you have the resources and would like to help, the American Red Cross has created a webpage to share volunteer and donation information, which you can find here: https://www.redcross.org/local/georgia/tornado-information-response. Georgia Young Republicans have also set-up an online page for those wishing to donate to relief efforts in South Georgia. Funds collected will be distributed evenly to Sherwood Baptist in Albany to assist with relief efforts in Dougherty County and the Cook County Probate Court to support families who lost loved ones and EMS/First Responders.
- AJC. Nathan Deal thanks Donald Trump after feds approve disaster aid for Georgia storms
This week the House is moving ahead with its agenda to reassert the Constitutional, Article 1 power of the Legislative Branch by passing five Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions. The CRA allows Congress to review and overturn new major regulations from the Executive branch through a joint resolution of disapproval. The five issues that we’re going to start the disapproval process for this week are: the so-called “stream protection” rule, the rule providing enhanced information from Social Security to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the SEC’s resource extraction issuers rule, the BLM’s “venting and flaring” rule, and the DoD/GSA/NASA federal acquisition rule. Each one of these rules exemplifies the problems with executive overreach that began far too long ago and has continued unabated through Republican and Democrat presidential administrations. I’m proud that Congress is taking back the power to legislate, and I look forward to our continued assertion of our constitutional authority.
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