Washington Watch - 1/9/17
The House took a strong and necessary stand last week against continued aggression from the United Nations targeting our nation’s friend and ally Israel. As many of us have seen reported by the Associated Press and other news agencies in recent weeks, the United Nations has taken great care in rebuking Israel in approximately 20 resolutions in 2016, while largely ignoring the sometimes reprehensible actions of human rights violators like Syria, North Korea, and Iran. What’s worse, when the United Nations Security Council passed its most recent anti-Israel resolution on December 23rd, the United States’ Ambassador, under the direction of President Obama, abstained from voting; meaning that the United States did not object to the resolution calling Judaism’s holiest site, the Western Wall in Jerusalem, illegally “occupied territory.” Thankfully, 342 members of the House of Representatives – an overwhelming, bipartisan majority – sent a clear and unmistakable message to President Obama, the United Nations, and Israel that under a new presidential administration, the United States Congress would not stand still while Israel is rhetorically attacked, and in fact, we will stand together in calling on the United Nations to repeal its recent resolution and continue working toward a peaceful, two-state solution.
- Washington Post. House votes to condemn UN security council resolution on Israeli settlements
- Politico. House condemns UN over Israel settlement vote
On Thursday, the House took a significant step to roll-back countless onerous regulations and decrease the size of the Federal government by passing H.R. 26, the “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017.” Rules enacted by unelected bureaucrats at federal agencies cost the American economy almost $2 trillion in compliance costs. This bill takes back Congress’ authority to approve major rules drafted by these agencies, allowing Americans a greater voice in determining the efficacy of regulations before enactment. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the 115th Congress to ensure only the most sensible rules are approved so that together, we can build a stronger economy for our country.
- The Hill. House passes bill to curb costly rules
- USA Today. House votes to curb President’s power, again
No president should be allowed to push through a flood of hurried regulations in the last days of his presidency in an effort to bypass Congress, which is why on Wednesday, I supported the passage of H.R. 21, the “Midnight Rules Relief Act.” Rather than considering one regulation at a time, this bill will empower Congress to disapprove multiple, hastily constructed rules submitted for review in the last 60 legislative days of a president’s final term. This expedites the review process not only for the burdensome regulations put in place by the Obama Administration, but for any future administration that attempts to supplant Congressional authority and jam through policies fitting his or her personal agenda. The American people deserve better than regulations snuck through in the dark of night, and that’s what this new Congress is going to give them.
- Roll Call. GOP poised to undo Obama ‘midnight regulations’
- Wall Street Journal. Midnight rules need morning repeal
Last week, Congress took the first step towards reversing a troubling trend in America: rising health insurance premiums and deductibles coupled with fewer choices and restricted access to care. As you all may have heard, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced a resolution that, if approved by simple majorities in the House and Senate, will direct committees in both chambers to produce legislation before the end of this month to dismantle Obamacare. Additionally, the resolution paves the way for passage of a replacement health care reform proposal, such as House Republicans’ A Better Way Health Care Reform Blueprint, which will ensure more hard-working Americans have access to affordable, quality health care at reasonable prices. I expect the Senate to consider the resolution early this week, and the House will follow suit shortly thereafter. While repealing and replacing Obamacare will not be a quick and easy task, I’m confident that we will be successful in this important endeavor if we work together, and I hope you all will share your thoughts and ideas with me in the coming days and months.
- Reuters. U.S. Republican senator introduces Obamacare repeal resolution
- NPR. Republicans take the first step to repeal Obamacare
- New York Times. The parliamentary tactic that could obliterate Obamacare
This week the House is continuing to charge ahead with the business of the American people. I’m so proud that with a Republican getting ready to move into the White House, that House Republicans have continued our mission to claw-back legislative power to the Article I Congress that we have, for too long, ceded to the Executive Branch. Last week we passed the REINS Act, and this week, we’ll pass more legislation to hold the upcoming President’s administration accountable to the American people.
You can CLICK HERE to watch the Rules Committee’s hearing on the following bills on Monday afternoon at 5pm and Tuesday afternoon at 3pm.
- H.R. 5, the “Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017”
- H.R. 78, the “SEC Regulatory Accountability Act”
- H.R. 79, the “HALOS Act”
- H.R. 238, the “Commodity End-User Relief Act”
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