July 22, 2013
Thursday, July 22, 2013
House votes to delay Obamacare
Last week the House passed a one-year delay of both the employer and individual mandates contained in the President’s healthcare law. By delaying the employer mandate, President Obama finally agreed with what we've been saying all along - that his healthcare law is an unworkable “train wreck” that is killing jobs and is not ready for prime time. Following the announcement by the President to delay the employer mandate, it was very apparent that American families deserve the same protection from the failing healthcare law that he wants businesses to have. Even liberals like President Obama and labor union bosses are starting to acknowledge the looming “train wreck” that is Obamacare. Now that we have taken this needed first step to provide welcome temporary relief for American families and business, it is vital that the House continue working to fully defund and repeal this law from the books once and for all.
House takes steps to get the federal government out of the classroom
The House passed the Student Success Act, a bill to replace No Child Left Behind. The House passage of this bill last week is a significant step forward for education system across the nation and makes major progress toward getting the federal government out of the classroom. By eliminating more than 70 wasteful and duplicative programs, this bill take a common-sense approach to rewriting the outdated policies included in NCLB. Importantly, this bill protects the autonomy of state school boards and prohibits the federal government from forcing states into adopting Common Core academic standards. This bill, including several key amendment improvements by the Republican Study Committee, takes steps to reducing the federal footprint on our nation’s education system, granting more power to state and local school system to encourage innovation.
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- Rep. Stockman (TX-36) seeks cosponsors for The Sanctity of Life Act, a bill declaring that life begins at conception and states have a compelling interest in the protection of life. The bill also has a provision that would strip courts of jurisdiction to address this issue.
- Rep. Garrett (NJ-5) has introduced H.CON.RES.45 to declare that President Obama, in delaying the Employer Mandate, has violated the Constitution and infringed upon Congress’s exclusive power to legislate. Additionally, the resolution reminds the American people that ObamaCare has proven to be unworkable and should be immediately repealed.
- Rep. Schweikert (AZ-6) seeks cosponsors to H.R. 2408 which will prohibit the Department of Justice from tracking and cataloguing the purchase of multiple rifles and shotguns.
- Rep. Rothfus (PA-12) seeks cosponsors for H.R. 2453, the Medicare Beneficiary Preservation of Choice Act, which would reinstate the Medicare Advantage open enrollmentperiod, restoring the choice seniors previously enjoyed to change their Medicare Advantage plan if they needed.
- Rep. Meadows (NC-11) is seeking cosigners for a Club-for-Growth-endorsed letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor urging them to defund the implementation and enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in any relevant appropriations bill brought to the House floor in the 113th Congress.
- Rep. Benishek (MI-01) seeks cosponsors for The Military Justice Improvement Act, H.R. 2016, which supports new language suggested by Senator Paul that would strengthen the chain of command’s ability to enforce military discipline, adding to the carve out for military-specific crime articles 92 and 134, disobeying a direct order and crimes not otherwise mentioned in the UCMJ.
- Rep. Woodall (GA-07) seeks cosigners for a letter urging that congress should not depart from the total discretionary spending cap of $967 for FY2014 agreed to in the BCA, keeping aggregate spending within the BCA’s limits.
- Rep. Perry (PA-04) seeks cosigners for a letter to HHS opposing a $1.2 billion federal contract to assist in tax credit and health insurance applications for Obamacare, awarded to a company currently under investigation by the UnitedKingdom for overcharging the government tens of millions of pounds.
- Rep. Culberson (TX-07) is planning on introducing his amendment to H.R. 5 – the Student Success Act as a standalonebill later this week, and invites all RSC members to join him as original cosponsors. This restores State sovereignty over public education by empowering States and giving them the opportunity to accept or reject federal grant money.
- Reps. Yoder (KS-03) and Tom Graves (GA-14) ask you to join the 132 members who have already cosponsored HR 1852, the Email Privacy Act, which stops warrantless email searches by the IRS and ensures that all email, regardless of age, has the same privacy protections afforded to snail mail and private phone conversations.
- Rep. Rokita (IN-04) plans to re-introduce and seeks your support of the Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees (RAISE) Act (last year’s H.R. 4385) which will reform the collectivebargaining process allowing employers to give merit-based bonuses or other increases in compensation above and beyond any collective bargaining agreement in place.
- Rep. Rokita (IN-04) seeks cosponsors for H.R. 2475, a bipartisan bill requiring the Attorney General to declassify significant Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) opinions. It is companion legislation to a bill introduced in the Senate by Senators Mike Lee and Jeff Merkley.
- Rep. Blackburn (TN-07) seeks cosponsors for SECURE IT Act, H.R. 1468, which would provide our government, business community, and citizens with the tools and resources needed to protect themselves from cyber threat data and improve cyber security initiatives.
Rep. Jeff Miller (FL-01) seeks cosponsors for H.R. 1095, TSA Loose Change Act which directs the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (TSA) to transfer unclaimed money recovered at airport security checkpoints to nonprofit organizations that provide places of rest and recuperation at airports for members of the Armed Forces and their families.
- Rep. Brooks (AL-05) seeks cosponsors to HR 2458, the “Lerner Law” which would terminate any Federal employee who refuses to answer questions or gives false testimony in a congressional hearing.
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