Supporting Regulatory Integrity

Click above to watch my comments on the Regulatory Integrity Act.

Every year, federal agencies issue thousands of new regulations, each which must be reviewed in a period of notice and comment. These periods allow the public an opportunity to review the regulations and offer constructive feedback for the agencies to take into consideration. Unfortunately, we’ve seen agencies, like the EPA, ignore these comments time and time again. Even worse, we’ve occasionally seen them try and manipulate the public into commenting in support of their proposals. That’s why I am supportive of the Regulatory Integrity Act, which will ensure federal agencies conduct the rulemaking process in an open and transparent manner. Last week, the House Oversight Committee voted to send this legislation to the whole House for consideration. To see my full comments on the bill, please click here.

Continuing the Repeal of Obamacare

Americans are tired of an overpriced healthcare system that is costing taxpayers, employers and policyholders way too much. With skyrocketing premiums and deductibles, Obamacare is neither affordable nor does it provide quality care. It’s collapsing across the country, raising costs for patients and forcing insurers out of the marketplace, which leaves patients and families with nowhere to go. Just last week, Humana, one of the nation’s largest insurers, citing huge losses, announced it will pull out of Obamacare exchanges.

For these reasons and more, we must repeal Obamacare before it causes any more damage to hardworking Americans. Last month, Congress began the repeal by enabling the reconciliation process  – a fast-track legislative procedure that is filibuster-proof in the Senate. This process, now underway, instructs several committees to create budgets that reduce the deficit and repeal pieces of Obamacare under their jurisdiction. Both the Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means Committees in the House have begun holding hearings examining reforms that will help decrease costs and increase competition and innovation in the insurance markets.

In the next few weeks, House Republicans will work on legislation that provides relief from Obamacare’s taxes and mandates—including eliminating the individual and employer mandate penalties. These penalties do nothing but further hurt people who are struggling to make ends meet by forcing them to buy inadequate plans that don’t meet their needs.

Using these mechanisms, the House will continue to push for the swift repeal of Obamacare and better health care coverage for Americans. Under the Republican plan, there will still be protections in place for those with pre-existing conditions and young people under 26 can stay on their parents’ plans. Coupled with a more competitive insurance market and increased flexibility and portability, Republicans will provide a 21st century health care system that works for all Americans.

Reintroducing the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act

Signing the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act before reintroduction.

Last week, I reintroduced the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act, which says if a retailer of a product didn’t make it, change it, lie about it, or install it, they should not have to face a products liability lawsuit. Sellers are often brought into litigation despite having no control or input in the design, production or any other facet of an allegedly defective item, and may therefore face increased costs. My bill will protect these retailers from this litigation UNLESS the seller had actual knowledge of the defect in the product at the time the seller supplied the product. To see the full text of the bill, please click here.

The Congressional Award

As the father of two daughters, I am always looking for ways to recognize the accomplishments and community contributions of our nation’s children. One of the ways that this is possible is The Congressional Award – Congress’ highest honor for America’s youth.

The Congressional Award was established by Congress in 1979 and is the only official medal program for America’s youth. I recently had the honor to present the award to a deserving student at Corpus Christi School of Science and Technology. He had contributed more than 115 hours of community service, advanced his soccer skills and sought to learn the history and tactics of baseball.

The Congressional Award program is ongoing with no registration deadline. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14 to 23 year-olds and accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge.

If you know of a motivated teen or young adult, please check out the Congressional Award online to see if they qualify here.

Great job by @USCoastGuard Corpus Christi for catching four illegal fishing boats from Mexico off the coast.
16 Feb 2017

.@SenJohnThune and @SenatorRounds introduced a Senate companion to my #milspouse 2nd Amendment rights bill.
16 Feb 2017

Voting this week to kill a DOL rule that constrains states’ abilities to conduct drug testing for unemployment. 
15 Feb 2017

The WINGMAN Act will allow congressional offices to provide quicker help to veterans. 
13 Feb 2017

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