Sep 4, 2014

The House’s September Agenda

For years, President Obama has tried to use Washington bureaucracy to fix America’s problems. He made a lot of promises – like a functioning and inexpensive health-care system, a successful economic stimulus, a new energy economy, to name a few. Yet each and every one of these promises was broken, and it’s the American people stuck with the cancelled insurance plans, the threat of insolvency, and a “recovery” that feels almost as bad as the recession.

American families simply can no longer afford the Obama economy. It is costing them too much in job losses, reduced wages, and higher healthcare, food, and energy prices. Meanwhile, our government today lacks commonsense and competency, and the American people know it.

The House’s September agenda focuses on restoring competency and common sense in government and giving Americans the freedom to live their lives, run their businesses, and raise their families. With a limited number of legislative days before the election, we will have a busy September focused on our vision for prosperity and a government that is accountable to its people.

As the House returns to session, we will tackle four main issues:

  • Jobs and the Economy: Our top priority this session will be to boost the economy with a new pro-growth package that will aide job creation and help create a true recovery. We will send a single jobs bill to the Senate that includes 14 separate provisions that will curb job-killing regulations, counter Obamacare’s attack on the 40-hour workweek, help small businesses, and more.
  • Energy: With gas prices hovering near $3.50 per gallon, energy costs are hitting hardworking Americans’ paychecks. The House will send another package of energy bills to the Senate that will focus on improving energy production, infrastructure, reliability, and efficiency.
  • Healthcare: President Obama promised “if you like your plan, you can keep it,” and House Republicans will hold him to that promise. That’s why the House will pass H.R. 3522, the Employee Health Care Protection Act, to ensure that workers can, in fact, keep they plans they have and like.
  • Government Accountability: From the VA scandal to the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, the federal government has shown that it is too big to manage and too powerful to be left unchecked. The House will pass several bills to hold the IRS accountable and rein in the federal bureaucracy.

It’s time to create a 21st century government that isn’t bogged down in unnecessary meddling and harmful regulating, but is instead honest, simple, and effective. This September, the House will work to do just that.