While there is still much more to do, the new Congress has been getting things done for the American people, working together to enact significant legislation that addresses the economy and other pressing challenges facing the country.
As Speaker Boehner said last week, every bill signed and sent to the President’s desk is an example of progress on some of the people’s highest priorities, such as:
- The first real entitlement reform in nearly two decades;
- New mental health resources to help prevent veteran suicides;
- Ensuring oversight of any nuclear deal with Iran;
- Giving Medicare patients & their doctors more certainty by permanently eliminating the doc fix;
- New tools for law enforcement to fight human trafficking;
- A critical energy efficiency initiative;
- New reforms to protect our law enforcement officers and their families;
The House and Senate have also agreed to the first joint 10-year balanced budget since 2001, which doesn’t require the president’s signature. And, for the 17th consecutive year, the House has protected taxpayers’ dollars and received a clean audit for fiscal year 2014.
On top of all that, the House has made headway in a number of areas on behalf of the American people, passing such common-sense initiatives as:
- A strong national defense bill that authorizes a much-deserved raise for our troops;
- Protecting and expanding 529 college savings plans millions of middle-class families rely on to put money away for school, and stopping the president’s plan to tax these savings accounts;
- Providing more certainty in the tax code and paving the way for stronger growth by repealing the death tax, and expanding and making permanent small business and R&D tax relief;
- Reining in red tape by holding bureaucrats accountable for the cost of new rules, giving small businesses a voice in the regulatory process, and fighting the administration’s WOTUS rule;
- Reforms to bolster cybersecurity while protecting privacy;
- Increasing VA accountability and making it easier for small businesses to hire veterans;
- An energy agenda that addresses costs, enhances energy security, and creates jobs;
- A jobs bill to build the Keystone pipeline;
- Strengthening research and innovation for job and economic growth;
- Making it easier for families to secure affordable housing and achieve financial independence;
- Reforms to restore hours for middle-class workers, expand liquefied natural gas exports, expedite new energy infrastructure, stop IRS abuse, and much more.