“It would be hard to fault the average American for thinking all that’s going on in Washington these days is high-drama hearings and partisan sniping. But amid the countdown clocks and cable news chatter, something important is happening: Congress is getting things done to help improve people’s lives.” –Speaker Ryan, IJR op-ed
The House is taking action to improve people’s lives and address the problems families face every day. You may not hear about these things when they happen, but here are some of the ways we are keeping our promises and delivering on our agenda for the country. Visit didyouknow.gop to learn more.
Signed by President Trump
- The First Overhaul of Our Tax Code In a Generation
We have delivered the first overhaul of our tax code since 1986. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will mean more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks for middle-class families. With this new law, the typical family with two kids making the median income ($73,000) will get a $2,059 tax cut next year.
- Repeal of Obamacare's Individual Mandate
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act repeals the individual mandate at the heart of Obamacare, giving back to families the freedom and flexibility to buy the health care plan that's right for them.
- Boosting America's Energy Independence
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act opens up a small non-wilderness portion of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for responsible exploration. It is the biggest step we have taken in decades to improve our energy independence. It will also help create more good-paying jobs for Alaskans.
- Landmark Veterans Reforms
We have delivered the biggest reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs since the national scandals that broke out in 2013, with measures to boost accountability, and improve care for our veterans and their families. And we have delivered a landmark expansion of the GI Bill, meaning no more time limits on when veterans can use their education benefits.
- Record Regulatory Relief
We have delivered a record amount of relief from Obama-era red tape, sending President Trump 15 bills to strike bad regulations from the books. Prior this year, this had been done just once. According to American Action Forum, the first 14 of these repeal bills “eliminated $3.7 billion in total costs, $1.1 billion in annual burdens, and 4.2 million paperwork burden hours.”
- Stronger Border Security
We have delivered a $1.5 billion boost in resources for border security—the biggest increase in years. This will mean more agents, enhanced technology, and updated infrastructure to stem the flow of illegal activities across our border.
- Rebuilding Our Military
We have delivered a $21 billion increase in defense funding, a down payment on our pledge to rebuild our military for the 21st century. In addition, this year's national defense bill provides the Army, Navy, and Air Force with thousands of additional personnel, and gives our servicemembers their biggest pay raise in eight years.
- Fighting the Opioid Epidemic
We have delivered a $781 million increase in resources for fighting the opioid epidemic—including grants, treatment and prevention, and support for law enforcement.
- Disaster Relief and Recovery
We have acted quickly to deliver relief and support to our fellow citizens hurting from the natural disasters of the fall—from Americans in Texas, Florida, California to Americans in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Expanding School Choice
We have expanded support for charter school organizations and renewed the groundbreaking DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, to put a better education in the reach of more children.
- Holding Our Adversaries Accountable
We have strengthened sanctions on Iran, Russia, and North Korea to hold them accountable for their destructive and destabilizing actions.
- Real Pro-Life Protections
We have overturned an Obama-era regulation that would have forced states to give Title X funding to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. The House has also passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which restricts abortions on fetuses after the 20-week mark.
Passed by the House
- Repealing and Replacing Obamacare
We have passed the American Health Care Act to repeal and replace Obamacare with a system that covers pre-existing conditions while bringing down costs and expanding choices for families.
- Replacing Dodd-Frank With Main Street Relief
We have passed the Financial CHOICE Act to replace Dodd-Frank and revitalize Main Street by giving relief to the community banks that small businesses rely on every day.
- Enforcing Our Immigration Laws
We have passed Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act to protect law-abiding citizens and strengthen enforcement of our immigration laws.
- Renewing the Children's Health Insurance Program
We have passed the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act to help the 9 million low-income children across our country who depend on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP.)
- Building The Wall
We have approved the funding to build a physical barrier along parts of our southern border.
- Funding The People's Priorities On-Time
For the first time in nearly a decade, the house has passed all 12 government funding bills on time.
- Ending Human Trafficking
We have passed legislation to impose additional penalties on sex traffickers and increase support for victims.
- Combating Gang Violence
We have passed legislation to take on gangs like MS-13 and make membership in a criminal street gang a deportable offense.
- Improving Job Training
We have passed legislation to help out-of-work Americans find new opportunities and the right skills to fill better-paying jobs.
- Making Government Work Better
We have passed the REINS Act to make any major regulation subject to an up-or-down vote of Congress before taking effect. In addition, the House has passed the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act to end settlement slush funds, which bureaucrats use to funnel money to make donations to advocacy groups without congressional approval. And we have passed legislation to make bureaucrats measure success of federal programs based on evidence, and whether they are helping people.
- Reforming Flood Insurance
We have passed the 21st Century Flood Reform Act to improve the nation's flood insurance program to help homeowners and give more peace of mind to families.
- More Health Care Reforms
We have passed additional reforms to improve our health care system, including medical liability reform and restoring competition in the health care industry.
Last updated on 12/22/17.