“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 continues to take 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 delivering on our agenda for the country.
Signed by President Trump
- Landmark Veterans Reforms
We have delivered the biggest reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs since the national scandals that broke out in 2013. This legislation will boost accountability, improve services, and lead to better 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.
- Rebuild 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, Congress is sending to the president's desk a national defense bill to provide the Army, Navy, and Air Force with thousands of additional personnel, and provide our servicemembers with their biggest pay raise in eight years.
- Fight 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.
- Hurricane 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.
- Expand 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.
- Hold 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
- Tax Reform for Middle-Class Families
We have passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to deliver more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks for middle-class famiilies. This is the first overhaul of our broken tax code in more than 31 years.
- Repeal and Replace 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.
- Replace 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.
- Enforce 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.
- Build The Wall
We have approved the funding to build a physical barrier along parts of our southern border.
- Fund 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.
- End Human Trafficking
We have passed legislation to impose additional penalties on sex traffickers and increase support for victims.
- Combat Gang Violence
We have passed legislation to take on gangs like MS-13 and make membership in a criminal street gang a deportable offense.
- Improve Job Training
We have passed legislation to help out-of-work Americans find new opportunities and the right skills to fill better-paying jobs.
- Make 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.
- Reform 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.
- Extend Funding for Children's Health Insurance
We have passed the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act to help the 8 million low-income children across our country who depend on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP.)