Good news tends to travel slow, especially when it is coming out of Washington. But in this new video, we’ve looked back at things you may not have heard about this year. And—more good news—it’ll take less than two minutes of your time.
Here is how some of the work of the 114th Congress is already making a difference in people's lives.
- Thanks to the Clay Hunt SAV Act, there are now more outreach services available for veterans at risk of suicide.
- After an overhaul of our education system, states are now taking the lead on plans to improve schools and close achievement gaps.
- Following an end to the 40-year ban on exporting crude oil, “record U.S. shipments are heading overseas.”
- A historic bill of rights for the survivors of sexual assault is now law. Amanda Nguyen, a 24-year old rape survivor who advocated for the bill, says, “This [bill] becoming law means so much, not just for the 25 million estimated rape survivors across America, but to me personally.”
- 9/11 first responders are signing up for health benefits after the Zadroga Act was extended. The wife of a former FDNY first responder says, “It’s a life-changer for me and our three children.”
- A new law to help fight the opioid epidemic and support recovery is taking effect. A father who lost his son to an overdose says, “I believe that will save lives, and it’s critically important to me as a parent, because my son faced a number of obstacles in gaining access to good treatment.”
- Patients across the country are celebrating a new law that will accelerate cures for rare and chronic illnesses. A paralegal in Denver suffering from lupus says, “This is exactly what we need to move forwards. My dream is that we’re the last generation who has to deal with this.”
- Experts are calling it “a new day for mental health” after the recent passage of reforms that will put the focus on early intervention and treatment.
- And, just in time for the holidays, the president signed a new defense law “giving troops their largest pay raise since 2010.”
Of course, there is much more to do to get our country back on the right track. In 2017, a unified Republican government will press ahead on a bold agenda to deliver results and relief for the American people.