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The First 100 Days

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Washington, May 2, 2017 | comments
The First 100 Days

If you are trying to find a year when we have had a more productive first 100 days in the House of Representatives, you have to go back to 1949. No other Congress has gotten more bills signed into law. We have taken steps to remove burdensome regulations, promote economic growth and job creation, help our nation’s veterans, and protect life. And we are continuing our work to bring real reforms to the tax code, overhaul a broken health care system, and strengthen our borders.

In the first 100 days working with the Trump Administration, the House of Representatives has passed 214 legislative measures. Of those, 29 have and been signed into law, many aimed at reversing or removing the burdensome regulations that flowed from the regulatory ambush of the last eight years.

Using the Congressional Review Act, a tool Congress has to check uncontrolled executive branch spending and regulation, we reversed the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) “Stream Buffer Rule.” This resolution, which I was glad to be an original co-sponsor of, protects tens of thousands of mining jobs and keeps the DOI from placing up to 64 percent of our coal reserves off limits. We also passed a CRA resolution to empower states to stop funding big abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood. This resolution, which I was also pleased to be an original co-sponsor of, overturned an Obama-era rule that forced states to send hard-earned taxpayer dollars to organizations which do not share the values of their residents.

From returning control of education to state and local leaders to protecting Second Amendment rights to curbing federal control over large swaths of land, Congress has worked to advance the people’s priorities and remove big government from their lives. These efforts are estimated to save families and small businesses over $67 billion dollars in regulatory costs and more than 56 million hours of regulatory paperwork and compliance!

In the House, we have passed a host of other measures and are working with our counterparts in the Senate to get those to the President’s desk as quickly as possible. Last month we passed the VA Accountability Act, a bill to force the removal of bad actors, giving our veterans the leadership they deserve at VA medical centers. We have passed bills to encourage STEM careers and education for women, roll back financial regulations that stifle investment by our community banks, let our small business contractors compete fairly for government contracts, and much more.

We have also made great progress in our work to repeal and replace the failing Obamacare law, bring much-needed reforms to a bloated and overly-complicated tax code, and keep American families safe and secure at home by strengthening our borders. We are close to the finish line on some issues and further on others; but I look forward to passing our conservative, pro-growth solutions in the coming weeks and months.

Additionally, two of my pieces of legislation that impact Tennesseans were passed. The House passed legislation to honor the beloved Senator, Fred Thompson by naming the new Federal courthouse in Nashville in his memory. The historical legacy of the Shiloh National Military Park has also been preserved by expanding the park boundaries to include the Fallen Timbers, Russell House, and Davis Bridge Battlefields. It also brings the Parker’s Crossroad Battlefield into the National Park System. Under this bill, more than 2,100 additional acres of land historical sites will be protected.

Despite partisan rhetoric to the contrary, House Republicans have been hard at work to turn the people’s priorities into realities. My conservative colleagues and I realized that we have an obligation to our constituents to address the issues that affect them each and every day. We will not stop working to keep our promises to the American people.
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