17 Reasons The New Congress Is Off to a Good Start

John Boehner

The day after the election, Speaker Boehner and Leader McConnell pledged that the new Congress would focus on the people’s priorities.  Six weeks in, take a look at how we’re doing so far:

1. A new law that will help veterans get access to the mental health care resources they need.  (H.R. 203)

2. House and Senate approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would support at least 42,000 American jobs. (S. 1)

3. Protecting middle-class families from a White House scheme to tax 529 college savings plans.

4. A plan to fund the Department of Homeland Security and stop the president’s unilateral immigration actions – actions he said at least 22 times that he did not have the authority to take.  (H.R. 240)

5. A series of bipartisan bills to help protect vulnerable children and combat the horrific crime of sex trafficking.  (H.R. 159, H.R. 181, H.R. 246, H.R. 285, H.R. 350, H.R. 357, H.R. 398, H.R. 460, H.R. 468, H.R. 469, H.R. 514, H.R. 515)


Meanwhile, whether it’s a budget that never balances or a ‘middle-class economics’ plan that doesn’t help the middle class, the president’s approach is out of touch and out of style.  To build an opportunity economy from the ground up, the House has already passed jobs bills that would:

6. Make it easier for small businesses to hire more of our veterans. (H.R. 22)

7. Restore the 40-hour workweek so we can get people working full-time again.  (H.R. 30)

8. Extend and make permanent the tax relief that small businesses count on, which would help create nearly 200,000 jobs. (H.R. 636)

9. Expedite the approval of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, which would help create roughly 45,000 jobs. (H.R. 351)

10. Make the feds account for the effect their regulations will have on small businesses, because it shouldn’t be easier to start a business in Belarus. (H.R. 527)

11. Give employers more of a say before new regulations go into effect. (H.R. 50)

12. Repeal ObamaCare so we can replace it with patient-centered reforms that lower costs and protect jobs. (H.R. 596)

13. Flip the script on Washington bureaucrats so they have to regulate with maximum transparency and the lowest possible cost. (H.R. 185)

14. Eliminate bureaucratic delays so we can construct more pipelines and expand America’s energy infrastructure. (H.R. 161)

Every child in America deserves access to a decent education #SchoolChoice is an answer to help make that happen.

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Jan 31, 2015 at 6:19am PST

In addition to that, the House has voted to:

15. Make it easier to fight hunger and give back to the community. (H.R. 644)

16. Recognize the will of the people and ban taxpayer funding of abortion. (H.R. 7)

17. Award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Foot Soldiers who participated in Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday, or the final Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March in 1965. (H.R. 431)

We’re just getting started.  Next week, the House will take up bills to help every student get a good education and expand college savings.  And with House committees having already held more than 75 hearings, more solutions to help middle-class families and advance the people’s priorities are on the way.  (Hopefully more GIFs are too.  We’ll see.)

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