Speaker Ryan Enrolls Three Bills to Support Veterans, Help the Terminally Ill, and Ease Financial Regulations

John Boehner

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today signed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act, and the VA MISSION Act, sending them to the president’s desk. Below are the remarks he delivered at the enrollment ceremony:

“Hello everybody. We are here to send three significant pieces of legislation to the president’s desk. This is legislation that will make a real difference to improve people’s lives.

“It’s incredible what this Congress has achieved just this week.

“First up is the financial reform bill.

“This is going to help community banks that have been hurting for years under overregulation.

“It will create a better environment for Main Street to thrive. It will open up more opportunities for families and small businesses. It will make the economy stronger.

“I want to thank Chairman Jeb Hensarling and the members of the Financial Services Committee for their work on this legislation.

“Then is the right-to-try bill.

“Because of this law, terminally ill patients will be able to get access to experimental treatments and therapies to have a chance for a longer life.

“This gives families—those who have been really hurting—this gives them something that they have not been able to get: more time and more hope.

“I want to thank Chairman Walden and the Energy and Commerce Committee—I want to thank Ron Johnson, from Wisconsin—for their tireless efforts that have made this day possible.

“And then third, we have the VA MISSION Act.

“Memorial Day reminds us of our moral obligation to do right by our nation’s heroes. This bill will give veterans better access to the care that they need and the care that they deserve.

“It is another critical step in the work, led by Chairman Roe and the members of his committee, and Chairman Isakson, to put the VA back on track.

“All of these are promises that we have kept. And there is more to come.

“Today, the House will act on legislation to continue rebuilding our military, and give our servicemembers another well-deserved pay raise.

“And in the coming weeks, we will be acting to combat the opioid epidemic that is ravaging our communities.

“But today, these three bills are set to become law.

“Today, months—in some cases years—of hard work has come to a successful conclusion.

“Today, we turn good ideas into real results to help improve people’s lives.

“I am just so proud of that.

“Before we sign these bills, I’d like to ask our committee chairs to say a few words about these very important pieces of legislation.”

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