The things we stand up for
June 24, 2016 | Mike Ricci
A lot happened this week. Think about it...
- On Monday, at the urging of Speaker Ryan and others, the FBI reversed course and released the full, unredacted transcript of the Orlando shooter’s 911 call. Because we need to be clear-eyed about who did this, and why.
- On Tuesday, in a rejection of executive overreach, a federal judge ruled that the government can't regulate hydraulic fracturing. Speaker Ryan said that the ruling “protects the energy revolution from the heavy hand of big government.” Of course, there's a better way to grow our economy.
- On Wednesday, Republicans released a comprehensive plan to replace Obamacare with a step-by-step approach to give every American access to quality, affordable care. It's the fifth plank of A Better Way, a bold agenda to tackle some of our country's biggest challenges.
- On Thursday morning, the House overcame a publicity stunt to pass a House-Senate plan to address the Zika crisis. It includes funding at the level of the Senate bill with a mix of responsible offsets. Given the urgency, we hope Senate Democrats will rise above politics to help us get this done.
- Also on Thursday, a Supreme Court ruling blocked the president's executive amnesty. This followed an unprecedented move by the House to file an amicus brief setting forth why only Congress—not the president—can write laws. This is a big win for the Constitution and the separation of powers.
- And on Friday, Republicans unveiled the sixth and final plank of A Better Way. It’s a pro-growth blueprint for a simpler, fairer tax code. How simple? Well, most Americans would be able to do their taxes on a form as simple as a postcard. And our plan busts up the IRS so that its focus is on serving taxpayers first and always.
And this is the Speaker signing the Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act. The VA found that, from 2000 to 2010, the suicide rate for women veterans increased by 40 percent. This bill would improve our ability to get women veterans the help they need.