This week, House Democrats persisted in their mission to impeach President Trump without answering several very important questions about their reasoning or their partisan process. Declaring an impeachment inquiry by fiat without a House vote to define the inquiry and establish parameters of investigations is an unprecedented stunt that puts party over country and betrays our Constitutional duty. In the meantime, we’re losing opportunities to debate legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs, bring relief to our farmers with the USMCA, reform our broken immigration system and secure our borders.
Unfortunately, legislation the House majority did pass this week would create new burdens for American businesses that consumers, workers, and job creators aren’t asking for. H.R. 3624, the Outsourcing Accountability Act, requires corporations to reveal how many employees they have in the United States and working in other countries. However, it doesn’t account for the fact that individuals who work abroad for a U.S. based corporation could be hired in America and sent overseas, provide expertise not available in the U.S., or allow corporations to provide cheaper products to America. The information sought in the bill would, at best, tell an incomplete story, and at worst could be deeply misleading which hurts investment and the strength of our economy.
Additionally, the House passed H.R. 1815, the SEC Disclosure Effectiveness Testing Act. This bill is a blatant attempt to block President Trump’s regulatory reform efforts. Under the current administration, the Security Exchange Commission (SEC) reduced federal bureaucratic red tape by passing Regulation Best Interest and Form CRS rules. These rules streamlined Obama era regulations on financial advisors and financial disclosure statements for investors. If passed into law, this bill would increase federal collection of data, stifle new investment and increase burdensome regulations.
|Combatting Veteran Homelessness
H.R. 95, the Homeless Veteran Families Act, which passed the House this week, would provide desperately needed reforms to the grant programs that assist veterans who are homeless. The Veterans Affairs Department's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program provides funding to community housing agencies that provide services to homeless veterans. However, the program does not reimburse these providers for the costs of services for any minor children of homeless veterans. H.R. 95 would newly authorize the VA program to reimburse housing providers for 50% of the daily costs of housing each minor dependent of a homeless veteran. Veterans and their families deserve nothing less than the best support services to ensure a smooth transition from military to civilian life, and a sustainable living situation for veteran families is critical to achieving this goal.
Farmers Market in Elkin
Mt. Airy Autumn Leaves Festival
Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Thrift Shop in Elkin
Olde Beau Fall Bazaar
Alleghany Rescue Squad 50th Anniversary
Farm Week Luncheon at Still Waters Farm in Winston-Salem
Walnut Cove Fifth Graders in the Capitol