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This week I was sworn in to my seventh term as the representative of North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District. It’s always a privilege to take the oath of office and pledge to “support and defend” the Constitution of the United States.

Serving the people of North Carolina is a profound honor, and I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the 5th District in Congress. In the 115th Congress, I will continue to work with my colleagues to tackle the difficult issues facing this nation and do everything in my power to advance the priorities of North Carolinians. It’s time to build a better future for American families.

My colleagues have also entrusted me with the significant responsibility of leading the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. The committee will continue to work towards fostering the best opportunities for students to learn, workers to succeed and employers to grow. At all times, we will strive in our service to hold government institutions to the highest standards of accountability and transparency, with a constant eye towards eliminating waste and inefficiency. Our creative, ambitious pursuit of good policy will be guided by the Constitution with solutions centered on securing and protecting access to high quality education and safe and productive workplaces for all Americans.

Standing with Israel

Last month the U.N. Security Council passed a disturbing, one-sided resolution that hurts our ally Israel and weakens prospects for peace in the region. The Obama administration abandoned longstanding U.S. policy by refusing to veto it. On Thursday the House passed H. Res. 11 and rejected this dangerous anti-Israel resolution.

It’s clear from the facts that this single-minded attack is just the latest salvo in the U.N.’s never ending anti-Israel agenda, and we must stand up for our friend and ally. As a founding member of the U.N. and a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, the United States has a duty to insist on a higher standard.

Relief from Midnight Rules

Presidential administrations frequently rush into place high-cost or politically-driven regulations, which are known as “midnight rules,” during their last days and months in office. The rush to produce these rules undercuts time for sound analysis, public transparency and responsiveness to public comments suggesting better ways to regulate — or showing that no regulation is needed at all.

This week the House passed H.R. 21, the Midnight Rules Relief Act, which allows Congress to overturn midnight regulations quickly before they can have a negative impact on the American economy. It amends the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to allow CRA resolutions that disapprove of multiple midnight rules to be passed by the new Congress. This rapid response mechanism establishes a strong incentive for presidential administrations to avoid issuing problematic midnight rules in the first place.

Improving the Balance of Power

Since 2009, the estimated cumulative costs of regulations have reached almost $2 trillion, and the officials who impose these burdens on American families and small business owners are unelected bureaucrats.

On Thursday the House passed H.R. 26, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017, which requires agencies to submit regulations costing more than $100 million in economic effect to Congress for approval. This legislation adds a safeguard – through Americans’ elected representatives – against federal bureaucrats imposing the heaviest burdens on America’s economy.

Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act (UMITA)

This week I introduced bipartisan legislation to shed light on how federal policies impact the budgets of state and local governments and private sector employers. H.R. 50, the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act, would fix loopholes within the bipartisan regulatory reform act known as UMRA.

Every year Washington imposes thousands of rules on local governments and small businesses. Hidden in those rules are costly mandates that stretch state and city budgets and make it harder for businesses to hire. This legislation will help restore transparency and hold Washington bureaucrats accountable for the true cost — in dollars and in jobs — that federal dictates pose to the economy. Americans are better served when regulators are required to measure and consider the costs of the rules they create. UMITA is an important – and achievable – first step toward a more accountable and transparent regulatory process.

What’s Coming Up

Next week the House will continue its work on reforming the federal government’s regulatory process, including the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017. This legislation will provide greater flexibility to small businesses and more transparency from federal agencies. Other bills considered will subject specific federal commissions to greater demands of transparency, accountability and certainty for the American public.

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