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For the last few years, I’ve heard from many constituents struggling to get by as they suffer the consequences of President Obama’s fatally-flawed government takeover of health care. In North Carolina, the average Obamacare premium has increased by a staggering 40 percent. Deductibles have skyrocketed too. And despite being promised, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” millions of Americans have been kicked off their plans.

The status quo is not sustainable. Republicans are on a rescue mission to provide relief to the American people from this fatally-flawed health care law. It’s time to advance patient-centered reforms that lower costs, provide more choices and put working families — not government bureaucrats — in control of their health care.

This week Congress took the next step in the process of providing the American people a better way on health care. The budget resolution for fiscal year 2017, which passed the House and the Senate, promises relief from Obamacare and provides the tools necessary to repeal this failed law, including reconciliation instructions to the relevant committees so that repeal legislation can move through a fast-track process and can pass with only a simple majority in the Senate, as in the House.

Providing Regulatory Relief

Having owned a small business, I know from personal experience that overly burdensome rules handed down from federal bureaucrats can wreak havoc. Washington’s endless excess of regulations means higher prices, lower wages, fewer jobs and a less competitive America.

House Republicans are committed to reform and scaling back this federal overreach. We believe it is possible to alleviate the regulatory burden on small businesses and other job creators while balancing public safety and consumer interests.

This week the House passed H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act, which addresses these onerous regulations and their negative economic impact. It requires agencies to choose the lowest-cost rulemaking alternative that meets statutory objectives as well as halts the implementation of high-cost regulations until the courts and Congress have a say in the process.

This legislation also provides a greater opportunity for public input and the vetting of critical information and alternatives, especially for major rules, and requires agencies to account for the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of new regulations on small businesses—and find flexible ways to reduce them.

Additionally the House approved H.R. 78, the SEC Regulatory Accountability Act, which requires the Securities and Exchange Commission to calculate, among other criteria, the costs and benefits of its rules and regulations. It also passed H.R. 79, the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act, which makes it easier for startups to connect with investors and showcase innovative ideas.

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

On Monday we celebrated Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, which acknowledges the contributions that men and women in uniform make on a daily basis to keep our communities safe and secure. It was heartening to see the display of support for these individuals throughout the House office buildings on Monday. As the sun went down, you could see blue lights in windows across the Capitol complex honoring these brave men and woman.

The dedicated individuals who serve in law enforcement help to preserve the way of life we hold so dear. They walk the neighborhood beats, patrol our streets and willingly do dangerous work to protect our families and communities. It is one of the most honorable activities anyone can engage in, and I thanked them on the House floor for the selflessness and bravery they demonstrate as officers of the law.

What’s Coming Up

On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence will be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States of America at the 58th Presidential Inauguration.

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