Can you believe that 2022 is almost on our doorstep? As we enter the new year, we pause and reflect upon the strides we have made. From pushing back against wasteful government spending to defending parents who are fighting for their children’s education, this year has certainly been a busy one. However, the hard work and long hours will never deter me from serving you. As we look back on this year, I want to share with you a few top-of-mind accomplishments:
The Parents Bill of Rights
Across this great country, there has been a push by the far left to silence parents who are fighting to improve their child’s education. From powerful teachers’ unions to the Justice Department, there has been staunch opposition to the rights of parents to have a say in their child’s education. We will not stand for this kind of intimidation and we will not tolerate the left’s attempt to push parents out of the decision-making process when it comes to their child’s education.
That’s why I joined my colleagues House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Rep. Julia Letlow (R-LA), Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT), and Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN) in rolling out the Parents Bill of Rights. We cannot let our fundamental rights be stripped from us, especially the right to raise our children.
To learn more about the Parents Bill of Rights, click here.
The Spending Safeguard Act
Mandatory spending programs are the overflowing sinks that have bedeviled Congress for far too long. Two-thirds of all federal spending is allocated to these programs – with opportunities to curb exceeded cost estimates being few and far between. By tightening Congress’ budgetary belt, opportunities to curb wasteful spending will come to fruition and taxpayer dollars will remain protected.
That’s precisely why I introduced the Spending Safeguard Act, legislation that restores congressional control over mandatory spending increases by establishing program-specific caps for new or reauthorized programs. It’s time for Congress’ rose-colored spending glasses to be removed so that a clear-eyed view of commonsense budgetary reforms can flourish. Hardworking taxpayers demand it, and Congress must act.
To read the text of the Spending Safeguard Act, click here.
The War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act
In September, the House passed my bill, the War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act, by an overwhelming majority. My bill would help bring perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide across the world to justice. Current law allows the United States Government to use the War Crimes Rewards Program (WCRP) to bay bounties for information that helps arrest or convict these bad actors. My bill clarifies that the WCRP rewards can also be used for prosecutions under domestic law – including U.S. law or the laws of other national jurisdictions – and not just prosecutions in international tribunals. Perpetrators of these heinous acts include ISIS, the rogue actors in the Rwandan and Darfur genocides, and certain authorities in China, and they should feel the weight of the law crushing down on them and know that we will not rest until they are brought to justice.
To read the text of the War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act, click here.
The RISE Act
In November, the Education and Labor Committee voted to advance the Retirement Improvement and Savings Enhancement (RISE) Act, a bipartisan bill to help more workers save and prepare for retirement. The RISE Act is a targeted, balanced, and bipartisan bill that will improve our retirement system and make the future of retirees more secure. This legislation will expand access to multiple employer plans, decrease the administrative cost of managing retirement accounts for small businesses, and reduce the costs of regulatory burdens on job creators, among other constructive provisions. This bipartisan effort is a continuation of the Education and Labor Committee’s effort to modernize retirement policy to the benefit of workers and job creators
To learn more about the bipartisan RISE Act, click here.
The Postal Service Reform Act
In May, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act, a bill that would help place the Postal Service on a more sustainable financial footing. I joined Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) and Gerald Connolly (D-VA) in introducing this important bill. Over the past decade, the Postal Service’s financial standing has been deteriorating due to multiple factors.
The provisions included in the Postal Service Reform Act are critical to helping the Postal Service remain financially viable. The provisions include pricing transparency mechanisms, service performance reporting, reporting on Postal Service operations and finances, the requirement that the Postal Service operate six days per week using an integrated network, and other matters.
To read the text of the Postal Service Reform Act, click here.
There’s much more work to be done in 2022 to defend the Constitution, protect our freedoms, and fight back against the socialist policies that are bankrupting this great country. I’m proud to fight for you in Washington, and for the time-tested conservative values that we both share. No matter what may come our way, you can rest assured that I refuse to back down and sit on the sidelines.
Have a blessed weekend,