Finally Sending the President an Obamacare Repeal Bill
On Wednesday, the House passed the Senate amendment to H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, by a vote of 240-181. Unlike the initial budget resolution that passed the House, this bill took great strides to put America on solid ground. Not only did we dismantle the President’s disastrous healthcare law, but we were also successful in defunding Planned Parenthood, an organization caught up in a scandal where they apparently harvested body parts from aborted children and sold them for medical research. Showing that funding for women’s healthcare is paramount, this bill also increased funding to community health centers to provide women access to the healthcare they need. Congress is empowered through the reconciliation process to actually do our jobs without threat of the Senate minority filibustering the will of the people. I was embarrassed that the House didn’t take as bold a stance as it should have in our first budget resolution, but this time we got it right. I was proud to vote in favor of this bill.
On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 712, the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2015, by a vote of 244-17. This bill increases accountability and transparency in the federal regulatory process by expanding scrutiny of sue-and-settle rulemaking cases (a favorite tactic of leftist-extremist groups to draft rules and force them on the American people without their input), increasing reporting requirements for planned rulemaking, and providing simplified summaries of proposed rules.
Also on Thursday, the House passed H.R. 1155, the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act of 2015, by a vote of 245-174. This bill would establish a Retrospective Regulatory Review Commission to review existing federal regulations and recommend to Congress those regulations that should be repealed to reduce unnecessary regulatory costs and burdens. Additionally, H.R. 1155 establishes regulatory cut-as-you-go program, which requires agencies to repeal an already existing rule of equal or greater economic value to the U.S. economy when implementing a new rule.
On Friday, the House passed H.R. 1927, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2015, by a vote of 211-188. This legislation prohibits a federal court from certifying any proposed class seeking for personal injury or economic loss unless the party seeking the class action shows that each proposed member has suffered the same type and scope of injury as the named representative.