You know what’s refreshing? That for the first time in eight years, the executive branch and the legislative branch are united in rolling back harmful agency rules and regulations that have stifled growth and cost Americans billions of dollars, not to mention wasted countless hours of their time.
This week, the House continued on our quest to relieve Americans from outlandish rules issued under the Obama Administration and restore the integrity of the legislative process (which was constitutionally granted to Congress, a fact often forgotten by our previous president).
Using the Congressional Review Act, which grants Congress the authority to overturn harmful agency actions, we passed the following measures:
H.J. Res. 44: disapproves of a rule submitted by the Department of Interior relating to the Bureau of Land Management’s 2.0 rule which undermines state and local government authority over land management and would give more power to DC bureaucrats and radical environment groups.
H.J. Res. 58: disapproves of a rule issued by the Department of Education that would significantly expand federal government involvement in teacher preparation.
H.J. Res. 57: disapproves of a rule that would expand the federal government’s overreach and constrain the states’ roles in accountability standards of the Every Student Succeeds Act (legislation that is now law, which reduces the role of the Secretary of Education and restores authority back to states and local school districts, those who know the needs of our schoolchildren best).
As a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee and someone who worked personally on the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, I was outraged over the rule issued by President Obama’s Department of Education to expand its authority—a role Congress did not allow for in the law. The Every Student Succeeds Act was written to stop federal micromanagement of our schools—I voted to ensure that Congress' original intent happens.
I took the House floor to commend the passage of H.J. Res 57 and remind all those listening that for the final time, Washington federal bureaucrats do not belong in the classroom. Click the link below to listen to my speech.
Click HERE to watch Rep. Rick Allen's speech.
In other good news, early Friday morning, the Senate voted to confirm Georgia's own, Dr. Tom Price who represented Georgia's Sixth District, as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. From his time serving Georgians in the State Senate and House of Representatives to his medical practice days as a surgeon and later Medical Director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, who better to lead the charge in bringing Obamacare relief to Americans than Dr. Price? Now that his confirmation is final, we need to get the ball rolling to deliver cost-effective and patient-centered healthcare solutions. I am confident Dr. Price can get the job done! Read more HERE.
Last week I hosted the first Telephone Town Hall of 2017. On the call, I asked listeners a series of poll questions. I wanted to share the results with you.
For those of you not on the call, I want to encourage you to take my survey and let me know which issues facing our nation are most important to you. Click HERE to complete the survey. Feedback from home is the best kind and I look forward to hearing your thoughts, concerns, questions and input. Also, click HERE to sign up for future telephone town halls.
ICYMI: This week, the Republican Study Committee had a special visitor—Vice President Mike Pence! The Vice President came to deliver an update and lead us in prayer. It was great having him back on his old stomping grounds.
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|#GA12, mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:
- Community Office Hours begin March 1, 2017. These office hours allow you to receive assistance with federal agencies in your neck of the woods. Click HERE to find when my office will be in your neighborhood.
- I am hosting a Free File Briefing on Friday, February 24, 2017, at 10:00 am at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Library. I’ll be joining community leaders to highlight the federal and Georgia Free File programs that provide free state income tax preparation and e-filing services to lower and moderate income taxpayers. Come join us to learn more!
As always, if there is anything on your mind, I encourage you to share it with me. Your feedback is always appreciated. You can email me ⇒ HERE, contact any of our offices and leave a message or chat with a staff member or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. I hope you have a great week.
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