this week in washington...

I voted for legislation to make Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac more transparent.

The Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act of 2017 passed the House on Thursday.

  • Following the financial crisis, taxpayers bailed out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the tune of $187.5 billion.
  • The accessibility and transparency of Fannie and Freddie’s records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) are extremely important.
  • This legislation applies FOIA to Fannie and Freddie, allowing the American public the right to know what these entities are doing with taxpayer dollars.
Republican Policy Committee Chair Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) held the first hearing of the recently launched Task Force for the American Worker on Tuesday.
I was able to participate in this hearing and heard from a great panel of witnesses who focused on identifying the many challenges that face American workers today. I look forward to future hearings of the Task Force. To learn more please click here.

As a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, I voted to advance legislation to change the outdated Fair Labor Standards Act.

On Wednesday, the Committee sent the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 to the full House of Representatives.  This legislation modernizes the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to better meet the needs of the 21st century workforce. It allows employers to offer employees a choice between cash wages and comp time for overtime hours worked. I believe this important legislation will give working families much-needed flexibility.

Representatives from the Georgia Farm Bureau stopped by my office to present me with the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award. Thank you!

Congratulations to our new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue! You can keep up with his work on Twitter @SecretarySonny.

Save the Date: This Saturday April 29th marks President Trump’s 100th Day in Office!

ICYMI: President Trump signed more executive orders this week dealing with agriculture and education initiatives.
I applaud his action on these important issues! Please see my statements below:

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Rick Allen
Member of Congress
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