House Majority Leader McCarthy: Weekly Guidance
Welcome to 2018! The playoff drought is officially over for my beloved Buffalo Bills. After 17 years, they made it past the regular season to promptly lose to the Jaguars. It’s okay, only 35 days until pitchers and catchers report.
LEADER McCATHY ON “SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES”
Yesterday Majority Leader McCarthy joined Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” to talk about this weekend’s meeting at Camp David and the 2018 legislative agenda.
GREAT NEWS – TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT
Over 40 companies have given their employees bonuses of up to $2,000 because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Currently, over one million Americans have received at least $935 million in bonuses and companies have invested $1.5 billion. Every day those numbers continue to rise.
Late last week, Alaska Airlines announced bonuses of $1,000 each for its 22,000 workers after Congress approved the tax cut package.
And on Friday, Baltimore Gas and Electric announced they are passing along $82 million in savings from the tax cut bill to their customers by lowering rates.
FIGHTING AGAINST TERRORISM
America continues to face serious threats at home and abroad. This week, we will vote on reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and 11 suspension bills to help improve homeland security.
Since first being enacted in 2008, Section 702 has become a critical component of America’s intelligence community, especially the NSA. This six year reauthorization will allow for the continued surveillance of foreigners abroad that are believed to be a threat to national security.
In early 2017, the House Homeland Security Committee launched a Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry to the United States. Some of this week’s bills are the direct result of recommendations provided in the final report. In an effort to coordinate with our allies around the globe against terror, the House will vote on the DHS Interagency Counterterrorism Task Force Act of 2017 (H.R. 4555). This measure allows DHS personnel to participate in overseas interagency counterterrorism task forces to better help with information sharing and combat the threat of terrorism.
In October, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee’s Transportation Security Subcommittee John Katko led a congressional delegation to the Middle East and Europe to examine airport security overseas. We will vote on a series of transportation security bills drawn from the findings from meetings and briefings on that trip.
The Global Aviation System Security Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 4559) strengthens ongoing efforts by the Department of Homeland Security to raise the global standard on aviation security with a global aviation security task force. This bill will direct the TSA to work toward unifying international security standards while building supporting security strengthening efforts among foreign partners.
SUPPORTING PEACEFUL IRANIAN PROTESTS
On Tuesday, the House will vote on H. Res. 676 to stand with the rights of the people of Iran to peacefully protest and condemn the Iranian regime for its crackdown on legitimate protests.
Committee activity for the week of January 8 can be found here.