House Majority Leader Weekly Guidance
The House is entering a three-week run where we will consider many pieces of important legislation. But before we look ahead lets recap what was done in June.
- Went to conference with the Senate on NDAA
- Passed Department of Defense appropriations
- Went to conference with the Senate on Energy & Water/MilCon-VA/Leg Branch appropriations package
- Passed historic legislation to combat the opioid epidemic
- Strengthened the House’s oversight authority
- Passed CFIUS reforms to protect American innovation and IP
And oh by the way, the economy continued to boom with the latest jobs report showing more and more lower-skilled and lower-educated workers reentering the workforce. For all the bluster about “Armageddon,” this charged economy from lower taxes and less regulatory burden is providing a boost to individuals in our communities who need it most.
In the month ahead we will build on this momentum and continue advancing the cause of our constituents. After all, that is what we are here to do. And so far this Congress we have delivered — passing 768 bills out of the House — surpassing the 566 average over the past 25 years.
THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR
The House will vote to reauthorize the intelligence community. In part, this legislation defends against foreign threats to elections, improves retention and recruitment of personnel for critical cyber missions, and improves intelligence community accountability.
We will increase the cost transparency of regulations on communities and businesses. It is a logical concept: when regulations are proposed and promulgated the full extent of their impact should be reported — including the cost (real and opportunity cost) of compliance for communities and the private sector. Through the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act, the Congressional Budget Office will include opportunity costs as part of the “direct costs” of regulations. Here’s more.
If you have watched this space before you know how important water infrastructure is in the western U.S. It sustains world-class agriculture and helps generate significant power for surrounding communities. As our country continues to expand pressure grows on new and existing infrastructure. The Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act will help transfer projects from the feds to local municipalities for better management and physical updates.
During a week with Supreme news, these bills and others we will consider might be easy to overlook. But these reforms will get our government working better for the people — which is the type of work that has to be done. A majority of Americans say frustration best describes their feeling toward the federal government. But accepting the status quo of “how it has been done" drives us further away from having the ability to solve increasingly complex problems for our fellow citizens.
WHAT WE WERE WATCHING DURING THE BREAK
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Identifies Long-Term Disaster Recovery Projects with Additional Short-Term Repairs to be Accomplished with 2018 Supplemental Funding. A sampling of these infrastructure projects:
SOMETHING GOOD – A MIDSUMMER GOLD MEDAL
Next week the sports world will draw its eyes on Nationals Park for Major Leader Baseball’s All Star Game. As the country celebrates the game’s best today, this week Congress will honor one of the best of all time — Larry Doby — with passage of the Larry Doby Congressional Gold Medal Act.
As a center-fielder for the Cleveland Indians, Doby was the second African-American to play in the major league (he was the first to play in the American League) and the second African American to manager in the majors. Doby led the Indians to a World Series victory in 1948 and he was the first African American to hit a home-run in the World Series.
Like Jackie Robinson, Doby experienced the same struggles and discrimination by fans and players of opposing teams. But Doby’s commitment to excellence on the field and integrity off the field inspired his teammates, the city of Cleveland, and a grateful nation.
In addition to his playing career, Doby served the country in WWII in the U.S. Navy. The Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom are the highest civilian awards in the country.