Washington Weekly Review

December 2, 2016

House Majority Leader McCarthy on the Air: Congress will Target Executive Overreach, Tax Code, and Obamacare

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on two morning shows and to the Washington Post on the House’s plans to rein in the executive branch, grow our economy, and repeal and replace Obamacare next year.
 
On plans to rein in the bureaucracy in the first 100 Days: 
 
“The first thing we have to do in the first month is reset the structure where you have three co-equal branches. We watched an Administration that expanded the executive branch where they’ve had more than 500 new regulations just in the first six years. So rein that back in—Article 1, right, the REINS Act—bring that power back”... (READ MORE)
 
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WASHINGTON—The House Republican Steering Committee has approved the following recommendations for committee chairs in the 115th Congress.

Agriculture: Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX)
Appropriations: Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)
Armed Services: Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX)
Budget: Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)
Education and the Workforce: Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
Energy and Commerce: Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)
Financial Services: Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
Foreign Affairs: Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)
Homeland Security: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Judiciary: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)... (READ MORE
 
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President-elect Trump’s intention to nominate Dr. Tom Price (R-GA), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, for Secretary of Health and Human Services:

“Dr. Tom Price will bring practical knowledge as a doctor and a legislator to an agency that needs it now more than ever. This will be especially important as Republicans once again deliver on our promise to repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered reforms. Obamacare has failed the American people who have been let down by years of broken promises. Americans deserve better and Dr. Price is the right person to lead the charge”... (READ MORE)
 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) was at the Brookings Institution delivering an update on the progress the House Budget Committee has made in its ongoing effort to reform the Congressional budget process. Accompanying his speech, Chairman Price and the House Budget Committee are releasing a discussion draft of budget process reforms that reflects the nearly two years of work by the Committee and its members on this initiative which has included nine hearings with testimony from over thirty witnesses... (READ MORE)
 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a Majority staff report titled, Restoring the Power of the Purse: Shining Light on Federal Agencies Billion Dollar Fines Collections. The report surveyed 34 agencies and found they collected over $83 billion in fines and penalties between 2010 and 2015, which were used to fund operations and unappropriated programs. 

Key Findings:

Treasury: Treasury failed to provide a complete response to the Committee. However based on an incomplete response, which did not include the fines and penalties collected by the IRS, Treasury collected through the Office of the Comptroller of Currency and the Office of Foreign Assets Control at least $2.83 billion. Given Treasury's mission and operation of the General Fund, where under law all agencies collections go unless specifically directed elsewhere, their lack of transparency and failure to response is problematic... (READ MORE)

 

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