My Legislative Progress Report for 115th Congress, 2017 & 2018

As Collin County’s Congressional Representative in Washington, D.C., one of the duties and privileges I have is to introduce legislation on behalf of the constituents I represent.  To learn more about the bills I introduced so far during the 115th Congress (2017 & 2018) and to see the success of each bill, you can click on the bullets below.

 

Total Introduced: 6

 

BILLS SIGNED INTO LAW (1):


1)      Social Security Beneficiary 2nd Amendment Rights Protection Act (H.J.Res. 40)


As a Constitutional conservative, I am a proud defender of YOUR 2nd Amendment rights.  Former President Obama, on the other hand, made gun control a priority of his.  He repeatedly tried to impose his radical gun control agenda on law-abiding Americans.  Thankfully, the American people and House Republicans were able to STOP him.   But because he failed in Congress, the former president sought to deny millions of folks their right to bear arms by going through Social Security.   In the final hours of his presidency, Obama finalized a Social Security Administration rule.  His rule would mean certain Social Security beneficiaries who also happen to have someone they know and trust handle their Social Security checks for them would be prevented from buying a gun.  This is WRONG!  Old age or a disability does NOT make someone a threat to society.  All law-abiding citizens should have the right to own a firearm. Period. That’s why I blasted the President’s actions on the House Floor, and on January 30th I introduced a resolution that would stop former President Obama’s gun grab.  I am pleased that on February 2nd, 2017, the House passed my resolution by a bipartisan vote of 235-180. 


LEGISLATION INTRODUCED (5):


1)      
To extend the waiver of limitations with respect to excluding from gross income amounts received by wrongfully incarcerated individuals. (H.R. 885) 

In December of 2015, my Wrongful Convictions Tax Relief Act (H.R. 3086) was signed into law as part of the PATH Act.  This bill gave exonerees a one-year deadline to apply for retroactive tax relief.  However, despite our urging, the IRS took six months to release its guidance.  This negligent delay effectively cut in half the one-year deadline for folks to apply.  To right this wrong, H.R. 885 would temporarily extend the deadline for these innocent folks to apply for tax relief on their restitution. 


2)      Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act (H.R. 958)

As a fiscal conservative, I believe Washington should be respectful of taxpayers’ dollars and live within its means.  That’s why, to save American taxpayers’ dollars, I introduced the Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act.  This bill would terminate or eliminate federal funding for 13 wasteful Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs, would close all EPA field offices, and require the EPA to lease or sell all underutilized properties.  American taxpayers certainly don’t need to be paying for the EPA’s empty and unused buildings and its wasteful programs. This bill would save taxpayers more than $7.5 BILLION and is supported by the conservative Heritage Foundation.



3)         Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101) 

Due to Obamacare, fewer and fewer American small businesses are offering health care coverage, and that’s a problem for American families.  Now, everyone knows that large employers are able to provide more affordable health benefits for their employees. That’s because they have strength in numbers and don’t have to adhere to costly rules and regulations that small businesses do. But this isn’t right. Small mom and pop businesses on Main Street shouldn’t be treated like second class citizens when it comes to being able to offer health insurance. Bottom-line: if it’s good enough for Wall Street, it’s good enough for Main Street. This bill would allow small businesses to band together for that same strength in numbers and free them from unfair regulations. It is one good step toward fixing our broken health care system. Americans want, need, and deserve quality, affordable health care — and you can rest assured this remains one of my top priorities.



4)      Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act (H.R. 1156)  


I’m sure all Americans can agree that everyone deserves access to quality, affordable health care.  And I’m sure we also agree that competition in the marketplace is a good thing.  Unfortunately, Obamacare has been picking winners and losers when it comes to health care – and American families are paying the price due to this lack of competition.  You see, buried inside this bad law is a provision that permanently bans further construction of physician-owned hospitals (POH) and essentially prevents existing ones from expanding.  This is wrong.  Physician-owned hospitals are small in number, so there is plenty of room in the health care market.  It makes no sense to prohibit good hospitals from serving their communities.  My bill is about doing the right thing.  Americans want, need, and deserve quality, affordable health care options.


5)       Calling on the Department of Defense, other elements of the Federal Government, and foreign governments to intensify efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all missing and unaccounted-for personnel of the United States (H.Res. 129). 

While I was blessed to return home from the Hanoi Hilton POW camp to Freedom, many of my fellow compatriots did not.  In keeping with America’s promise to leave no man behind, I have vowed I will never stop fighting for the Defenders of our Freedom.  That is why, during the 44th Anniversary of "Operation Homecoming," I introduced H.Res. 129.  This resolution calls on the United States government to intensify efforts to account for the 83,000 American service members who are still unaccounted for around the world.  My resolution also calls on foreign governments to fully assist in search and recovery efforts.



RECAP OF MY LEGISLATIVE SUCCESS IN THE 114TH CONGRESS


Click here for a recap of my legislative efforts and success in the 114th Congress (2015-2016)