Roughly six months into the 115th Congress and more than 160 days into President Trump’s first term in the White House, the Republican-led House has passed more than 260 bills and the President has signed more than 40 bills into law. In true form, the People’s House is listening to the people and we hear you. That’s why we’ve passed reforms that make life simpler, easier, and better for veterans, ranchers, farmers, small business owners, job seekers, job creators, and every other American.
We improved care for our veterans. By passing the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Act, we made it easier for VA officials to fire bad actors within the department. This bipartisan piece of legislation that was signed into law by the president in late June will increase accountability at the VA, improve the quality of care, and deliver overall better services for the men and women who fought to protect our nation’s freedom.
We rolled back more than a dozen harmful regulations. Congress used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to send the repeal of 14 overreaching regulations put in place by the Obama Administration. One of these was the Bureau of Land Management and Planning 2.0 Rule which released more than 175 million of acres of land held captive by the federal government back to the states – and people – to whom it rightfully belongs. Overturning these regulations will save an estimated $3.7 billion in total costs, $1.1 billion in burdens on Americans each year, and 4.2 million hours of paperwork.
We delivered resources to states to fight the opioid epidemic, including Oklahoma. Since 2009, more people have died from opioids than car accidents in Oklahoma. Our state is a leader in the nation for prescribing painkillers – dispensing 128 painkiller prescriptions per 100 people in 2012. Congress passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) to increase funding for substance abuse with grants, treatment and prevention programs, and support for law enforcement across the nation. Resources from CARA will get Oklahoma back on the right foot when it comes to combatting the detrimental effects of the opioid epidemic.
We helped the workforce use their skills to find better paying jobs. Career and Technical Education is a fundamental part of our community in Oklahoma. The House passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act to reauthorize and modernize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. All education is career education and it is vital that we continue to support career and technical schooling so that we can help Oklahomans access opportunities that can boost their paycheck to provide for their family and unleash the chance for a better way of life.
Congress is working alongside the president to get government out of your backyard and your wallet – even if you don’t see it on the news. If you’re interested in hearing what the House is accomplishing, you can sign up for my e-newsletter on my website: Mullin.House.Gov. Each week, I’ll send you an email letting you know what we’re getting done for Oklahoma. We’re passing reforms to better the quality of life for all Americans. It’s important that through the chaos that sometimes is media and politics, you can hear your legislators loud and clear too.