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Columns October 10, 2017  RSS feed

U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady

Working Hard to Make America Great Again
By U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady

Last November, the American people gave Republicans the House, the Senate and the White House with one clear message: come together and unite around President Trump’s agenda to Make America Great Again.

In the House of Representatives, we’ve done just that, passing legislation to repeal Obamacare, roll back Dodd-Frank, and strengthen our military. These are just a few of our major accomplishments, and I’m proud of the work we have done to make it happen. Despite this effort, so many of these important bills have stalled in the Senate.

In fact, more than 270 bills passed in the House have stalled in the Senate this year alone. This sluggish pace is unsustainable. Congress owes it to the American people to keep our promises and deliver on our agenda – I know that our friends in the Senate can help make it happen.

Last week, the House passed one of the most significant budgets many of us will ever vote on – a budget that paves the way for once-in-a-generation, transformational tax reform. This budget, the most conservative in 20-years, responsibly balances in 10-years, reins in the national debt, and strengthens our national defense.

In the weeks ahead, the House Ways and Means Committee, which I lead, will move forward with pro-growth, pro-middle- class tax reform legislation that Congress will ultimately send to the President’s desk this year, for the first time in 31 years.

The House of Representatives took a major step in protecting the unborn with the passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, or Micah’s Law. Strongly supported by President Trump, Micah’s Law prohibits abortions carried out after 20 weeks when unborn children are able to feel pain, and where improvements in medical science have shown children can not only survive but thrive.

Whether you are pro-choice or strongly pro-life, as I am, there should be common ground that abortion ceases to be an option when a baby can live outside the mother’s womb or experience excruciating pain from a procedure.

Micah Pickering, who inspired this bill, was born at only 20 weeks. Today he is a vibrant five-year-old. I am proud to have supported this bill and hopeful that the Senate will act on this important legislation.

Like everyone else around the country, I was devastated by the news of the Las Vegas shooting. Cathy and I continue to keep the victims, and their families, in our thoughts and prayers. I am grateful to the first responders who acted quickly and kept the situation from getting even worse and to those who have continued to work around the clock to provide care to the wounded.

In the immediate aftermath of this tragedy, the most important thing is to ensure that the victims and their families receive the support they need.

The overwhelming response is a testament to the resilience of the American people. We will never be defined by tragedy, but instead by how we respond to it. I ask that you continue to pray for those affected by this senseless act of violence. As Americans stepped up for us after Hurricane Harvey, it was gratifying to see so many step up to donate blood at the VA Clinic in Conroe Friday to help the victims in Las Vegas. It was truly special.

U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady chairs the House Ways and Means Committee.

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