Walker's Weekly Wrap-up: June 21-27, 2015
Combating Government Waste at DHS -- Second Bill Passes the House
The second bill introduced by Congressman Walker, the DHS Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1640) passed the House of Representatives by voice vote on Tuesday. The project to consolidate the Department of Homeland Securityâ€™s headquarters has been horribly mismanaged and has skyrocketed past its cost and completion estimates. H.R. 1640 will increase oversight and provide improved management and better transparency to the American people. Rep. Walker is committed to holding Washington accountable and cutting wasteful government spending to ensure future generations are left with opportunityâ€”not excessive debt.
The DHS Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1640) is the second bill Rep. Walker has passed this Congressâ€”his first bill, the Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2015, was signed into law last month by the President in the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015. On average, less than 4% of bills introduced in Congress become law. Watch Rep. Walker discuss H.R. 1640 on the floor.
Fighting to Bring Pastor Saeed Abedini Home
Tuesday marked the 1000th day Pastor Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned. Last week, Rep. Walker proudly supported the unanimous passage of H. Res. 233 that demands the immediate release of Pastor Saeed along with former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati and Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian. We need to return Pastor Saeed home to his family now.
Protecting North Carolinians from the Harmful Effects of the Presidentâ€™s Health Care Law
With the support of Rep. Walker, the House acted to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). IPAB is one of the most troubling elements of the Presidentâ€™s health care law and gives unelected bureaucrats the authority to unilaterally cut many seniors' benefits. President Obamaâ€™s former Budget Director Peter Orszag has called IPAB the â€œsingle biggest yielding of power to an independent entity since the creation of the Federal Reserve.â€ The government should not be at the helm of Americanâ€™s health care decisions. Additionally, Rep. Walker has voted three times to repeal the Affordable Care Act in full â€“ once as a stand-alone vote and twice through the budget resolutions passed. At the same time, Rep. Walker has voted to repeal the medical device tax and the 30-hour work week definition in the ACA and has acted to limit the negative impact on veterans and emergency responders by exempting them from the employer mandate threshold. Learn more here.
Reining in EPA Rules that Could Drive Up North Carolinians Electricity Bills
The EPAâ€™s so-called â€œClean Power Planâ€ is yet another example of unelected bureaucrats mandating even more rules without any consideration to how it will affect American people. This new regulation could raise electricity rates in North Carolina by 14% and even the EPA recognizes that its implementation would cost billions. This week, Rep. Walker and the House passed the Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015, to ensure states have control of their electricity systems by giving them more time and flexibility while these pending regulations undergo judicial review and the ability to opt out if the rules will have a negative impact their economy.
Photos of the week:
Speaking on the House floor on my bill, the DHS Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1640) that passed on Tuesday.
Great welcoming Orange County High School Student, Skyler Paschall and her parents, Gary and Katrina to Washington this week. Skyler is the 2015 Congressional Art Competition winner for NC-06.
Honored to attend the service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston. His life made a difference and he was unashamed of his faith in Christ. "Weeping may last for the night but joy comes in the morning."