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Washington, October 11, 2017 | comments

Like you, I am committed to defending conservative principles and standing for common sense policy. In Congress, I have an obligation to advance legislation grounded in the values this country was founded on—limited government and individual liberty. Throughout the years I have taken numerous votes and sponsored bills that rein in the federal bureaucracy, protect our rights guaranteed in the Constitution, and work to get our fiscal house in order.

I wanted to highlight for you some of the bills I have recently co-sponsored.

H.R. 850, the Agency Accountability Act, restores Congressional oversight of federal agencies. Under current law, the $83 billion collected by federal agencies through fines, fees, and penalties, from 2010 through 2015, is not subject to Congressional appropriations and oversight. The Agency Accountability Act would require agencies to deposit these funds back to the Treasury. This allows lawmakers to determine the best use of funds whether that is through the regular appropriations process or deficit reduction.

H.R. 2996, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Reform (SNAP) Act, works to decrease government dependency and reduce poverty through work requirements. The SNAP Reform Act reinstates work requirements, previously removed by the Obama Administration, to receive food stamps for able-bodied adults without dependents. SNAP is the second largest means-tested welfare program in the country; this reform would encourage Americans to get back to work, put food stamps on a more sustainable path, and save hard earned taxpayer money.

H.R. 2723, the Employee Rights Act, provides for long overdue reforms to the National Labor Relations Act. The bill gives employees protections during union drives by allowing them to opt-out of sharing contact information, withhold their dues from spending on causes other than collective bargaining, vote by secret ballot, and hold elections for union representatives regularly. These needed reforms to age-old labor laws would hold unions accountable to their employees, allowing them to best serve their intended purpose.

H.R. 719, the A-PLUS Act, puts power back in the hands of states to best meet the educational needs of our children. By allowing states to opt-out of No Child Left Behind programs, this bill gives states the authority to repurpose federal funds to advance the state’s own education goals—not those of the federal government.
These pieces of legislation provide common sense reforms to address federal overreach and restore power to states and individuals. I’m proud to co-sponsor these measures and look forward to supporting them if they come to the House floor.
Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime an issue that concerns you comes before the House of Representatives.

It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House.


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