Oct 28 2013
The Hill Report: Week of October 21-25, 2013
As you may know, ObamaCare enrollment began at the beginning of this month. Unsurprisingly, the rollout of the president’s health care law has been a trainwreck. The website designed to allow people to access the ObamaCare insurance exchanges doesn’t work despite the millions of taxpayer dollars that the Administration spent building it. Errors on the website have made it almost impossible to create an account to begin shopping for a health care plan. For the rare few who have been able to make an account, it is even harder to actually purchase a plan.
Unfortunately for the American people, the problems with ObamaCare go far beyond the botched rollout of the website. While the Administration has called for a “tech surge” to fix the problems with the website, it is going to take much more than tech experts to restore the jobs lost by the health care law and to provide relief to Americans who get dropped by their coverage and see premium spikes.
House Republicans will continue to fight to stop ObamaCare, as well as demand answers from the Obama Administration regarding the failures of the ObamaCare website and the disastrous impact the law has had on American families, job creation, and our economy. Next week, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the failures of ObamaCare. You can watch the hearing live online here: http://energycommerce.
On Wednesday, the House passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRDAA). The passage of this bipartisan bill is a victory for North Texas families because it will help strengthen our economy, spur job creation, and promote America’s competitiveness. Specifically, WRRDA authorizes key missions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop and maintain our waterways, streamlines permitting processes, and expands public-private partnerships.
At time when our federal government spends far too much, I’m glad to report that WRRDA contains no earmarks and is fully paid for by deauthorizing old, inactive projects. I was proud to support this responsible bill this week and hope that my colleagues will continue to join me in fighting for policies that encourage economic growth and fiscal responsibility.
September Jobs Report
This week, the Department of Labor released the September jobs report. This tepid report highlighted the need for pro-growth policies to spur job creation and turnaround our weak recovery. Once again, our labor force participation remained at its lowest point since August of 1978 – meaning that many Americans have simply given up looking for work. A strong labor force participation rate is imperative to our long-term economic development and encourages businesses to expand. I remain committed to getting our economy going again and will fight for solutions – like those highlighted in the House Republican plan for job creation – to expand opportunities for my constituents.