D.C. Delegation — Hageman notes conservative legislation, Barrasso and Lummis want a budget plan
•Border security in the House, Senate sends a letter to Schumer.
U.S. Rep. Harriet Hageman reports: For the last nine months, the Republican-led House of Representatives in the 118th Congress has been introducing and passing some of the most conservative legislation in history:
• The Secure the Border Act (H.R. 2) – a bill that would complete the wall, end Biden’s catch and release policies, and require those trying to cross the border to either be detained or returned to Mexico while their asylum claims were being adjudicated.
• The Limit, Save, Grow Act – which would reduce spending to FY 2022 levels, repeal “green bad deal” tax credits, incorporate the Lower Energy Costs Act, and stop the Executive Branch from spending money without Congressional approval.
• The Lower Energy Costs Act (H.R. 1) – which would restore American energy independence and lower energy prices for everyone, end Biden’s de facto ban on coal, and streamline permitting.
• The Parents Bill of Rights (H.R. 5) – a bill to put parents back in charge of their children’s education and end woke school policies.
• The Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act – which would repeal the Democrat IRS army of 87,000 new agents.
• The REINS Act – to reclaim Congress’ rightful role of legislating by removing significant rulemaking authority from federal bureaucrats and requiring any regulation that would have an economic impact of $100 million per year to go through the legislative process before it could be effective.
• The Separation of Powers Restoration Act – to overturn the failed Chevron doctrine which undermines the ability of Americans to challenge regulatory overreach.
• A joint resolution to end the national COVID emergency.
• A joint resolution to overturn ATF’s unconstitutional rulemaking ban on pistol braces, and a separate joint resolution to block ATF’s efforts to designate bump stocks as “machine guns.”
In addition to passing the above bills, the Republican-led House opened a formal impeachment inquiry into President Biden, with the Judiciary, Oversight and Ways and Means Committees taking the lead within their respective jurisdictions to compile, analyze and expose the actions of the Biden Crime Family. We have also established 3 select committees, one focused on the malign actions of the Chinese Communist Party, a second one focused on the weaponization of the federal government against American citizens, and a third one investigating the origins of COVID-19.
Although the national mainstream media has tried to imply otherwise, the Republican-led House has been working diligently on the twelve appropriations bills that make up the Federal budget. We have already passed four appropriations bills that together would fund 70% of the federal government. These four appropriations bills include steep spending cuts and an end to a variety of “woke” federal policies in both our civilian agencies and military. All four bills have been sent to the Democrat-led Senate, where they have yet to be considered. The House, in other words, has been working to fund our government while working to avert a fiscal crisis. The remaining eight appropriations bills have been heard in their respective committees and are making progress towards being brought to the floor for a vote of the full House. Two of those appropriations bills were scheduled to be considered and voted on last week, with two more to be taken up next week. The situation with the Speaker stopped that work in its tracks. I am hopeful that we will be able to quickly elect a Speaker so that we can resume this important work.
To work through disagreements on the remaining appropriations bills, and in order to avoid a government shutdown, a short-term stopgap bill was proposed to fund the government for 30 days (from October 1 to October 30) which contained a 30% reduction in non-defense spending while simultaneously permanently securing our border and establishing a fiscal commission to identify the road forward to reducing our debt and deficit. All of the House Democrats, joined by a handful of Republicans, voted to kill this conservative bill – a bill which I supported and a bill that would have addressed so many of the problems we face in DC. Once that bill was killed, however, there were very few options left.
I have heard some say that the House of Representatives hasn’t been passing conservative legislation or pursuing conservative priorities. That claim is simply untrue. The fact that fellow conservatives, including Chip Roy, Jim Jordan, Thomas Massie, Mike Johnson, Kevin Hern, and Russell Fry, and a host of others joined me in a vote to maintain this progress and not throw the House into the chaos of having to choose a new Speaker half-way through our term was the only responsible decision to make.
Hageman’s pick for Speaker of the House
This week, many of you have taken time out of your day to write or call my offices to share your thoughts on the upcoming Speaker election. While some of you had specific candidates in mind, the central desire of Wyoming is for a speaker who is a true conservative, will push back against Biden’s radical agenda, and who will defend the values that have made America great. Jim Jordan is the definition of a solid conservative and a truly effective leader, and I am proud to publicly express my strong support for him to become the next Speaker of the House. He is a friend and true ally of our America First agenda. Jim was one of the first members of Congress to provide counsel and guidance to our campaign to take back Wyoming’s lone congressional seat and I am grateful for his leadership.
As chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jordan has been a warrior, staying focused on stopping the leftist weaponization of the federal government and rooting out Biden family corruption. He is our most critical leader on defending our borders and I was honored he allowed me to play a small part in helping craft H.R. 2, the most conservative border security bill this body has ever passed. Jim will fight against the Biden White House and Democrat controlled Senate, so that we don’t send another dollar, that should be protecting our border, to Ukraine to enrich their oligarchs.
Barrasso and Lummis want a plan, letter sent to Schumer
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis (both R-WY) joined 18 of their colleagues in demanding that Majority Leader Chuck Schumer present a plan to the Republican Conference for how the Senate will take up and pass the 12 appropriations bills already approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee in a manner that respects an open amendment process and avoids a December omnibus spending package.
“The core constitutional responsibility of the United States Congress is the power of the purse, to set and authorize appropriations which fund the operations of the United States Government. Since 1977, Congress has only successfully completed its appropriations work of taking up, debating, amending if necessary, and passing all appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year on September 30th four times. This is unacceptable. The American people deserve better,” the senators wrote.