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December 8, 2016 Short-Term Continuing Resolution Paves the Way for a Conservative Agenda in the Next Congress

Contact: Travis Hall

WASHINGTON — Following passage of the continuing resolution (CR), Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-Texas) released the following statement:

 

“After Election Day’s resounding results, House conservatives listened to the American people and advocated passing a short-term CR to fund the federal government until President-elect Trump has his team in place. Given the mandate for unified Republican government, it would have been inappropriate to negotiate a lame-duck omnibus deal with President Obama and Harry Reid.

 

“As we look ahead to the next two years, House conservatives are optimistic about what we can achieve. I look forward to working with them to ensure that CRs are a thing of the past, the Legislative Branch reclaims its power of the purse, and fiscal responsibility is restored.”

 

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December 6, 2016 Statement on Effort to Impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-Texas) issued the following statement in response to the House voting to consider articles of impeachment against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen:

 

“An agency that must be nonpartisan, the IRS has consistently disregarded that fundamental charge in the pursuit of an overtly political agenda. The IRS improperly and wrongfully targeted conservative groups which were applying for tax-exempt status.

 

“IRS Commissioner Koskinen has willfully misled Congress, refused to comply with House subpoenas, and violated the trust of the American people. Commissioner Koskinen should be impeached and removed from office.”

 

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December 2, 2016 ICYMI: RSC Chairman Flores, Chairman-elect Walker Discuss Conservatism in 115th Congress at AE

Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-Texas) and Chairman-elect Mark Walker (R-N.C.) appeared yesterday at the American Enterprise Institute to address the future of the conservative movement, particularly in the 115th Congress.

Chairman Flores reflected on the past to caution House Republicans about drifting from their conservative core:

 

“If we as conservatives lose our bearings, if we go the wrong direction -- we’ve seen that in the past, we saw Republicans stray away in the ‘70s, we saw Republicans stray away from the core principles during the Bush 43 presidency – if we stray away, then that will provide the particle that allows the Democratic party to come back. So we’ve got to stay thoughtful to the core values that we espoused in this last election that gave us a unified government.”

 

Chairman-elect Walker described how effective conservatism will guide the RSC in the 115th Congress:

 

“[What the RSC is] focused on is effective conservatism…What do I mean by “effective conservatism”? However long we’re privileged to serve here, whether it’s two years or twenty years, can you look back and say ‘was it simply about winning the argument? Or was it about making a difference? Are there measured marks of success where you’ve moved the needle forward? Now I think that consists of three things: 1) the right policy 2) the right approach, and 3) the right voice.”

 

Aaron Clamage Photography © American Enterprise Institute

Full video of the event may be found here.

 

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November 29, 2016 Statement on the Nomination of Congressman Tom Price to Be Secretary of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON -- Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-Texas) issued the following statement in response to President-elect Donald J. Trump nominating Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.) to be Secretary of Health and Human Services:

“Repealing and replacing Obamacare has been a priority for conservatives since President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Washington liberals imposed the disastrous law on the American people in 2010.

“I am pleased and grateful the President-elect nominated Dr. Tom Price, a uniquely qualified conservative who has fought against Obamacare since day one, to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Since his time as Republican Study Committee chairman in 2009 and 2010 and as chairman of the House Budget Committee in the 114th Congress, Dr. Price has been on the forefront of the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“I have the utmost confidence that he will succeed in overseeing the repeal and replacement of Obamacare with a patient-centered, market-oriented plan that will increase health access, lower costs, and protect the critical doctor- patient relationship.”

Congressman Tom Price is the second former chairman of the Republican Study Committee slated to serve in the new administration’s Cabinet. Dr. Price served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee during the 112th Congress, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence during the 110th.

 

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November 26, 2016 Statement on the Death of “Barbarous Dictator” Fidel Castro

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-Texas) released the following statement regarding the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro:

“For decades, Fidel Castro imposed his violent, vile will on the people of Cuba, callously disregarded basic human rights, and led millions to jeopardize their lives as they fled their homes and nation. History will record Fidel Castro as nothing more than a barbarous dictator.

“While Castro's death brings the Cuban people some promise of a better tomorrow, a dictatorship remains. America stands resolutely alongside the people of Cuba, and we share their hope that they may soon enjoy freedom and liberty unknown to them for nearly 60 years.”

 

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November 17, 2016 House Conservatives Elect Mark Walker as the Next Chairman of the Republican Study Committee

WASHINGTON – Members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the leading conservative caucus of the House of Representatives for more than four decades, elected Congressman Mark Walker (R-N.C.) as the group’s chairman for the 115th Congress. Rep. Walker will begin his two-year chairmanship in January when the new Congress convenes. Information about Rep. Walker may be found here.

“Congratulations to Chairman-elect Walker who will be a strong advocate for the RSC and for principled solutions to the challenges facing our great nation. I have great confidence in Mark that he will serve as an effective leader, and I look forward to working with him as he leads our organization,” said RSC Chairman Bill Flores (R-Texas).

“It has been my honor and distinct privilege to serve the hard-working, committed conservatives in the RSC. As I prepare to turn over the gavel to Chairman-elect Walker, I am proud of what we have achieved during the 114th Congress. Through our member-driven and member-led initiatives, we have developed conservative consensus and promoted principled, solutions-oriented policies which have substantially influenced the House ‘A Better Way’ agenda. First, our health care task force drafted a plan that repeals Obamacare, improves access to affordable insurance, and preserves the valuable relationship between patient and provider. In fact, the American Health Care Reform Act of 2015, RSC’s health care reform legislation, has the most cosponsors of any repeal-and-replace bill before Congress. Second, our budget and spending task force introduced a budget that would balance within eight years without tax increases, provide for a strong national defense, and reform our tax code and entitlement programs. Finally, we launched the RSC’s America Without Faith project which emphasizes the critical role our faith-based institutions play in our society – a role that the federal government cannot play effectively.

“These are but a few of the many conservative policy proposals that the RSC, through its members and dedicated staff, has developed and promoted. As important as these initiatives are, we have also served as a firewall against the Obama administration’s reckless, failed, liberal agenda.

“I leave my chairmanship confident that, as it has been since its inception, the RSC will remain a driving force for principled policy and the conservative compass in the House.”

RSC Chairman-elect Walker said, “There has never been a better time for a bold conservative vision for America. Looking at the election results, it is clear the American people want to reclaim constitutional principles and reinvigorate our economy. It is unacceptable for us not to deliver on the faith the voters have invested in us.

“I am honored by the confidence of my colleagues and will work to lead the Republican Study Committee towards effective conservatism – in a manner reflective of its distinguished legacy.”

 

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November 9, 2016 The First Step to Fiscal Responsibility

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-Texas) released the following statement:

 

“The American people have spoken with a clear voice. After eight years of the Obama administration’s foreign policy failures, reckless spending and unbridled expansion of the federal government, they want and expect Congress to put America’s fiscal house in order.

 

"The House should take the first step and pass a very short-term continuing resolution (CR) that funds the federal government until the Trump administration has put its team in place. This CR should contain only one major policy rider – a measure preventing the Obama administration from sticking the American people with any more job-killing rules and regulations before it leaves town.

“Given voters’ unmistakable call for fiscal responsibility this week, it would be inappropriate to negotiate a lame-duck spending deal with President Obama and Harry Reid, which would further jeopardize the nation’s fiscal health at a time when the American people expect us to exhibit fiscal discipline. Our conservative funding solution would lay the necessary foundation for Republican majorities in the House and Senate, working with the next president, to restore America’s fiscal stability.”

 

 

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October 28, 2016 Statement on FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding the FBI reopening its investigation into Secretary Hillary Clinton:

 

“I continue to be disappointed that the FBI chose not to recommend charges against Secretary Clinton in July. It is patently obvious that Secretary Clinton opted to play by her own rules – using her personal, private email system to handle highly classified information – instead of by the rule and intent of the law. Secretary Clinton violated the public trust and jeopardized America’s national security. The FBI must investigate this thoroughly and transparently, lay the groundwork to ensure Secretary Clinton is held accountable, and reaffirm that no one is above the law.”

 

 

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October 25, 2016 RSC Chair Statement on Skyrocketing Obamacare Premiums

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-Texas) released the following statement after the Obama administration announced that Obamacare premiums will increase by double digits, including a 25 percent surge for Obamacare’s most popular plan:

 

“President Obama recently suggested that reports of Obamacare problems are ‘a lot of hysteria.’ Perhaps the president could try looking American families in the eyes and explaining that the challenges they face as a result of massive premium increases are simply ‘a lot of hysteria.’

 

“Obamacare’s failures have not been a slow drip; instead, they have been a constant, relentless torrent wiping out Americans’ health care security since day one. Premiums are continuing to skyrocket, co-ops are collapsing, and insurers are abandoning the marketplace.

“Congress must repeal and replace Obamacare with a system that empowers consumers, improves access to care, and lowers the cost of health care, just as the Republican Study Committee’s American Health Care Reform Act would do.”

 

Reintroduced in Congress last year, the Republican Study Committee’s American Health Care Reform Act has 100 cosponsors, more than any other repeal-and-replace bill before Congress.

 

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October 21, 2016 RSC Chair on the President's Fantasy Defense of Obamacare

WASHINGTON – In response to President Obama’s remarks yesterday on the Affordable Care Act, Republican Student Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) issued the following statement:

 

“President Obama thinks that Obamacare will magically succeed once he leaves office. He is wrong again, just like he has been with so many of his failed policies. Obamacare is a failure of Washington liberals standing in the way of consumers, patient care, and lower health care costs. Make no mistake, Obamacare is not failing because Congressional Republicans have held votes to repeal it. It is failing because President Obama and Congressional Democrats built it on broken promises. Obamacare’s failures are beyond repair.

 

“While President Obama tries running self-congratulatory victory laps touting his health care law, Obamacare is running on fumes. Its co-ops are collapsing, health care plans are vanishing for at least 1.4 million Americans, and consumers are facing yet another year of staggering premium increases.

“Thankfully, it is not too late. In 2017, Congress must repeal and replace Obamacare with a system that increases access to affordable health insurance, reduces health care costs, and encourages innovation and competition. This gigantic mistake, which Washington liberals orchestrated, can be reversed, and the American people can be empowered to make their own health care decisions free of Washington mandates.”

 

Last year, the Republican Study Committee re-introduced the American Health Care Reform Act (AHCRA). AHCRA has more cosponsors than any other bill in Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare.

 

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October 6, 2016 ICYMI: Republican Study Committee Launches "America Without Faith" Project

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) launched the America Without Faith project in September at the Hillsdale College Kirby Center. The project seeks to emphasize the integral role that religious institutions play in America and highlight how they contribute to our nation’s social safety net. A report from The Daily Signal describes America Without Faith:

 

The project, launched by the largest conservative caucus in Congress, the Republican Study Committee, aims to reinforce the importance of religious institutions’ role in civil society. These institutions have a long history in the maintenance of civil society, and have played an important role in solving problems such as drug addiction, illiteracy, hunger, homelessness, and supporting families living below the poverty line.

 

America’s faith-based institutions are bedrocks of our nation’s communities. An estimated 350,000 congregations work alongside faith-based organizations to provide privately-funded social services that benefit over 70 million Americans annually.

Unveiling America Without Faith, Chairman Flores pointed to the outstanding results of Yellowstone Academy, a faith-based organization in Houston that provides students from an economically-disadvantaged area with a high-quality education.

 

According to Flores, less than 20 percent of students graduate from public high schools in that part of Houston. However, “the first class of students that came in as 4 year olds at Yellowstone just graduated from high school in May with a 98 percent graduation rate,” he said.

 

“No federal bureaucrat can make that happen,” Flores added. “No federal bureaucrat can institute that sort of change in a community that’s been struggling for decades.”

And yet despite successes like these, the Obama administration continues its assault on faith-based organizations.

America Without Faith, a long-term project for the RSC, will serve as a tool for Members of Congress and advocacy groups to communicate the important role that faith- based institutions have in America’s communities.

 

 

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September 20, 2016 RSC Press Release: Chairman Flores Files H.R. 6071, a Continuing Resolution to Responsibly Fund the Federal Government

Contact: Scott Parkinson

Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement after he introduced a continuing resolution to fund the federal government for a short period of time while protecting important conservative priorities.

“After repeated delays in the United States Senate, I believe it is imperative for the House to act quickly with a responsible approach to fund the federal government. Rather than continuing to allow the Senate to wallow in the misery of Harry Reid’s hostage taking and ever-moving goalposts, the House, by acting first, can stop the uncertainty coming out of Washington today. Instead of allowing Reid to deliver his liberal political wins for out of touch special interests, the Continuing Resolution I have filed would keep government funded, protect defense spending, stop the Obama Internet give-away, and require vetting of refugees from areas dominated by radical Islamic terrorism, while addressing the need for Zika funding. I strongly encourage House leaders to schedule this legislation for a vote this week.”

The legislation introduced by Chairman Flores would:

  • Fund the government through December 9, 2016, at the current Fiscal Year 2016 spending levels,
  • Support our veterans with the full year Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill,
  • Enact the Zika Response and Preparedness Act to ensure resources are provided to defeat Zika and for responsible mosquito control,
  • Require that refugees from areas dominated by radical Islamic terrorists are vetted to keep Americans safe, which has passed the House with a bipartisan veto-proof majority, and
  • Stop Obama’s Internet giveaway.

 

What IS NOT included in this Continuing Resolution is the slew of extraneous demands:

  • Earmark for Planned Parenthood,
  • Harry Reid’s spending increases, which are not paid for,
  • The resuscitation of the Export-Import Bank, or
  • Green energy subsidies.

 

The Republican Study Committee has consistently argued that the House should act early to adopt a funding bill that responsibly reflects our conservative priorities, rather than wait for the Senate’s dysfunction to create a crisis.

 

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August 24, 2016 RSC Press Release: We must adopt a responsible spending path and pro-growth reforms instead of continuing the status quo

Contact: Scott Parkinson

Washington -- Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its annual Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook, which shows government taxes and spending growing once again to new, historic levels:

“Yesterday’s CBO report is a reminder of the damage that President Obama’s policies have caused during his eight years in office. During this time, the national debt has increased by $8.8 trillion and is projected to increase by another $8.8 trillion over the next decade. If these policies are allowed to continue, federal spending will grow from $3.9 trillion in 2016 to over $6.2 trillion in 2026; during which an ever larger share of American incomes are absorbed by increasing taxes. Even worse, CBO's outlook found that big-government policies, such as Obamacare and the tax code, are reducing people’s incentives to work, further contributing to a bleak economic outlook.

“This simply is unsustainable and unacceptable. As Members of Congress, it is our responsibility to preserve our country’s liberty, opportunity and security. We must adopt a responsible spending path and pro-growth reforms instead of continuing the status quo.”

In its report, the CBO warned of the dangers of increasing spending and debt, stating: “Such high and rising debt would have serious negative consequences for the budget and the nation: The likelihood of a fiscal crisis in the United States would increase.”

In March, the RSC released the Blueprint for a Balanced Budget 2.0, the conservative caucus’ Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal. The plan balances the federal budget in eight years, reduces government spending by $8.6 trillion over the next decade and restores America’s social safety net programs to solvency, while providing for necessary pro-growth policies that would dramatically improve the economic performance of the nation. To read the complete Blueprint for a Balanced Budget 2.0, click here, and for an Executive Summary, click here.here.

 

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June 23, 2016 RSC Chair Praises House Tax Reform Proposal

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement on the tax reform blueprint released by the House Task Force on Tax Reform, led by RSC Member and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX):

“At more than 74,000 pages long, the current tax code is overly complicated and nearly impossible for hardworking families to navigate. Its implementation is overseen by a bloated federal bureaucracy that has lost the trust and confidence of the American people. We need a better way! The House plan lays the groundwork for a new tax code that is flatter, fairer and simpler. It proposes a system so straightforward that Americans will be able to file their taxes on a postcard. It reins in and restructures the out-of-control Internal Revenue Service. It encourages investment and innovation for small businesses. I commend my colleague Chairman Brady and all of the tax reform task force members for their work developing this much needed vision for tax reform.”

In April, the RSC submitted a set of policy recommendations to the task force, which included provisions to promote an easy to understand, pro- growth tax code. A substantial number of these recommendations were included in the final Task Force on Tax Reform blueprint. You can read all of the RSC’s task force policy recommendations here.

 

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June 23, 2016 Flores Statement on SCOTUS Ruling on Obama’s Amnesty Actions

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman (RSC) Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Texas, which will continue to block President Obama’s executive amnesty actions:

“I am pleased that the Supreme Court’s decision will continue to prevent President Obama’s unlawful and unconstitutional executive action on immigration from being implemented. Our president has a constitutional responsibility to ‘take care that the laws by faithfully executed,’ but he has continually sought to circumvent, flout or undermine laws with which he disagrees. The fact is the president does not write laws – Congress does.”

In February 2015, Chairman Flores urged Congress to defund the president’s unlawful executive actions while fully funding the Department of Homeland Security. The RSC held a press conference that featured Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, and 11 members of both the House and Senate to press the Senate to take a stand against President Obama’s actions. This court decision supports the goal of the RSC to prevent the illegal actions of this Administration.

 

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June 16, 2016 House Health Care Plan Reflects Many Republican Study Committee Priorities

WASHINGTON – Today, House Republicans unveiled their blueprint for patient-centered health care reform. The proposal includes several policy recommendations and conservative priorities promoted by the Republican Study Committee (RSC). In April, the RSC submitted a set of policy recommendations to Speaker Paul Ryan’s Task Force on Health Care Reform detailing the essential elements of a conservative Obamacare alternative.

In 2015, the RSC introduced the American Health Care Reform Act (AHCRA), which currently boasts more co-sponsors than any other Republican health care alternative. It was drafted by the RSC health care working group, led by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA).

The shared priorities between the RSC’s policy recommendations on private insurance market reforms and the House’s health care proposal include:

• Repealing Obamacare. Since its passage, the Affordable Care Act has failed to deliver the lower costs, increased choice and stability Democrats promised. This year, even Obamacare’s silver plan premiums are expected to increase by 10 percent on average. To enact any effective reforms, we must repeal the president’s disastrous health care law.

• Reforming the Market to Improve Choice. A key component of the RSC’s plan is allowing people to purchase health care across state lines. This will improve choice and competition, resulting in more options and lower costs. The RSC also recommended allowing small businesses to pool together and form association health care plans, as well as encouraging wellness programs that focus on prevention.

• Expanding Consumer-Directed Health Care. The RSC’s plan recommended expanding health savings accounts (HSA) to allow consumers the flexibility and autonomy they need to make the best decisions for their health. The RSC proposed increasing the maximum contribution limit to an HSA, allowing spouses to make catch-up contributions to the same HSA account, and expanding eligibility and access for HSAs to groups that receive care through certain federal programs.

• Protecting Those with Pre-Existing Conditions. The RSC recommended expanding continuous coverage protections to the individual market that mirror protections already in place in the employer market, allowing for more portability and better care. Both proposals also establish high risk pools with certain consumer protections to ensure no one is priced out of obtaining health insurance.

• Protecting Life. The RSC has always held the firm belief that life must be protected. The RSC recommended ensuring taxpayer dollars are not used to pay for services that end the lives of the unborn. We are pleased that the task force proposal shares the same commitment to protecting life.

 

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June 16, 2016 RSC Welcomes New Member Rep. Warren Davidson

WASHINGTON – The Republican Study Committee (RSC) today welcomed Rep. Warren Davidson (OH-08) as its newest member after the RSC Steering Committee voted to approve Rep. Davidson’s membership application. Founded in 1973 and home to more than 175 Members, the RSC is the oldest and largest conservative caucus in the House.

Statement from RSC Chairman Bill Flores (TX-17):

“We are excited to welcome Rep. Davidson to the Republican Study Committee and are encouraged by the growth of the RSC in the 114th Congress. We have focused on bold, positive legislative reforms and detailed policy proposals, such as our fiscal year 2017 budget. All of these solutions have outlined a conservative vision for America. As the newest member of Congress, Rep. Davidson brings a unique perspective on the issues on the minds of Americans today and he will be a valuable voice in Congress.”

Statement from Rep. Warren Davidson (OH-08):

“I am pleased to join the Republican Study Committee, which has a decades-long history of advocating for conservative voices in Congress. The RSC is known for their legislative analysis and track record of pushing Congress to the Right. I look forward to working with Chairman Flores and RSC members to advance our common goals and build a strong coalition.”

 

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June 16, 2016 Flores Votes to Fully Fund Department of Defense

WASHINGTON – Today, the House voted 282-138 to fully fund the Department of Defense for the fiscal year 2017. Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 5293, Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations:

“In an increasingly dangerous world, America is facing the growing global threat of radical Islamic terrorism that cannot and will not be ignored. The rise of the Islamic State and the recent attacks on Americans motivated by radical Islam make it clear that this is an enemy that knows no borders or boundaries. We must ensure our military has every resource necessary to meet this critical challenge, defeat radical Islamic terrorists and defend our homeland. Today’s vote fulfills Congress’s primary Constitutional responsibility to provide for the common defense. Our men and women in uniform are the most sophisticated and capable in the world. Each day they commit their lives to defending our freedoms at home and abroad. In addition to thanking them for their courage and sacrifice, Congress today proved that they have our full faith and support.”

H.R. 5293 fully funds the Department of Defense for FY2017, providing a net total of $517.13 billion in base discretionary spending. This year’s bill appropriates nearly $3 billion more than the FY2016 level, reflecting the growing global threat American’s face. It halts dangerous readiness shortfalls, which have crippled the operations and maintenance of our ships, aircraft, ground vehicles and other vital equipment. It also provides a pay raise for our uniformed military personnel.

 

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June 14, 2016 Flores Statement on Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement on H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, which passed the House today on a vote of 240-182:

“Today, the House passed critical legislation to protect Americans’ First Amendment right to free speech and assembly. The Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act will prevent the Internal Revenue Service from misusing or abusing personal donor information. While the Supreme Court has long upheld that states cannot compel non-profits to disclose their donor information, recent actions by the IRS, which targeted conservative groups’ tax-exempt status, as well as intimidation efforts by state attorneys general have reinforced the need to eliminate threats to the constitutional rights of non-profit groups. Today’s legislation will allow non-profits of all beliefs to continue to exercise their Constitutional rights.”

Background:

• H.R. 5053 was introduced by RSC member Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL).

• Tax-exempt, non-profit organizations are currently required to file Form 990 Schedule B that lists donors of more than $5,000 in the previous calendar year. In several well-documented cases, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees have leaked Schedule B information that contained personal donor information. For example, the National Organization for Marriage’s donor list was leaked to the Human Rights Campaign in 2012.

• In 2013, IRS official Lois Lerner admitted that the IRS withheld tax-exempt status for hundreds of conservative non-profits due to their ideological affiliation. This month - three years after news of the scandal broke - the IRS finally released a full list of the groups that were targeted.

• In the 1958 ruling NAACP v. Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the state of Alabama could not compel the disclosure of NAACP’s membership list.

 

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June 7, 2016 RSC Chair Supports House Speaker Ryan’s Proposal to Combat Poverty, Empower Individuals

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman (RSC) Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement on the policy initiative released today by Speaker Paul Ryan’s Task Force on Poverty, Opportunity and Upward Mobility:

“The new House agenda reflects a fresh approach to tackle our nation’s most difficult and enduring problems. Last month, the Republican Study Committee offered substantial policy input to each of Speaker Ryan’s six task forces charged with charting a new course for House Republicans. Our Empowerment Initiative gathered the best, proven conservative ideas to strengthen our safety net programs and restore hope to Americans struggling to escape poverty. Many of those ideas were incorporated in the House’s new initiative on Poverty, Opportunity and Upward Mobility. In particular, we know that we can improve more lives by implementing work requirements, incentivizing strong families, allowing portability in housing assistance and combating fraud and unaccountability so programs better serve those who need them. The next step is turning these proposals into concrete pieces of legislation.

“Success is not measured by the number of people presently enrolled in welfare programs, but by the number of people who are able to permanently leave those programs because they have achieved a better life. I wholeheartedly commend Speaker Ryan and the Poverty, Opportunity and Upward Mobility Task Force members, many of whom also belong to the Republican Study Committee, for their open communication and hard work on this important issue.”

Background -

Last month, the Republican Study Committee released its proposal “Strengthening Our Safety Net Programs by Empowering People.” The proposal, submitted to the Speaker’s corresponding task force, included key recommendations, such as:

• Implementing Work Requirements • Eliminating Marriage Penalties • Reforming the Earned Income Tax Credit

• Streamlining Federal Housing Assistance

The RSC’s additional policy submissions include:

• Strengthening National Security. Submitted to the House Republican National Security Task Force.

• Creating an Environment for Jobs and Economic Growth. Submitted to the House Republican Reducing Regulatory Burdens Task Force.

• Fixing the Tax Code. Submitted to the House Republican Tax Reform Task Force.

• Patient-Centered Health Care Reform. Submitted to the House Republican Health Care Reform Task Force.

• Limiting Government and Reclaiming the Constitution. Submitted to the House Republican Constitutional Authority Task Force.

You can read more about all six policy submissions here.

 

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May 16, 2016 SCOTUS’ Unanimous Decision Shows Importance of Religious Freedom Protections

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman (RSC) Bill Flores (R-TX) today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling that the Obama Administration should compromise to accommodate religious organizations’ objections to Obamacare’s overreaching contraceptive mandate:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is an important win for Little Sisters of the Poor and their fellow petitioners. Charitable groups like Little Sisters of the Poor are called to service because of their religious beliefs, yet those same beliefs were violated by the Obama Administration’s agenda-driven contraceptive mandate. The Court’s unanimous decision sent a clear and decisive message that this Administration has once again overstepped its constitutional bounds. This case is only the latest illustration of why Congress needs to repeal and replace the president’s disastrous health care law.”

 

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April 25, 2016 RSC’s Empowerment Initiative Details Anti-Poverty Agenda

WASHINGTON – The Republican Study Committee’s (RSC) Empowerment Initiative has released its recommendations for an anti-poverty agenda that will modernize America’s social safety net programs and empower individuals through work. The new plan, “Strengthening Our Safety Net to Empower People,” was submitted to Speaker Paul Ryan’s Poverty, Opportunity, and Upward Mobility Task Force late last week.

The RSC’s Empowerment Initiative, previously called the “Anti-Poverty Initiative,” was established in the 112th Congress. It is currently co-chaired by Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) and Rep. Todd Young (R-IN). The RSC’s recommendations draw on new, Member-driven proposals, as well as existing pieces of legislation.

Key Recommendations:

Eliminate Marriage Penalties. More than 30 percent of families headed by a single mother and 15 percent of families headed by a single father were living in poverty in 2014, compared to only 6 percent of married-couple families. Unfortunately our safety net programs frequently penalize Americans who marry by reducing their net benefits. We can encourage strong families and combat poverty by eliminating marriage penalties.

Implement Work Requirements. Work requirements have been proven to work at the state level, including in Kansas and Maine, yet federal work requirements enacted on a bipartisan basis have been gutted by the Obama Administration. We can do more to encourage a return to individuals in the workplace by implementing work requirements. Able-bodied adults without dependents should demonstrate they are working or preparing to work, through job training programs or volunteer work, to receive benefits.

Reform the Earned Income Tax Credit. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the most effective methods we have to help low-income individuals transition into the workplace. However, the program is complicated and rife with fraudulent claims. EITC should be simplified by moving benefits from an annual tax credit to one paid in each paycheck. The RSC also recommends reducing fraud by requiring the Internal Revenue Service to better verify income and documentation.

Streamline Federal Housing Assistance. The federal government spends more than $50 billion a year on housing assistance for low-income individuals, but our programs are in desperate need of reform. The RSC’s recommends improving flexibility by making benefits portable, linking housing assistance with other related programs, opening up competition for public housing contracts and allocating funding to support drug recovery programs.

To read “Strengthening Our Safety Net to Empower People,” click here.

To read the RSC’s complete recommendations to the Speaker’s task forces, click here.

 

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April 22, 2016 RSC Releases Policy Recommendations for the Speaker’s Task Forces

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) today released the conservative caucus’s recommendations for House Republican’s six task forces established by Speaker Paul Ryan. The policy recommendations draw on RSC’s Member-driven initiatives and existing legislation to develop a detailed, targeted Republican agenda.

The RSC has a series of existing task forces, the membership of which has some overlap with the newly established House task forces. The RSC panels meet regularly to draft the caucus’s signature legislative proposals, including the Blueprint for a Balanced Budget 2.0, the American Health Care Reform Act, and an upcoming proposal to tackle poverty and improve America’s social safety net programs.

Policy Recommendations:

Strengthening Our Safety Net to Empower People: The RSC’s recommendations focus on proven polices that build strong families and empower individuals through earned success and work. Recommendations include eliminating marriage penalties, reviving work requirements, streamlining federal housing assistance and reforming the Earned Income Tax Credit. Submitted to the House Republican Poverty, Opportunity and Upward Mobility Task Force.

Strengthening National Security: The RSC’s recommendation is to first and foremost adequately fund our national defense at the levels required to address growing global threats, which is $574 billion in discretionary budget authority and an additional $59 billion for the Global War on Terror (GWOT). The RSC also recommends Congress and the Department of Defense commit to comprehensive acquisition reform to identify inefficiencies Submitted to the House Republican National Security Task Force.

Creating an Environment for Jobs and Economic Growth: The RSC’s recommendations will spur economic growth and jumpstart job creation in America, improving opportunities for the 13.5 million people who have dropped out of the workforce since the start of President Obama’s first term. Recommendations include implementing a regulatory freeze and a regulatory budget, expanding domestic energy production, blocking cap-and-trade policies from the Environmental Protection Agency and alleviating the burden ill-conceived labor union policies place on employees. Submitted to the House Republican Reducing Regulatory Burdens Task Force.

Fixing the Tax Code: The RSC’s recommendations seek to create a flatter, fairer and simpler tax code. Recommendations include developing a business tax code that is agnostic to the industry being taxed, eliminating the marriage penalty in the tax code and updating the U.S. corporate tax rate, which is one of the highest among developed nations. Submitted to the House Republican Tax Reform Task Force.

Patient-Centered Health Care Reform: The RSC’s American Health Care Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 2653) is the most co-sponsored Obamacare alternative in the House. The RSC’s recommendations draw on our health care reform bill. They include leveling the playing field between individuals and employers by creating a standard, portable tax deduction, as well as allowing Americans to purchase insurance across state lines to increase competition. Submitted to the House Republican Health Care Reform Task Force.

Limiting Government and Reclaiming the Constitution: The RSC’s recommendations to restore the constitutionally limited role of government will result in a federal government that is more efficient and effective in its core functions. The RSC’s recommendations include stopping President Obama’s unconstitutional actions on immigration, defending Americans’ First Amendment right to life according to religious beliefs and employing Congress’s “power of the purse” to limit government spending. Submitted to the House Republican Constitutional Authority Task Force.

 

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March 30th, 2016 Flores: Puerto Rico Draft Bill Still Needs Work

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement in response to proposed draft legislation addressing Puerto Rico’s debt crisis:

“The discussion draft legislation regarding Puerto Rico's fiscal situation includes provisions that essentially provide for a federally forced restructuring the island’s debt. This approach is inconsistent with the Republican Study Committee’s (RSC) position on this issue. The RSC has taken a clear position that unilaterally changing the rules to address Puerto Rico’s fiscal irresponsibility is the wrong approach.

“While the draft proposal does include some positive, pro-growth policies to restore Puerto Rico’s stagnant economy, such as reducing burdensome federal regulations, the draft bill still needs work to prevent a bankruptcy-style involuntary restructuring. We will continue to work with Chairman Bishop and House Leadership to amend the legislation so that it is consistent with the RSC's adopted position and conservative principles that are fair to all participants.”

In February, the RSC took a position against granting access to Chapter 9 bankruptcy for Puerto Rico “or access to similar forced restructuring of debt.”

 

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March 17th, 2016 - RSC Unveils Conservative Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON – Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) and RSC Budget and Spending Task Force Chairman Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) released the conservative caucus’ Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget proposal. Titled “Blueprint for a Balanced Budget 2.0,” the plan balances the federal budget in eight years, reduces government spending by $8.6 trillion over the next decade, and restores America’s social safety net programs to solvency.

To read the complete Blueprint for a Balanced Budget 2.0, click here.

To read Blueprint 2.0's Executive Summary, click here.

Key Features:

Balances the Federal Budget. Blueprint 2.0 balances the federal budget in just eight years, by 2024. In contrast, last year’s House budget balanced within a 10 year window. President Obama’s proposed FY 2017 budget never balances – ever. With national debt topping $19 trillionand interest rates soon set to surpassdefense spending, the Blueprint takes a serious approach to reigning in overspending.

Reduces Rampant Overspending. Blueprint 2.0 includes more than 200 specific spending reductions and reforms that will save taxpayers $8.6 trillion over the next decade. By setting base discretionary spending at $974 billion and prioritize spending to provide for our national defense, we can ensure a brighter fiscal future for our nation.

Strengthens our National Security. Blueprint 2.0 fully provides for our national security needs, so America can properly address the growing threats we face. This budget provides $574 billion for base discretionary funding in FY2017, along with $59 billion to carry out the Global War on Terror.

Promotes Pro-Growth Reforms. Blueprint 2.0 provides the principles for tax reform that simplify our sprawling, unintelligible tax code and make our system fairer for American families. The budget would set top tax rates at 25 percent, eliminate special interest tax breaks and loopholes and shifts collection duties from the scandal-plagued Internal Revenue Service to the Treasury Department.

Restores America’s Social Safety-Net Programs. Blueprint 2.0 takes robust measures to rebuild America’s social safety net programs so they empower individuals, serve those who rely on them and endure for future generations.

Repeals and Replaces Obamacare. Blueprint 2.0 fully repeals the president’s disastrous health care law and implements the RSC’s American Health Care Reform Act (ACHRA) instead. ACHRA would increase competition, lower costs, improve access to care, and level the playing field between families and employers when purchasing the health insurance plan that best fits their needs.

 

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March 16th, 2015 - RSC Releases Preview of Conservative FY2017 Budget

WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican Study Committee’s Budget and Spending Task Force, chaired by Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), released an Executive Summary of the RSC’s FY2017 budget, “Blueprint for a Balanced Budget 2.0.”

The RSC’s annual conservative budget receives a floor vote each year and has a strong record of introducing bold ideas that are incorporated in subsequent House budgets. The FY2017 budget will balance in eight years, compared to the House budget’s 10 year window in FY2016, and will reduce spending by $8.6 trillion over the next decade.

You can find last year’s RSC budget here.

The Republican Study Committee’s FY2017 budget will do the following:

Responsible Fiscal Path

  • Reduce spending by $8.6 trillion over the next decade, putting the federal government on a sustainable fiscal path and restoring government to its proper size. Over the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 – 2026 period, spending as a share of the economy would be below the historical average.
  • Achieve balance in 2024 – eight years – without relying on revenue increases.
  • FY2017 base discretionary spending would total $974 billion, including reducing non-defense discretionary to $400 billion. The arbitrary “firewall” between discretionary categories would be removed, allowing Congress to fund national priorities. Over the next decade, non-defense discretionary spending would be reduced by $1.4 trillion.
  • Includes over 200 specific cuts and reforms.

National Security

  • Provide full funding for national security, including $574 billion for base defense discretionary in FY 2017, along with $59 billion to carry out the Global War on Terror.
  • Defense spending would grow every year, maintaining sufficient resources to address an increasingly dangerous world.

Growing the Economy: Creating a Climate for Job Creation

  • Rein in Washington bureaucrats by imposing a regulatory freeze for the remainder of President Obama’s term, establishing a regulatory budget, and enacting the REINS Act.
  • Unleash North American energy production, block the Clean Power Plan and repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard.
  • Get unions off the backs of job creators and employees, repeal Davis Bacon prevailing wage requirements and the Jones Act.
  • Spur investment in local business by repealing Dodd-Frank and anti-competitive regulations.
  • Embrace free markets by eliminating crony capitalist programs such as the Export-Import Bank.

Reform the Scoial Safety Net to Empower Individuals, Families and Communities

  • Promote earned success rather than a culture of dependence by reforming programs like Food Stamps (SNAP) and housing assistance, requiring work for those who are able.
  • Recognize the importance of marriage and families by reducing marriage penalties.
  • Reform and simplify the Earned Income Tax Credit, reducing fraud and improving the program.
  • Promote saving with universal tax-free savings accounts and make it easier for employers to establish retirement accounts for workers.

Real Health Care Reform

  • Fully repeal Obamacare, including its spending, mandates, and all of its associated taxes.
  • Implement the RSC’s American Health Care Reform Act to provide a standard deduction for individuals to purchase health insurance, improve access to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), protect those with pre-existing conditions and the uninsured, and reduces the costs of coverage.
  • Provide states with flexible Medicaid block grants, coupled with work requirements for able-bodied adults and anti-fraud reforms to focus the program on achieving better results for those who truly need it.

Save Medicare

  • Transform the current, unsustainable program into a solvent Medicare Plus system that, beginning in 2020, will provide seniors a choice of insurance plans – including a traditional fee for service option – that would reduce costs and increase access to care.
  • Simplify Medicare by combining Parts A and B and reform Medigap plans.
  • Phase in an increase for basic premiums and increase means testing for high income retirees.
  • Adjust the eligibility age so that it aligns with Social Security.

Safeguard Social Security and Disability Insurance

  • Continue the current-law increase to the normal retirement age until it eventually reaches 70, reflecting increases in longevity.
  • Adopt the more-accurate measure of inflation Chained CPI for all government programs.
  • Exempt workers over the retirement age from payroll taxes.
  • Include specific policies to ensure the survival of the Disability Insurance program (DI), including encouraging work, adopting a needs based period of benefits, updating the eligibility rules, fighting fraud, end the “double dipping” that allows individuals to collect DI and unemployment benefits and reform the appeals process.

Reclaim the Constitution

  • Stop overreach by the Executive and Judicial Branches, including blocking executive amnesty, protecting life and defending the Second Amendment.
  • Reform the budget process to force Congress to live up to its promises and make it easier to cut spending.
  • Exempt workers over the retirement age from payroll taxes.

You can read the complete Executive Summary here.

 

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March 16th, 2016 - Flores: SCOTUS’ Future Should be Determined by the People

WASHINGTON – Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement on President Obama’s nomination of D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court:

“The future of the Supreme Court should be determined by the American people and the Senate has an obligation to ensure their voice is heard. The Senate’s duty is to ‘advise’ the president, not to simply rubber stamp his lame duck agenda. Their role is a critical, Constitutional check to prevent the president from controlling the judiciary and to preserve the Court’s impartiality. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to stand firm, and to defer consideration of a Supreme Court nominee until the American people have elected a new president.”

 

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March 1st, 2016 - RSC Releases Recommended Guidelines for House Budget

WASHINGTON – The Republican Study Committee’s Budget and Spending Task Force today released an outline of the guiding principles any House budget backed by conservatives should follow. The task force, chaired by Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), is currently drafting the RSC’s conservative budget proposal, set to be released later this month. You can find last year’s Blueprint for a Balanced Budget here.

Recommended Guidelines for a House Budget:

The budget should balance within ten years by reducing the size and scope of the federal government.

The federal government has grown to consume 21.2 percent of the economy this year, well above its historical average of 20.2 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Under current law, the federal government will grow to 23.1 percent of GDP by 2026. The budget should reduce government spending closer to the historical average ofrevenues so that the budget can balance.

The budget should reduce mandatory spending.

Automatic mandatory spending is the main contributor to the ever-increasing debt that is driving our nation towards a fiscal crisis. Fifty years ago, mandatory spending comprised only about one-third of the federal budget; today, it takes up two-thirds. If we keep on the current path, that percentage will continue to grow. The budget should bring mandatory spending under control and return our social safety net programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, back to solvency.

The budget should reduce discretionary spending.

The Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 promised to control discretionary spending, but hasn’t fully accomplished that goal. This year’s budget should reduce discretionary spending and restore sanity to our nation’s fiscal policy. One area to eliminate wasteful spending is among those programs that Congress has failed to approve. For the last several years, appropriations bills have contained hundreds of billions of dollars in unauthorized appropriations each year. This includes over $310 billion in FY2016, $290 billion in FY2015, and $301 billion in FY2014 – virtually all of it non-defense discretionary spending – that was not authorized by law.

The budget should ensure a strong national security.

America faces a multitude of challenges all around the world, including growing threats posed by ISIS, Iran, China, North Korea and Russia. The budget should provide full funding for base defense purposes, along with necessary funding for the Global War on Terror (GWOT) in Fiscal Year 2017. Over the next decade, funding for national defense should grow to ensure our men and women in uniform continue to have the tools they need to keep us safe.

The budget should reform and simplify our broken tax code to promote growth.

The U.S. tax code is broken. It is too complex, too unfair and too burdensome for American families and small business owners, stifling economic growth and opportunity. The budget should propose a framework for pro-growth tax reform that would make the tax code simpler, flatter and fairer, while removing special interest loopholes. Any tax reform plan should be measured using a realistic dynamic score that takes into account the positive economic effects of reform while keeping the tax burden low.

The budget should include pro-growth policies that remove government obstacles to recovery.

In recent years, wages have stagnated, more and more people are leaving the labor force, and economic growth has been too anemic to support the American dream for families and individuals. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office recently downgraded its projections for how the economy will perform over the next several years, specifically citing Obama administration polices as contributing to the problem. The budget should be focused on policies that get people back into the workforce, increase wages, clear out burdensome regulations and promote growth.

The budget should ensure that any reconciliation instructions are written so the procedure cannot be misused.

Reconciliation is a powerful tool that allowed Congress to put a bill repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood on the president’s desk. It allowed conservatives to show the American people that we will achieve these crucial goals under a Republican president in 2017. This year, any reconciliation instructions must be written to ensure we can implement a conservative agenda determined by Congress – not to prop up President Obama’s priorities in a lame duck administration.

 

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February 26th, 2016 - RSC Adopts Position Requiring House Budget at Lower Numbers

WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) took an official position in support of a fiscal year 2017 budget that spends significantly less than last year’s Bipartisan Budget Agreement. RSC Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX), who heads the conservative caucus of more than 170 members, released the following statement:

 

  • “Today, the Republican Study Committee adopted the position that the House budget should spend no more than $1.040 trillion in discretionary spending. Congress has a responsibility to provide for a national defense that meets the growing threats our nation faces. At the same time, it is imperative that we uphold our commitment to stop increasing the national debt. This is about keeping our promise to hardworking Americans. Last year’s budget agreement would add billions to the debt and hobble the economic prospects of future generations. We must make concrete spending reductions, either in non-defense discretionary spending or through enacted mandatory savings, to offset any spending in excess of $1.040 trillion.

 

 

  • “The Republican Study Committee has always had a ‘yes-yes’ strategy to support both the RSC and the House budgets, and we are continuing to pursue that strategy. By working together, I am confident House Republicans can pass a budget and work toward solutions that reflect a bold, positive agenda.”

 

The RSC Chairman takes an official position on an issue when the RSC Steering Committee Members, the RSC’s governing board, recommends it by a two-thirds majority vote.

The RSC is currently drafting its FY2017 budget, titled “Blueprint for a Balanced Budget 2.0.” Last year’s “Blueprint for a Balanced Budget” was the group’s most conservative budget to date. It balanced within six years, prioritized a strong national defense and enacted reforms to restore solvency to America’s social safety net programs.

 

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February 25th, 2016 - RSC Opposes Chapter 9 for Puerto Rico, Supports Pro-Growth Reforms

WASHINGTON – The Republican Study Committee (RSC) took an official position today supporting pro-growth reforms to alleviate Puerto Rico’s debt, but opposing any congressional action forcibly restructuring debt or granting access to Chapter 9 to the U.S. territory or its municipalities.

“Puerto Rico’s mounting fiscal problems are the result of poor management and unsustainable policies enacted by local government and compounded by ill-conceived federal policies that hamstring the island’s economy,” RSC Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) said in a statement. “A direct taxpayer-funded bailout would not only cost Americans tens of billions of dollars, it would fail to address the root drivers of Puerto Rico’s debt. Additionally, while some have proposed settling the $73 billion government debt by granting the island access to Chapter 9 bankruptcy or forcing the debt to be restructured, Congress must not do so. Changing the rules mid-game would be unfair to Puerto Rico’s creditors who entered into these arrangements with agreed upon terms and would delegitimize future transactions. Instead, Congress should consider pro-growth reforms that will spur economic development and investment in Puerto Rico.”

The Republican Study Committee adopted the following position: “The RSC opposes granting access to Chapter 9 bankruptcy for Puerto Rico or access to similar forced restructuring of debt. The RSC does support enacting pro-growth reforms that would alleviate the burden that current federal policies place on the territory.”

The RSC Chairman takes an official position on an issue when the RSC Steering Committee Members, the RSC’s governing board, recommends it by a two-thirds majority vote.

 

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February 23rd, 2016 - RSC Members Reject Obama’s Guantanamo Bay Proposal

WASHINGTON – Today, members of the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC) overwhelmingly rejected President Obama’s proposal to close Guantanamo Bay, which prioritizes campaign promises over the safety of the American people. The plan would send up to 60 detainees to U.S. states, including South Carolina, Kansas and Colorado, and send 91 detainees to foreign countries.

Even as the president announced his plan, news broke that a former Guantanamo Bay detainee with alleged ties to ISIS had been arrested by Spanish authorities for recruiting fighters for the Islamic State. It is no surprise that nearly two-thirds of Americans opposed closing the facility.

RSC members reacted strongly against the short-sighted proposal:

“President Obama’s continued push to close Guantanamo Bay violates current law and is completely irresponsible given our ever-increasing global threats. His plan violates the will of Congress and of the American people. Closing Guantanamo Bay and transferring dangerous terrorists to communities in the United States endangers the lives of hardworking American families.” -Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (TX-17)

“The President’s plan will force the United States Military to make the impossible decision of following their Commander in Chief or following the law. This proposed transfer would be the second time President Obama directly violated the law on prisoner transfers. His arrogance is breathtaking.” -RSC National Security Working Group Chairman Trent Franks (AZ-08)

“President Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay and bring detainees to the United States will remain just that: a plan. One that should not be enacted. The President says this facility “undermines” our security. Does he think bringing terrorists to U.S. soil doesn’t?” -Rep. Diane Black (TN-06)

“Federal law is crystal clear that the Guantanamo detainees cannot be transferred to the United States, and our top military officers and even the Attorney General have said they will not violate that law. The President is delusional if he thinks we in Congress will agree to bring terrorists into the United States.” -Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-02)

“Time and time again, Congress has spoken clearly on this issue by passing, with bipartisan, veto-proof majorities, legislation barring the transfer of detainees to U.S. soil. In fact, the most recent National Defense Authorization Act included such language and was signed into law by the President last November. Furthermore, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter have confirmed the law ‘currently does not allow’ Guantanamo Bay detainee transfers to the United States.” -Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04)

“There are real questions about recidivism – just today there are news reports that a released detainee was arrested in Morocco while recruiting for ISIS – but the administration’s answer is only vague promises of ‘trust us’. That is not enough assurance for me or for the American people.” -Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02)

 

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February 16th, 2016 - RSC Welcomes New Executive Director

WASHINGTON – The Republican Study Committee (RSC) today welcomed Scott T. Parkinson as its new Executive Director. Parkinson comes to the RSC from the office of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), where he served as the Deputy Legislative Director.

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Scott to the Republican Study Committee team,” RSC Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) said in a statement. “The RSC is known for its dynamic and innovative policy proposals, which push the House toward the Right. I am confident that Scott’s extensive background in tax, budget and entitlement issues will serve the RSC well, and I look forward to all we will accomplish in the coming year.”

 

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February 13th, 2016 - Flores Statement on the Passing of Justice Scalia

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement in response to the news that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away today in Texas:

"Justice Scalia was a man of great words, strong character and uncompromising principle. As one of the most influential and respected justices to ever serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, he defended the Constitution against those who would reinterpret and reinvent it to suit their political needs. It is impossible to overstate how much his service has meant to our country, or how keenly his loss will be felt. Gina and I send our thoughts and prayers to Justice Scalia's family during this difficult time."

 

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February 9th, 2016 - Obama’s Liberal Wish List is “Dead on Arrival”

WASHINGTON – Today, Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following response to President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget proposal:

“Once again, President Obama has proposed a big-spending, deficit-driving budget that places liberal special interests above America’s greatest needs. His $4 trillion proposal requests a $3.4 trillion tax increase and never balances – ever. With the national deficit already topping $19 trillion, this liberal wish list is dead on arrival.

“Instead of more overspending, we need a detailed plan to rein in the federal bureaucracy, cut regulatory red tape, spur economic growth and save our social safety net. The Republican Study Committee is currently working on a conservative budget that will bring Washington back to fiscal balance. To protect our nation’s future, Congress needs to take action – and the president needs to take notes.”

 

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February 5th, 2016 - Flores: Obama’s $10-A-Barrel Tax on Oil Will Be Dead on Arrival

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration’s proposed $10-per-barrel tax on oil:

“It is astonishing how out-of-touch the president is and the lengths he will go to distract Americans from his failed policies. A $10-a-barrel tax on oil will be dead on arrival in the House. It is clear that in his last year in office the president is more concerned with his radical climate policies and pleasing special interest groups than providing economic stability for hardworking American families. This proposed tax will do nothing more than raise costs on consumers, who are still struggling with stagnant wages. Rather than raising energy prices, the president should be working with Congress on a 21st century energy strategy to lower costs, improve our economy and achieve American energy security.”

 

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February 2nd, 2016 - Flores: Iran Is Not a Nation We Can Trust

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) today released the following statement on H.R. 3662, the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act:

“Today, Congress voted to strengthen sanctions on Iran in the wake of the Obama Administration’s naïve and reckless nuclear deal. Since the deal’s ‘adoption’ by the White House, Iran has demonstrated time and again its willingness to violate international agreements. It has flouted the international community, firing medium range ballistic missiles and growing its stockpile of low-enriched uranium, while continuing its human rights abuses. Without consequence, the rogue regime has recently humiliated our men and women in uniform after propagandizing the capture of ten U.S. Navy personnel. Iran is not a nation we can trust. This bill will prevent more funds from going to the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. The American people would be better served if President Obama would also take a stand against Iran’s unacceptable behavior, instead of making excuses for it.”.

 

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February 2nd, 2016 - Flores: Obamacare Will Be Repealed Under Our Next President

WASHINGTON – Today, the House voted to override President Obama’s veto of H.R. 3762, the Restoring American’s Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015. Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement:

“It is unfortunate that President Obama seems more interested in protecting his failed legislation than protecting the interests of the American people. Despite his veto, Congress has shown that Obamacare can and will be repealed under our next president.”

Last year, the Republican Study Committee introduced the American Health Care Reform Act (AHCRA), a conservative health care reform plan that fully repeals Obamacare and provides a patient-centered alternative. It was introduced with more co-sponsors than any other Republican health care reform bill.

 

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January 12, 2016 - Flores: “It is Time to Turn the Page” on Obama’s Failed Policies

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) issued the following statement in response to the president’s State of the Union address:

“If President Obama listened to hardworking Americans as much as he lectures them, tonight’s State of the Union speech might have actually reflected reality. Instead, the president took an unearned victory lap, once again ignoring the true concerns and priorities of the American people.

“Many Americans feel less secure and less satisfied with the direction of this country than they did when the president took office. In just the last year, we have seen the rapid growth of a dangerous and evil terrorist state, a devastating attack on one of our closest allies, and terror-motivated attacks in U.S. cities. The president’s weak leadership and dismissive attitude have emboldened our geopolitical foes, who in turn have filled the vacuum. Tonight, the president praised his deal with Iran, even while at that very moment 10 U.S. sailors were being held by the Iranian military. Such disconnect is unacceptable for our Commander-in-Chief.

“President Obama’s record is not much better here at home. American families have suffered under Obamacare – the president’s signature legislative achievement. Rising out-of-pocket costs have made access to care unaffordable for many, even after they purchase insurance plans mandated by law. Wages are stagnant, meaning workers are paying more and making do with less. Today, because of the president’s policies, more Americans are living under poverty than ever before in the history of our nation. For the first time, parents are worried that their children will not receive better opportunities than they did.

“It is time to turn the page. It is time to deliver new solutions that do address the needs American families and taxpayers. House conservatives are crafting a bold agenda that will offer pro-growth policies and relief from Washington’s oppressive bureaucracy. I am confident we will introduce conservative, common sense reforms that ensure the coming years are far brighter than the last.”

 

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January 12, 2016 - Flores: North Korea's Nuclear Actions Must Not Be Tolerated

House Passes Increased Sanctions After Hydrogen Bomb Reports

WASHINGTON – Today, the House passed H.R. 757, North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act, which passed on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 418- 2. The bill expands existing sanctions against North Korea in response to allegations that the country recently conducted a hydrogen nuclear weapons test.

Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement:

“Recent reports that North Korea successfully tested a hydrogen nuclear bomb demand a serious and strong response from the United States. While the test’s authenticity remains in question, North Korea’s defiance of the international community and intimidation of neighboring states must not be tolerated. The North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act will allow the U.S. to block the individuals and financial sources who have aided the development of the rogue nation’s nuclear program. A long series of failed negotiations have proven that North Korea never intended to be an honest party. Now is the time for a strong American response to deter a nuclear-armed North Korea. Providing for America’s national security is the most important job Congress has and must remain our top priority in an increasingly volatile landscape.”

Tomorrow, the House will vote on H.R. 3662, Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act, which will strengthen sanctions against Iran after reported violations of the recent nuclear deal.

 

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January 12, 2016 - NEW VIDEO: 'On You Depend the Fortunes of America'

WASHINGTON - As Congress embarks on a new legislative year, the Republican Study Committee has released a new video new video on the bold challenges ahead of us.

From President Reagan's 1981 inaugual address:

“’On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important questions upon which rests the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.’

“…And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the world. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom.”

You can watch the video on the Republican Study Committee's Facebook page.

 

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January 8, 2016 - Flores: Obamacare Veto Cements President's Failed Legacy

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s veto of H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015:

“Today, the president had the chance to put politics aside and alleviate the crushing burden hardworking Americans are facing under Obamacare. Instead, he doubled down on his failed health care law. He has cemented his legacy as the president whose unsustainable policies inflicted higher costs, more anxiety and a dimmer economic future on American families.

“Congress has proven that Obamacare will be repealed. It is now our task to craft a new solution that will lower costs and improve access to care for all. We can only do that by restoring power to individuals and families – not federal bureaucrats – that should be in charge of their own health care decisions. The Republican Study Committee has been a champion for conservative health care reform alternatives and will continue to lead the discussion in 2016.”

Last year, the Republican Study Committee introduced the American Health Care Reform Act, a conservative health care reform plan that fully repeals Obamacare and provides a patient-centered health care reform alternative.

 

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January 6, 2016 - Flores: Reconciliation Vote a “Promise Kept” for Hardworking Americans

WASHINGTON – Today, Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement on the House’s passage of H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015, to partially repeal Obamacare:

“Today’s vote is a promise kept for the hardworking American families that are paying the price for Obamacare’s rising costs and many failures. By sending an Obamacare repeal bill to the president’s desk for the first time, we are fulfilling our commitment to voters to alleviate the heavy burden this law places on individuals, families and small businesses. After half a decade of this failed policy, this is the first opportunity for President Obama to correct his course, put politics aside, and sign this bill into law.

“The president promised to lower health care costs, but Americans have seen their out-of-pocket costs rise dramatically at the expense of employees and individuals. He promised, ‘If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,’ but millions saw their plans cancelled altogether. He promised to improve access to care, but prohibitively high costs mean that, for many, paying the individual mandate fine is still more affordable than buying health insurance.

“Americans deserve better, which is why conservatives have continued to fight for true patient-centered health care reform. Repealing Obamacare is only the first step. The Republican Study Committee will continue working toward competitive health care reform that levels the playing field, puts individuals and families back in the driver’s seat, lowers costs and improves access to care.”

Background

• Last year, the Republican Study Committee introduced the American Health Care Reform Act, a conservative health care reform plan that fully repeals Obamacare and provides a patient-centered health care reform alternative.

• On November 12th, Chairman Flores called on the Senate to expand the reach of the House-passed reconciliation bill. “I urge the Senate to expand the scope of this partial Obamacare repeal package to cover as much of the law as is consistent with the Byrd Rule,” Chairman Flores said in a statement.

• In April 2015, Chairman Flores joined Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, in a statement calling for the Senate’s reconciliation tool to be used to repeal Obamacare. “We urge the budget conferees to consider the concerns of the American people who want to see this unpopular and detrimental law repealed once and for all,” the statement said.

• Earlier this year, the Republican Study Committee’s 2015 Blueprint for a Balanced Budget recommended Congress use the reconciliation tool to fully repeal Obamacare and implement conservative, patient-centered health care reform instead. The RSC was also influential in securing an early Obamacare repeal vote in 2015 to signal conservatives’ commitment on health care reform.

 

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December 17th, 2015 - Flores Votes for Tax Extenders Package

WASHINGTON – Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) voted in support of the tax extenders package, which passed on a bipartisan vote of 318-109.

Chairman Flores released the following statement:

“While this package is not perfect, it delivers many significant, conservative provisions that will improve economic opportunity. By making key pro-growth tax provisions permanent, this bill allows our nation’s small businesses and families to better plan for the future. Improving our tax code and providing stability are important steps to creating more jobs and better paychecks for hardworking Americans. This bill sets the stage for meaningful, pro-growth tax reform next year and gives us the opportunity to deliver the bold, conservative vision America needs.”

Earlier today, Chairman Flores released a statement highlighting the many conservative provisions in the tax extenders package. This month, the Republican Study Committee released an outline of their priorities for the tax extenders package. Those priorities included phasing out the wind and solar production tax credits (PTC), improving integrity for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) programs and preventing a taxpayer-funded bailout through Obamacare’s risk corridor program.

 

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December 17th, 2015 - Flores: Tax Extenders Package Offers Positive Conservative Provisions

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) today released the following statement on the tax extenders package that the House is set to vote on this afternoon:

“I am still in the process of reviewing the tax extenders deal, but the deal does include many positive conservative provisions. It makes permanent tax extensions that foster research and development, driving long-term economic growth and innovation. It reforms fraud-ridden tax programs, saving billions of taxpayer dollars. It also includes measures that will help America’s small businesses thrive, will ensure fairness for taxpayers and will support charitable Americans who give to those in need. In a solid win for conservatives, this bill omits a provision to open up more taxpayer funds to support Obamacare’s risk corridor program, despite a push from the White House and Democrats. The program, which has been called a ‘bailout’ for insurance companies, can currently only use funds from revenues collected from insurers.

“Unfortunately, the problematic renewable tax credits that previous packages have included will be extended for an additional five years in the omnibus. That is far too long for such costly and unnecessary programs.”

Earlier this month, the Republican Study Committee released an outline of their priorities for the tax extenders package. Those priorities included phasing out the wind and solar production tax credits (PTC), improving integrity for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) programs and preventing an expansion of Obamacare’s risk corridors.

 

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December 9th, 2015 - Flores Statement on Obama’s Costly Climate Pledge

WASHINGTON – As the Paris climate summit progresses, the Obama Administration is pledging to send billions of taxpayer dollars to support climate initiatives abroad. Many Members of Congress, however, have made it clear they will not approve any allocation of funds until they at least review a final deal.

“President Obama’s promises at the Paris climate summit show just how out of touch he is with the priorities and concerns of hardworking Americans,” Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) said in a statement. “Obama officials are pledging $3 billion for climate projects overseas, but they are ignoring the fact that Congress, and not the president, holds the power of the purse. There will be no funding without congressional approval, especially for special interest regulations that will cost jobs and hurt economic growth. At a time when the world faces a growing terrorist threat, we should be focused first and foremost on providing for our national security needs - not the president’s pet projects.”

According to a recent poll, the majority of Americans – 53 percent – want Congress to have the final say on any international climate deals negotiated by the president.

 

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December 4nd, 2015 - Flores Praises Senate Passage of Reconciliation Bill

RSC Chairman Has Pushed Congress to Use Tool for Obamacare Repeal

WASHINGTON - Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015:

“I applaud my colleagues in the Senate for strengthening the House-passed reconciliation bill to repeal more of the president’s disastrous health care law. While this bill is a partial, not full, repeal of Obamacare, I am encouraged that the Senate moved to bolster the reconciliation package. There is still more work to be done, however. We will only have fulfilled our promise to hardworking Americans when we have fully replaced Obamacare with a health care plan that lowers costs, improves access to care and puts patients back in the driver’s seat.”

On November 12th, Chairman Flores called on the Senate to expand the reach of the House-passed reconciliation bill. “I urge the Senate to expand the scope of this partial Obamacare repeal package to cover as much of the law as is consistent with the Byrd Rule,” Chairman Flores said in a statement.

In April 2015, Chairman Flores joined Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, in a statement calling for language focused on Obamacare repeal. “We urge the budget conferees to consider the concerns of the American people who want to see this unpopular and detrimental law repealed once and for all,” the statement said.

Earlier this year, the Republican Study Committee’s 2015 Blueprint for a Balanced Budget recommended Congress use the reconciliation tool to fully repeal Obamacare and implement the American Health Care Reform Act, the RSC’s conservative, patient-centered health care reform instead.

 

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December 2nd, 2015 - Flores Outlines Conservatives’ Tax Extender Priorities

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) today outlined the conservative group’s priorities for the tax extender package Congress is set to consider before the end of the year.

“As the House prepares to consider several costly tax extenders, we must ensure that we craft a package that will spur growth, not subsidize ineffective programs or policies,” Chairman Flores said in a statement. “Special interest giveaways like the wind production tax credit (PTC) and the solar investment tax credit (ITC) have overstayed their welcome and their usefulness. We should allow these programs, which amount to the federal government picking winners and losers, to be phased out as scheduled.

“We must also improve the integrity and accountability for tax extenders that we may renew,” Chairman Flores continued. “We should not renew stimulus legacy items like the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the additional Child Tax Credit (CTC) without making significant improvements to the programs’ verification and oversight. Currently, these benefits can be easily acquired without proper identification or proof of legal status, leading to billions of dollars in waste and abuse each year. Once tax credit status is obtained, it is nearly impossible to revoke, perpetuating a cycle of tax fraud.

“Finally, we must maintain current law regarding Obamacare’s disastrous risk corridor program, which is essentially a hidden bailout for insurance companies. Hardworking American taxpayers should not have to pay for the financial failures of Obamacare. Any tax extender package – or omnibus funding package – that perpetuates the risk corridor program is unacceptable,” Chairman Flores concluded.

Background –

  • Ending the Wind PTC: For more than two decades, taxpayers have heavily subsidized the wind industry. Extending the wind production tax credit (PTC) retroactively for just one year would cost taxpayers an estimated $6.4 billion.
  • Letting the Solar ITC Expire: The solar investment tax credit (ITC) is set to expire in 2016 and should be phased out as scheduled. Residential solar power was a $13 billion market in 2014, eliminating the need for continued government assistance.
  • Improving Integrity for Earned Income Tax Credit & Child Tax Credit Programs: The Internal Revenue Service estimates that as much as 26 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) payments made each year are fraudulent. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration estimated that wrongful EITC payments cost taxpayers $14.5 billion in 2013, and that phony Child Tax Credit (CTC) claims cost another $7 billion. Anything with a more than 2.5 percent error rate should be deemed “high risk,” but the IRS has failed to flag these programs as problematic.
  • Protecting Taxpayers from Obamacare’s Insurer Bailout: The Obama Administration counted on using general funds to support its costly risk corridor program, which would have added to our $18 trillion national debt. Congress took action to protect American families by ensuring that the risk corridor program must be budget neutral and can only draw funds from insurance taxes. With so many losses being posted, the Administration has stated it may look to secure more funding in 2016, ignoring the larger problem: that an unsustainable marketplace will drive insurers away completely. Recently, one of the nation’s largest insurers announced it was scaling back its efforts on the Obamacare exchange after significant losses and might exit the market entirely.

 

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November 19th, 2015 - Flores: We Must Eradicate ISIS Completely

WASHINGTON – Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement in support of H.R. 4038, American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, which passed with a bipartisan, veto- proof majority:

“The devastating terrorist attacks in Paris last week proved that Americans and our allies are facing a vicious and nontraditional enemy that recognizes no geographic or moral boundaries. As reports of ISIS’s determination to spread terror in the U.S. and Europe continue to mount, it is imperative that we focus unwaveringly on America’s national security. As Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), I stand with our 170-plus members who are committed to do all we can to protect and defend our homeland.

“Today, we took the first step by passing the American SAFE Act. This legislation puts a pause on accepting refugees until we can enact proper safeguards and background checks to fully verify their identity and intentions. Anything less would be irresponsible and puts American lives at risk.

“While the RSC and other House members are focused on securing our borders and providing for our defense, the president continues to refuse to admit that we are in the midst of a national security crisis. President Obama’s failed foreign policies and unwillingness to exert American leadership have exacerbated this crisis. Meanwhile, 31 state governors, both Democrats and Republicans, have rejected participation in the Refugee Resettlement Program because of the inherent risks that unvetted refugees place on their communities.

“The crisis of individuals fleeing persecution and destruction, however, is a symptom of the root problem we face: ISIS’s reign of terror in Syria and Iraq. The task is clear: we must join our allies around the world to not merely degrade or contain ISIS, but to eradicate it completely.”

 

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November 12th, 2015 - Flores Urges Senate to Act on Reconciliation

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement in response to the news that the Senate can move forward with the House-passed reconciliation bill:

"We are one step closer to repealing key provisions of Obamacare and replacing it with patient-centered reforms that will lower costs and improve access to care that Americans need. Reconciliation is the best tool Congress has to end this disastrous law and to alleviate the burden on hardworking families and taxpayers. We are also closer today to ending all taxpayer funding for abortion providers, whose troubling practices came to light earlier this year. There is still more we can do, and I urge the Senate to expand the scope of this partial Obamacare repeal package to cover as much of the law as is consistent with the Byrd Rule. The House has acted on these critical issues, and now the Senate must do the same."

 

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October 27th, 2015 - Flores Votes Against Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman (RSC) Bill Flores (R-TX) today voted against reviving the Export-Import Bank after its charter expired earlier this year. Chairman Flores released the following statement:

“The Export-Import Bank is the ‘Enron’ of the federal government and the poster-child for Washington’s corrupt bureaucracy. Its revival would force American taxpayers to once again suffer at the hands of federal mismanagement. In the last few years, former Ex-Im officials have been the subject of more than 90 criminal indictments and complaints, and have received decades in combined jail time. We should not be using taxpayer dollars to fund a corrupt organization that has proven itself impervious to reforms.”

Earlier this year, the RSC took the official position that the Ex-Im Bank should not be reauthorized.

 

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October 22th, 2015 - Republican Study Committee Endorses Chairman Paul Ryan for Speaker

WASHINGTON – The Republican Study Committee (RSC) today endorsed Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) for Speaker of the House. RSC Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement:

“After hearing Paul lay out his vision for the future of the Republican conference, I am confident that he is the right person to lead the House going forward. He has the policy expertise, conservative principles and strong values we need in our next Speaker. He is a member of the Republican Study Committee and has shown he is willing to work with fellow conservatives to address our policy and process goals. I personally worked closely with Paul on the House Budget Committee from 2011-2014 to craft four transformational budgets and believe he will lead with the bold, fresh ideas that America needs.”

Yesterday, Chairman Ryan addressed Republican Study Committee members at their weekly meeting. Following the meeting, the RSC Steering Committee voted overwhelming to endorse Chairman Ryan. The Steering Committee is made up of 10 RSC members, 6 former RSC chairmen and Chairman Flores.

 

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October 20th, 2015 - Republican Study Committee Unveils “Terms of Credit” Debt Ceiling Plan

WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) released its proposal to address the impending debt limit by tackling the root drivers of our growing national debt. Titled RSC’s “Terms of Credit (TOC) Act,” the plan focuses on reforms that will bolster the budget process, keep Congress hard at work and spur economic growth.

Budget.

  • Stick to the Budget. Terms of Credit ensures congressional committees follow through on the savings laid out in the House- and Senate-passed budget. It directs authorizing committees to produce legislation within 90 days that will hit their pre-determined budget targets.
  • Robust Budget Process. If the authorizing committees fail to meet the 90 day deadline, Rules Committee, in consultation with all relevant committees, is given 30 days to allow for consideration of amendments that would meet the spending reduction targets. If still, after 120 days, both the authorizing and Rules Committees fail to come up concrete spending cuts, any member of the House can step up by bringing a privileged bill to the floor on the condition that it is a step toward hitting the spending cut targets.
  • Vote on Balanced Budget Act. The RSC’s plan also requires a House vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment by December 31, 2015.

Work.

  • No Adjourning Until the Work is Done. Congress’ habit of adjourning while appropriations bills hang in limbo has contributed to the series of budget crises Congress has seen in recent years. Terms of Credit would prevent Congress from adjourning after September 1st if the next year’s appropriations measures have not been passed by that deadline.
  • Foster Debate in the Senate. Under the RSC’s plan, Senate members would no longer be able to prevent debate on appropriations bills after the October 1st deadline has passed. Members would still be able to filibuster the bill itself, but may not block debate altogether.

Grow.

  • 21 Month Regulatory Freeze. Terms of Credit proposes a short-term freeze on burdensome federal regulation to spur economic growth and private sector investment. The freeze would be placed on all significant federal regulation through July 1, 2017, subject to health, safety, and national security waivers.
  • No “Midnight Rules.” Terms of Credit would prohibit “midnight rules” - regulations that agencies sneak in between a presidential election and the next inauguration. The Act would carve out exemptions for health, safety, and national security waivers.

You can read a one page summary of the RSC’s Terms of Credit here.

 

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October 9th, 2015 - ICYMI - CQ Roll Call: Debt Limit Proposal Will Be Offered by Flores

Debt Limit Proposal Will Be Offered by Flores
Oct. 9, 2015 – 3:17 p.m.
By Ryan McCrimmon and Tamar Hallerman, CQ Roll Call

The chairman of the House's conservative Republican Study Committee told CQ Roll Call on Friday that he plans to unveil later this month a debt limit proposal that would address entitlement spending, economic growth and more.

“We got the skeleton for it and we’re going to put the flesh and bones on it over the next few days,” said RSC Chairman Bill Flores. “I’ll roll that out to our members and also to leadership as soon as we get back.” Congress is in recess next week for the Columbus Day holiday.

Flores, of Texas, said he didn’t want to delve into specifics, but suggested there will be “three essential pieces to it.”

“No. 1 is we still have to reform the spending profile of the federal government,” he said. “No. 2 is we still need greater economic growth, so we’ll have an economic growth provision. And the third thing is we’ve got to have the process that allows us to get those things done.”

Flores added the legislation would focus on curbing mandatory spending, rather than discretionary dollars.

“Look, we’ve cut discretionary spending about as far as you can go, so we’ve got to tackle the big drivers of our debt as Paul Ryan said, and those are the entitlements,” he said, referring to Wisconsin Rep. Paul D. Ryan, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

Flores declined to label his proposal a so-called “cut, cap and balance” approach, but said it “follows that sort of example.” That idea, which Republicans tried to tie to debt limit legislation in 2011, is to cut spending, place firm caps on future spending – tied to a certain percentage of gross domestic product – and pass a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget.

Nov. 5 Deadline

Congress has until Nov. 5 this year to extend the country’s statutory borrowing authority or risk defaulting on the national debt, by the Treasury Department’s calculations. But many conservative Republicans want to use the must-pass legislation as a vehicle to impose federal spending cuts or possibly demand action on other social matters.

President Barack Obama wants a "clean" debt limit passed by Congress, with no strings attached. The last time Obama budged on the debt ceiling was in 2011, when House Republicans successfully imposed concessions on spending through the Budget Control Act (PL 112-25).

Members of another conservative group, the House Freedom Caucus, made clear at a press event Wednesday they intend to use every inch of leverage provided by the looming deadline.

“This is an opportunity,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan. “We should not miss this opportunity between now and Nov. 5.”

“We need to find something that makes sense to put us on a path towards actually getting it balanced,” said Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the Freedom Caucus. “Then go out as a group and say, ‘Here we are, Mr. President. We’ll allow the borrowing authority to go up if you do this.’ That’s how it works. Right now, we’re coming up to a deadline and we have yet to talk about it.”

For the most part, those members declined to get into specifics.

“We may need to look at entitlement spending. There’s a lot of different ideas out there that we can all agree on. Some of them are bipartisan ideas that we can actually get some Democrats to work with us,” said Raul R. Labrador, R- Idaho.

Fire Alarms

Dan Holler, spokesman for the conservative group Heritage Action, said the debt limit deadline should serve as a “fire alarm” for lawmakers.

“Members of Congress can choose to ignore the fire alarm, but that’s a pretty irresponsible thing to do,” Holler said. “If they react appropriately, they use that as a moment to enact some real policy reforms.”

He added that the debt ceiling is also an opportunity to target the women’s health group Planned Parenthood, which anti-abortion lawmakers and outside groups have tried to penalize since an undercover video campaign over the summer purportedly showed organization officials discussing the sale of tissue from aborted fetuses.

Flores said he hasn’t received any assurances that House leadership will bring up his legislation.

“No, but nobody else is working on a plan,” he said. “So we’ve gotta lead, and the RSC is leading in this area. We’ve got a vision for addressing all the country’s critical needs and this is one of those."

Without the RSC proposal, Flores said he expects leaders would move forward with a "clean" debt limit increase.

“Absolutely. That’s exactly the wrong direction to go in. The American people are willing to look at a debt ceiling increase as long as they know that the trajectory is changing fiscally, that we’re getting the country’s house in order. And that’s what we’re trying to do,” he said.

 

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October 8th, 2015 - Flores Statement on McCarthy Announcement

WASHINGTON – Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) issued the following statement in response to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision to withdraw from the Speaker’s race:

“Like many of my colleagues, I was surprised by Kevin’s announcement, but I respect his decision. In this challenging time, it is critical to elect a new Speaker who will unite our conference and advance a strong, conservative agenda. We need leadership that offers a new and clear vision for the future, not a temporary caretaker. As President Reagan said, ‘America is too great for small dreams.’ It is time for House Republicans to unite to reform Washington and deliver bold, innovative policy solutions for the American people.”

 

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October 1, 2015 - Flores Votes to Ensure Justice for Iranian Terror Victims

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) today released the following statement in support of H.R. 3457, the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act:

“While I feel sanctions against Iran should not be lifted, it is particularly appalling that the Obama Administration has proposed lifting them while American victims of Iranian terrorist attacks go uncompensated. Iran owes its U.S. victims more than $43 billion, yet refuses to take responsibility and pay its lawful debts. Strict sanctions must remain in place until Iran fully accounts for the devastating results of its many acts of terrorism. I commend Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) for his tireless work on this important issue.”

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September 30, 2015 - Flores: No Sanction Relief Until Iran Compensates U.S. Terror Victims

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman (RSC) Bill Flores (R-TX) today expressed his strong support for H.R. 3457, the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act, which prohibits President Obama from lifting Iranian sanctions until Iran has fulfilled its payment to U.S. victims of Iranian terrorist attacks.

“It is unconscionable that President Obama is offering sanctions relief to Iran while the American victims of Iranian terrorist attacks are ignored and neglected,” Chairman Flores said. “Iran refuses to pay its U.S. victims and families the more than $43.5 billion they legally owe, yet stands to reap $150 billion thanks to the president’s deal. No funds should be released, no deal should be struck and no sanctions should be lifted until Americans receive their due for Iran’s devastating attacks.”

Introduced by Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), H.R. 3457 holds Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, accountable for attacks it supported and orchestrated over the last three decades. Iran has been linked to numerous terrorist acts against the United States including the 1983 Marine Corps barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, which took the lives of 241 American service members, and the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing which killed 19 members of our military.

You can learn more about why the U.S. should give #NotOneCent to Iran by clicking here.

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September 29, 2015 - RSC Unveils Amendment to Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON – The Republican Study Committee (RSC) today unveiled an amendment to modify the Senate’s government funding bill so it reflects key conservative priorities.

The proposed amendment prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion and redirects those funds to the thousands of women’s community health centers across the country, which outnumber Planned Parenthood clinics by nearly 20 to one. The measure also prevents President Obama from lifting sanctions on Iran through the duration of the stopgap funding measure. The amendment includes text from H.R. 3197, the Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act of 2015 and H.R. 3460, which suspends the authority of the President to waive the sanctions on Iran. The bills’ provisions would be effective for the entire term of the CR, while Congress works to address these issues as part of a larger debate this fall. You can read the amendment text here.

Earlier this month, the RSC introduced the Responsible Spending and Accountability Act, a government funding plan that includes 12 appropriations bills, six of which passed the House this year, as well as several policy riders that hold President Obama accountable. While today’s amendment is focused on the near-term issues facing the House, RSAA will address the long-term, root problems that concern hardworking Americans.

The RSAA also includes legislative measures that will:

  • Prohibit funding for all abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood.
  • Prohibit the sale of fetal body parts.
  • Protect the lives of all infants who are born alive
  • Prohibit funding for Obamacare.
  • Prohibit funding for President Obama’s amnesty executive actions.
  • Prevent the president from lifting any sanctions on Iran.

You can read a section-by-section of the RSAA here.

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September 25, 2015 - Flores Statement on Speaker Boehner’s Resignation

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement in response to Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) impending resignation:

“Speaker Boehner is a good man, who has always sought to represent his district and his country well. We owe him our thanks for his 25 years of dedicated, selfless service to the House of Representatives. Under his Speakership, we have banned earmarks, passed balanced budgets and enacted critical spending caps. As we move forward, our party must unify and remain committed to meet the pressing economic, national security, fiscal and other significant challenges that face hardworking American families.”

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September 18, 2015 - Flores Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON – Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) voted in favor of two bills that strengthen legal protections for unborn and newborn babies. The bills - H.R. 3134, Defund Planned Parenthood Act and H.R. 3504, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act – were introduced by RSC members Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), respectively.

“Americans were disgusted by the shocking footage of Planned Parenthood officials harvesting and trafficking the organs of unborn babies,” Chairman Flores said in a statement. “As Congress investigates this issue, we must strengthen our laws to protect infants from these atrocities. These important bills will grant desperately needed legal protections to babies who survive abortion. They will also defund Planned Parenthood, while opening up that funding to 13,500 women’s health clinics across the country that do not perform abortions.”

This week, the RSC released the Responsible Spending and Accountability Act (RSAA), a plan to fund the federal government and hold the Obama Administration accountable for its executive overreach. The RSAA would prohibit funding for all abortion providers and open up additional funds for women’s health care clinics. Chairman Flores also called on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood in an op-ed published this week.

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September 15, 2015 - Republican Study Committee Unveils FY2016 Government Funding Proposal

Responsible Plan Includes 12 House Appropriations Bills, Defunds Planned Parenthood, Holds Obama Administration Accountable

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) today unveiled “The Responsible Spending and Accountability Act (RSAA) of 2015.” The government funding proposal would adhere to the budget passed by the House and Senate, advance conservative policy priorities, and prevent a lapse in federal services.

The RSAA would adopt the FY2016 appropriations package, including the six appropriation bills passed by the House earlier this year. It would also include several important policy priorities, including measures to defund all abortion providers, ban the sale of fetal tissues and defund Obamacare and executive amnesty.

“The Responsible Spending and Accountability Act would ensure that Washington lives within its means, while holding this Administration accountable,” Chairman Flores said. “The House and Senate passed a budget earlier this year with clear spending priorities. We have an obligation to stick to that budget, just as millions of hard-working American families do every day. Kicking the can down the road yet again is simply not an option. It is critical that we keep our word and set a responsible, long-term agenda.

“The Republican Study Committee proposal takes a bold stand against the continued obstruction of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats who are blocking the ordinary appropriations process.”

In addition to 12 appropriations bills, the RSAA includes more than 180 amendments adopted on the House floor from 107 Members of Congress. These bills fully fund our national security, rein in federal agency bureaucrats at the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and reduce burdensome regulations that hurt our nation’s job creators.

The Republican Study Committee proposal adheres to and preserves the existing budget caps outlined in the House and Senate Budget.

“We must also ensure that hard-working taxpayers are not complicit in funding abortions or supporting those who carry out abhorrent practices,” Chairman Flores continued. “This bill will defund abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, and will definitively ban the sale of fetal tissue.”

The RSAA also includes legislative measures that will:

  • Prohibit funding for all abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood.
  • Prohibit the sale of fetal body parts.
  • Protect the lives of all infants who are born alive
  • Prohibit funding for Obamacare.
  • Prohibit funding for President Obama’s amnesty executive actions.
  • Prevent the president from lifting any sanctions on Iran.

You can read a section-by-section summary of the RSC’s proposal here.

 

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September 11, 2015 - Flores Rejects the President’s Disastrous Iran Deal

WASHINGTON – Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) rejected the President’s Iran deal by voting against H.R. 3461, which would have approved the President’s deal with Iran.

“Today, I joined my conservative colleagues in the House to reject the president’s bad deal with Iran,” Chairman Flores said in a statement. “This deal legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program, lacks any accountability and rewards the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism with billions of dollars by unfreezing assets. It is a disservice to the hundreds of Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan because of Iran. The world will be significantly more dangerous because of President Obama’s deal.”

Under H.R. 1191, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, the president is required to provide “any additional materials” related to an agreement with Iran before a 60 day congressional review period begins and before he is granted the authority to lift sanctions on Iran. Materials related to side deals were not provided to Congress, prompting today’s resolution.

 

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September 10, 2015 - Flores: President Obama Failing to Comply with Law on Iran Deal

WASHINGTON – Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) voted in support of H. Res. 411, which asserts that President Obama has failed to comply with the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. “We are worried by what we know about this deal, and we are even more worried that there is still more we do not know,” Chairman Flores said. “This Administration has not been forthcoming with Congress and the American people about the true scope of this deal and its impact. By withholding information, the president is failing to comply with the law he signed.”

Yesterday, Chairman Flores hosted former Ambassador John Bolton at the RSC’s weekly meeting to discuss the president’s Iran deal.

“After hearing Ambassador Bolton describe the threat Iran poses to the U.S. and our allies, especially Israel, I am more convinced than ever that Congress must do everything within our power to block this deal,” Chairman Flores stated.

Under H.R. 1191, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, the president is required to provide “any additional materials” related to an agreement with Iran before a 60 day congressional review period begins and before he is granted the authority to lift sanctions on Iran. Materials related to side deals were not provided to Congress, prompting today’s resolution.

 

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September 10, 2015 - Flores Op-Ed: No deal is better than the bad Iran deal

By U.S. Rep. BILL FLORES Special to The Eagle

The Obama administration's proposed nuclear deal with Iran endangers the security of our nation and our allies. In mid-July, I read the text of the deal that was provided by the U.S. State Department along with the supporting documents that were available at the time. Subsequent to that review, I have also met with security and defense experts and with persons interested in the deal, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other leaders. The result of the foregoing due-diligence is that I believe the agreement should be scrapped and the P5+1 nations should start over and renegotiate the deal. In mid-September Congress will vote on this agreement and it is my hope that we will disapprove of it with a veto-proof majority.

Any deal with Iran must provide for "anytime/anywhere" access to suspect sites. This must apply to all of Iran's potential nuclear weapon work, such as triggers and delivery vehicles (e.g., missiles) for nuclear devices. Sanctions should remain in place until Iran has fully complied with its commitments. The duration of the agreement should be for decades, preferably permanent. It also should require that Iran dismantle its nuclear infrastructure so that it has no path to a nuclear weapon....

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September 9, 2015 - Flores Supports Default Prevention Act

WASHINGTON – In a statement released today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) announced his support for H.R. 692, the Default Prevention Act, which is set to be marked up by the House Ways and Means Committee tomorrow. This bill, introduced by RSC Member Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), is a long-standing RSC Initiative.

“The Default Prevent Act ensures that the United States will fulfill our most pressing financial commitments, even in the event of political gridlock,” Chairman Flores said. “This bill protects Social Security recipients, while preserving the strength of our economy and our nation’s credit rating. It also marks an important step toward responsibly reducing America’s staggering national debt. By removing the threat of default, Congress will be able to tackle the problems at the root of Washington’s out-of-control spending more aggressively. I applaud my colleague, Rep. McClintock, for his work on the Default Prevention Act. The Republican Study Committee fully supports this bill and looks forward to its timely consideration by the full House of Representatives.”

 

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July 21, 2015 - Flores Urges Senate to Block Attempts to Revive Ex-Im Bank

Today, Republican Study Committee Chairman (RSC) Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement on reports that the Export-Import Bank may be renewed after its charter expired on June 30th:

“Last week, I joined a bicameral group of conservatives to praise Congress for allowing the Export-Import Bank’s charter to expire after a pattern of corrupt and questionable practices. Ex-Im promoted a culture of corruption that resulted in dozens of indictments and decades of jail time for its officials. Even after Congress mandated Ex-Im change its ways, the Bank resisted reform. Now that Ex-Im’s charter has expired, I strongly urge Majority Leader McConnell to block any attempts to revive it in the Senate.”

 

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July 16, 2015 - Flores Supports House Investigation into Planned Parenthood Following Disturbing Revelations

Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement on the video revealing a Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of body parts from aborted babies:

“Planned Parenthood’s practices, as revealed by its senior official in this shocking video, are almost too sickening for words. It is appalling that this organization should be profiting from the trafficking of body parts of the unborn – lives that are the most vulnerable and sacred. Congress should fully investigate the extent of Planned Parenthood’s disturbing and potentially illegal practices, and strengthen laws to protect these sacred lives.”

 

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July 16, 2015 - Flores Calls on Congress to Support Religious Liberty Measure

Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) led conservative members of the House and Senate to urge Congress to protect religious liberty for America’s churches, faith-based charities and religious schools by passing the First Amendment Defense Act.

Chairman Flores today led a press conference featuring Senate Steering Committee Chairman Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), the bill’s sponsors in the Senate and House, respectively. Values Action Team Co-Chair Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) also spoke in support of FADA.

Statement from Chairman Flores:

“We are here to support the First Amendment Defense Act – an important piece of legislation that will protect the rights of Americans to live according to their beliefs without discrimination, persecution, or retaliation from the federal government.

“The majority of Americans support that right. More than 80% of Americans believe that people should be able to live according to their beliefs about marriage without interference from the government.

“And President Obama has reaffirmed ‘maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom [is] vital.’

“I would challenge everyone in Congress and President Obama to live up to his words and support the First Amendment Defense Act today.

“All religious Americans deserve assurance that they can carry out their conscience without a federal government crackdown. They should be able to speak freely, without Washington bureaucrats attempting to silence them.

“I am proud to stand here with my colleagues in the House and Senate who have been seeking to protect that Constitutional promise by introducing the First Amendment Defense Act.”

 

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July 14, 2015 - Iran Deal an Empty Assurance, Falls Short of Goals

Today, Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran:

“The Obama Administration’s proposed deal with Iran is an empty assurance that falls woefully short of the goals even the president initially set forth. I am deeply concerned that the Administration’s concessions will only embolden the terrorist-sponsoring Iranian regime. History and experience have taught us that Iran has no qualms with flagrantly ignoring international agreements; this deal offers no proof that their attitude has changed. In particular, Americans should be very troubled by the president’s agreement to allow Iran to resume purchases of foreign arms from other countries such as Russian and China.

“It is incomprehensible that this Administration made a deal that gives Iran the ‘benefit of the doubt,’ while lifting sanctions on known killers of American soldiers as our citizens sit in Iranian prisons. As long as it remains the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, we should be maintaining, not dismantling, robust sanctions on Iran.

“A nuclear Iran would be the gravest threat to America and our allies in the Middle East. Any agreement that does not permanently halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions is a bad deal that Congress cannot support.”

 

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July 13, 2015 - RSC to Hold Press Conference on First Amendment Defense Act

Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) will lead a joint press conference with conservative members to call on the House and Senate to support the First Amendment Defense Act. The event will be held Thursday, July 16th at 11:00a.m. in the Capitol Visitor Center HVC Studio B in HVC 114.

The First Amendment Defense Act will protect the rights of religious organizations to operate according to their beliefs and receive non-profit status.

What: Joint press conference with conservative House and Senate caucuses on the First Amendment Defense Act

When: Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 11:00a.m. ET

Where: Capitol Visitor Center HVC Studio B, HVC 114

Who:

  • Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX), Republican Study Committee Chairman
  • Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Senate Steering Committee Chairman
  • Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), House Freedom Caucus Member
  • Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), House Freedom Caucus Chairman
  • Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Values Action Team Co-Chair

For inquiries about the studio, please contact the House Radio-TV Gallery at 202-225-5214.

 

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July 13, 2015 - RSC to Hold Press Conference on First Amendment Defense Act

Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) will lead a joint press conference with conservative members to call on the House and Senate to support the First Amendment Defense Act. The event will be held Thursday, July 16th at 11:00a.m. in the Capitol Visitor Center HVC Studio B in HVC 114.

The First Amendment Defense Act will protect the rights of religious organizations to operate according to their beliefs and receive non-profit status.

What: Joint press conference with conservative House and Senate caucuses on the First Amendment Defense Act

When: Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 11:00a.m. ET

Where: Capitol Visitor Center HVC Studio B, HVC 114

Who:

  • Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX), Republican Study Committee Chairman
  • Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Senate Steering Committee Chairman
  • Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), House Freedom Caucus Member
  • Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), House Freedom Caucus Chairman
  • Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Values Action Team Co-Chair

For inquiries about the studio, please contact the House Radio-TV Gallery at 202-225-5214.

 

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July 1, 2015 - Flores Statement on Export-Import Bank’s Expired Authorization

Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) today released the following statement on the expiration of the Export-Import Bank’s authorization:

"Congress is right to let the authorization for the Export-Import Bank expire. The Bank has become the ‘Enron’ of the federal government, a poster child for the worst of Washington’s corruption and mismanagement. American businesses are strong enough to compete on their own, without interference from unaccountable federal bureaucrats looking to line their own pockets. I urge my fellow conservatives in Congress to join me in making sure the Bank begins an orderly wind down beginning today."

Earlier this year, the RSC took a position against reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, citing the need for a competitive free market and the Bank’s unchanged culture of corruption.

 

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