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Cantor Memo Re Summer Legislative Schedule

Cantor Memo Re Summer Legislative Schedule

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MEMORANDUM
TO:HouseRepublicansFR:EricCantorDT:Friday,May25,2012RE:SummerLegislativeAgendaInlinewithourunderlyingprinciplesforlegislation,theHousewillmoveforwardthissummerwithanumberofproposalsaimedataddressingjobcreationandtheeconomy,reducingspending,andshrinkingthesizeofthefederalgovernmentwhileprotectingandexpandingliberty.Aboveall,wemustcontinuetofocusoneconomicgrowthandsmallbusiness
producingresultsthatgetAmericansbacktowork.Thesummerlegislativescheduleisdetailedbelowforyourreview.
 
Nearly7,000AmericanservicemenandwomenhavelosttheirlivesinOperationEnduringFreedomand

tragiclosseshavemadeourcountrysafer.EverydaythatgoesbyquietlyonAmericansoilisyetanothersilentreminderofthecourageousblanketoffreedomthatourmenandwomeninuniformhaveselflesslyprovidedforus.AsweobserveMemorialDay,itiscriticalthatweensureforthecareandsupportofourreturningheroes.Tothatend,theHousewilltakeuptheMilitaryConstructionand

billonThursdayMay31,andFriday,June1.

billmaintainsfundingattheFY12appropriatedlevel,takingintoaccountourcommitmenttoourArmedForcesandveteransandthe

fiscalchallenge.ChairmanHalRogersandSubcommitteeChairmanJohnCulbersonshouldbecommendedfortheirwork.Wewillalsopassourthird

intelligencecommunityanditsactivitiessincetakingthemajority.Iexpect

bill(H.R.5743)tobebroughtforthandpassedonThursday,May31,inabipartisanmanner.TheIntelligence

congressionaloversightandbipartisanship,aswellasneededpolicysolutionsinrisingthreatareaslikecybersecurity.Membersshouldbepreparedtovoteon

FDAuserfeereformbill(H.R.5651)onWednesday,May30.

bipartisanbillbringsneededreformtothefederaldrugandmedicaldeviceapprovalprocess,enhancingtheenvironmentforAmericaninnovationandjobgrowth.ThoughtheseprogramsexpireattheendofSeptember,theEnergyandCommerceCommitteehopestocompletenegotiationswiththeSenateonafinalbillbyJuly4th.RelatedtothemedicaldeviceindustryisthedraconiantaxthatisscheduledtogointoeffectunderObamaCare.Thistax,tofundaflawedlaw,willhaveanegativeimpactonjobsinthemedicaldeviceindustry.ChairmanDaveCampandtheWaysandMeansCommittee
 
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havedoneanexcellentjobhighlightingthisissue

HealthSavingsAccounts(HSAs),FlexibleSpendingAccounts(FSAs),andotheraccountstopurchaseover-the-counter(OTC)drugs.

sdecisionontheconstitutionalityofObamaCare,weshouldallbeabletoagreeonErik

repealthemedicaldevicetax(H.R.436)

OTCban(H.R.5842).IexpectavoteonthePaulsenandJenkinsbillsasearlyastheweekofJune4.Theremainderofourpre-

additionalappropriationsbills.ThoughwecontinuetoworkwiththeCommitteeonanexactschedule,possiblebillsincludeEnergyandWaterAppropriations,HomelandSecurityAppropriations,andLegislativeBranchAppropriations.Eachbillconformstotheoveralllevelofdiscretionar

deservesoursupport.AstheSpeakerhascommitted,thesebillswillbeconsideredunderanopenanddeliberativeprocess,allowingallMemberstoofferamendments.Inordertoconsiderasmanybillsandamendmentsaspossible,Membersshouldbejudiciousintheissuestheychoosetoraise,andexpeditiousintheirremarksduringconsideration.
 

Americanjobsandout-of-pocketexpensesaffectedbydomesticenergyproduction.AccordingtoAAA,theaveragenationalpriceofagallonofgasolinewas$1.84whenPresidentObamatookoffice.Theaveragetodayisroughlydoublethatlevel.Thatadditionalcostactsasadragonthealready-sluggisheconomyandataxonstrugglingAmericanconsumers,especiallysmallbusinessesandthemiddleclass.SomeDemocratsarguethatincreasingdomesticoilandnaturalgasleasesandregulatoryreform

today.Thisisthesameargumenttheymade10yearsagothathaspreventedproductiontodayandcontributedtodomesticrefineryclosures.

energypolicies
jobsthatcouldbolsteroursloweconomicrecovery.Itiscriticallyimportantthat

,encouraging
notdiscouraging
stateslikeNorthDakota,Ohio,andPennsylvaniatoleadadomesticenergyboom.Therefore,ChairmanDocHastingsandChairmanUptonwillbebringingforwardaseriesofbillsfromtheirrespectivecommitteesduringtheweekofJune18toencourageproductiononfederallandsandlessentheburdenofjob-inhibitingredtape.MikeCoffman,CoryGardner,BillJohnson,DougLamborn,ScottTipton,andEdWhitfield,aswellastheentireHouseEnergyActionTeam(HEAT),willbeinstrumentalinthisdebate.
 
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Jobcreationoftenstartsatthelocallevelwithsmallbusinessesbutalltoooftenfederalpoliciesstandinthewayofeconomicgrowth.Byemployingsound,scientificmanagement,governmentcanplayaroleinfosteringgrowthatnocosttothetaxpayer.Whereappropriate,throughreducingbureaucraticdelays,transferringorsellingland,andmodifyingrestrictivelandusedesignations,wecangiveagreenlighttoneededinfrastructure.Membersonbothsidesoftheaislehavelocally-tailoredbillssuchastheseandChairmanHastingsandtheNaturalResourcesCommitteehavedoneanexcellentjobinbringingthemforward.IexpectanumberofthesebillstocometothefloortheweekofJune18.Finally,wewillcloseoutthemonthofJunewiththeconsiderationofadditionalappropriationsbills
andstop-gapmeasures.
INDEPENDENCEDAYTOAUGUST
Americanswillrightlybe

ObamaCaredecisionwhenwereturnfromJulyFourth.AlthoughwedonotknowhowtheCourtwillrule,wearepreparedtomoveforwardtoensurethatthewholeunworkablelawisfullyrepealed.Ofcourse,wewillalsobefocusedoneconomicgrowthduringthemonthofJuly.

bill(H.R.4078)aimedatcuttinggovernmentredtapetomakeiteasierforsmallbusinessestocreatejobs.UndertheGriffinbill,therewillbeamoratoriumimposedonanynewregulation,saveforhealthandemergency,untilunemploymentdropsbelowsixpercentnationally.AdditionalMembers,likeReidRibbleandBenQuayle,havelegislationtogetgovernmentregulationsoffthebackofourjobcreators.TheRibblebill(H.R.4607)curtailsso-called
midnightregulations,

whiletheQuaylebill(H.R.3862)shinesalightonthe

sue-and-settle

withChairmanLamarSmithandtheJudiciaryCommitteetoscheduleasmanyoftheseproposalsaspossiblethroughoutJuly.ThemusicindustryandsmallbusinessownersacrossthecountrywatchednervouslyasthefederalgovernmentrecentlyraidedGibsonGuitar.Whetherintendedornot,a2008lawamendingtheover100-yearoldLaceyActresultedintheraid.JustasfastasCongresscancreateunintendedconsequences,wecanalsofixthem.JimCooperandMarshaBlackburnhaveintroducedabill(H.R.3210)thathelpsprotectsmallbusinessjobsfromgovernmentcriminalization.TheNaturalResourcesCommitteeiscurrentlyworkingtoadvancethebipartisanCooperbillsothatitcanbeconsideredonthefloorinJuly.Ourconstituentshavebeen
orwillsoonbe
impactedbytheclosureandhoursofoperationchangestoU.S.PostalService(USPS)facilitiesacrossthecountry.Thisistheresultofyetanothergovernmentbackedentitythatcannotmeetitsfinancialobligationsandisinneedofvastreformstoitsbusinessplanandoperations.ChairmanDarrellIssa,

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