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2/3/2017 Rokita Report - Reversing the Tide on Regulations, Empowering Parents, & More
Thank you for the opportunity to update you on the work of the 115th Congress. I trust this finds you and your family well, as we work together to bring Hoosier common sense to Washington.
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In this week's Rokita Report
Reversing the Tide on Regulations
This week, the House of Representatives and President Donald Trump have been pushing back on the regulatory state.
The House has voted to reject five Obama-era regulations. We passed five resolutions of disapproval, that if passed by the Senate, will allow President Trump to end these regulations and will prevent the regulatory agencies from issuing similar regulations in the future. The resolutions we passed are:
I introduced two resolutions of disapproval for Obama-era regulations which are:
President Trump also introduced an executive order directing agencies to roll back two regulations for every new regulation that is drafted. I have been fighting government red tape and federal regulations since coming to Congress in 2011, and today President Trump has given us a tool to undo many of the burdensome regulations of the past eight years. These regulations have stifled innovation, and kept job growth at a historically low rate. Rolling them back will prove to be a win for Hoosiers and the small businesses across our state.
Promoting School Choice to Empower Kids and Parents
Yesterday, I chaired a Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education hearing entitled “Helping Students Succeed Through the Power of School Choice.” The hearing focused on efforts underway across the country to provide parents more options when it comes to their children’s education.
The purpose of my subcommittee’s efforts has always been to make sure every child has the opportunity to receive an excellent education. That’s a mantra we repeat often around here, and for good reason. I remain optimistic that this Congress will choose to support students and advance policies to ensure every child receives an excellent education. I know that when parents have a choice, kids have a chance.
Judge Gorsuch, President Trump's Nominee for the Supreme Court
This week, President Trump announced the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the United States Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch has been nominated to replace the vacant seat of Justice Antonin Scalia, who was a true defender of our Constitution and the God-given rights it enshrines.
Last year, President Trump presented his list of potential Supreme Court nominees, pledging to choose a nominee from it who will respect our Constitution and not use it to legislate from the bench. He has delivered on his promise by choosing from that list. This nomination is a win for all Americans, as Judge Gorsuch has a long record of commonsense Constitutional decisions. I have no doubt that Judge Gorsuch will be an asset on the Court for years to come. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to confirm him.
Thank you for your continued interest in Congress and for supporting my efforts to bring Hoosier common sense to Washington. Take care.