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Rokita Report 1-11-13
Thank you for the opportunity to update you on the work of the 112th and 113th Congress. I trust this finds you and your family well.
This Week (Jan. 6 - Jan. 12)
Let me take an opportunity to update you on my committee assignments for the 113th Congress and offer a preview of the work we'll undertake this term.
In the 113th Congress, I continue my service on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, the House Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on House Administration. In addition, I have been selected as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.
Also, I would like to welcome the newest counties to the 4th Congressional District, who officially became part of the district with the commencement of the 113th Congress last week:
To those of you in counties that have left the 4th District, thank you for allowing me the honor of representing you these last two years and the eight before that as Indiana's Secretary of State. I will continue to "claim" you, so do not hesitate to call on me or my staff if we can be helpful. My website is updated with the latest district map, which you can see here. As always, if you are unsure of which district you reside in, the Indiana Secretary of State's office has a great tool for helping you determine your elected officials: www.IndianaVoters.com.
Now, on to the committees...
Committee on Education and the Workforce
With the undeniable connection between the education and training of all Americans, and our economic success, the importance of this committee and the issues it will consider cannot be underlined enough. With three fellow Hoosiers, Reps. Susan Brooks, Larry Buschon and Luke Messer, serving on the committee with me, I am looking forward to strong leadership and cooperation.
As mentioned above, I will also be serving as a Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.
K-12 Education Subcommittee Chairman
In recent years, Indiana has helped lead the way with groundbreaking education reforms that have set an example for the rest of the nation. As chairman of this subcommittee, I will have the opportunity to ensure that other states have the flexibility and help they need to deliver top-quality education for students and families.
Education Week had a brief write-up on some of the work I've done on the Education and the Workforce Committee in the 112th Congress. For instance, I have pursued ways to combine my pursuit of the elimination of our $16+ trillion in debt with improving efficiency and programs in the Department of Education, and I have also stood up for the rights of individual states against an overreaching federal executive as it relates to education. I look forward to being a voice for states and innovation in such an important field.
See recent photos from my 4th District travels on my Facebook page:
Committee on the Budget
Always on the forefront of the debt and spending debate in Washington, the House Budget Committee is responsible for writing the constitutionally-required annual budget. I'm very proud of the work Chairman Paul Ryan and my fellow committee members did in the 112th Congress and I expect equally great work in the 113th Congress. Hoosier freshmen Reps. Luke Messer and Jackie Walorski will join me on this committee and we're eager to work together on behalf of the Hoosier State.
You can review the committee's work from FY2012 and FY2013 here. It should be noted that the House budget is the only budget that's been approved by either chamber of Congress. Not only has the Senate failed to even write or pass a budget in years, it has also overwhelmingly voted down the President's submitted budget the last two years.
Committee on House Administration
The Committee on House Administration has new leadership in the 113th Congress. I would like to thank former Chairman Dan Lungren for his years of service and also welcome my good friend, former Michigan Secretary of State Candice Miller as our new Chairwoman.
Chairwoman Miller and I were also members of the National Association of Secretaries of State, of which I served as President for a term, during our years of statewide service. Both Chairwoman Miller and I are eager to continue using our experiences as state chief elections officers and continuing our relationship with state election officials to improve federal election law. The time is ripe to explore commonsense election reforms.
In addition to overseeing federal election law, House Administration has many other important responsibilities. The committee is responsible for managing operational costs of the House and providing oversight of the Library of Congress, among other responsibilities.
Upcoming Legislation on the House Floor
For a full list of all legislation considered each week, you can review the Majority Leader's Weekly Schedule.
Travels and Photos
In Case You Missed It
Rep. Rokita Introduces Raise Act
State Health Flexibility Act
Thank you for your continued interest in Congress and for supporting my efforts in Washington. Take care.
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