6-25-2017 Rokita Report

Jun 25, 2017 Issues: Education, Health

Dear Fellow Hoosier,

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

  • Obamacare Collapse Hurting Hoosiers
  • Improving Career and Technical Education
  • Technology of Tomorrow
  • Successes of the 115th Congress   


Obamacare Collapse Hurting Hoosiers

On Wednesday, we heard the terrible news that more than 29,000 Hoosiers will lose their health insurance coverage or be forced to find a new plan in 2018 because of Obamacare.  Both MDWise and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield are leaving the Indiana individual marketplace because Obamacare has created a volatile and uncertain environment.

This decision means that 2,700 Hoosiers in my congressional district will lose their healthcare.  For residents of 11 of the 16 counties in Indiana's 4th Congressional District, there will only be one insurer to choose from.  Obamacare is taking away coverage and denying Hoosiers the right to choose their provider.

As your voice in Washington, I have been fighting to repeal and replace Obamacare because it is the most insidious piece of legislation to pass through the halls of Congress.  I am tired of seeing the damage it is causing Hoosiers.  Passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was a huge step forward in eliminating this terrible law.  The inclusion of a continuous coverage requirement and the patient and state stability fund in the AHCA would lead to more insurance companies electing to stay in states like Indiana. 

Improving Career and Technical Education

As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, I recognize the need for Americans to have an educational foundation for a successful career.  To ensure that this happens, I joined the full Education and the Workforce Committee in supporting H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act.  Our bill seeks to connect today's students with the jobs of the future.  On Thursday, our bill passed the House by voice vote.

H.R. 2353 builds on recent reforms to education and workforce development systems that have been enacted into law while I have served on the committee.  The Strengthening CTE for the 21st Century Act will help more Americans, especially young Americans, enter the workforce with the knowledge and skills that they need for critical in-demand jobs.  Learn more about our bill at the Education & the Workforce Committee's website.

Technology of Tomorrow

In a visit to Iowa on Wednesday, President Trump discussed the importance of technology and agriculture.

Agriculture is an extremely important industry in our country and in Indiana.  It is great to see President Trump, Vice President Pence, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue talking with American farmers about ways technology is helping their industry. As an advocate for Indiana’s farmers, I’m proud to see the Administration take this step.

Also on Monday, President Trump and Vice President Pence met with tech CEOs to discuss the importance of public-private partnerships, big data, and their ideas to create more effective cyber security.

It’s important that we move our government into the 21st century.  If there is a solution in the private sector, our door should be open.  It is a welcome change to have an administration looking for solutions to make our government more effective and efficient.  This is something I have been leading the effort on since I came to Congress.


Successes of the 115th Congress

In the 115th Congress, we have a unified government with the Republican House and Senate supporting President Donald Trump.  For years, Americans have been completely justified in their frustration with Congress, and Washington in general.  However, we are finally turning the corner by tackling complex issues, getting things done, and fixing Washington's broken culture.  We have surpassed the last five administrations in the number of bills passed in the House and the number of bills signed into law by the President.

Unified government is taking great strides to help get the economy growing, strengthen our nation, and make the future brighter for all Americans.  We’ve passed more than 172 bills to date under President Trump, and the President has signed 38 bills--that beats President Obama, Bush, Clinton and H.W. Bush.  Many of these new laws signed by President Trump have repealed outdated statutes and regulations which were strangling the economy.  One of these laws was a resolution that I authored, H.J. Res. 57, which undoes a Department of Education power grab into local and state accountability plans.

For more information on this visit Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's site by clicking here—since this list was published, the House has passed over twenty additional bills and sent two additional bills to the President’s desk which received his signature.


Thank you for your continued interest in Congress and for supporting my efforts to bring Hoosier common sense to Washington. Take care.  


Todd Rokita