Congress has finished voting for the year, and preparations have begun to make the most of the opportunities that the new Congress will bring. The new Congress will be sworn into office on January 3, and the new President will be inaugurated on January 20. We all need to be ready to “hit the ground running” for there is much to do.
Several significant bills passed in the last few weeks. Among them were:
- S. 2943, the second “National Defense Authorization Act” (NDAA), that has passed during my tenure as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. It includes the largest pay raise for the troops since 2010 and funding for Sheppard Air Force Base, the Pantex Plant, and the V-22 Osprey program at Bell Helicopter’s Military Aircraft Assembly Center in Amarillo.
Next year, the blueprint for House action on regulations, Obamacare, tax reform, and national defense will be the “A Better Way” agenda, which we released earlier this year. President-elect Trump has voiced his support for many of its elements. You can learn more about “A Better Way” by visiting my website or going to www.better.gop.
Of course, we still face many challenges at home and around the world. As President Reagan told us in his 1989 farewell speech from the Oval Office:
“…because we're a great nation, our challenges seem complex. It will always be this way. But as long as we remember our first principles and believe in ourselves, the future will always be ours.”
Sally and I wish you all a merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
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