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Blog: This Week in Washington


Location: Washington, DC

First -- I want to quickly introduce this new blog feature, where each week I will write about what is happening on the House floor. You can also view what legislation will be on the House floor on the Majority Leader's website.

This week House Republicans will begin to move legislation which is part of our fall and winter package to create the environment needed for our private sector to create jobs by lowering taxes and rolling back burdensome government regulations. My bill, the Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act (HR 2587), will come up for a vote later this week, and I will write more in-depth about that legislation tomorrow.

Additionally, today the House will vote on The Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools Act (HR 2218). This legislation, introduced by Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA), will accomplish the following (via the House Education and Workforce Committee):

* Incent states to support the development and expansion of charter schools.
* Streamline federal Charter School Program funding to reduce administrative burdens and improves funding opportunities for the replication of successful charter models as well as facilities assistance.
* Support an evaluation to measure charter school quality and activities, thereby ensuring taxpayer dollars are being used effectively to support innovation and improved student achievement.

Last night, the House passed (with my support) the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act (HR 2076), which was introduced by my fellow South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy. This legislation provides the FBI with the ability to assist local police and other authorities in certain violent crime investigations, helping ensure our law enforcement agencies have the tools they need. You can read more about the bill here.

The House will also take up legislation regarding the FAA and a resolution of disapproval regarding raising the debt ceiling this week, and today the Energy and Commerce Committee will markup two more bills which will cut through job-killing government red tape, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act (HR 2250) and the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act (HR 2681).


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