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House Passes Seven Oversight Bills, Affordable Student Loan Bill

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Location: Washington, DC

This week, Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) supported and the House passed seven bills to increase government oversight and transparency, including a bill that specifically targets overreaching regulations imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency -- H.R. 1582, The Energy Consumers Relief Act.

"Washington works for the American people, and the American people deserve a federal government that is efficient, effective, and transparent," said Hall. "It is the responsibility of Congress to provide oversight, and I am pleased the House passed these necessary and common-sense bills that hold the federal government accountable and respect taxpayer dollars."

The Energy Consumers Relief Act,which passed the House 232-181, would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to submit a report to Congress before finalizing any energy-related regulations costing more than $1 billion. The report must detail the cost, benefit, energy price, and job impacts of the rule. If the Secretary of Energy determines the new regulation would cause significant adverse effects to the economy, the regulation would be prohibited.

Yesterday, Rep. Hall also voted in favor of and the House passed H.R. 1911, The Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013, the Senate's amended version of the House's affordable student loan bill which originally passed May 23, 2013 under the title Smarter Solutions for Students Act. This bill, which passed 392-31, returns loans to a system under which interest rates are tied to market rates -- but with fixed rates for the period of the loan.

"Quality education for our nation's students is directly tied to their future opportunities, as well as America's innovation and competitiveness. That is why I want to ensure students across the nation can pursue affordable higher education. I am pleased Senate Democrats finally joined House Republicans to pass this important bill to ease the burden of student loans, particularly when the economy is weak and so many Americans are struggling," said Hall.

"I will continue to support legislation that encourages economic growth, job creation, and financial security for all Americans."

Complete list of House-passed government oversight bills this week:

H.R. 1582, Energy Consumers Relief Act
H.R. 2565, STOP IRS Act
H.R. 2769, Stop Playing on Citizens' Cash Act
H.R. 2768, Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2013
H.R. 2879, Stop Government Abuse Act
H.R. 2711, Citizen Empowerment Act
H.R. 1541, Common Sense in Compensation Act
H.R. 2579, Government Employee Accountability Act
H.R. 313, Government Spending Accountability Act
H.R. 1660, Government Customer Service Improvement Act

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