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Bob's Weekly Report - Accomplishments in the First 100 Days of the 109th Congress

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Accomplishments in the First 100 Days of the 109th Congress
May 6, 2005

The U.S. House of Representatives recently marked its 100th day in session for this Congress and has accomplished great things for the American people. In the first 100 days alone, my colleagues and I have worked diligently to pass legislation that will improve the economy and help small businesses create new and better jobs for American workers.

The House has voted on a series of bills that help grow the economy and create jobs including the Class Action Fairness Act, Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, Highway Bill, Job Training Improvement Act, Energy Policy Act, Death Tax Repeal Act, and the Fiscal Year 2006 Budget.

The Class Action Fairness Act, which has been signed into law, calls for many interstate class action suits to be handled by the federal courts making it easier for those involved to transfer suits from the state courts to the federal courts. The multimillion dollar class action settlements often end up paying for lawyers' fees and transaction costs, not the injured parties. This legislation puts an end to the growing abuse of class action lawsuits which undermines the court system and delays justice for truly injured parties.

The House also passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act which cracks down on bankruptcy abusers and provides broader consumer protections during the bankruptcy process. This bankruptcy reform, which was signed into law, restores personal responsibility, fairness, and accountability to our bankruptcy laws, and will greatly benefit consumers.

To improve our national transportation infrastructure, we passed a $284 billion transportation package. It is estimated that for every $1 billion invested in federal highways and public transportation, 47,500 jobs are created or sustained. This bill provides funding for congestion relief efforts, improving dangerous road conditions, and will create and sustain employment opportunities in our communities.

While Congress has worked to increase jobs, we have also passed a bill to improve America's job training system. The Job Training Improvement Act strengthens the accountability and improves the efficiency of the system while giving state and local officials the flexibility to target resources to better adapt to the unique workforce needs and changing economy in their communities.

Finally, the House passed an energy bill that will lower energy prices for consumers, spur our economy and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and take unprecedented steps to promote greater energy conservation and efficiency.

House Republicans have made good use of the first 100 days of Congress to pass legislation that is good for America. Much work remains to be done, but I am confident that Congress will continue working towards a stronger economy and a stronger America.

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