387 Bills Stuck in the Senate
by John Culberson on October 9, 2014 at 8:53 AM
Here’s something you won’t hear about on the news: right now, there are 387 House-passed bills stuck in the Senate. These bills, many with broad bipartisan support, contain the policy changes needed to jump-start the American economy, secure our border, and rein in an out-of-control federal bureaucracy. Week after week, the House has drafted, debated, and passed bills that address the many crises facing our country. The overwhelming majority of these bills are collecting dust on Harry Reid’s desk.
Our conservative agenda is simple, straightforward, and what the country needs to get the economy going. We want to fix our tax code to make it fairer, flatter, and simpler. We want to solve our spending problem and live within our means. We want to reform our regulatory system so that Washington red tape isn’t holding back job creation and stifling innovation.
These 387 bills do that. There are bills that approve the Keystone XL pipeline, bills that recognize states’ ability to regulate hydraulic fracturing practices instead of the federal government, and bills that stop the EPA’s overregulation of the energy industry. These bills lower costs, increase production, and move us closer to energy independence. Forty-six of these bills are specifically designed to make it easier for our businesses to grow, expand, and hire more people. These bills remove Dodd-Frank regulations restricting capital access for small businesses, repeal Obamacare requirements preventing companies from hiring new workers, and make it more expensive for plaintiffs to file frivolous lawsuits.
Texas’s economy is booming, and it’s because of our smart, pro-growth policies. Texans know what works: low taxes, limited regulations, and energy production are the keys to our success. Conservatives know that works, too, and we’re working to implement these pro-growth policies nationally. Right now, we’re fighting against big-government liberals in the White House and the Senate—it’s an uphill battle, but we’re making progress. We’ve cut spending and reined in the Administration through the Appropriations process and through our oversight powers.
We’re not done fighting either—over the upcoming months and years, a conservative Congress will have a chance to truly cut spending and prevent the bankruptcy of our entitlement programs. We’ll have the opportunity to reform our too-complex tax code to make it simpler, fairer, and flatter. We’ll have the chance to restore many of the federal government’s functions back where they belong—to the states. We know what works, and we’ll be able to enact it.