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Tennesseans Are Ready for a New Direction

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WASHINGTON, December 14, 2016 | Tiffany Haverly (202-226-8072) | comments

Although the year is coming to a close, I’m excited about the opportunity to get to work next year with President-elect Trump. Our priorities include repealing Obamacare and putting in place patient-centered reforms, securing our borders, protecting our country, supporting policies that will foster economic growth and job creation, getting our fiscal house in order and working to make the VA a place where our heroes can access the services they’ve earned – just to name a few. We’ve certainly got our work cut out for us, but it’s important we seize this incredible opportunity to move our country in a different direction. Our futures depend on it, but – most importantly – our children and grandchildren’s futures depend on it.

While there’s a large amount of work to do, there are also many accomplishments to celebrate from the 114th Congress. We were able to pass the first long-term highway bill in more than a decade, and improved Medicare’s flawed reimbursement formula for health care providers after short-term fixes cost taxpayers nearly $170 billion. Our work also began the long process of reforming the VA by giving veterans more resources and options for health care. We passed legislation to fight the opioid epidemic, provided important new resources to research and cure diseases, and gave our troops their first pay raise in six years. Congress also passed legislation to stop Common Core and return control of education to the local level. We are better off for these achievements.

I’ve spent a lot of time talking with East Tennesseans over the last couple months, as I always do, and have thought a lot about the steps we can and should take to make our government smaller and more effective. I know Tennesseans are ready for a new direction after eight years of President Obama’s reckless policies. According to the Economic Innovation Group’s May 2016 report, The New Map of Economic Growth and Recovery, nearly three out of five counties across the country saw more businesses close than open from 2010 to 2014. Further, only 20 counties across the country, out of more than 3,000 total, generated half of all new business establishments. When I look at this report one thing is clear to me: smaller, rural areas have been left behind of recent economic recovery. We cannot waste any time rolling up our sleeves and beginning the long process of putting all of America on the road to recovery.

When you look at Speaker Ryan and House Republicans’ Better Way agenda, which you can read in full at better.gop, you can see we are putting forward a positive, pro-growth plan that will ensure no area of the country is left behind. For far too long, Washington’s mistakes have trickled down, wreaking havoc on small towns around the country. This is a new Republican party, one that is focused on solutions to our most pressing problems and takes ideas directly to the men and women who are affected by government overreach and interference. We are the party of working men and women; the party that will rebuild and preserve a strong middle-class.

I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the Trump administration to shrink the size of government and turn this country around.

Feel free to contact my office if I can be of assistance to you or your family. 
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