May 5, 2017
Conaway Chronicle: Upcoming Town Hall Meetings, House Votes to Repeal Obamacare, Government Funding Bill Passes House
Thank you for reading The Conaway Chronicle, a review of my activities in Congress and the 11th District.
Upcoming Town Hall Meetings
Next week, I will be holding two town hall meetings in the 11th District. These town halls give me the opportunity to connect with constituents, and hear about the issues that are most important to you. Please join me if you are able to!
WHAT: Colorado City Town Hall Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, May 9, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
WHERE: Colorado City Civic Center, 257 East 2nd Street
WHAT: Andrews Town Hall Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
WHERE: Andrews Senior Activity Center, 310 West Broadway Street
House Votes to Repeal Obamacare
Obamacare was full of broken promises. Then-President Obama told the American people time and time again, ‘If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor; if you like your health insurance you can keep your health insurance.’ The American people learned very quickly that under Obamacare, they would not be able to keep their doctor, or their health insurance. In fact, the cost of premiums rose, while access to quality health care fell.
Thursday, we took the first step towards fulfilling our promise to the American people: to repeal Obamacare, and repair the broken health care system. The American Health Care Act contained all the relief the American people were asking for. Individuals with pre-existing conditions are protected and will receive quality coverage. Young people will be able to remain on their family plan until the age of 26. We’ve strengthened Medicaid, and most importantly, we’ve put individuals and their doctors back in control of their own health care decisions.
The American Health Care Act is the answer that our fractured health care system needs. The time is now for the Senate to act, so President Trump can sign the American Health Care Act into law and rid our nation of the disastrous Obamacare once and for all.
Government Funding Bill Passes House
Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 244, The Consolidated Appropriations Act, which keeps our government open and running through FY2017. It increases military spending, taking a step towards rebuilding the strength and readiness of our military. Border security is also a priority in this legislation, which includes an additional $1.5 billion for critical infrastructure, innovative technology, and agents at the border. H.R. 244 is a strong, pro-life bill. It does not include any funding directed to Planned Parenthood, and National Right to Life has come out in support of this bill.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s budget and staffing levels have been cut down to pre-Obama levels. It includes provisions to protect the 2nd Amendment, and it freezes funding for the Internal Revenue Service below the 2008 level.
Like all legislation, this bill is not perfect. But President Trump and Speaker Ryan have delivered a starting point for fundamentally reforming the way we allocate government spending. Coupled with Republican decision makers in the Administration and Agencies in charge of implementation, we will continue to promote the conservative principles our country needs. I look forward to seeing this bill signed into law, and getting to work on the FY2018 budget and appropriations process to continue moving in the right direction.
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Rep. Mike Conaway, 11th District