|March 17, 2017
Conaway Chronicle: Protecting Veterans' 2nd Amendment Rights, Voting to Repeal Obamacare and Repair the Health Care System, Texas Story Project
Thank you for reading The Conaway Chronicle, a review of my activities in Congress and the 11th District.
Protecting Veterans' 2nd Amendment Rights
This week, I voted to pass H.R. 1181, the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act. This bill, which I cosponsored, passed the House 240-175. Under current law, veterans who receive help navigating their benefits from a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) fiduciary are automatically labeled as ‘mentally defective’ in the VA system. This incorrect label wrongly places them in the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), preventing the very men and women who fought for our freedom from exercising their constitutional right to bear arms.
The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act will ensure that veterans are able to take advantage of the services offered by the VA, without fear of bureaucratic overreach. We are able to make an easy fix with this legislation, while still retaining the appropriate safeguards for those who truly need assistance. No veteran should ever be wrongfully denied the constitutional rights they sacrificed so much to protect.
I spoke on the floor during debate on this bill, which you can watch by clicking here.
Voting to Repeal Obamacare and Repair the Health Care System
Next week, the House of Representatives will vote on the American Health Care Act, the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare and repair the health care system. There are two principles at the center of this plan: we must offer Americans the health care options that they want, and it must be at a price that they can afford. These two priorities have remained front and center as Republicans crafted the American Health Care Act.
There are many really terrific aspects of this law, that Americans have been asking for since the implementation of Obamacare. This legislation dismantles the Obamacare taxes that have increased the costs of prescription drugs and health insurance premiums, and it eliminates the individual and employer mandate penalties. Health insurers will not be able to deny coverage or charge more money to patients based on pre-existing conditions. Young adults will be able to stay on their parents' plan until they are 26. And millions of Americans will once again have a say in their health care.
Organizations like National Right to Life are supporting this bill, because of its strong pro-life provisions. Conservative groups and health care companies alike are saying that this bill is the best solution to fix the mess that Obamacare made. To learn more about this bill, and to read the bill for yourself, you can visit ReadTheBill.GOP.
Texas Story Project
Not too long ago, I mentioned the Bullock Texas State History Museum's Texas Story Project. The Bullock Texas State History Museum is collecting stories of family, history, and life in Texas for their Texas Story Project. You can submit one story or many, and there are prompts to help get you started. The museum has already begun featuring some stories on an interactive map, and TX-11 constituents have already begun participating. This story, about The Baker Hotel, Mineral Wells Texas, was submitted by Kevin Pruitt, a Mineral Wells, Texas native, complete with a video that delves into the history of this grand hotel.
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Rep. Mike Conaway, 11th District