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Accomplishments During the 115th Congress

November 2, 2018
E-Newsletter

Dear Friends, 
 
Thanks to Republican control, this was a “get it done” Congress. Since last January, we’ve passed historic tax reform, provided massive regulatory relief for businesses, and boosted our military with the biggest increase in funding in more than 15 years. 
 
But our record of success is much lengthier than that. Here are some of the highlights: 
 
VETERANS’ BENEFITS REFORM: Delivered real reform and choice to American veterans with the VA MISSION Act, modernized the veterans appeals process, reformed G.I. bill benefits, and further improved VA accountability. Also provided the largest funding increase in history for veterans care and services, and to modernize the VA’s electronic health record system.
 
VICTIMS’ RIGHTS: Passed the Justice Served Act to provide funds to prosecute cold cases solved by DNA evidence and the SAFER Act to help reduce the rape kit backlog. 
 
FIGHTING SEX TRAFFICKING: Enacted the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act to combat trafficking.
 
OPIOID LEGISLATION: Combatting the nation’s worst public health crisis with a package of proposals to fight a widespread epidemic, including stopping fentanyl at the border and spurring development of new non-addictive painkillers.
 
PREVENTING MASS SHOOTINGS: Enacted Fix NICS and STOP School Violence Act to help protect the American people from mass shootings and fix the broken background check system.
 
TAX REFORM: Reformed America’s tax code for the first time in 31 years, putting more money in the pockets of American families and creating more opportunity for them and their children.
 
REGULATORY REFORM: Used Congressional Review Act (CRA) a record-setting 16 times to roll back Obama-era regulations. Eliminating these regulations saved the economy $4.1 billion in costs.
 
MILITARY FUNDING: After many years of neglecting our national security, our troop readiness, and the critical maintenance of our defense infrastructure, we’ve provided record funding to our military, including the largest pay increase in nine years. 
 
ENERGY: Opened Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), one of the largest untapped conventional oilfields in North America, to help keep energy affordable. 
 
BANKING REFORM: Provided Main Street borrowers and lenders relief from burdensome Dodd-Frank red tape for the first time.
 
OBAMACARE RELIEF: Repealed the individual mandate tax that forced Americans to buy something many didn’t want or couldn’t afford, and ended IPAB.
 
CONSERVATIVE JUDGES: The Senate has confirmed President Trump’s judicial nominees at a historic pace: 84 total, including 29 circuit judges, 53 district court judges, and Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. 
 
While Congress has fought over some things, we've also worked in a bipartisan way to get the people's work done. It’s a record of results that’s making our country stronger and more prosperous, and I hope you’ll share it with your friends if they ask: “what has Congress done?” 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Kay Granger 
Member of Congress