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Today, Republican Study Committee Chairman (RSC) Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement on reports that the Export-Import Bank may be renewed after its charter expired on June 30th:
“Last week, I joined a bicameral group of conservatives to praise Congress for allowing the Export-Import Bank’s charter to expire after a pattern of corrupt and questionable practices. Ex-Im promoted a culture of corruption that resulted in dozens of indictments and decades of jail time for its officials. Even after Congress mandated Ex-Im change its ways, the Bank resisted reform. Now that Ex-Im’s charter has expired, I strongly urge Majority Leader McConnell to block any attempts to revive it in the Senate.”
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Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement on the video revealing a Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of body parts from aborted babies:
“Planned Parenthood’s practices, as revealed by its senior official in this shocking video, are almost too sickening for words. It is appalling that this organization should be profiting from the trafficking of body parts of the unborn – lives that are the most vulnerable and sacred. Congress should fully investigate the extent of Planned Parenthood’s disturbing and potentially illegal practices, and strengthen laws to protect these sacred lives.”
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Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) led conservative members of the House and Senate to urge Congress to protect religious liberty for America’s churches, faith-based charities and religious schools by passing the First Amendment Defense Act.
Chairman Flores today led a press conference featuring Senate Steering Committee Chairman Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), the bill’s sponsors in the Senate and House, respectively. Values Action Team Co-Chair Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) also spoke in support of FADA.
Statement from Chairman Flores:
“We are here to support the First Amendment Defense Act – an important piece of legislation that will protect the rights of Americans to live according to their beliefs without discrimination, persecution, or retaliation from the federal government.
“The majority of Americans support that right. More than 80% of Americans believe that people should be able to live according to their beliefs about marriage without interference from the government.
“And President Obama has reaffirmed ‘maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom [is] vital.’
“I would challenge everyone in Congress and President Obama to live up to his words and support the First Amendment Defense Act today.
“All religious Americans deserve assurance that they can carry out their conscience without a federal government crackdown. They should be able to speak freely, without Washington bureaucrats attempting to silence them.
“I am proud to stand here with my colleagues in the House and Senate who have been seeking to protect that Constitutional promise by introducing the First Amendment Defense Act.”
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Today, Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran:
“The Obama Administration’s proposed deal with Iran is an empty assurance that falls woefully short of the goals even the president initially set forth. I am deeply concerned that the Administration’s concessions will only embolden the terrorist-sponsoring Iranian regime. History and experience have taught us that Iran has no qualms with flagrantly ignoring international agreements; this deal offers no proof that their attitude has changed. In particular, Americans should be very troubled by the president’s agreement to allow Iran to resume purchases of foreign arms from other countries such as Russian and China.
“It is incomprehensible that this Administration made a deal that gives Iran the ‘benefit of the doubt,’ while lifting sanctions on known killers of American soldiers as our citizens sit in Iranian prisons. As long as it remains the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, we should be maintaining, not dismantling, robust sanctions on Iran.
“A nuclear Iran would be the gravest threat to America and our allies in the Middle East. Any agreement that does not permanently halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions is a bad deal that Congress cannot support.”
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Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) will lead a joint press conference with conservative members to call on the House and Senate to support the First Amendment Defense Act. The event will be held Thursday, July 16th at 11:00a.m. in the Capitol Visitor Center HVC Studio B in HVC 114.
The First Amendment Defense Act will protect the rights of religious organizations to operate according to their beliefs and receive non-profit status.
What: Joint press conference with conservative House and Senate caucuses on the First Amendment Defense Act
When: Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 11:00a.m. ET
Where: Capitol Visitor Center HVC Studio B, HVC 114
For inquiries about the studio, please contact the House Radio-TV Gallery at 202-225-5214.
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Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) today released the following statement on the expiration of the Export-Import Bank’s authorization:
"Congress is right to let the authorization for the Export-Import Bank expire. The Bank has become the ‘Enron’ of the federal government, a poster child for the worst of Washington’s corruption and mismanagement. American businesses are strong enough to compete on their own, without interference from unaccountable federal bureaucrats looking to line their own pockets. I urge my fellow conservatives in Congress to join me in making sure the Bank begins an orderly wind down beginning today."
Earlier this year, the RSC took a position against reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, citing the need for a competitive free market and the Bank’s unchanged culture of corruption.
The Republican Study Committee (RSC) has served as the conservative caucus of House Republicans and a leading influencer on the Right since its original founding in 1973. It exists to bring like-minded House members together to promote a strong, principled legislative agenda that will limit government, strengthen our national defense, boost America’s economy, preserve traditional values and balance our budget.
The RSC provides the tools and research that members of Congress need to craft and advance policies that will benefit the American people. It also provides a forum for likeminded members to join together to support common causes and challenge the status quo. By doing so, the RSC ensures that conservatives have a powerful voice on every issue coming before the House, whether it is the economy, health care, defense, social safety net reform, or Washington’s dangerous, out-of-control spending.
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The Republican Study Committee has 172 members in the 114th Congress.
Membership in the RSC is limited to current members of the U.S. House of Representatives. It added twenty-five new members from the class of 2015. A number of the nation's most influential Conservatives are former RSC members, including two former Vice Presidents, seven sitting Senators and two sitting Governors.
Congressman Bill Flores (R-Texas) is the current Chairman of the RSC. Flores was first elected to Congress in November 2010 and is currently serving his 3rd term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Bill is a ninth generation Texan, representing the 17th Congressional District of Texas.
Before retiring to pursue public service in late 2009, Flores worked in the energy industry for nearly three decades, twenty years of which he served as a CEO, COO, or CFO. As a company leader and entrepreneur, Flores has firsthand experience in helping to create hundreds of good-paying American jobs. He also understands the problems that bad government policy and regulation can cause for American job creation and economic prosperity.
Bill’s mission in Congress is to restore America’s promise, prosperity, security, and exceptionalism for current and future generations. He works hard to achieve this mission every day.
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The Republican Study Committee (RSC) has served as the conservative caucus of House Republicans and a leading influencer on the Right since its original founding in 1973.
Fully Repeals Obamacare: AHCRA goes into effect on January 1, 2016 and fully repeals the president’s health care law.
Increases Access to Affordable, Portable Health Insurance: AHCRA levels the playing field between people who receive their insurance through their employer and those who purchase it on the individual market by creating a standard deduction for health insurance. Under the RSC’s plan, individuals with qualifying insurance receive a $7,500 tax deduction and families receive a $20,500 deduction.
Expands Insurance Access for Vulnerable Americans: AHCRA ensures those with pre-existing conditions have access to health insurance by expanding federal support for state high-risk pools and expanding portability so Americans can easily move between insurance markets without fear of discrimination based on health status.
Spurs Competition Between Insurers: AHCRA allows people to shop for and purchase insurance plans across state lines, like other forms of insurance already allow. The plan also allows small businesses to pool together to negotiate for better rates.
Encourages Innovation: AHCRA establishes an eight year, $15 billion spending fund through the National Institute of Health (NIH) to develop biomedical breakthroughs in the five diseases that cost the most American lives each year: heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. It would also create a $1 billion prize, similar to the X Prize, for a cure to Alzheimer's disease.
Produces a Balanced Budget. The Blueprint balances in six years, resulting in a balanced budget in FY 2021. This budget would bring spending down to 18.2 percent of GDP and limit revenues to 18.2 percent of GDP, close to the historical average.
Enacts Pro-Growth Tax Reform. The Blueprint puts forth pro-growth, pro-taxpayer reform that is simpler, fairer, more competitive, and budget neutral on a dynamic basis.
Reestablishes Our National Defense. The Blueprint strengthens our national defense by providing $570 billion in base defense spending in FY 2016 and $6.4 trillion for national security over the next decade.
Reforms and Reduces Washington’s Spending. The Blueprint cuts spending by $7.1 trillion relative to current policy over the 10 year budget window. The budget sets total FY 2016 discretionary spending at $975 billion, with non-defense discretionary reduced to $405 billion for the fiscal year and reduced by a total of $1.3 trillion by FY 2025. Unnecessary mandatory spending, outside of key safety net programs, will be reduced by $1.7 trillion between FY 2016 and FY 2025.
Repeals and Replaces Obamacare. The Blueprint fully repeals Obamacare through the reconciliation process. It replaces the president’s unpopular health care law with the RSC’s American Health Care Reform Act.
Strengthens America’s Safety Net Programs. The Blueprint offers common-sense reforms to strengthen America’s safety net programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Disability Insurance and Social Security. By making changes that will restore these programs to solvency, we can ensure that they are there not only for current recipients, but for future generations.
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