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  • Rep. Brat Chairs First Hearing on the Health of the Small Business Economy
    Posted in Press Releases on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON - Today Rep. Brat (R-Va.) gaveled in his first hearing as Chairman of the Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access Subcommittee in the 115th Congress. The Subcommittee received testimony from small business leaders and academic researchers on overall economic conditions, the strength of the job market, and challenges small businesses face. As the only member of Congress with a PhD in Economics, Rep. Brat issued the following statement: "In the last eight years, the economy grew at an ... Read more

  • Legislation Cosponsored by Rep. Brat to Ensure Access to VA Records Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on February 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Brat (R-Va.) made the following statement after H.R. 512, the WINGMAN Act passed with his support in the House of Representatives on February 13, 2017. Congressman Brat was an original cosponsor of the bipartisan bill which will eliminate the burdensome requirement of having the Department of Veterans’ Affairs serve as the middleman for routine casework requests made by certified congressional staff on behalf of local veterans. “With over 55,000 veterans in my district, my offi... Read more

  • Sen. Flake and Rep. Brat Reintroduce the Universal Savings Account Act
    Posted in Press Releases on February 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth, Tax Reform

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) introduced H.R. 937, the Universal Savings Account Act with Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) as original cosponsors. A companion bill, S. 232 was also introduced in the Senate by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). This legislation will make it easier for Americans to save money by allowing Americans of all income levels to create an account where they can put up to $5,500 per year of post-tax income. These accounts are free of additional taxes.... Read more

  • Rep. Brat Votes to Reverse Obama Gun Regulation for Social Security Recipients
    Posted in Press Releases on February 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Second Amendment

    WASHINGTON - On February 2, 2016 the House of Representatives passed legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Brat that reversed a rule issued by the Social Security Administration on January 18, 2017 to restrict Second Amendment rights. Rep. Brat issued the following statement upon passage of the bill: “I am proud to cosponsor this bill which protects the Second Amendment rights of all Americans, including those who receive Social Security disability benefits. Without this measure, their Second Amendme... Read more

  • Brat Votes to Rollback Job-Killing Obama Regulation
    Posted in Press Releases on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth

    WASHINGTON – Rep. Brat (R-Va.) issued the following statement after voting in favor of a resolution of disapproval in the House of Representatives to repeal the Obama Administration’s Stream Protection Rule. H. J. Res 38 uses a tool called the Congressional Review Act to overturn last minute regulations issued from the previous administration under an expedited process. The stream protection rule was issued in the last several weeks of the Obama Administration and if implemented, would rewrite 4... Read more

  • Brat Leads Letter in Support of Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos
    Posted in Press Releases on January 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education and Opportunity

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Brat (R-Va.) issued the following statement after leading a letter signed by 15 members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce to Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in support of Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary: "Too many children in America are locked into failing schools because they live in the wrong zip code. Betsy DeVos is the person to change that. She will end the status quo and return pow... Read more

  • Brat on the CBO's Budget and Economic Outlook Report
    Posted in Press Releases on January 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth, Budget and Fiscal Issues

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Brat (R-Va.) issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its Budget and Economic Outlook: "Today's report from the Congressional Budget Office underscores how out-of-control spending in Washington has gotten as a result of President Obama's failed policies. Our national debt is projected to reach a staggering $30 trillion by 2027, while the economy is projected to grow at a sluggish 1.9 percent. Luckily, with President Trump at the helm, ... Read more

  • Brat Reintroduces Bill to Hold Immigration Authority Accountable
    Posted in Press Releases on January 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Brat (R-Va.) issued the following statement after reintroducing the Use Spending for Congressional Immigration Supervision Act, which makes the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) subject to appropriations instead of being able to fund itself directly through user fees: "Now, with a new administration in the White House, it is more important than ever that Congress reasserts the power of the purse and holds government agencies accountable. While most agencies are subj... Read more

  • Brat to Chair Small Business Subcommittee
    Posted in Press Releases on January 17, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Brat (R-Va.) issued the following statement after being named Chairman of the Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access Subcommittee: "I am thrilled by the opportunity to chair the Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access Subcommittee. We have such a unique opportunity to provide regulatory relief for small businesses, and to slash the ever-growing maze of regulations that have burdened them for the past eight years. I am excited about getting to work to help small businesses ar... Read more

  • Brat Votes to Begin Obamacare Repeal Process
    Posted in Press Releases on January 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Budget and Fiscal Issues

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Brat (R-Va.) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to begin the repeal process for Obamacare: "Today’s vote was not easy for me because it pits many of the principles I hold dear against the ability to repeal Obamacare. I believe that a full repeal of Obamacare is necessary in order to begin to unravel its stranglehold on our small businesses, families, healthcare, and one-fifth of the economy. President Obama promised that the Affordable Care ... Read more

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