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Dear Friend,

Last week was certainly a busy one as we kicked off the 115th Congress. After the House took care of a few procedural motions to set up the new Congress, we immediately got to work on the priorities of the American people.

Health Savings Account (HSA) Expansion Act
I reintroduced the HSA Expansion Act last week which would provide consumers with more options and control over their own healthcare. Specifically the HSA Expansion Act does four things: First, it would increase contribution limits to $9,000 and $18,000 for single and joint filers respectively. Second, it would repeal Obamacare restrictions on over-the-counter purchases and the penalty on ineligible withdrawals.  Third, it would allow HSA funds to be used to pay premiums and direct primary care expenses. Fourth, it eliminates the high deductible health plan mandate.

The Daily Signal wrote a piece about how the HSA Expansion Act would open up healthcare options if Obamacare is repealed.

Midnight Rules Relief Act
The House passed H.R. 21, the Midnight Rules Relief Act to allow joint resolutions disapproving en bloc regulations submitted to Congress for review within 60 legislative days of the end of a presidential term. Currently, Congress can only vote to disapprove one regulation at a time.

This legislation is critical to prevent any president from issuing last-minute rules and regulations as an attempt to impose their personal agenda on Americans.

REINS Act
The House passed H.R. 26, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act to require congressional approval before any major rule or regulation can go into effect. A major regulation is one that would impact the United States economy by $100 million or more.

This legislation will protect businesses and employees from costly regulations that result in lost jobs and other negative consequences in the U.S. economy. I am proud to cosponsor this important legislation.

Office of Congressional Ethics
Upon the start of the 115th Congress, an amendment was introduced that would have reformed the Office of Congressional Ethics, but the plan was ultimately withdrawn. I'm glad to see this, as our first priority as a new Congress should be to focus on the issues that the voters sent us here for, like Obamacare, border security, and regulatory reform.

At the same time, an open and frank debate about ethics is always welcome and what people expect from us, and that is what will occur as we move forward.

Contact Me
I am always interested in hearing your thoughts. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, you can contact me directly by clicking here or by calling my office at (202) 225-2815.

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Thank you,

(signed)

Congressman Dave Brat

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