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Dear Friend,

It was an exciting week in Washington as Donald Trump addressed a Joint Session of Congress for the first time as President of the United States. I applaud the President's optimistic vision for the future and the aggressive agenda that he laid out for the American people.

We must enact meaningful reforms to promote economic growth. Main Street is struggling to comply with regulations and navigate a complex tax code. That is why the House is continuing to take action to remove the regulatory restraints on American families and businesses.

Healthcare Reform
I talked to the Richmond-Times Dispatch about the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The American people did not send us to Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with Obamacare-lite. The proposed legislation is unacceptable in its current form because it is essentially a watered down version of Obamacare that does little to bring down the cost curve of healthcare. Some people in Washington want you to believe this is a full repeal. It is not. This bill keeps excessive regulations on insurance, creates a new entitlement program, and does not take a clear stand on Medicaid expansion.

In 2010, Congress created a program that addressed coverage, not costs, and insurance leaders knew they had supported a plan that would ultimately fail. Why?  Because they knew they would get millions of new customers even though the costs were unsustainable, and the result is a system that is in a "death spiral." We cannot replicate the mistakes of the past. It is time for Congress to keep its promises and repeal this legislation and replace it with free-market, patient-centered legislation - not Obamacare-lite.

RTD Editorial Board
The Richmond-Times Dispatch Editorial Board wrote about my positions on health care, tax reform, and fiscal responsibility.  According to the RTD's Editorial Board, "Dave Brat ranks way-above-average on consistency," and "The theme that binds Brat’s comments — and indeed has characterized his political career from its beginning — is a high degree of respect for the people’s money. He clearly sees it as a sacred trust, one that demands spending discipline and a reversal in the dwindling supply of rational economic policy emanating from the national capital."

Presidential Address to Congress
I joined Sean Hannity with fellow Members of the House Freedom Caucus to share our thoughts on President Trump's address to Congress. Click on the photo below to watch the interview.

Regulatory Reform
The House passed H.R. 998, the SCRUB Act, which establishes a Retrospective Regulatory Review Commission to review existing federal regulations to identify and recommend to Congress regulations that should be repealed to reduce unnecessary regulatory costs to the U.S. economy.

We also passed H.R. 1004, the Regulatory Integrity Act, which directs each federal agency to make information regarding their regulatory actions publicly available in a searchable format. The process in which bureaucrats in Washington create regulations is arduous and convoluted. This legislation is crucial in providing accountability in our government where it is currently lacking.

The House also acted to strengthen accountability over the regulatory process by passing H.R. 1009, the OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act. This legislation outlines OIRA’s responsibilities in statute and places OIRA under congressional oversight, reaffirming congressional authority over the regulatory process.

The "Volks" rule is one of the regulations imposed by the Department of Labor during the final days of the Obama administration. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers are required to maintain a log of any workplace injuries or illnesses that occur and retain these records for five years, but can only be cited for infractions within a six-month time period. The "Volks" rule, extends the threat of penalty up to five years. The statute of limitations exists for a reason, and the Secretary of Labor should not be allowed to ignore the laws the Congress passes. For this reason, the House passed H.J.Res. 83, to nullify the "Volks" rule.

Bipartisan Immigration Reform
On Thursday March 2nd, I introduced the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act with Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and Ro Khanna (D-CA). This bipartisan legislation closes loopholes in the H-1B and L visa programs to reduce fraud and abuse, provide protections for American workers and visa holders, and require more transparency in the recruitment of foreign workers. Congress must overhaul the H-1B and L-1 visa programs and this legislation presents a real opportunity to prevent fraud and abuse in our visa system so it better serves the American worker.

On Friday I attended a roundtable at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond, VA to discuss the Affordable Care Act, women's health, and the future of healthcare.

I had the chance to speak to the Disabled Veterans of America (DAV) Department of Virginia about the work Congress is doing to provide veterans with high-quality care that honors their service to our nation.

It was great to meet with the Virginia Broadcasters Association to discuss legislation that is pending before the House of Representatives.

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.

You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube for updates on my work in Congress.

Thank you,

(signed)

Congressman Dave Brat

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