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Dear Friend,

The House is continuing to implement the priorities of the American people. Over the last two weeks, I voted to fund our government though April 28, 2017 so that Congress can implement the new administration's spending priorities. Because I led the effort in voting against bad budget deals last year, we will now have an opportunity to vote on two budget bills next year that lead to the reconciliation process where we can repeal Obamacare and lower the individual and corporate tax rates in order to get the economy moving again. This will provide jobs and opportunities for you and your family.

I also voted to fund our military and support our veterans by providing them with the highest quality of care, and to help them enter the workforce when they return to civilian life. Our veterans have given much to this nation and have expected little in return. It is our obligation to provide them with the necessary care and benefits that they were promised when they signed up to serve.

Continuing Resolution (CR)
On December 8, 2016 the House voted to fund the federal government through April 28, 2017 with my full support. As Donald Trump transitions into the Oval Office, Congress should be implementing his spending priorities, not Barack Obama's. This continuing resolution will allow Donald Trump to hit the ground running during his first year in office. I will continue to advocate for a budget that puts American priorities first.

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
On December 2, 2016, the House passed the Conference Report to accompany S. 2943, the FY 2017 NDAA. This legislation authorizes funding for the Department of Defense, including counterterrorism efforts. This year's NDAA will provide our armed forces with the resources they need to successfully defend our country. It also grants military personnel a much needed pay increase to help provide for their families. I am proud to support our military and those who bravely wear the uniform.

Helping Veterans
The House also passed multiple bills to help help put veterans back to work and ensure they receive the quality of care they deserve. You can see the bills below

H.R. 5166, the WINGMAN Act - I was an original cosponsor of this legislation to help Congressional offices better serve the veterans in their district in navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs.

H.R. 5458, the Veterans TRICARE Choice Act

H.R. 3286, the HIRE Vets Act

H.R. 5600, the No Hero Left Untreated Act

H.R. 4757, To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the eligibility for headstones, markers, and medallions furnished by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for deceased individuals who were awarded the Medal of Honor and are buried in private cemeteries

21st Century Cures Initiative
I voted to fund efforts to find cures for thousands of diseases and the fight against opioid abuse by supporting the 21st Century Cures Act. Last year when this legislation was brought up for a floor vote, it was set on auto-pilot spending. I introduced an amendment to move funding for this legislation back into the budget and subject to appropriations, according to regular order. I could not support the creation of a new mandatory spending program given our looming fiscal crisis. Although my amendment was defeated at the time, I was proud to lead the fight for fiscal responsibility. This version of the 21st Century Cures Act sets the funding back in the budget and subject to appropriations, just as I had fought for previously.

I also want to note the tremendous work of the sheriffs and local law enforcement around the Seventh Congressional District in the ongoing fight against opioid and heroine abuse. While this bill was far from perfect and combined multiple areas of spending, the funding is critical to the heroes who serve in our communities.

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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