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Dear Friend,
                                            
Last week, the House voted to begin the reconciliation process which will allow us to repeal and replace Obamacare. By doing so, Congress will provide Americans with more options  that will help bend down the cost-curve of healthcare for individuals and businesses. We also voted to help startup companies obtain capital to spur growth and create job opportunities, and we passed legislation to provide more accountability and transparency to the regulatory process that impacts so many Americans.

Committee Assignments
As we continue to move forward, I want to share with you that I have retained all of my committee assignments in the House for the 115th Congress. I will continue to serve on the following committees:
Budget Committee - This committee is critical to ensuring that Congress sets forth a budget that is fiscally responsible while implementing the priorities of the American people. I will continue to serve on this committee to protect Americans from the out-of-control spending in Washington.
Education & the Workforce Committee - We have a real opportunity in this committee to create opportunities for the American youth to receive the highest quality education and provide them with the skills and training they need to successfully enter the workforce and even create economic growth in their communities and the United States.
Small Business Committee - Small businesses need relief from burdensome and costly rules and regulations that prevent hiring and economic growth. I am excited to continue to serve on this committee to protect businesses from excessive federal government interference.

Chairman of Small Business Subcommittee
I am also very excited to share that I have been selected as Chairman for the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access during the 115th Congress. With a united Republican government, 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 around Virginia and the United States.

Reconciliation
The House passed S.Con.Res. 3, which begins the process of repealing Obamacare through a procedure called reconciliation. Everybody wants the skyrocketing healthcare costs to go down because it will put more money in the pockets of Americans. That is why Congress is acting swiftly to provide Americans with more options and access to affordable healthcare. Learn more about the reconciliation process and S.Con.Res. 3.

HALOS Act
H.R. 79, the Helping Angels Lead our Startups (HALOS) Act was passed in the House of Representatives on January 10th with bipartisan support. This legislation would allow certain startup companies to give presentations about their companies and host events such as "demo days" without violating investment solicitation bans. Now is the time to spur growth in our economy. This legislation would help companies find the capital they need to hit the ground running and hire new employees. We should be doing everything we can to give small businesses the resources to succeed, and I am glad to see this legislation pass with such a high amount of bipartisan support.

Regulatory Accountability Act
H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act was passed in the House on January 11, 2017. This legislation brings accountability and transparency to the executive rulemaking and regulatory processes. Very few people know how to navigate the punishing maze of regulations and rules against small businesses that the executive branch imposed over the last several years. This legislation will help Americans understand the true cost and burdens these executive rules impose on the economy and the American people.
                                          
Martin Luther King Day
On Monday, the United States observed the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and remembered his courage and leadership during the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King proclaimed the ethics of freedom; he became a voice for millions unjustly denied the God-given rights guaranteed to every single citizen under our Constitution. This belief that man has inalienable rights that are neither conferred by, nor derived from, the state is at the heart of our nation's founding. Read my full statement on Martin Luther King Jr.

Contact Me
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Thank you,

(signed)

Congressman Dave Brat

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