Capitol Hill Report: Summer Break is Over

September 3, 2017

Summer Break is Over 

As the summer recess comes to a close, here are a few major pieces of legislation we can expect to see in the upcoming months. 
 
Budget
 
The budget is at the top of Congress’s priority list, and as you well know, this will not be an easy fight. Many hot button items will be on the table such as defunding Planned Parenthood, funding for the border wall and deciding whether or not to raise the debt ceiling, just to name a few. Recently, Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc in Houston, Texas and discussions about putting disaster relief funding into the budget have been stirring. Chair of the Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), has already stated that he will not demand that this funding is offset by spending cuts. This issue may become a distraction to the other important issues at play. Congress has their work cut out for them in the weeks ahead. Also, Eagle Forum opposes any debt ceiling increase without major fiscal reforms that immediately put the country on a path to balance. Congress must cut the credit card. We cannot waste this opportunity to reform a fiscal system that is hurtling toward disaster.
 
Tax Reform
 
President Trump began rallying for his tax reform plan this week which has been a top legislative priority of his since his campaign trail. The White House has kept the plan under wraps, but from the President’s comments, we can know what to expect. He is pushing for tax cuts for the middle class which he believes will result in putting more money in hard-workers’ pockets. He also plans to eliminate benefits for special interests, freeing up money to go towards other priorities. Key Republican leaders, such as Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), have been using their time in their home states to rally their constituents around these ideas. Hopefully, we will see policies that will strengthen the family unit, as well as the nation’s economy. 
 
Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
 
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) has been drumming up support for The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) with a promise from Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) that it will move this year. The scientific evidence shows that a child in the womb can feel pain starting at 20 weeks after fertilization. This bill would ban abortions beginning at 20 weeks in order to make a step towards protecting innocent lives. Twenty states across the nation have already made this into law. Congress should continue this fight on a federal level.
 
Eagle Forum will continue to work with Members of Congress, as well as allied coalitions to push for the best policies to be created through these bills. Do not hesitate to contact your representatives about your thoughts and needs during these processes.