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Bill Flores Discusses This Week in Washington

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WASHINGTON, D.C, May 24, 2019 | Andre Castro (202-225-6105) | comments

U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas) issued the following statements regarding Memorial Day; H.R. 1994, the SECURE Act; H.R.1500, Consumers First Act; and Democrat efforts to implement a single-payer health care system:

Memorial Day
“On Memorial Day, we pay tribute to America’s brave military men and women who answered the call to serve and paid the ultimate sacrifice defending and protecting our freedoms. On this day of remembrance, we honor those proud patriots who were so devoted to their country that they gave their lives for others. Their sacrifices truly reflect the words of Jesus in John 15:13, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ We also celebrate the valor, commitment and bravery of our fallen heroes and pray for the families that they have left behind. The debt of gratitude that we as Americans owe is without limit.” 

H.R. 1994, the SECURE Act
“Texas families work hard to make ends meet each month. Beyond that, they face the challenge of putting money in their savings accounts to prepare for the future. To help Americans start saving earlier and save more for their retirement, I voted for the House-passed ‘Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act.’ This bipartisan bill gives Americans more flexibility to utilize their hard-earned money and invest in their future. It also helps workers with an additional source of savings by providing incentives that encourage small businesses to offer retirement benefits to their employees.

“I was pleased to see the House come together in a bipartisan fashion to help ensure hardworking Americans are financially secure in their retirement. Saving for our futures is important for the long-term well-being of everyone. With this bill, Congress is providing the tools and incentives necessary to help hardworking Texas families get ahead.

“This legislation is one of the very small number of substantive, bipartisan bills that the House has passed since Nancy Pelosi took over as Speaker.  I sincerely hope that this Congress can begin to act more like the last Congress (2017-2018), during which we put 443 pieces of legislation on President Trump’s desk for signature, 99 percent of which were bipartisan.  A strong majority of Americans are ready for Congress to move forward like this and I hope that Speaker Pelosi will get the message, drop the phony investigations and produce results for American families.”

H.R.1500, the Consumers First Act
“The Obama-era Dodd-Frank Act implemented heavy-handed government control policies and created the overreaching Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to oversee them. The broadly defined and unchecked CFPB quickly developed a troubled record of government overreach, questionable bureaucrat behavior and unjust enforcement during its short history as a federal bureau.

“Since taking office, the Trump administration has worked to improve transparency at the CFPB and reign in a significant portion of its unchecked regulatory power. This week, the Democrat House Majority jammed through another misleadingly titled bill, the ‘Consumers First Act.’ The intent of this purely partisan bill is to reestablish regulatory red tape and undo the Trump administration’s pro-consumer changes. Additionally, this bill contained more pages of unsubstantiated Congressional comments condemning the Trump administration than it had of meaningful legislative text.

“The CFPB needs significant reform and we should work in a bipartisan fashion to make those changes. Both parties know well that the Dodd-Frank law, along with abuses by the CFPB have dramatically hurt the ability of low-income American families to have ordinary bank accounts and to finance vehicles, mobile homes and residences.  Instead of these political show-votes that will go nowhere in the Senate, we should enact bipartisan structural reforms with checks and balances on the decision making of any director, Republican or Democrat, and finally bring confidence to the CFPB.”

Single-Payer Health Care System
“This week, the House Budget Committee held a hearing to examine the challenges of establishing a single-payer health care system.  These proposals to have the government take over the American health care system, including the Democrats’ ‘Medicare-for-All’ legislation, are fraught with dangers. Representatives from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) were witnesses at the hearing to answer questions and highlight the findings of their recent report, 'Key Design Components and Considerations for Establishing a Single-Payer Health Care System.'

"My Budget Committee colleagues and I discussed some of the highly impactful risks including the loss of employer or union-sponsored health care insurance for over 158 million Americans, including 13 million Texans. These individuals would lose their current health coverage and be forced into government-controlled health care. A government-run health plan could not adequately meet the needs of all people and would slow the discovery of important innovation in new treatments and new medical technologies. Additionally, hardworking American families would see higher taxes to pay for this plan, dramatic increases in inefficient government spending, the establishment of a new bureaucracy (likely to be far larger than the two million employees in the Department of Defense) and reductions in health care choices for families. All of this would result in rationing of care, longer wait times and fewer doctors to treat patients.  Last, but not least, a government takeover of health care is predicted to substantially reduce the number of young persons who choose health care as a career; leading to larger doctor shortages in future decades.

"It is abundantly clear that a government takeover of our health care system would fail hardworking American families. Instead of proposals that put a federal bureaucrat between Americans and their doctors, we should be working to ensure that all Americans have access to robust, innovative, market-driven and affordable health care coverage that puts the patient first.”

 

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