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Jan 9, 2020

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) released the following statement after voting against a partisan resolution to prevent President Trump from responding to additional acts of war by Iran:

 

“In the past two weeks, Iran and its proxies have killed an American citizen, targeted U.S. forces and attacked the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad – all clearly defined acts of war. By taking decisive action, President Trump has managed to de-escalate this crisis and deliver peace through American strength. Today, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats voted to undermine that delicate peace and give Iran an open invitation to escalate their attacks by granting them near-immunity from swift American retaliation. This overly-restrictive resolution is counterproductive, dangerous and unprecedented in the aftermath of an act of war against the United States. These bad faith political games have to end. The safety and security of our nation are at stake.”

Dec 19, 2019

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) today released the following statement after voting in favor of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“President Trump and House Republicans promised a trade deal that finally puts America first. Today, we delivered.

“While I’m disappointed Democrats needlessly held it up for more than a year, I’m proud to have helped get the USMCA across the finish line so it can finally bring more jobs, higher wages and greater opportunities to hardworking Americans.

“This updated trade agreement will add over $68 billion to our economy, create 176,000 jobs and increase the amount of ‘made-in-America’ products across the continent. It’s a shame Speaker Pelosi held such common-sense legislation hostage while House Democrats devoted all of their time to a fraudulent and evidence-free impeachment.”

Dec 18, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson (LA-04) and RSC Health Care Task Force Chairman Roger Marshall, M.D. (KS-01) today released the following joint statement in response to a federal appeals court ruling that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate provision is unconstitutional while remanding the larger question on the overall constitutionality of the ACA back to federal district court:
 
“The verdict on the ACA was in long before today’s decision. It has failed to deliver affordability, choice, or access to quality care – all things vitally important to people with pre-existing conditions. The Republican Study Committee has a better plan – one that will protect people with pre-existing conditions, empower patients & families, and personalize the American health care system.”
 
 
Background:
 
On October 22, 2019, the RSC released The RSC Health Care Plan: A Framework for Personalized, Affordable Care (click here to download full report). Spearheaded by Johnson, Marshall, and members of the RSC Health Care Task Force, the RSC Health Care Plan would protect vulnerable Americans – including those with pre-existing conditions, chronic illness, and serious health issues – while reducing premiums, deductibles, and overall health care costs.
The product of a year of research and stakeholder discussions, the RSC’s approach to achieve more personalized, affordable care is designed to empower patients and doctors rather than bureaucrats and insurance companies. 
The RSC Health Care Plan is presented as an alternative to Democrat proposals to double-down on the failing status quo or force all Americans off their current insurance plans – including those with employer-sponsored coverage – and into a one-size-fits-all, government-run health care system.
 
For more information on the RSC Health Care Plan, click here.
Dec 17, 2019

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) today released the following statement after voting against a $1.37 trillion spending bill – totaling more than 2,300 pages – that was fast-tracked through the House in less than 24 hours:

 

“I cannot in good conscience vote for a trillion-dollar spending bill that was handed to me less than 24 hours ago. With an unprecedented $23 trillion national debt, it’s time for Congress to stop rubber-stamping these colossal spending packages and start exercising a little fiscal responsibility. Voters demand it, taxpayers deserve it and the future security of our nation depends on it.”

 

Dec 5, 2019

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement of a final rule to move more able-bodied recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) towards self-sufficiency and employment:

“Under President Trump's leadership and bold agenda, the economy of the United States has seen record growth and continuous job creation. There is simply no reason today why, for example, an able-bodied adult male with no health problems and no dependents should not employed – or at least contributing as a productive volunteer in his community. I applaud Secretary Perdue and the USDA for laying this important groundwork to get Americans back to work.

“Our public policy in this country should always emphasize the virtue of hard work as a pathway out of poverty, while public assistance programs should be reserved only for those who are truly in need. In America, everyone who plays by the rules should get a fair shot, and all of us have a moral obligation to oppose policies that diminish these quintessential American ideals."

 

Oct 22, 2019


 

WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican Study Committee released The RSC Health Care Plan: A Framework for Personalized, Affordable Care (click here to download full report). Spearheaded by RSC Chairman Mike Johnson (LA-04), RSC Health Care Task Force Chairman Roger Marshall, M.D. (KS-01), and members of the RSC Health Task Force, the RSC Health Care Plan would protect vulnerable Americans – including those with pre-existing conditions, chronic illness, and serious health issues – while reducing premiums, deductibles, and overall health care costs.

The product of a year of research and stakeholder discussions, the RSC’s approach to achieve more personalized, affordable care is designed to empower patients and doctors rather than bureaucrats and insurance companies.

The RSC Health Care Plan is presented as an alternative to Democrat proposals to double-down on the failing status quo or force all Americans off their current insurance plans – including those with employer-sponsored coverage – and into a one-size-fits-all, government-run health care system.

 “The RSC rejects the narrative that people with pre-existing conditions are thriving under the ACA. Democrats may be content to keep their heads in the sand, but conservatives will not stand by as millions of Americans suffer under a system in which they can no longer afford to use their insurance due to sky-rocketing premiums, egregious deductibles, and outrageous out-of-pocket costs,” said Johnson. “The RSC has put forward a plan that will protect individuals with pre-existing conditions; empower Americans with greater control over their health care decisions and dollars; and personalize health care to meet individual needs. Congress ought to use it as a blueprint to increase affordability, quality, and choice in the U.S. health care system.”
 

“With the introduction of our plan today, we are beginning a desperately needed conversation on how to save our country’s broken health care system. The status quo is not working for hardworking Americans. The ACA does not adequately protect those living with pre-existing conditions, all the while premiums and deductibles continue to skyrocket for families,” Marshall said“With the first phase of the framework introduced today, we will work with our colleagues to define legislation that will deliver the choice and control Americans want, the affordability they need, the ease they desire, and the quality everyone deserves.”

Specifically, the RSC Health Care Plan will:

PROTECT Americans with pre-existing conditions

  • Extend HIPAA portability and pre-existing condition protections that have long benefited Americans with employer-sponsored insurance to people moving into the individual marketplace.
  • Establish federally-funded, state-administered Guaranteed Coverage Pools to ensure individuals with high-cost illnesses have access to quality and affordable coverage.
  • Repackage existing funding for ACA premium subsidies and Medicaid expansion to fund state-administered flex-grants to subsidize health insurance for low-income individuals.
  • Reduce regulatory barriers to give Americans access to quality care.

EMPOWER Americans with greater control over their health care decisions and dollars

  • Reform the tax code to provide equal tax treatment in the employer and individual health insurance markets.
  • Unleash Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) by empowering Americans to use their money – tax-free – to cover more health-related expenses including insurance premiums, direct primary care service fees, and health sharing ministry dues.
  • Increase allowable, pre-tax contributions to HSAs from $3,500 to $9,000 for individuals and from $7,000 to $18,000 for families.

PERSONALIZE health care to meet individual needs

  • Eliminate ACA mandates forcing Americans to pay more for coverage they do not want or need.
  • Enhance HSAs in a way that allow for individuals to effectively own their personalized health care plans so they can take their plan from job to job.
  • Embrace and remove barriers on innovative health care solutions such as telemedicine, direct primary care, association health plans, and health sharing ministries.

 

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Jul 25, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, the Steering Committee of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) took an official position against the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 which will add nearly $2 trillion to the federal debt over the next 10 years. The legislation fails to meet any of the conditions adopted by the Steering Committee last week.

 

Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) and the RSC Steering Committee released the following statement:

 

“It is terribly disappointing that Democrats in Congress rejected even modest proposals from the White House to rein in excessive and wasteful government spending. What has resulted is a massive spending deal that will further indebt future generations and remove reasonable safeguards to prevent the growth of government and the misuse of taxpayer dollars. Our nation is more than $22 trillion in debt and simply cannot afford reckless measures like this one.

 

“The RSC appreciates the administration’s effort in proposing more than $500 billion in offsets, and we hold Democrats accountable for their gross negligence in exacerbating Washington’s out-of-control spending. The RSC will continue to insist upon a return to fiscal responsibility and will work closely with the administration to move the ball forward. We must fix the broken process that got us here.”

 

 

BACKGROUND: 

The RSC Steering Committee took an official position last week to adopt requirements for any agreement to raise the discretionary spending caps as outlined in a letter by the RSC Budget and Spending Task Force to congressional leadership. 

 

The letter urged adherence to the current-law discretionary spending caps for FY 2020 and FY 2021 for base spending and resolved to reject any caps deal unless it is fully offset, enacts a long-term spending control and does not irresponsibly swell the size of the federal discretionary budget.

 

Johnson and RSC Budget and Spending Task Force Chairman released an earlier statement regarding on-going negotiations.

 

Johnson also released a statement on the results of those negotiations.

 

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Jul 22, 2019

WASHINGTON –  Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) released the following statement regarding the spending caps deal:

 

“As conservatives, it is our responsibility to provide fiscally sound solutions that will ensure the continued security and prosperity of our great nation. Unfortunately, the current spending deal fails to meet reasonable guidelines outlined by the RSC. Specifically, this proposal increases spending by about $2 trillion over the next decade but only provides $77 billion in offsets, about half of which appear to come from raising customs fees. No new controls are put in place to constrain runaway spending, and a two-year suspension on the debt limit simply adds fuel to the fire.

 

“While conservatives can appreciate the agreement’s restrictions on poison-pill riders, the price alone is far outside of what Congress should be allocating. With more than $22 trillion in debt, we simply cannot afford deals like this one. I am disappointed Democrats denied the administration even modest concessions, and I will continue to make the case for restoring fiscal sanity in the Congress. ”

 

 

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