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Sep 17, 2020

BANKS, JOHNSON AND WILSON INTRODUCE THE COUNTERING CHINESE PROPAGANDA ACT
Legislation to sanction the Chinese Communist Party’s United Front Work Department

WASHINGTON – Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Budget & Spending Task Force Chairman Jim Banks (IN- 03), RSC Chairman Mike Johnson (LA-04), and RSC National Security & Foreign Affairs Task Force Chairman Joe Wilson (SC-02) introduced the Countering Chinese Propaganda Act. This legislation, based upon the recommendations from the Republican Study Committee (RSC)’s The RSC National Security Strategy  (click here to view the full report), authorizes sanctions against the United Front Work Department of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-  a hostile wing of the CCP that engages in political warfare campaigns to make supreme the ideology of communism and to spread discord among enemies of the party. 

The United Front has led aggressive campaigns of subversion and espionage especially on U.S. college campuses through the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) and Chinese-language centers called Confucius Institutes. The United Front has also funded a number of think tanks in Washington D.C., and co-opted business leaders to squash criticism of China. Despite this information, there is currently over a hundred United Front organizations that openly operate in the United States.

By placing the United Front under U.S. sanctions, the organization will no longer be able to access the U.S. financial system and would be blocked from receiving visas to travel to the U.S. and openly work to undermine U.S. national security.  

This legislation will do the following:

  • Creates new mandatory sanctions on entities, like the United Front, from spreading malign disinformation on behalf of a foreign government or political party.
  • Requires the Secretary of State to examine whether or not the United Front Work Department of the CCP meets the criteria to be sanctioned under this new authority, and to be sanctioned under authorities for entities engaged in cyber-attacks and violators of human rights under the Global Magnitsky Act 

“The Chinese Communist Party’s disinformation campaign targets our classrooms, our news outlets, our social media platforms—they even want to our rewrite our Bibles to include ‘socialist characteristics.’ The CCP has taken advantage of our open society for far too long. We need to fight back,” said Banks

“Our nation’s greatest threat, the Chinese Communist Party, has a weapon on U.S. soil. This weapon is not just active, but it has over 100 affiliated organizations in our nation today- the United Front,” said Johnson. “This organization suppresses freedom of religion and human rights in their own country and is actively working to spread malign disinformation in ours. We must act now to sanction this organization and prohibit its operations in the U.S. That is why we recommended that this hostile wing of the CCP be sanctioned in our National Security Strategy and why we are introducing this bill today.”

“More Americans need to know about the United Front Work Department of the CCP and their goal of political warfare,” said Wilson. “I was grateful to propose designating this malign wing of the CCP as part of the Republican Study Committee National Security and Foreign Affairs Task Force report last June and I am grateful to support this crucial legislation which would do just that and protect American national security. Communist party operatives engaged in subversion, espionage and human rights abuses should not be able to access the U.S financial system and operate freely in the U.S.”

Aug 17, 2020

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) today announced that seven bills have now been introduced as a result of RSC’s 2020 government reform proposal, Power, Practices, Personnel: 100+ Commonsense Solutions to Better Government. The bills, detailed below, have been introduced as a direct result of the recommendations published in the report.

“The Republican Study Committee takes seriously its call to serve as the policy shop and 'intellectual arsenal' of conservatism in the House of Representatives. We have invested 19 months in building a lengthy volume of commonsense, conservative solutions to solve our nation’s toughest problems, including government inefficiency,” Johnson said. “I am proud to see our members taking action to transform our detailed blueprint for reform into meaningful legislation that will provide Americans with a more efficient, effective, and accountable federal government. Congress owes it to the millions of Americans who fund this government to work together to get these bills passed and signed into law without delay.” 

Legislation Introduced from Power, Practices, Personnel: 100+ Commonsense Solutions to Better Government

 

Jul 29, 2020

WASHINGTON – Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Mike Johnson (LA-04), RSC Budget and Spending Task Force Chairman Jim Banks (IN-03), and 100 additional members of the RSC published a letter committing to defend American values, fight the Left’s calls for socialism, and take action to address the nation’s $26.5 trillion national debt. The letter, which is signed by more than half of all House Republicans currently serving in Congress, states:

“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic and its related economic fallout, America’s debt trajectory was on an unsustainable path. It has now reached a point of crisis…As the U.S. economy continues to recover and rebuild in aftermath of the pandemic, we must begin to seriously address our debt. The Republican Study Committee is committed to restoring our nation’s fiscal health and to preserving [liberty, fiscal responsibility, national security, and safety net solvency].

“The alternative path being offered by Democrats would surrender our freedoms in favor of socialism, neglect our national security, require massive tax increases on nearly all Americans to fund big government priorities, jeopardize our safety net programs and those who rely on them, and ultimately bankrupt the country. We reject their dangerous agenda and we will fight it at every turn

“Keeping our republic for future generations will require principled leadership and difficult choices in the days ahead and we stand ready to meet these challenges.”

To view a PDF of the signed letter, click here. The full text of the letter can be viewed below:

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July 29, 2020


Fellow Americans,

At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, one of America’s most prominent founding fathers was asked by a bystander: “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” Benjamin Franklin famously responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

It has been the duty of every successive generation to do just that—both in times of prosperity and especially in the face of trials. Today our country is facing unprecedented challenges that threaten the very fabric of our republic and the American way of life. Among the largest threats is the explosive growth of our nation’s debt caused by soaring annual deficits and bloated government.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic and its related economic fallout, America’s debt trajectory was on an unsustainable path. It has now reached a point of crisis. Since the turn of the century, our national debt has nearly quintupled to around $27 trillion (representing a debt of $204,000 per household), and will continue to grow exponentially in perpetuity. Without decisive action now, this debt will consume more and more of our economy, leaving Americans with an insurmountable and crippling financial burden.

As the U.S. economy continues to recover and rebuild in aftermath of the pandemic, we must begin to seriously address our debt. The Republican Study Committee is committed to restoring our nation’s fiscal health and to preserving these essential pillars and principles:

Liberty: America was founded upon the ideals of individual freedom, limited government and the free enterprise system, and our continued success depends upon them still.

Fiscal Responsibility: Congress must substantially reduce reckless spending on wasteful federal programs, refuse to subsidize special interests, and eliminate the multiple layers of taxation currently imposed upon individual savings and investment.

National Security: Congress must prioritize national security investments to fulfill the federal government’s constitutional duty to “provide for the common defense.”

Safety Net Solvency: Congress must advance substantial reforms to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to avoid draconian cuts and preserve these programs for those who need them.

The alternative path being offered by Democrats would surrender our freedoms in favor of socialism, neglect our national security, require massive tax increases on nearly all Americans to fund big government priorities, jeopardize our safety net programs and those who rely on them, and ultimately bankrupt the country. We reject their dangerous agenda and we will fight it at every turn.

Keeping our republic for future generations will require principled leadership and difficult choices in the days ahead and we stand ready to meet these challenges.

Jul 1, 2020

 

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Mike Johnson (LA-04) today briefed the House Republican China Task Force on The RSC National Security Strategy (click here to view the full report), which includes 48 “tough but targeted” policy recommendations to hold China accountable for human rights abuses, intellectual property theft, and its malign influence campaigns in the United States and abroad. 

The solutions-oriented proposal, developed over the past year and a half under the leadership of RSC National Security & Foreign Affairs Task Force Chairman Joe Wilson (SC-02), calls for imposing the toughest sanctions against the Chinese Communist Party ever proposed by Congress. The Republican Study Committee is the largest caucus of conservatives in the House of Representatives with 149 members.

 

To watch video of Johnson testifying before the China Task Force, click here. An excerpt of Johnson’s testimony can be viewed below:

“The CCP – the Chinese Communist Party – has already publicly denounced our report which is a good indication that we’re on the right track. In a nutshell, we believe the old approach to China has failed.  

“As I know [Chairman McCaul] has made clear on a number of occasions, and all of us have, the idea that free trade and engagement with the CCP was going to somehow lead them to democratize or improve their behavior was clearly incorrect. In fact, the opposite has happened. As we know, China, under Xi Jinping has become more aggressive on the world stage and they’ve become much more repressive to their own people. 

“President Trump is the first President in my lifetime who has brought moral and strategic clarity to the issue of our relations with China which has been illustrated by his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress has the opportunity to do more now to help push President Trump’s agenda through Congress… 

“The RSC looks forward to working with you all to pursue our common goals and we hope you’ll consider including a number of this report’s carefully considered 48 policy recommendations with regard to China in your final recommendations.”

To view all 48 China-related policy recommendations in the RSC National Security Strategyclick here. A summary of those recommendations can be viewed below:

 

SUMMARY

Communist China: A New Strategy for Countering America’s Top Threat

  • Preserving American leadership: The strategy stands up to the Chinese Communist Party’s attempts to reorient today’s world order to one based in authoritarianism by standing strongly for American values of freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and open markets.
  • A tough but targeted approach to China: The strategy offers the toughest package of sanctions ever proposed by Congress on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It would specifically sanction the entire United Front Work Department and senior CCP leaders, including members of the Politburo for their malign influence campaigns, internment of Uyghurs, and assault on Hong Kong. The strategy proposes targeted measures rather than broad-based tariffs that may hurt the U.S. economy.
  • A multifaceted strategy to protect American innovation and ideas: The strategy would enhance U.S. laws safeguarding American intellectual property (IP), modernize the Foreign Asset Registration Act (FARA), block Chinese propaganda efforts, and ensure a whole-of-government effort to stop the transfer of critical technology to China.
  • Bold free trade expansion around the world: The strategy proposes bilateral free trade agreements with democratic partners facing increasing threat or malign influence from China, including Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Brazil, Kenya, and others. 
Jun 10, 2020

JOHNSON, WILSON UNVEIL RSC NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY

Proposal offers 130+ solutions to counter China, Russia, Iran and other U.S. adversaries


 

WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) – the largest caucus of conservatives in the House of Representatives – released The RSC National Security Strategy: Strengthening America & Countering Global Threats (click here to view the full proposal). Spearheaded by RSC Chairman Mike Johnson (LA-04) and RSC National Security & Foreign Affairs Task Force Chairman Joe Wilson (SC-02), the proposal is a conservative, solutions-oriented plan for preserving American leadership around the globe and promoting a U.S. foreign policy that advances the interests of the American people at home and abroad. 

The product of over 1.5 years of policy development, The RSC National Security Strategy offers over 130 solutions to counter America’s most aggressive global adversaries, including the TOUGHEST SANCTIONS EVER PROPOSED by Congress against the Chinese Communist Party, Russia and the Putin regime, and Iran. The proposal also includes commonsense, result-oriented reforms to counter authoritarian influence within the United Nations (U.N.), ensure U.S. foreign aid is working to promote American interests and values, and modernize U.S. diplomacy and the State Department. 

To view a detailed summary of The RSC National Securityclick here or scroll to the bottom of the page. 

“With the release of the RSC National Security Strategy, conservatives are making crystal clear to both our allies and adversaries that we are committed to standing for America's core principles of liberty, human rights, free markets and maintaining peace through strength, and against authoritarianism and aggression,” Johnson said. “It’s time for America to fully reclaim its role as the greatest force for good the world has ever known. Undoing the damage inflicted by eight years of failed policies under President Obama isn’t easy but it is straightforward. Congress must follow President Trump’s lead and advance a foreign policy that embraces the things that make us great – our leadership, and, most importantly, our values. With this plan, we have delivered a smart and effective blueprint for accomplishing those objectives.”

“As Chairman of the Republican Study Committee National Security and Foreign Affairs Task Force, I have worked for over a year meeting with top experts on foreign affairs for focused conservative solutions to the frustrating foreign policy challenges in the world. I am grateful that this effort has led to our package of over 130 policy proposals for Congress, tackling many important issues,” Wilson said.  “President Donald Trump has restored American credibility in the world after eight years of weakness and withdrawal during the Obama Administration which coddled dictators and abandoned our allies. In the past year, I’ve visited with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, and with officials in London and Washington. I have seen firsthand appreciation of President Donald Trump’s success promoting our alliances. American leadership is needed now, more than ever. The U.S.-led order based in freedom, human rights, and rule of law is at risk from China, Russia, Iran, and others. This package of tough but targeted proposals would impose the toughest sanctions on the Chinese Communist Party, Russia, and Iran in history and reassert Congress’ role in foreign policy. I look forward to continuing to work to push these vital initiatives to support President Trump’s efforts to keep our country safe and strong.”

 

 

SUMMARY

The RSC National Security Strategy:

Strengthening America & Countering Global Threats

 

Communist China: A New Strategy for Countering America’s Top Threat

  • Preserving American leadership: The strategy stands up to the Chinese Communist Party’s attempts to reorient today’s world order to one based in authoritarianism by standing strongly for American values of freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and open markets.
  • A tough but targeted approach to China: The strategy offers the toughest package of sanctions ever proposed by Congress on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It would specifically sanction the entire United Front Work Department and senior CCP leaders, including members of the Politburo for their malign influence campaigns, internment of Uyghurs, and assault on Hong Kong. The strategy proposes targeted measures rather than broad-based tariffs that may hurt the U.S. economy.
  • A multifaceted strategy to protect American innovation and ideas: The strategy would enhance U.S. laws safeguarding American intellectual property (IP), modernize the Foreign Asset Registration Act (FARA), block Chinese propaganda efforts, and ensure a whole-of-government effort to stop the transfer of critical technology to China.
  • Bold free trade expansion around the world: The strategy proposes bilateral free trade agreements with democratic partners facing increasing threat or malign influence from China, including Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Brazil, Kenya, and others. 

 

Russia: Rolling Back Aggression Through a Strategy of Deterrence

  • Stopping Putin’s aggression: The strategy offers the toughest package of sanctions on Russia ever proposed by Congress, including secondary sanctions on Russian oil and gas projects, sanctions on Russian sovereign debt, sanctions on Russian proxies in other countries, and designating Russia as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.
  • Communicate with the Russian people: The strategy would call for the creation of a strategy to communicate directly to the Russian people and support their aspirations for democracy and human rights. 

 

Advancing American Interests in the Middle East: Confronting Iran & the Jihadi Terrorist

Movement

  • Enhancing the President’s maximum pressure campaign on Iran: The strategy proposes the toughest sanctions on Iran ever proposed by Congress. It codifies many of the President’s successful efforts into law, blocks additional sectors of Iran’s economy, and sanctions Iran’s regional proxies, including its militias in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, the Assad regime in Syria, as well as Hezbollah in Lebanon.
  • Deplete the resources of Iranian proxies: The strategy would prevent U.S. taxpayer dollars from funding Iran’s proxies in Lebanon and Iraq by ending aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Iraqi Ministry of Interior.
  • A new clear authorization to pursue terrorist groups: The strategy pushes back against House Democrats’ efforts to limit the President’s war powers by offering for consideration a new AUMF that would allow the President to go after any State Department designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations.
  • Directly confronting the Salafi-jihadi ideological movement: The strategy would prevent the creation of Salafi-jihadi safe havens and cut off financing and state support for associated groups. It would codify President Trump’s efforts to deplete terrorist’s resources and designate additional terrorist organizations.

 

Maintaining an International Order Based on American Values

  • Elevating human rights and democracy: The strategy would elevate these values in American foreign policy by strengthening human rights sanctions and codifying the Ministerial on Religious Freedom. It would support Secretary Pompeo’s Commission on Unalienable Rights and reject attempts by international organizations to redefine human rights and curtail economic and religious liberties.
  • Competing to win at the U.N. and other multilateral organizations: The strategy would counter China and Russia’s efforts to control international bodies. It would also urge Congress to support President Trump’s efforts to withdraw from irreparable organizations and replace them with new mechanisms of multilateral cooperation with democratic countries.
  • Promoting accountability at the U.N.: The strategy would mandate that U.S. Ambassadors meet annually with their host governments to discuss that country’s voting record at the U.N. It would also audit the use of U.S. funding by the U.N. and condition funding to U.N. bodies on implementation of accountability reforms. The U.N. must cut off assistance to dictatorships such as humanitarian aid that is being diverted to the Assad regime in Syria.

 

Results-Oriented Approach to Foreign Aid and International Diplomacy

  • Aligning U.S. foreign aid with U.S. foreign policy: The strategy would help assistance reach more people while better advancing our international interests. It supports replacing the Foreign Assistance Act with new legislation reducing legislative directives for foreign assistance, placing the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) inside the Department of State, and empowering Ambassadors to have a stronger role in administering foreign aid.
  • Modernizing the Department of State: The strategy would strengthen diplomacy by ensuring the State Department concentrates on its core competencies. It supports replacing the Foreign Service with a new diplomatic corps rooted in merit rather than tenure, as well as eliminating duplicative bureaus and programs, and elevating human rights, democracy, and multilateral affairs.
  • Strengthening public diplomacy, international broadcasting, and counter disinformation efforts: The strategy would reconstitute the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) and empower it with U.S. public diplomacy and counter disinformation efforts. The USIA’s mission would be to promote American ideals of democracy, human rights, and open markets, and undermine U.S. adversaries such as China, Russia, Iran, and others. The USIA would be able to contract with private entities to assist in counter-disinformation efforts.

 

May 12, 2020

WASHINGTON – Today, in a letter to House and Senate leadership, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) Budget & Spending Task Force expressed its opposition to any federal bailout of mismanaged state and local governments made under the guise of COVID-19 relief. The letter, led by Task Force Chairman Jim Banks (IN-03), is the 38th policy proposal released under the RSC’s pandemic-focused Conservative Framework for Recovery, Accountability, and Prosperity (click here for more information). Statements of support from conservative leaders with Heritage Action for America, FreedomWorks, and Americans for Prosperity can be viewed below.

In the letter, the Task Force argues “[s]uch bailouts would fail to directly address the immediate threat of the pandemic and carry with them a number of perverse incentives and consequences. For instance, they would reward states that have mismanaged their budgets, incentivize future bailouts and reliance on federal funding, invite a bailout of underfunded pensions, fail to push states to enact spending reforms, and feed the Left’s ultimate goal of consolidating power in the federal government rather than empowering states.”

Citing the hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars currently being directed to COVID-19 relief efforts, the Task Force notes “[a] direct federal bailout would also ignore the fact that state and local governments already have a variety of fiscal options available to ensure that they can continue to provide essential services to their citizens while also addressing the current pandemic.”

The Task Force also argues that “many of the states and localities that are making these requests have historically demonstrated a lack of respect for federal law and constitutional rights, and more recently a penchant for overly restrictive shutdown orders… A bailout of these jurisdictions would only serve to condone these actions and encourage economically oppressive restrictions on American people and businesses.

To view a signed copy of the letter, click here.

 

STATEMENTS

“Hoosier taxpayers should never be on the hook to bail out many years of mismanagement and poor leadership in states like Illinois,” said Task Force Chairman Banks. “They’ve made promises to workers with pensions and other benefits that they can’t keep. States like Indiana that are fiscally responsible shouldn’t be punished.”

“Rep. Banks and the RSC Task Force are absolutely right to oppose a federal bailout of state and local governments,” said Heritage Action for America Executive Director Jessica Anderson. “The federal government has already sent $320 billion in direct aid for coronavirus relief, and trillions more in indirect aid. Sending unrestricted money not related to coronavirus relief to states and cities would paper over past wasteful fiscal practices and encourage them to continue economically damaging lockdowns at a time when America should be working to reopen. Irresponsible state bailouts won’t help the economy recover — letting America get back to work will.”

"A direct bailout for state and local governments must be put entirely out of discussion,” said FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon. “If there is one thing that the right should agree on, it is that there is no circumstance under which states' fiscal irresponsibility should be aided and abetted by more fiscal irresponsibility from Congress. The RSC once again is taking charge on issues that matter, not only for our fiscal health, but for our Constitution's integrity."

“The national debt just exceeded $25 trillion – the last thing Americans need right now is to be on the hook for a trillion-dollar bailout to pay for decades of irresponsible policymaking,” said Americans for Prosperity Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner. “Another trillion-dollar boondoggle will only dig us deeper into this economic crisis and further erode our chances of a quick economic recovery. We applaud the RSC Budget and Spending Task Force for believing in order to rebuild a stronger economy you must remove barriers to growth and opportunity, not reward politicians who have made bad policy choices.”

May 1, 2020

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, in a letter to House and Senate leaders, a coalition of conservative leaders representing 18 free-market and grassroots organizations expressed support for the Budget and Spending Pillar of the Republican Study Committee’s Conservative Framework for Recovery, Accountability, and Prosperity. Those recommendations include offsetting future COVID-19-related deficits and implementing a long-term spending control mechanism (click here for more information).

The letter is signed by leaders from the following groups:
Heritage Action for America, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, FreedomWorks, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, R Street Institute, Americans for Tax Reform, The Heartland Institute, Eagle Forum, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Independent Women’s Forum, Independent Women’s Voice, American Transparency, ForAmerica, American Conservative Union, National Taxpayers Union, ALEC Action, Taxpayers for Common Sense, and AMAC Action

Click here to view the full letter. An excerpt of the letter can be viewed below:

“Earlier this week, Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson and Representative Jim Banks, chairman of the RSC Budget and Spending Task Force, sent a letter to congressional leaders calling for offsets to future COVID-19-related spending and for a long-term spending control mechanism. We applaud and add our support to their efforts.

“The RSC has long been a voice of fiscal responsibility in Congress. In 2011, at the height of our nation’s focus on out-of-control spending, the RSC developed a three-part plan for lowering spending levels and reducing our debt. Known as ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance,’ their plan heavily influenced congressional leaders and played a large role in pushing Congress to adopt the Budget Control Act. While certainly not at the level of spending control necessary at that time, it had a positive impact on our overall spending for several years.”

 

Background

  • On April 27, the RSC released the Conservative Framework for Recovery, Accountability, and Prosperity. The proposal adapts more than a year of internal RSC policy development to provide Congress with a solutions-oriented, 37-point blueprint for leading America though the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic recovery. Click here for an overview of the full framework.
Apr 27, 2020

WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) – the largest caucus of conservatives in the House of Representatives – presented House and Senate leadership with its Conservative Framework for Recovery, Accountability, and Prosperity. The framework adapts more than a year of internal RSC policy development to provide Congress with a solutions-oriented, 37-point blueprint for leading America though the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic recovery. If enacted, RSC’s commonsense recommendations will help to:

  • Eliminate barriers to employment and get Americans back to work
  • Flatten the debt curve and protect the nation’s fiscal health
  • Hold China accountable for its harmful actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Strengthen the U.S. health care system and ensure health care providers have the supplies they need
  • Improve efficiency and accountability in the federal government’s ongoing response to COVID-19   

RSC Chairman Mike Johnson (LA-04) issued the following statement:

“Prior to the coronavirus crisis, the Republican Study Committee invested fifteen months in building a lengthy playbook of commonsense, conservative solutions to solve many of our nation’s toughest problems. While the completion of that comprehensive publication has been paused temporarily, we have adapted much of that thought and valuable work product today to address the most immediate threat to the health and prosperity of the United States in generations--the COVID-19 pandemic. Now is the time for members on both sides of the aisle to work together to implement smart, effective policy solutions to the unprecedented challenge before us. With the Conservative Framework for Recovery, Accountability, and Prosperity, RSC has delivered to Congress a blueprint to lead our nation through this pandemic, help Americans get back to work, and revive the U.S. economy. We have no time to waste."

RSC’s Conservative Framework for Recovery, Accountability, and Prosperity is comprised of five pillars, representing the work of RSC’s five policy task forces. Below is a sample of key recommendations presented in each section:
 

RSC American Worker Task Force Pillar

Rep. Andy Barr (KY-06), Chairman

Objective: Advance conservative policies that support and empower American workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Key Policy Recommendations (click here to view a detailed list of policy recommendations)

  • Enact the NEW GIG Act, by Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07), to create a safe harbor for gig economy workers to qualify as independent contractors for income and employment tax purposes.
  • Promote worker upskilling opportunities by allowing businesses to deduct their investments in education services for employees seeking career advancement.
  • Encourage states to eliminate unnecessary employment barriers by suspending occupational licensing requirements for health care workers across state lines, and enacting the Board Immunity Act, by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), to incentivize occupational licensing reforms.
  • Enact the RAISE Act, by Rep. Dusty Johnson (SD-At Large), to allow employers to pay individual workers more than is specified in a union contract, which could provide much-needed compensation during the current crisis and eventual economic recovery.
     

RSC Budget & Spending Task Force Pillar

Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03), Chairman

Objective: Provide Congress with a conservative blueprint to flatten the nation’s steeply climbing debt curve while it works to provide necessary COVID-19 relief.

Key Policy Recommendations: (click here to view a detailed list of policy recommendations)

  • Offset future COVID-19-related deficit spending.
  • Implement a long-term spending control mechanism that restricts growth of both mandatory and discretionary spending, does not rely on tax increases, and stabilizes our nation’s debt.
     

RSC National Security & Foreign Affairs Task Force Pillar

Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02), Chairman

Objective: Hold the Chinese government accountable for any harmful actions it may have taken related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Policy Recommendations: (click here to view a detailed list of policy recommendations)

  • Authorize sanctions against any foreign official who is found to have been involved in a COVID-19 cover-up, as would be authorized by the Li Wenliang Global Public Health Accountability Act, by Rep. John Curtis (UT-03) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR).
  • End all visas for Chinese government officials and their immediate family members to come to the U.S. whether for education, leisure or other purposes, until China retracts its statements blaming the U.S. for the virus.
  • Press the Chinese government to permit access to China for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to better respond to theCOVID-19 pandemic.
  • Undertake a congressional probe of the World Health Organization (WHO), its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and its relationship with China.
     

RSC Health Care Task Force Pillar

Rep. Roger Marshall, M.D. (KS-01), Chairman

Objective: Strengthen our health care system in a way that puts patients first, equips health care providers with the supplies they need, and fast-tracks the development of COVID-19 treatments.

Key Policy Recommendations: (click here to view a detailed list of policy recommendations)

  • Suspend the requirement that HSAs be tied to a high-deductible health plan (HDHP).
  • Establish a Pharmaceutical Chief Negotiator at the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to identify and address protectionist measures that could disrupt supply chains or freeload on innovative investments. 
  • Remove regulatory barriers to the production of drugs, pharmaceutical ingredients and medical devices in America to support the onshoring of manufacturing.
  • Further expand the availability of telemedicine services and encourage licensing reciprocity to allow for telemedicine delivery across state lines.
     

RSC Government Efficiency, Accountability & Reform Task Force Pillar

Rep. Greg Gianforte (MT-At Large), Chairman
Objective: Increase efficiency and accountability in the federal government’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Policy Recommendations: (click here to view a detailed list of policy recommendations)

  • Streamline hiring and optimize pay for high-skilled federal employees.
  • Enact the Eliminate Agency Excess Space Act, by Rep. Greg Murphy (NC-03), to ease the transfer of unused federal buildings to support health care workers serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Enact the Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act, by Chairman Gianforte, to prevent the disbursement of COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments to deceased individuals.
  • Streamline the federal permitting and regulatory process to facilitate a speedy economic recovery.