Week in Washington
Providing Disaster Aid Relief
This week, the House acted to help the victims of the recent hurricanes and wildfires that have hit our nation. We passed a disaster aid relief bill that provides $36.5 billion for those impacted so they can begin rebuilding their homes and lives. While I’m pleased the victims are getting the help they need, I am still steadfast in my calls for reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program, which received a $16 billion bailout as part of the disaster package. Action must be taken to make the changes needed to the flood insurance program so the program can become solvent in the future. The victims of the hurricanes and fires are in my prayers, and I know we are all wishing them the best.
CFTC Focuses on Right-Sizing Regulations, Bringing Relief to the Farm Community
Recently, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced it would ease its Ownership and Control Reports (OCR) Rule. The overbearing reporting requirements hit farmers and the agricultural community especially hard. That is why I passed an amendment to the Commodity End-User Relief Act through the House to address this concern. While this bill was awaiting action in the Senate, the CFTC made several of my proposed reforms and resolved the unfair reporting rule administratively. I‘m pleased many of my reforms were able to be implemented so hurting Missourians could get the relief they need.
Along those lines, this week I participated in a House Agriculture Committee hearing focused on the CFTC’s regulatory agenda. CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo spoke about the commission’s efforts to streamline the regulatory process by “right-sizing” regulations to support a healthy business environment for America’s agriculture community. This administration understands how to energize our economy: by cutting red tape and removing regulatory burdens for small businesses. I applaud the CFTC for making common-sense changes that benefit rural America and the agricultural economy.
Addressing the Opioid Crisis
Each day in our country, more than 90 people lose their lives to prescription drug overdoses. There is no “stereotypical” victim of our nation’s opioid epidemic. Prescription drugs rob parents of their children and rob children of their parents. When drugs meant to cause healing are abused, they can quickly become drugs that cause harm, often irreversible harm.
Before this crisis escalates further, we must equip medical professionals with the tools to identify and treat addiction, give patients the resources to overcome drug abuse, and empower communities to fight this growing problem.
On Wednesday, I testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee about the opioid epidemic and the actions our nation must take to curb prescription drug abuse. More than 50 members of Congress participated, sharing local stories, statistics and potential solutions to combat the opioid crisis.
(Listen to my testimony from this week's hearing here.)
In my remarks, I highlighted the good work being done by faith-centered drug rehabilitation programs in Missouri's Fourth Congressional District and called for removing barriers to federal dollars assisting these programs. It's time to remove barriers so programs that work can receive the funding they need to help those suffering from addiction.
Affirming Conservative Values
This week, I was honored to speak at the Values Voter Summit, a gathering of several thousand politically active Americans who share the ideals of religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation great.
This year’s summit included talks by some of the nation’s leading conservative thinkers, speakers and public servants, as well as President Trump, all championing the traditional values of faith, family and freedom.
It was inspiring to be present at the conference and see the enthusiasm of so many citizens intent on restoring traditional values, morality and truth to the center of our public life.
In Case You Missed It
Monday, I visited the University of Central Missouri to see their newest additions on campus, visit the Administrators and professors, and meet the next generation of Missouri leaders!
It was such a pleasure to speak with UCM students Zach Mooney, Abby Rhodes and Dominic Sherwood from the Integrative Business Experience program. The IBE program gives students real, hands-on business experience. Students in the program are required to start and run two organizations: a start-up business and a community service project that runs off the profits of their business. Instead of textbook hypothetical examples, students get real-world experience in operating a business. This is such an important program, and these students clearly have a bright future!
I'm so glad I had the opportunity to tour the newly renovated W.C. Morris building on UCM's Warrensburg Campus. The building was built in 1968 and recently underwent major renovations, including improvements to the flooring, offices and classrooms. The renovations also included work on the 10 labs as well as obtaining updated equipment. These new and improved facilities give the hardworking students all the tools they need to excel and set themselves up for a successful career.
I also had a wonderful time touring the Missouri Innovation Campus with University of Central Missouri’s President, Dr. Chuck Ambrose. The campus is a collaboration between the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College and the University of Central Missouri. Innovation is key to the future of education, and I was glad to see it in action!
I also enjoyed touring Powell Gardens in Kingsville, Missouri. Powell Gardens features 970 acres of flora and architecture. The beautiful setting is a great example of God’s handiwork!
Finally, I enjoyed attending part of the Congressional Football Game this week, where members play Capitol Police Officers. It was a drizzly night in DC, but I had a great time supporting my House colleagues. The event raises money for the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, so it was for a good cause!
Have a great week!