Issues

THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT (H.R. 6), introduced by Main Street’s Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)

This visionary legislation aims to accelerate the pace at which medical cures are discovered, developed, and delivered. This will be accomplished through greater investment in cutting-edge medical research, including additional funds for the National Institutes of Health, and measures to speed the approval of new therapies by the Food and Drug Administration.

THE COMPREHENSIVE ADDICTION AND RECOVERY ACT (S. 524), for which Main Street’s Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH) was an original cosponsor

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S. 524), a package of bills to prevent, reduce, and treat the growing epidemic of opioid addiction. More than half of the bills passed through the House and incorporated into this legislation were introduced by Main Street members.

THE REFORM EXPORTS AND EXPAND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY ACT (H.R. 597)

This legislation reauthorized the Export-Import Bank of the United States. 24 members of Main Street signed the discharge petition that enabled Ex-Im’s reauthorization to be considered, which was almost three-fifths of the total number of Republicans signing the petition.

THE SOCIAL IMPACT PARTNERSHIPS TO PAY FOR RESULTS ACT (H.R. 5170), introduced by Main Street’s Rep. Todd Young (IN)

This bill would empower states, nonprofits, and private sector to scale up evidence-based social and public health interventions to address some of nation’s seemingly intractable and most pressing social challenges.

THE NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY SECURITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE ACT (H.R. 8), introduced by Main Street’s Rep. Fred Upton (MI)

This legislation would increase American energy production and modernize its aging energy infrastructure. It would give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the power to set deadlines for other agencies participating in pipeline project reviews, as well require concurrent reviews for most projects by the relevant federal and state agencies.

THE NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY SECURITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE ACT (H.R. 8), introduced by Main Street’s Rep. Fred Upton (MI)

This legislation would increase American energy production and modernize its aging energy infrastructure. It would give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the power to set deadlines for other agencies participating in pipeline project reviews, as well require concurrent reviews for most projects by the relevant federal and state agencies.

THE FRANK R. LAUTENBERG CHEMICAL SAFETY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT (H.R. 2576), for which Main Street’s Rep. Fred Upton (MI) was an original cosponsor

This measure, more commonly referred to as the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, marks the first major update to the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 since its inception and is also the first major rewrite of an environmental statute since the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996. It creates a new framework for the regulation of chemicals and sets the pattern for updating other environmental statutes.

THE BORDER JOBS FOR VETERANS ACT (H.R. 2835) , Introduced by Main Street’s Rep. Martha McSally (AZ)

This legislation directs the Department of Homeland Security to actively recruit servicemen and -women who are retiring from the military and facilitate their becoming Customs and Border Protection officers.

THE GERALDO HERNANDEZ AIRPORT SECURITY ACT (H.R. 720) , introduced by Main Street’s Rep. John Katko (NY)

This measure addresses security gaps in domestic airports by requiring the Transportation Security Administration to verify that all airports and high-risk surface transportation hubs have established response plans in the event of security or terrorism incidents.

THE REGULATIONS FROM THE EXECUTIVE IN NEED OF SCRUTINY (REINS) ACT (H.R. 427) , introduced by Main Street’s Rep. Todd Young (IN)

This measure would require any federal agency regulation with an annual economic impact of at least $100 million to receive a standalone up-or-down vote in Congress.

THE SAWTOOTH NATIONAL RECREATION AREA AND JERRY PEAK WILDERNESS ADDITIONS ACT (H.R. 1138), introduced by Main Street’s Rep. Mike Simpson (ID)

This measure protects about 300,000 acres in three different tracts in the rugged Boulder-White Clouds mountain region of Idaho by designating them as wilderness areas. The Christian Science Monitor hailed its passage as an exemplar of “how Congress is supposed to work” and “how our democracy is supposed to function.”

THE RATEPAYER PROTECTION ACT (H.R. 2042) , introduced by Main Street’s Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY)

This bill would allow states to defer compliance with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan or opt out of it altogether if the state’s governor determines that its restrictions on coal-fired power plants would cause significant rate hikes for electricity or harm reliability of service.

THE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING ACT (S. 178) , which includes bills authored by Main Street Reps. Renee Ellmers (NC), Joe Heck (NV), and Erik Paulsen (MN)

These measures would develop evidence-based best practices to help health care workers identify and assist the victims of human trafficking, improve support for local counselors who work with street youth, and encourage states to establish safe harbor laws so that trafficked minors can seek protective services, rehabilitation, and counseling without fear of facing jail or other punishment.

THE PROTECT MEDICAL INNOVATION ACT (H.R. 160) , introduced by Main Street’s Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN)

This legislation eliminated the 2.3% tax on medical devices that was included in the Affordable Care Act. The tax had forced employers in the medical device sector to cut an estimated 40,000 jobs.

THE HIRE MORE HEROES ACT , authored by Main Street’s Rep. Rodney Davis (IL)

This bill incentivizes small businesses to hire more veterans. Under its provisions, veterans who already receive health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs would not count towards the employer mandate threshold from the Affordable Care Act.

THE FAST ACT (H.R. 22) , introduced by Main Street’s Rep. Rodney Davis (IL)

This surface transportation reauthorization allocates $305 billion to transportation projects over five years. It is the longest-term transportation bill passed by Congress in 17 years.

THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (H.R. 5) , cosponsored by Main Street Reps. Joseph Heck (NV) and Carlos Curbelo (FL)

An update of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, this bill returns much more control over public education to states and local school districts, but retains protections to prevent poor and minority students from being overlooked in failing schools.

THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS ACT (H.R. 240)

Main Street’s Rep. Mike Simpson (ID) led the floor management of this $39.7 billion DHS appropriation and Main Street’s members provided the margin that allowed it to pass despite heavy opposition from ideological advocacy groups.

THE WASP ARLINGTON INURNMENT RESTORATION (WASP AIR) ACT (H.R. 4336) , introduced by Main Street’s Rep. Martha McSally (AZ)

This measure restored full military honors to all who served in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) Program during World War II, including the right to have their ashes inurned at Arlington National Cemetery.

H.R. 529, authored by Main Street’s Rep. Lynn Jenkins (KS)

This bill improves the popular 529 college savings plans by empowering students to use their savings for computers, and allows taxpayers to re-deposit refunds from colleges without taxes or penalties.

In addition, two highly significant measures introduced by our members will come up for consideration during the remainder of this Congressional session. They are: 

THE INVESTING IN OPPORTUNITY ACT (H.R. 5082), introduced by Main Street’s Rep. Pat Tiberi (OH) 

This bill would increase private sector investment in distressed communities by removing barriers for investors to fund enterprises there. It would also allow states to create “Opportunity Zones” for investors to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in areas that need them most and incentivize long-term investor commitments by eliminating capital gains taxes for certain types of investments.

THE SURVIVORS’ BILL OF RIGHTS ACT (H.R. 5578), introduced by Main Street’s Rep. Mimi Walters (CA) 

This measure aims to protect the survivors of sexual assault. It guarantees all survivors access to a sexual assault evidence collection kit, written notification before the kit is destroyed, the ability to request preservation of the kit, and the right to be informed of important results from a forensic examination. [UPDATE: Signed into Law 10-07-2016]