Today is a good day for American jobs. Over the past two months, Congress passed a series of important bills that roll back harmful, Obama-era regulations and today, thanks to President Donald J. Trump, those bills are now law. From reforming our education system to properly managing our nation’s resources, our Congressional Review Act legislation empowers states over the federal government. This will free up innovation and create jobs in the private sector. We will continue to reverse bad regulations and stand up for the American workforce.
Today I spoke on the Senate floor to urge my colleagues to support Montenegro’s ascension to NATO. Russia has sought to keep Montenegro from becoming a NATO member, launching an anti-NATO campaign and calling further NATO enlargement a “provocation.” Russia even plotted a coup d’etat to assassinate the Montenegrin Prime Minister and seize control of government buildings in the capital. Backing this treaty sends a clear message to Russia that it will not have veto power over NATO decisions. The United States has benefited tremendously from peace and stability in Europe, with NATO as the foundation of European security. That is why we must now stand with Montenegro or risk undermining our vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace.
Today I was deeply grateful and honored to meet with my dear friend, Vladimir Kara-Murza, for the first time since his hospitalization last month. And despite another attempt on Vladimir’s life, it is clear to me that the revolutionary spirit of this brave Russian patriot is unbroken. Because of the determination of Vladimir Kara-Murza and the multitudes of patriotic Russians just like him, I am ever hopeful that the cause of truth and justice for the Russian people will be victorious.
Vladimir Kara-Murza is a hero, a true Russian patriot and a survivor - I was deeply honored to host him today as he continues fighting for freedom in Russia. Vladimir has been a brave, outspoken, and relentless champion for the Russian people. He has kept faith with his ideals in confrontation with a cruel and dangerous autocracy.
GOOD NEWS: Two more regulatory power grabs from the Obama Administration are getting rolled back. Next stop → The White House, where President Donald J. Trump is about to sign them into law. (H.J. Res 83 and H.J. Res 69)
I want to thank President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D., & House Republicans. There remains so much that we can do to help improve people’s lives. And we will.
GREAT NEWS → Thanks to President Donald J. Trump, the Keystone XL oil pipeline is finally approved. This pipeline will strengthen our nation’s energy supply and help keep energy costs low for American families. We remain committed to advancing safe and vital infrastructure projects that will boost our economy and create thousands of good-paying jobs in states across the country.
This morning, I asked the Commander of U.S. European Command (EUCOM) General Curtis Scaparrotti about the importance of the United States ratifying Montenegro's accession to NATO. He responded: "It's absolutely critical."
Our plan is not about forcing people to buy expensive, one-size-fits-all coverage. It is about giving people more choices and better access to a plan they want and can afford. When people have more choices, costs go down.
Today I hosted my very first Facebook Live Town Hall meeting - thanks to everyone who tuned-in and submitted questions! If you missed it, you can watch the entire video below, and keep up with me on Facebook to find out when I'll be hosting my next meeting.
GOOD NEWS → We aren't wasting any time acting on conservative health care reform. With overwhelming support from both parties, the House just passed two bills that will help create more competition in the marketplace: 1 - The Small Business Health Fairness Act allows small businesses to offer health care to their employees through association plans. 2 - The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act eliminates anti-trust protections for insurance providers and restores competition in the health care industry.
As I told Barack Obama in 2010, there is a difference between us, and it's basically this ⇒ We don't think the government should be in control of people's health care. We want PEOPLE to be in control.
The American Health Care Act restores pro-life principles to the health care system—a system that should inherently protect life, not seek to destroy it. This bill will redirect $422 million from Planned Parenthood to community health centers around the United States—ones that do not perform abortions and have a proven record of helping women.
With Obamacare, people were promised one thing and given another. Seven years of this failed experiment is enough. This is our chance to build a better, fairer health care system for all Americans. We've made a promise and we're going to keep our word.