Senate Republican Policy Committee

Senate Republican Policy Committee The Policy Committee shapes policy and provides legislative analysis. Chairman: Senator Roy Blunt The United States Senate Republican Policy Committee (RPC) was established in 1947.

Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming serves as its 15th Chairman and is the fourth ranking member of Republican leadership in the United States Senate. The committee advances Republican policies by providing positions on legislation, floor debate, and votes. RPC also provides in-depth analysis on specific issues, policy solutions and alternatives, and strategic guidance. We also provide a recorded vote analysis and run the internal RPC TV broadcast. In the tradition of past chairmen, the RPC provides a forum for Republican Senators for policy discussions. This is principally carried out through the weekly policy lunch. RPC also hosts Republican Staff Directors and Legislative Directors to discuss the Senate committees and floor agenda. RPC’s origins go back to 1947 and its founding chairman, Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio. The Committee was created following a bipartisan proposal by the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress in 1946. The RPC was originally composed of nine Republican Senators. They provided all Republican senators with a description of meeting discussions and the chair would hold press availability following the meeting. Policy discussions now include all Republican senators.

Since May, the Senate has conducted 150 hybrid or remote hearings to🔘  Hear from 532 witnesses🔘  Consider 95 nominations...
10/06/2020

Since May, the Senate has conducted 150 hybrid or remote hearings to

🔘 Hear from 532 witnesses
🔘 Consider 95 nominations

The Senate can effectively continue its important work while ensuring that senators, staff, and witnesses are safe.

10/01/2020

The Trump administration, with Congress' support, has made significant progress in combatting COVID-19:

▶️ Daily testing for the virus has increased by more than 30,000% since early March

▶️ More than 300 potential treatments are being studied and developed

▶ 4 potential vaccines are in the final testing phase

Read more on how Congress and the White House are working to get Americans back to work and kids back to school or child care:

https://www.rpc.senate.gov/policy-papers/making-strides-against-covid-19

Bolstering the security and integrity of U.S. elections is a top priority for Senate Republicans and the Trump administr...
09/24/2020
Securing the 2020 Election

Bolstering the security and integrity of U.S. elections is a top priority for Senate Republicans and the Trump administration.

The administration’s efforts include:

▶️ Establishing relationships between Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity experts and state and local election officials

▶️ Imposing real costs on Russia by closing consulates and expelling spies

▶️ Sanctioning dozens of people and other entities for their roles in election interference

Free, accurate, and fair elections are the keystone of American democracy. For more than two centuries – through war, natural disaster, economic depression, and epidemics – the American people have gone to the polls to determine who their leaders will be. The U.S. election system has been under ...

This week, Senate GOP introduced the next phase of COVID-19 relief - from continuing the PPP program to providing additi...
07/30/2020
Update on the Coronavirus Response: HEALS Act

This week, Senate GOP introduced the next phase of COVID-19 relief - from continuing the PPP program to providing additional funding for testing & vaccine development.

Congress & the president have worked to speed relief to American families, workers, businesses, and health care providers, but more help is needed. Here are the priorities Senate Republicans have laid out for the next COVID-19 package ⤵

On March 13, President Trump declared the coronavirus to be a national emergency. He has used funds allocated by Congress over the last five months to respond to the public health emergency and assist state and local governments.

National Institutes of Health (NIH), BARDA, pharmaceutical companies & other federal agencies are working to expedite th...
07/07/2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Development

National Institutes of Health (NIH), BARDA, pharmaceutical companies & other federal agencies are working to expedite the safe & effective development of a COVID-19 vaccine. U.S. Food and Drug Administration has several ways to safely expedite the approval process to bring them to market. Read more here ⬇️

Public health experts have stated that having an effective vaccine against COVID-19 will give people the confidence to fully reengage in society and revive the economy. The National Institutes of Health, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, Department of Defense, and other agencie...

Telehealth is playing a central role in how people receive health care services during this pandemic. The technology has...
05/15/2020
Supporting Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Telehealth is playing a central role in how people receive health care services during this pandemic. The technology has helped triage patients before they enter health care facilities, reducing unnecessary exposure to #coronavirus. Here’s more on how the Senate has worked to expand telehealth, and how it is transforming and improving health care delivery

The coronavirus pandemic has showcased how telehealth benefits public health by letting patients to connect with health care providers remotely. Considered a supplemental tool before the pandemic, it has become central to health care delivery, and there has been an increase in its use for conditions...

To combat #coronavirus, the U.S. National Guard is▶️ Setting up medical testing facilities▶️ Providing ground transporta...
04/29/2020
National Guard Joins the Fight Against Coronavirus

To combat #coronavirus, the U.S. National Guard is

▶️ Setting up medical testing facilities

▶️ Providing ground transportation & logistics support for essential services

▶️ Assisting operations for state and local governments

State governors are using the National Guard to perform a variety of support roles to fight the coronavirus pandemic. So far, 34 states have mobilized their National Guard units. These states are receiving federal support to set up and operate medical testing facilities; provide ground transportatio...

03/04/2020

Republicans and the Trump administration have stepped up a number of measures to make our elections more secure:

▶️ $805 million in grants to improve election administration (a significant increase from the $170 million given to states during all 8 years of the Obama administration)

▶️ Senate-passed bills to improve federal cybersecurity assistance to states, increase penalties for foreign nationals who interfere in U.S. elections & combat advanced misinformation technologies

▶️ Dozens of hearings in several committees on topics like cybersecurity, attempted foreign interference in U.S. elections, and election administration

▶️ Enabling state election officials to receive higher security clearances so the Department of Homeland Security [tag] & other agencies can share specific threat information with them

Senate Republicans are starting 2020 off with a strong record of results for American families, workers, students, veter...
02/13/2020

Senate Republicans are starting 2020 off with a strong record of results for American families, workers, students, veterans, and service members. Here are just a few of promises delivered:

✅ Leveling the playing field for trade
✅ Reshaping the courts
✅ Investing in medical research
✅ Securing the border
✅ Modernizing our military
✅ Caring for widows of veterans
✅ Providing additional tax relief
✅ Securing miners’ pensions
✅ Improving retirement security
✅ Supporting students
✅ Keeping tobacco away from kids
✅ Beefing up cybersecurity
✅ Expanding rural broadband
✅ Streamlining drug innovation
✅ Repealing Obamacare taxes
✅ Setting standards for federal grants
✅ Providing relief from disasters
✅ Fighting robocalls
✅ Promoting American tourism

We’re building on this momentum and continuing to work toward improving the quality of life for more Americans.

Our economy is on a roll 💥▶️ 225,000 jobs added in January▶️ Unemployment is at 50-year low ▶️ Wages keep increasing
02/07/2020
January 2020 Jobs Report

Our economy is on a roll 💥

▶️ 225,000 jobs added in January
▶️ Unemployment is at 50-year low
▶️ Wages keep increasing

Job growth for November and December was higher than originally reported. The department revised the job creation numbers up for those months by a combined 7,000 jobs.  

December jobs report:✅ U.S. economy added 145,000 jobs✅ Unemployment continues at 50-year low✅ Solid wage growth
01/10/2020

December jobs report:

✅ U.S. economy added 145,000 jobs
✅ Unemployment continues at 50-year low
✅ Solid wage growth

Circuit courts have the final say in the vast majority of federal cases – the Supreme Court reviews less than 1% of circ...
12/11/2019

Circuit courts have the final say in the vast majority of federal cases – the Supreme Court reviews less than 1% of circuit court decisions. Under President Trump, Senate Republicans have confirmed 50 circuit court nominees – flipping 3 of the 12 circuit courts https://www.rpc.senate.gov/policy-papers/flipping-circuit-courts

2 years after tax reform and we’re still seeing strong 💪  jobs reports because of pro-growth Republican policies. ✅ 266,...
12/06/2019

2 years after tax reform and we’re still seeing strong 💪 jobs reports because of pro-growth Republican policies.

✅ 266,000 jobs added
📉 Unemployment is at a half-century low
💰 Wages are on the rise

#JobsReport

10/04/2019

What you need to know about the September jobs report:

⬇️Unemployment rate fell to 3.5% (that’s a new 50 year low)

⚙️ Jobs grew by 136,000

📅 Job growth for July & August was stronger than originally reported. The U.S. Department of Labor revised the job creation numbers for July & August by a combined 45,000 jobs.

09/17/2019

When you break down what “Medicare for All” would actually do, the Democrats’ plans…well, break down

07/31/2019

The good news on America’s energy independence:

▶️ In 2018, the U.S. had its best single-year increase in energy production.

▶️ American energy exports surged 64% from 2015 to 2018.

▶️ For the first time since 1973, the U.S. was a net energy producer for two consecutive months

Apprenticeships open doors for Americans to enter, or re-enter, the workforce.
07/30/2019

Apprenticeships open doors for Americans to enter, or re-enter, the workforce.

07/24/2019

Benefits of apprenticeships: employers attract & retain workers, apprentices earn while they learn.

Win-win 👏👏👏

Our booming economy means more job opportunities for hardworking Americans. Apprenticeships are an important way people ...
07/24/2019

Our booming economy means more job opportunities for hardworking Americans. Apprenticeships are an important way people can get work experience to develop the skills they need for in-demand jobs.

07/22/2019

During his confirmation hearing, Mark Esper testified on the need to modernize U.S. military forces “and capitalize on rapid technological advancements in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, directed energy, and hypersonics.”

This week, the Senate will vote to confirm Esper to be the next Secretary of Defense.

A 21st century economy needs a 21st century trade deal. #USMCANow
07/17/2019

A 21st century economy needs a 21st century trade deal. #USMCANow

07/16/2019

Our economy continues to grow stronger 💪

Major Obama-era regulations needlessly weighed on our economy & came with burdensome price tags. The Trump administratio...
07/10/2019
Deregulation Push Continues

Major Obama-era regulations needlessly weighed on our economy & came with burdensome price tags. The Trump administration is rolling back several of these harmful regulations and moving forward with smarter, commonsense policies.

Some of the most significant deregulatory actions of the Trump administration are due to be finalized soon. Last month the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Affordable Clean Energy Rule and the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. In the coming months, the EPA and the National Highway Traffic...

Winning the race to 5G is critical to strengthening our country’s technological, economic, and national security advanta...
06/28/2019
The Importance of 5G

Winning the race to 5G is critical to strengthening our country’s technological, economic, and national security advantages.

The fifth generation of wireless networks, known as 5G, is in the process of being designed and deployed. The United States led the world in the adoption of 4G networks, and the benefits over the past decade have been tremendous. From 2011 to 2014, when 4G was launching, jobs related to the wireless...

The Senate passed #FY20NDAA to provide our troops with the largest pay raise in a decade, and the tools and resources th...
06/28/2019
S. 1790 – National Defense Authorization Act for FY2020

The Senate passed #FY20NDAA to provide our troops with the largest pay raise in a decade, and the tools and resources they need to carry out their missions.

Background: The Senate Armed Services Committee has filed S. 1790, the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The committee voted on May 23 to advance this bill to the Senate floor by a vote of 25-2.  

Even the New York Times admits it. It’s time for House Democrats to stop the partisan rhetoric and pass a bipartisan bil...
06/27/2019

Even the New York Times admits it.

It’s time for House Democrats to stop the partisan rhetoric and pass a bipartisan bill to address the humanitarian crisis on the southern border.

This week, the Senate will consider #FY20NDAA, a bipartisan bill that would provide the resources, tools, and equipment ...
06/27/2019
S. 1790 – National Defense Authorization Act for FY2020

This week, the Senate will consider #FY20NDAA, a bipartisan bill that would provide the resources, tools, and equipment our service members need to carry out their missions. Here’s what you need to know ⬇️

Background: The Senate Armed Services Committee has filed S. 1790, the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The committee voted on May 23 to advance this bill to the Senate floor by a vote of 25-2.  

06/26/2019

Watch 📺

Chairman Senator Roy Blunt on addressing the humanitarian crisis on the southern border:

“Hopefully the entire Senate and the entire Congress will do what 30 of 31 Senate appropriators did last week, get this done, and solve this particular part of that crisis.”

The FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act includes provisions to✅ Maintain our technological advantage ✅ Provide th...
06/19/2019
S. 1790 – National Defense Authorization Act for FY2020

The FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act includes provisions to

✅ Maintain our technological advantage
✅ Provide the largest military pay raise in a decade
✅ Improve military housing

Here's an overview of #FY20NDAA ⬇️

Background: The Senate Armed Services Committee has filed S. 1790, the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The committee voted on May 23 to advance this bill to the Senate floor by a vote of 25-2.  

06/18/2019

This month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar warned that funding to provide shelter for unaccompanied children could run out “in several weeks.”

This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee will consider the president’s request for emergency funding to address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border.

https://www.rpc.senate.gov/policy-papers/humanitarian-crisis-at-the-border

#OpportunityZones created under the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act will help drive economic investment into areas that need it most...
06/18/2019
An Introduction to Opportunity Zones

#OpportunityZones created under the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act will help drive economic investment into areas that need it most. Here’s everything you need to know about how they work ⬇️

Included in section 13823 of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 are two provisions designed to spur investment in targeted low-income areas called opportunity zones. New sections 1400Z-1 and 1400Z-2 of the Internal Revenue Code describe how, in exchange for qualified investments in opportunity zones,...

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services could run out of funds to provide shelter & care for more than 13,000 u...
06/12/2019
Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services could run out of funds to provide shelter & care for more than 13,000 unaccompanied children at the end of the month – unless Congress acts.

https://www.rpc.senate.gov/policy-papers/humanitarian-crisis-at-the-border

The humanitarian crisis at our southern border continues to worsen. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has calculated that approximately 411,000 unaccompanied children and people traveling as part of a family have crossed the southern U.S. border in just the first eig...

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About Senate Republican Policy Committee

The United States Senate Republican Policy Committee (RPC) was established in 1947. Senator Roy Blunt serves as its 16th Chairman and is the fourth ranking member of Republican leadership in the United States Senate. The committee advances Republican policies by providing positions on legislation, floor debate, and votes. RPC also provides in-depth analysis on specific issues, policy solutions and alternatives, and strategic guidance. We also provide a recorded vote analysis and run the internal RPC TV broadcast. In the tradition of past chairmen, the RPC provides a forum for Republican Senators for policy discussions. This is principally carried out through the weekly policy lunch. RPC also hosts Republican Staff Directors and Legislative Directors to discuss the Senate committees and floor agenda. RPC’s origins go back to 1947 and its founding chairman, Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio. The Committee was created following a bipartisan proposal by the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress in 1946. The RPC was originally composed of nine Republican Senators. They provided all Republican senators with a description of meeting discussions and the chair would hold press availability following the meeting. Policy discussions now include all Republican senators.

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