In The News
One hundred years ago during the 65th Congress, Jeannette Rankin was sworn in as the first female member of Congress. A Republican from Montana, Rankin was the first woman to hold national office.
As 2016 comes to a close, so does the 114th Congress. Over the last two years, our country has faced great challenges, but we have also experienced tremendous success. I am honored to represent you this Congress and would like to share with you some of the landmark legislation we implemented to improve the lives of the American people.
In September, the Children’s Hospital of Orange County broke ground on its Pediatric Mental Health Facility, which will house Orange County’s first inpatient program that can accommodate children under the age of 12. It will also allow CHOC to open intensive outpatient programs and expand mental health services for children with chronic illnesses.
As I travel around Orange County, the people I represent have expressed their frustration with Washington. They witness the Obama administration making dangerous deals with our adversaries. They turn on the news to see a Congress depicted as partisan and gridlocked. They see a federal government that smothers small businesses in bureaucratic red tape. They see signs of an anemic economy.
The injustice displayed in convictions in recent sexual assault cases has highlighted the need to improve the treatment of sexual assault survivors as their cases move through the legal system.
National outrage over the handling of recent high-profile sexual assault cases have spurred universities into action as leaders have looked for ways to transform how sexual assault survivors are treated.
A week ago Sunday, Americans woke to the news of the most deadly terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11. We mourn the 49 Americans who died far too soon, and we pray for a full recovery for the 53 who were injured. While many questions remain unanswered, it is clear that serious “red flags,” which could have prevented this attack, were missed.
As President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address, I was not surprised to hear more of the same tired rhetoric and failed policies that have marked this presidency. Over the past seven years, Americans have been subject to aggressive federal government overreach, which has impacted every aspect of their lives.
By Rep. Mimi Walters
In the coming week, Congress has the opportunity to pass meaningful legislation that would support U.S. jobs and manufacturing, boost economic growth and help American companies compete abroad.
By Rep. Mimi Walters