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218: House Gears Up for Lois Lerner Contempt Vote

House Republicans will vote to hold IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress next month unless she agrees to testify before an oversight panel, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia wrote in a Friday memo to colleagues.

The vote headlines a busy post-Easter agenda in the House, where leaders will bring up three spending bills, a defense authorization measure and several measures to target human trafficking.

Cantor also said the House will take up measures to dismantle the new health care law and replace it with Republican-favored alternatives. The House will also focus on charter schools, a major priority of Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio.

The full memo is printed below.

MEMORANDUMTO: House RepublicansFR: Eric CantorDT: Friday, April 25, 2014RE: Spring 2014 Legislative Agenda – An America that Works

This May will mark 238 years since Thomas Jefferson returned to Philadelphia to attend the second Continental Congress. Within a month he was tasked with writing our Declaration of Independence and in it, he wrote: “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

As we return to the 113th Congress, we continue our work on our agenda to ensure that every American has the opportunity to pursue Happiness by building an America that Works.

Building an America that Works requires that we:

(1) Provide an environment for economic growth and job creation;(2) Act to remedy government policies that are contributing to a weak economy and embrace policies that encourage robust economic growth and job creation;(3) Reform our healthcare system by replacing Obamacare with policies that improve patient choice, access to doctors and hospitals, and lower costs; and(4) Ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed by accessing a quality education.

As we look forward to the month of May, we will build on our work over the last three months. Our goal is to build an America that Works.

Lessening the Middle Class Squeeze

With the median household income lower today than it was in 2000, increased energy costs are squeezing more out of an already smaller paycheck for middle class Americans. And, with a cold winter like the one we just experienced, the result is too many American families struggled to pay their home heating bills. Unfortunately, government policies are actually contributing to higher energy prices. That is why in March, House Republicans passed a number of bills aimed at lowering home heating costs by removing red tape and regulations that increase the cost of electricity, making it harder to get natural gas supplies where they are needed, and even making it difficult to transport propane. In fact, Chairman Shuster’s bill making it easier to transport propane to areas with shortages has now been signed into law. The Senate is sitting on five other House-passed bills to lower heating costs and I encourage Senator Reid to schedule their consideration as soon as possible.

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