Promises Made, Promises Kept
In 2016, Jason Lewis ran for Congress to reduce our nation’s out of control spending, lower the tax burden on middle-class Minnesota families, and defend our freedoms and liberties. Since taking office, Lewis has successfully fulfilled these campaign promises and more.
During his first term in Congress, Lewis has been a strong, independent voice and worked with his colleagues on both side of the aisle on major reforms to better the future of Minnesota and the country.
Focusing on our economy
- Lewis supported more than a dozen Congressional Review Act resolutions rolling back burdensome, duplicative, and unnecessary big-government rules, saving over 4.2 million hours of unnecessary paperwork and $3.7 billion in regulatory costs.
- Congressman Lewis introduced the REG Act to ensure executive agency guidance documents making significant and burdensome policy changes receive Congressional oversight and public comment.
- As a member of Budget Committee, Lewis was integral in passing tax reform to jump start our economy and let Americans keep more of their hard-earned money.
Putting Minnesota First
- Lewis led efforts to increase Career & Technical Education (CTE) training and funding. Lewis successfully authored and passed a ‘dual enrollment’ amendment to reduce college costs for families by encouraging students to gain higher education credits while in high school. Additionally, Congressman Lewis offered an amendment to the appropriations bill to increase funding for CTE State Grants by reallocating funding.
- Congressman Lewis was the Republican sponsor of a bipartisan bill which was signed into law and will restore local planning authority by repealing an Obama administration rule that expanded the authority of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) like the Met Council.
Fixing our Justice System
- Lewis introduced the Juvenile Justice Reform Act, with Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), which passed the House. This legislation will give troubled young people a second chance, improve accountability of taxpayer dollars and eliminate duplicative grant programs.
- Additionally, Congressman Lewis joined Rep. Scott to also introduce the SAFE Justice Act to make comprehensive reforms to our criminal justice system by reducing the number of federal crimes, returning power to local authorities, and encouraging the use of evidence-based strategies for reducing recidivism.
- Lewis also cosponsored the Second Chance Reauthorization Act to help states and communities reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for adults and youth released from prison.
Defending our Rights and Liberties
- Congressman Lewis introduced the Drone Innovation Act which protects the 10th Amendment and seeks a balance between state & local control and national airspace in this emerging technology.
- As a Member of the 4th Amendment Caucus, Lewis has worked to advance policies that protect citizens’ rights against warrantless search & seizures and privacy violations.
- Lewis opposed attempts to grant a sweeping and full re-authorization of FISA without serious reforms to ensure that federal agencies are not violating American constitutional rights.
- Lewis also cosponsored legislation that will protect Minnesota’s right to regulate and allow medical marijuana and the ability of patients to access it for medical treatments. Importantly, it will allow marijuana to be further researched in regards to its safety and effectiveness as a medical treatment.
Protecting our Tax Dollars
- Lewis introduced the Defense Spending Accountability Act to reduce the salary of top DOD officials if the Pentagon didn’t meet audit deadlines; ultimately resulting in the Pentagon beginning their first audit.
- Congressman Lewis also cosponsored a bipartisan amendment to cut the $28.6 billion National Defense Restoration Fund, a new unaccountable slush fund for the military, and put it towards deficit reduction.
- Lewis also voted in opposition to the bloated FY17 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Omnibus Bill) providing $1.163 trillion to fund discretionary programs within the federal government, an increase of $14 billion from previous spending levels.