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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas


As a member of the House Judiciary Committee and chairman of the House Homeland Subcommittee on cybersecurity, Rep. John Ratcliffe has led the charge on advancing the conservative priorities of Texas' 4th District in Congress. Below you'll find highlights of his legislative initiatives and important votes he's taken on behalf of his constituents on an array of issues:

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“I’m proud to represent 63,000 veterans in Texas’ 4th District, and I'm committed to ensuring they receive the care and respect they most certainly have earned. We will always be indebted to those who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms.” 

  • Voted YES on the VA Accountability First Act of 2017 (H.R. 1259), which provides the VA with the tools needed to swiftly discipline employees who fail to provide necessary services to veterans. 
  • Voted YES on the Working to Integrate Networks Guaranteeing Member Access Now Act (H.R. 512), which would allow Congressional staff with remote access to the VA claims records system so that they can provide timely updates to Veterans in the district.
  • Voted YES on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4974), which contained $81.6 billion in support of veterans’ benefits and programs, as well as military housing and bases in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Voted YES on the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016 (H.R. 5620), to make it easier for the VA Secretary to fire bad employees, protect whistleblowers and reform the process that veterans use to appeal benefits claims. 
  • Voted YES on the Hire More Heroes Act of 2015 (H.R. 22), to help veterans, grow the economy and encourage small businesses to expand. Additionally, this measure excludes veterans from Obamacare’s harmful employer mandate if they already receive care through TRICARE or the VA. 
  • Introduced the VA IT Restructuring Act (H.R. 3640), which seeks to deliver better health care services for veterans receiving treatment at the VA through the appointment of a Chief Information Officer

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“Cybersecurity is national security, and in today’s world, defending against cyber threats plays an enormous role in keeping Americans safe. I will continue utilizing my role as Cybersecurity Subcommittee Chairman to ensure this important goal is met.”

  • Introduced the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act (H.R. 1616), which was signed into law by President Trump to authorize the National Computer Forensics Institute to educate and train state and local law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges on matters relating to cyber and electronic crime.
  • Introduced the United States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 2016 (H.R. 5877), which was signed into law to help strengthen collaborative cybersecurity research and development efforts with Israel.
  • Co-introduced the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015 (H.R. 1731), which was signed into law to create a much needed framework to promote the timely exchange of critical cyber threat indicators. A nearly identical version of the bill was ultimately signed into law.
  • Introduced the House-passed Support for Rapid Innovation Act of 2017 (H.R. 239), which would provide for more effective coordination with industry and academia to foster research and development of cybersecurity technologies.
  • Introduced the House-passed Leveraging Emerging Technologies Act of 2017 (H.R. 240), which would encourage engagement between the Department of Homeland Security and emerging technology developers and firms to help improve the federal government’s cybersecurity defense and response capabilities in the digital age.
  • Introduced the House-passed United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act (H.R. 612) with Rep. James Langevin (D-RI) to create a cybersecurity grant program for joint research and development ventures between Israeli and American entities.

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Health Care

“Dismantling Obamacare has been one of my top priorities since my first day in Congress. This expensive, intrusive law is full of broken promises, and I’m proud to stand up against this failed Washington takeover of healthcare. I was proud to vote for the American Health Care Act to repeal Obamacare and replace it with market-based, patient-centered reforms.” 

  • Voted YES on the House-passed American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628​), to repeal Obamacare and implement conservative health care reforms in its place. 
  • Original Co-Sponsor of the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017 (H.R. 184), which would repeal the burdensome medical device tax.
  • Voted YES on the Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 160), which would repeal the medical device tax which was implemented as a part of Obamacare. 
  • Voted YES on the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 1190), which would repeal a new tax imposed (IPAB) by the ACA on health insurance that increases the cost of health care coverage.
  • Voted YES on the House-passed Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017 (H.R. 1101), which enables small business to provide health benefits to their employees through trade and professional associations, granting flexibility to millions of American families. 

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"Americans deserve access to reliable, affordable energy, and the Obama administration's war on American energy must stop. I'm committed to doing everything in my power to reduce the overreach of the EPA, and ensure that America's energy portfolio is determined by market forces, not unelected bureaucrats."

  • Voted YES on the Ozone Standards Implementation Act (H.R. 806), which ensures that Ozone standards are set with a specific level for a set time, so the EPA can’t come back and change the goal posts every few years.
  • Voted YES on H.J. Res. 38, which was signed into law by the president to reverse the Stream Buffer Rule that would have saddled mines with unnecessary regulations that threatened American jobs.
  • Voted YES on SEC H.J. Res. 41, which was signed into law by the president to reverse the Disclosure Rule for Resource Extraction that would have put an unreasonable compliance burden on publicly traded American energy companies, putting them at a disadvantage to foreign-owned businesses.
  • Voted YES on the House and Senate-passed Keystone XL Pipeline Act (S. 1), which approved the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. 

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"As the son of two school teachers, I understand the importance of ensuring that our students have the tools and skills they need to succeed. Teachers, parents and local governments should be making decisions about educating our children - not Washington DC."

  • Voted YES on the "Forever GI Act", which was signed into law by the president to remove the 15-year time restriction on GI benefits, allowing veterans to pursue further education and training whenever it makes the most sense for their lives. 
  • Voted YES on H.J. Res. 57, which was signed into law by the president to nullify a rule issued by the Department of Education that would implement the accountability, data reporting, and state plan provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
  • Voted YES on H.J. Res. 58, which was signed into law by the president to nullify a rule issued by the Department of Education that would impose new standards on teacher education and preparation. 
  • Voted YES on the House-passed H.R. 529, which amends the federal tax code to allow commonsense improvements to 529 "college savings plans."
  • Voted YES on the House-passed Student Success Act (H.R. 5), which prohibited the federal government from coercing states to participate in Common Core or national standards, repealed the national accountability metrics and achievement levels, provided Title I portability for low-income students for traditional public and charter schools, and reduced the workforce at the Department of Education by eliminating and consolidating unnecessary and redundant programs. 
  • Cosponsored the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2015 (H.R. 711), which would repeal the “Windfall Elimination Provision” and enable hard working public servants, including teachers, to receive the retirement security they’ve rightfully earned. 

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Jobs and Economy

"More freedom and less government is the formula for economic success. It’s this model that’s allowed Texas to lead the nation in job growth since 2008, and it’s about time for Washington to get an overdue dose of these commonsense, Texas economic values."

  • Introduced the House-passed Separation of Powers Restoration Act of 2016 (H.R. 76), which would stop constitutional erosion and restore three, co-equal branches of government as intended by our Framers.
  • Introduced the House-passed All Economic Regulations are Transparent (ALERT) Act of 2017 (H.R. 75), which would require the administration to give the American people detailed information about upcoming regulations and prohibits regulations from taking effect unless this information is available for six months. 
  • Introduced a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, which would help ensure fiscal responsibility and accountability in Washington.
  • Voted YES on the House-passed Supporting America’s Innovators Act (H.R. 1219), which would help small and startup businesses get access to capital by removing needless and outdated regulations.
  • Voted YES on the House-passed Regulations in Need of Scrutiny Act (H.R. 26) to give Congress the ability to prevent job-killing regulations from going into effect.

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National Security and Defense

"Providing for the common defense is one of the primary duties of the federal government – and as a former terrorism prosecutor, I’m committed to ensuring that we fulfill this vital obligation. Our men and women in harm’s way deserve nothing less.”

  • Voted YES on the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which boosts support for America’s military, enhances national defense capabilities and provides a 2.4 percent pay raise for U.S. service members.
    • Increases pay for service members by 2.4 percent while extending special pay and bonuses
    • Prevents Guantanamo Bay detainee transfers to the United States
    • Combats terrorism and radical Islamist extremists
    • Increases the size of the Army, Navy Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard
    • Strengthens support for Israel with funds for Israeli cooperative missile defense, including the Iron Dome
    • Prioritizes cybersecurity, supporting defensive and offensive cyberspace strategies
    • Declines to authorize an additional round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
  • Introduced an amendment (H.Amdt. 203) to the 2018 NDAA, which passed to exempt anyone employed at the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana from being jeopardized by any future hiring freeze that may be issued by the executive branch. 
  • Voted YES on the FY18 Intelligence Authorization Act (H.R. 3180), which provides the intelligence community with the necessary resources and authorities to ensure they remain capable of protecting and defending the United States. 

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Tax Reform

"Everyone can agree that our country’s tax code is convoluted, complex and anti-competitive. I support holding lawmakers' feet to the fire to ensure that we reform this broken system and make it fairer and flatter for American people and American businesses."

  • Voted YES on the House-passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), which is the biggest reform of our tax code since 1986. 
  • Cosponsored the Tax Code Termination Act (H.R. 29), which would terminate the IRS after December 31, 2019 and declare that any new federal tax system should be a simple and fair system that meets specified requirements.
  • Voted YES on the House-passed Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act (H.R. 2029), which shielded American families from tax hikes and provided greater economic certainty for businesses.
  • Cosponsored the Fair Tax Act of 2017 (H.R. 25), which would abolish the IRS and replace all federal income taxes with a single national sales tax of 23 percent.

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Second Amendment

"The Constitution explicitly states that the people’s right to bear arms shall not be infringed upon. I will stand strong against any effort which attempts to deny or limit this right."

  • Voted YES on H.J.Res. 40, which was signed into law by the president to reverse the SSA rule that would require the government to report people who receive disability benefits and have a mental health condition to the FBI’s background check system. 
  • Cosponsored the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015 (H.R. 986), which would allow valid concealed carry permits issued in one state to be recognized by other states with their own laws protecting the right to concealed carry.
  • Voted YES on the SHARE Act (H.R. 2406), which increases opportunities for hunters, anglers, and recreational shooters; eliminates regulatory impediments and safeguards against new regulations that impede outdoor sporting activities; and protects Second Amendment rights. 
  • Cosponsored the Interstate Transportation of Firearms and Ammunition Act (H.R. 131), which would prohibit the arrest or detention of a person for a violation of any state or local law or regulation related to the possession, transportation, or carrying of firearms unless there is probable cause to believe that the person is violating federal law. 
  • Cosponsored the Separation of Powers Restoration and Second Amendment Protection Act (H.R. 4321) to prevent President Obama's assault on the Second Amendment through executive action.

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Right to Life

"As a strong pro-life advocate, I believe that life begins at conception and must be protected at all costs. I have, and always will, stand up for the rights of the most vulnerable among us."

  • Voted YES on H.J. Res. 43, which was signed into law by the president to reverse the Department of Health and Human Services Rule that would have coerced states to give family planning funds to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. 
  • Voted YES on the House-passed Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which bans abortions after 20 weeks.
  • Voted YES on the House-passed Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (H.R. 3134), which would impose a one-year moratorium on all sources of federal funding (mandatory and discretionary) to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates. 
  • Voted YES on the House-passed amendment to the Conscience Protection Act (S. 304), which prevents governmental discrimination against individuals and health care entities that decline involvement in abortion.
  • Voted YES on the House-passed No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (H.R. 7) to prevent taxpayer funds from being used for abortion. 

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Defeating Radical Islamist Extremism

“As a former federal terrorism prosecutor and as a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, I'm fighting to ensure our citizens are protected from the dangers posed by radical Islamist extremism, which ultimately means putting national security ahead of political correctness to eradicate groups like ISIS."

  • Voted YES on the House-passed Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 1698), which aims to prevent Iran from undertaking any activity related to nuclear-capable ballistic missiles.
  • Voted YES on the Visa Waiver Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act (H.R. 158) to prevent terrorists from abusing the visa waiver program to enter the United States.
  • Voted YES on the American SAFE Act (H.R. 4038), which stops ISIS from infiltrating our borders through the refugee resettlement program.

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"As a U.S. Attorney, I arrested over 300 illegal immigrants on a single day, and as a former terrorism prosecutor I know the threats an unsecured border can bring to our national security. I’ve been fighting to lock down our borders and will continually oppose any form of amnesty for those who continue to break our laws." 

  • Voted YES on the House-passed No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003), which would ensure that federal funds are not used to subsidize state or local governments that prevent enforcement of federal immigration laws. 
  • Voted YES on the House-passed  "Kate’s Law" (H.R. 3004), which would create stronger penalties for aliens who illegally reenter the United States, and impose harsher sentences on those who have been previously convicted of crimes. 
  • Voted YES on the Make America Secure Appropriations Act (H.R. 3219) which provides funds to construct a border wall with Mexico and prohibits contractors that fail to comply with federal E-Verify requirements from receiving federal funds. 

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