Today I would like to share with you some good news about the progress that Congress is making for every American. From the start, our focus has been your priorities. So instead of top-down bureaucrats picking winners and losers, our goal is an opportunity economy, built on good paying jobs, and the freedom to innovate. Instead of the same old outdated models in Washington D.C., we’re working on solutions that empower you to achieve a better life.
Already, we’ve enacted the first real entitlement reform, in nearly two decades. Now seniors will have the peace of mind to count on Medicare, and taxpayers will save nearly three trillion dollars over the long term. We passed the first tenure house balance budget plan since 2001. We enacted tools to fight the evil of human trafficking, new resources to improve care for our veterans, and a plan to advance American trade, and advance American jobs. We ended the bulk collection of phone data, and ensured congress will have a say with the bad nuclear deal with Iran. And that’s just the last seven months. Since 2010, when you first elected a republican majority in the house, we reduced spending by almost two trillion dollars. The most significant spending reductions in modern history. We protected ninety-nine percent of Americans, from permanent tax increases. We achieved job skills, student loans, VA and Medicare reforms. We stopped the transfer of terrorist detainees into the United States. We enacted the most significant measure to help Americans with disabilities in twenty-five years. And we passed the most sweeping pro-life legislation in history.
Of course, we have much more to do. Dozens of effective solutions to deliver real results are in the works. For example, the 21st century cures act, which would accelerate the development, delivery and discovery of life saving innovations. The student success act, which would take power away from the federal government so that every child would have an equal opportunity to have a great education. And we’re ready, to modernize the VA system, with new technology to honor our heroes, with world-class care to match their world-class service. Here’s the bottom line, we are just getting started on solving problems to empower you, to have the opportunity to pursue your own future, and reach your full potential. Thank you for listening, and have a great weekend!