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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the weekly floor schedule for January 5, 2015:

“This week marks the start of a new Congress—one in which the House remains committed to expanding freedom and opportunity for all Americans, and holding our government accountable to the highest standards. In the coming weeks and months, these three focuses of freedom, opportunity, and accountability will be the foundation of the House’s work. And with a new Republican-led Senate, we anticipate many of these bipartisan solutions to finally reach the President’s desk.

“We will get to work right away. On Tuesday, the House will convene to take up the House rules package for the 114th Congress. And in a departure from past opening weeks of a new Congress, the House will also vote on legislation on our first day back: the Hire More Heroes Act sponsored by Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13). Too many veterans face unemployment when they return home, and we have a moral obligation as a nation to help veterans where we can. This bill would exclude veterans who already have health insurance through TRICARE or the VA from the Obamacare employer mandate threshold, helping small businesses to hire veterans and veterans to get jobs. In the subsequent days of this week, we will also vote to approve the Keystone pipeline and restore the 40-hour workweek that Obamacare has destroyed.

“I look forward to a busy and substantive first week acting on the priorities the American people set in November. Welcome back and happy new year.”