Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) was sworn in today for his second term representing Texas’ 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
This comes just weeks before President-elect Donald Trump will take office, kicking off the start of a unified Republican government in the White House and Congress.
“I’m humbled and grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the great people of Texas’ 4th District – especially at such a historic juncture,” Ratcliffe said. “In November, the American people rose up and made it clear that after eight years of President Obama's failed policies, it's now time for wholesale reform to the federal government. I’m more than ready to work with President-elect Donald Trump as a willing and eager partner in the Executive Branch to advance our conservative solutions,” Ratcliffe said. Following the swearing in ceremony, Ratcliffe introduced a key measure to alleviate the immense regulatory burden imposed by the Obama administration: the Separation of Powers Restoration Act (SOPRA). The bill seeks to restore three co-equal branches of government by abolishing the doctrine that has enabled administrative agencies to create rules out of thin air that have the force of law. The measure passed in the House last year, and Ratcliffe said he’s optimistic about its chances to become law in the new session of Congress. “Our soon-to-be unified Republican government has provided an open door for actually reversing the overregulation that’s multiplied so drastically under President Obama’s watch. Now it’s time to deliver results to the American people.”