(Bloomberg) — The U.S. House will take up legislation that would roll back part of the 2010 health-care law and limit federal regulations for energy companies, Majority Leader Eric Cantor said in a memo.
The agenda was sent to lawmakers last week as Republicans seek to move from a debate over raising the U.S. debt limit and refocus the House agenda toward curtailing Obamacare and other Democratic measures they say restrict economic activity. The House returns to Washington Feb. 25 after a week off.
“Our plan is to reduce the middle-class squeeze; create an environment for economic growth and job creation; reform our health-care system to one of patient-centered care and lowers costs; and ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to get ahead by accessing a quality education,” Cantor wrote in the memo.
Cantor of Virginia said the Republican-led House will consider at least four energy bills, including measures to increase propane transportation, speed permits for coal and natural gas projects and reduce Environmental Protection Agency regulation for electric utilities and coal mining.
That push will begin next week with a bill, H.R. 2804, that would require more disclosure of anticipated costs to regulated businesses while limiting settlement costs when agencies are sued by outside groups. It’s a practice environmental groups support and Republicans deride as “sue and settle.”
Republicans also plan to advance a measure to roll back part of Obamacare. Current law requires companies with 50 or more employees to offer health insurance starting in 2015 to those working at least 30 hours a week. A measure planned for early March, H.R. 2575, would eliminate that requirement.