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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz

Senators praise passage of the bipartisan Cruz-Nelson NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed S. 442, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act of 2017, which was introduced by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), along with Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and John Cornyn (R-Texas). The legislation provides stability for NASA to sustain and build upon existing national space investments designed to advance space exploration and science with an overall authorization level of $19.508 billion for fiscal year 2017.

“America has a long history of leading the way in space exploration, which has also fostered extraordinary economic growth and job creation of the State of Texas and the entire nation,” said Sen. Cruz, the chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness. “This bipartisan legislative achievement provides NASA and the future of the U.S. space program with the stability and certainty it needs moving forward with a new administration. I look forward to working with colleagues in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle to ensure that our nation’s new era of pioneers can continue to innovate and explore with clarity and purpose.”

“This bill directs NASA to send humans to Mars, expand commercial space activity and ensures that work will continue on the next generation of rockets, engines and capsules that are currently being constructed in Florida and across the country,” said Sen. Nelson, ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee.

“A steady course for NASA with support from Congress gives the agency a foundation to maximize its exploration mission and pursue our natural human curiosity of the universe. This consensus legislation bolsters both NASA’s core capabilities and cooperation with the commercial sector to advance new frontiers of discovery,” said Sen. Thune, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.

“The discoveries and innovations pioneered by NASA not only inspire future generations of scientists and explorers, they help further our scientific knowledge and grow our economy,” said Sen. Peters, ranking member of the Subcommitee on Space, Science, and Competitivness. “I’m pleased the Senate approved this bipartisan legislation that will support the agency’s core missions in education, training, research and exploration, and keep the Orion and Space Launch System programs on track to continue their progress toward crewed Mars exploration missions. I thank my colleagues for coming together to ensure NASA can continue to lead the way in cutting-edge research and innovation that will carry us to the next frontier of space exploration.”

Full text of the bill may be viewed here.

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“Texans rightfully had no faith in the Obama Administration’s EPA, which perpetually overstepped their authority and targeted job creators. Scott Pruitt will bring a commonsense approach by helping to rein in the past Administration’s overreach and ensuring we’re good stewards of the environment without stifling jobs.”

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committes.

Rep. Pete Olson

Washington, DC – Rep Pete Olson (TX-22) today joined an effort to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Obama Administration Title X abortion funding rule, which forces states to administer Title X health care funding to abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood. The House passed H.J. Res. 43, to return Title X funding authority to states by a vote of 230-188.

“It is unconscionable that abortion clinics, like Planned Parenthood, expect taxpayers to fund their pro-abortion agenda,” Rep. Olson said. “Title X funds are intended to provide women with affordable access to quality healthcare, not abortions. States like Texas can redirect funds from Planned Parenthood to other health centers that provide needed care. The federal government should not be able to dictate how states allocate resources or force taxpayers to fund organizations that perform abortions. I thank my House colleagues for passing this resolution to restore state’s rights and urge my Senate colleagues to act quickly.”

Background: Title X is a program authorized to provide family planning services to low income women. The Obama rule, finalized in December 2016, was widely perceived as an attempt to require states to use Title X family planning grant money to fund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business. In September of last year, over 100 Members of Congress signed a public comment letter led by Rep. Diane Black and Senator Joni Ernst opposing the rule. The Congressional Review Act through H.J. Res. 43 overturns this dangerous rule.

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after introducing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Settlement Reform Act, which would give impacted local parties a voice in the settlement process of ESA litigation between special interest groups and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

“By giving states, counties, and local landowners a seat at the table, this bill will bring some much-needed transparency to the ESA settlement process. This will ensure Washington bureaucrats can’t run roughshod over Texas landowners and job creators.” 

Background:

Sen. Cornyn fought for similar legislation during previous sessions of Congress.  The ESA Settlement Reform Act would:

  • apply to certain ESA “citizen suits” that are driving the litigation and mega-settlements;
  • give local government and stakeholders a say in ESA settlements that affect them;
  • and limit the use of taxpayer dollars to fund ESA “citizen suits.”

Today Sen. Cornyn also introduced the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act today to require the Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce to make the best scientific and commercial data publicly available on the internet as it relates to future listings and de-listings under the Endangered Species Act.

In 2011, two environmental groups settled multi-district litigation with the FWS that resulted in a “work plan” for the agency to make endangered species list determinations for hundreds of species. The settlement also required taxpayers to pay the plaintiffs’ litigation fees. The suits were brought against the FWS because it failed to meet certain statutory deadlines after being flooded with requests to list hundreds of species. Closed-door ESA settlements like these not only threaten unwarranted regulation, but give plaintiffs undue leverage over local land owners, businesses and elected officials in the conservation process.

In addition, in 2012 Senator Cornyn successfully blocked U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing the sand dune lizard as endangered, working with state and local officials to save potentially thousands of West Texas jobs threatened by the listing.

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act to protect private property rights along the Red River from federal ownership claims. This legislation seeks to end questions about the federal government’s ownership of disputed land along the Red River.  Sen. Cornyn has introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

“Today’s vote is a big step forward for Texas families that have owned land along the Red River for generations. I want to thank Congressman Thornberry for ushering this bill through the House and bringing us closer to protecting Texans from baseless claims the federal government has made to their property.”

The legislation will help property owners along the Red River by:

  • Commissioning a survey of the majority of the 116-mile stretch of contested area along the Red River using the gradient boundary survey method developed and backed by the Supreme Court to find the proper ownership boundary between public and private land.
  • Ordering that the survey be conducted by licensed and qualified surveyors chosen by Texas and Oklahoma.
  • Providing states the authority to oversee the surveyors and approve the final survey to ensure the Supreme Court instructions are properly followed.
  • Requiring that a notice of survey approval, a copy of the survey, and any related field notes be provided to each individual land owner after the survey is completed.
  • Ensuring that nothing in the bill alters the Red River Boundary Compact, modifies the interests of the states, or harms the rights of the impacted federally recognized Indian Tribes.

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.

 

 

 

Senators send letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin regarding continued aggression from the DPRK

 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) today delivered a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that expresses grave concerns regarding continued aggression from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and urging him to execute the full extent of financial sanctions and targeted financial measures allowed under current law. The letter was also signed by Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and David Perdue (R-Ga.).

“As Kim Jung-un has exposed his willingness to increase ballistic missile testing with the ultimate goal of achieving nuclear breakout, the potential for this regime to attain a developed and capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) poses an imminent threat that cannot be ignored,” the senators wrote. “North Korea’s test of an intermediate-range ballistic missile this past weekend demonstrates advancement in fuel and launch technology, underscoring the necessity of faithfully executing the law to meet this growing threat.”

The senators’ letter lists ten actions that, if fully enforced and implemented, could more effectively cut off North Korea’s access to the hard currency it uses to finance its illicit nuclear program:

Add any remaining North Korean banks to the list of Specially Designated Nationals, thus completing the cutoff of North Korean banks from the international financial system.

Ensure that the Treasury Department has sufficient funds, personnel, resources, and legal authorities to expose North Korea’s money laundering network and its Chinese enablers at the earliest possible date. Then, in accordance with the NKSPEA, either add their names to the list of Specially Designated Nationals and freeze their assets, assess appropriate civil and criminal penalties, or both.

Enact additional Patriot Act section 311 special measures against North Korea, including Special Measure 2, which would require banks operating within U.S. jurisdiction “to maintain records, file reports, or both, concerning the aggregate amount of transactions, or concerning each transaction,” with respect to any North Korean property, interests in property, or funds. This measure would leverage the knowledge of the financial industry and begin the laborious process of mapping the web of front companies, shell companies, and agents that sustain Kim Jong-un’s regime.

Work with the State Department to investigate whether North Korea merits re-designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.

Revise or replace the outdated North Korea Sanctions Regulations at 31 CFR Part 510 to impose comprehensive transactions licensing requirements on transactions involving North Korea, similar to those that previously applied to Iran, Burma, and Cuba.

Clarify to the financial industry worldwide that in the future, the Department of Treasury will strictly enforce Know-Your-Customer obligations, and requirements to file Suspicious Activity Reports and Currency Transactions reports, with respect to any North Korean nationals, entities, agents, or assets.  Enforcement of these regulations could yield a windfall of financial intelligence necessary to find and block those North Korean assets.

In conjunction with the Attorney General at the earliest time possible, initiate an investigation into the Bank of China and the 12 Chinese banks involved in the Dandong Hongxiang case for possible violations of U.S. laws or financial regulations for their North Korea-related transactions.

Take strong enforcement action against any banks that continue to unlawfully provide direct or indirect correspondent banking services to North Korean banks.

In conjunction with the Secretary of State, ask European Union and Belgian authorities to ensure that North Korean banks are denied access to specialized financial messaging services, such as the SWIFT network, in accordance with their obligations under U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Continue targeting and freezing the financial assets of any Chinese entity pursuant to the NKSPEA and Executive Order 13722, which prohibit any property or interests within the United States from importing coal from North Korea.

 

The full letter can be viewed here and below.

 

 

February 14, 2017

 

The Honorable Steven Mnuchin

Secretary of the Treasury

Department of the Treasury

1500 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20220

 

Dear Secretary Mnuchin,

We write to express grave concern over the continued aggression from the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK), and urge you to execute the full extent of financial sanctions and targeted financial measures provided for under current law. As Kim Jung-un has exposed his willingness to increase ballistic missile testing with the ultimate goal of achieving nuclear breakout, the potential for this regime to attain a developed and capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) poses an imminent threat that cannot be ignored. North Korea’s test of an intermediate-range ballistic missile this past weekend demonstrates advancement in fuel and launch technology, underscoring the necessity of faithfully executing the law to meet this growing threat.

For eight years U.S. policy toward curbing Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions was “strategic patience”. As a result, the Obama administration hesitated to leverage the overwhelming and bipartisan support of a united Congress to bring meaningful economic pressure to bear on Kim Jong-un In return, North Korea evaded financial sanctions, established front companies for illicit dealings, and continued work on its ICBM and nuclear programs.

Today, it is reported that Kim Jong-un may be able to strike the West Coast of the United States with nuclear weapons within four years, and that he may already be able to strike our allies in South Korea and Japan, where thousands of U.S. military personnel are stationed. The regime was able to evolve its nuclear program due to the Obama administration’s timidity to enforce rigorous oversight and effectively cut off North Korea’s access to the hard currency used to finance its illicit activity. In 2016, after years of failed policy, the U.S. quietly designated North Korea as a jurisdiction of primary money laundering concern – a label which comes with strict regulations pursuant to the Financial Action Task Force, which has repeatedly warned banks around the world of the money laundering and proliferation risks posed by North Korea’s deceptive financial practices. However, having waited too long to meaningfully enforce this designation, North Korea had already firmly established a method to maintain access to the international banking system.

Over the last decade several – but not all – North Korean banks were banned from conducting U.S. dollar transactions. North Korean banks nonetheless have evaded these sanctions by setting up front companies, shell companies, and a network of third-country agents to hide its beneficial ownership and control. They have also relied on Chinese banks and front companies with access to the U.S. financial system to maintain indirect access to the international banking system. Often, they conduct dollar transactions with Chinese trading companies, which in turn use their own accounts in Chinese banks, which use correspondent accounts in American banks to access the dollar system. In doing so, those front companies — and in some cases, the banks — knowingly violate U.S. law.

The revelation from last summer that the Chinese trading company Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development Ltd. was responsible for over $500 million in trade with North Korea was stunning, but this may be just the tip of the iceberg. Other companies, such as Chinpo Shipping and 88 Queensway, have also facilitated trade and commerce that help bankroll North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. Although the Treasury Department sanctioned Dandong Hongxiang and its corporate officers, freezing the assets of a handful of entities is a far cry from what is necessary: a determined, sustained, and well-resourced campaign to investigate, uncover, and sanction the complex web of similar Chinese, Middle Eastern, and other third-country companies and banks that fund Kim Jong-un’s regime, facilitate proliferation, and break sanctions.

All necessary legal tools are in place to begin conducting such a campaign in earnest, today. Any bank that processes dollar transactions through U.S.-based correspondent accounts are legally obligated by the Treasury Department’s Know-Your-Customer regulations and UN sanctions resolutions to conduct due diligence investigations into any company with possible links to North Korea. Yet in many cases, Chinese banks, including the Bank of China, have disregarded their obligations to enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korea and have ignored their Know-Your-Customer obligations, thus facilitating North Korean proliferation. Regrettably, when the Justice Department indicted Dandong Hongxiang, it also announced that “[t]here are no allegations of wrongdoing by the U.S. correspondent banks or foreign banks that maintain these accounts.”

It is difficult to construe this inaction as anything less than a lack of political will. Indeed, Treasury officials under the Obama administration were forced to admit in a Senate hearing four months ago that they had not sanctioned a single Chinese bank, despite the evidence of Chinese banks’ role in sanctions violations. This is disturbing, considering the historical success of squeezing the North Korean regime by targeting third-party banks found to be complicit in money laundering. In 2005, the US declared Macau-based Banco Delta a “money laundering concern,” which, accompanied by sub rosa meetings by US officials throughout Asia, started a global ripple effect that caused banks around the world to freeze and close North Korean accounts. As former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes Daniel L. Glaser reported shortly thereafter:

“Press reports indicate that some two dozen financial institutions across the globe have voluntarily cut back or terminated their business with North Korea, notably including institutions in China, Japan, Vietnam, Mongolia, and Singapore. The result of these voluntary actions is that it is becoming very difficult for the Kim Jong-Il regime to benefit from its criminal conduct.”

Secretary Lew designated North Korea as a jurisdiction of primary money laundering concern on his way out the door, having waited too long to meaningfully enforce it.

With the risks of proliferation and war now at a critical stage, we have no more time to waste on inaction. At the outset of this new administration, therefore, we call your attention to a series of actions that, if fully enforced and implemented, could more effectively cut off North Korea’s access to the hard currency is uses to finance its illicit nuclear program:

  1.              Add any remaining North Korean banks to the list of Specially Designated Nationals, thus completing the cutoff of North Korean banks from the international financial system.
  1.              Ensure that the Treasury Department has sufficient funds, personnel, resources, and legal authorities to expose North Korea’s money laundering network and its Chinese enablers at the earliest possible date. Then, in accordance with the NKSPEA, either add their names to the list of Specially Designated Nationals and freeze their assets, assess appropriate civil and criminal penalties, or both.
  1.              Enact additional Patriot Act section 311 special measures against North Korea, including Special Measure 2, which would require banks operating within U.S. jurisdiction “to maintain records, file reports, or both, concerning the aggregate amount of transactions, or concerning each transaction,” with respect to any North Korean property, interests in property, or funds. This measure would leverage the knowledge of the financial industry and begin the laborious process of mapping the web of front companies, shell companies, and agents that sustain Kim Jong-un’s regime.
  1.              Work with the State Department to investigate whether North Korea merits re-designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.
  1.              Revise or replace the outdated North Korea Sanctions Regulations at 31 CFR Part 510 to impose comprehensive transactions licensing requirements on transactions involving North Korea, similar to those that previously applied to Iran, Burma, and Cuba.
  1.              Clarify to the financial industry worldwide that in the future, the Department of Treasury will strictly enforce Know-Your-Customer obligations, and requirements to file Suspicious Activity Reports and Currency Transactions reports, with respect to any North Korean nationals, entities, agents, or assets.  Enforcement of these regulations could yield a windfall of financial intelligence necessary to find and block those North Korean assets.
  1.              In conjunction with the Attorney General at the earliest time possible, initiate an investigation into the Bank of China and the 12 Chinese banks involved in the Dandong Hongxiang case for possible violations of U.S. laws or financial regulations for their North Korea-related transactions.
  1.              Take strong enforcement action against any banks that continue to unlawfully provide direct or indirect correspondent banking services to North Korean banks.
  1.              In conjunction with the Secretary of State, ask European Union and Belgian authorities to ensure that North Korean banks are denied access to specialized financial messaging services, such as the SWIFT network, in accordance with their obligations under U.N. Security Council resolutions.
  1. Continue targeting and freezing the financial assets of any Chinese entity pursuant to the NKSPEA and Executive Order 13722, which prohibit any property or interests within the United States from importing coal from North Korea.

The strict and swift enforcement of our laws may be your last chance to protect the American people from Kim Jong-un’s nuclear blackmail and prevent another Korean War. Time is of the essence. Please let us know if you require additional authorities or resources to counter this growing threat and keep our nation safe.

 

Sincerely,

 

______________________                                                              ______________________

Ted Cruz                                                                                             Cory Gardner

United States Senator                                                                        United States Senator

 

______________________                                                              ______________________

Thom Tillis                                                                                         Marco Rubio

United States Senator                                                                        United States Senator

 

______________________                                                              ______________________

Pat Toomey                                                                                        David Perdue

United States Senator                                                                        United States Senator

 

 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) introduced legislation today to reverse unaccountable overreach at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The pair of bills (S. 370 and H.R. 1031) would help advance Republicans’ broader Dodd-Frank reform efforts by tackling Title X of the law.

“Don’t let the name fool you, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau does little to protect consumers. During the Obama administration, the CFPB grew in power and magnitude without any accountability to Congress and the people, and I am encouraged by the actions President Trump has begun to take to roll back the harmful impacts of an out-of-control bureaucracy,” Sen. Cruz said. “The legislation that Rep. Ratcliffe and I are introducing today gives Congress the opportunity to free consumers and small businesses from the CFPB’s regulatory blockades and financial activism, which stunt economic growth. While there’s much more to do to scale back the harmful regulatory impositions of Dodd-Frank, this legislation takes a critical step in the right direction.”

“The past several years showed us precisely why massive swaths of federal regulations are never the right solution to help hard-working Americans. President Trump has made it clear he’ll join us in our fight to dismantle Dodd-Frank and finally offer some relief to the small business owners throughout Texas and across the country who’ve been hit hardest by its devastating impact,” said Rep. Ratcliffe.

Rep. Ratcliffe continued: “The CFPB’s lack of accountability to the American people was quickly evidenced when – contrary to its name – it ended up hurting many of the very folks it was intended to help. While Sen. Cruz and I have been sounding the alarm on the CFPB’s federal overreach for some time now, I’m optimistic at our renewed chances of advancing this effort with a willing partner in the White House.”

Full text of the legislation can be viewed here.

 

 

Releases statement upon Sessions Senate confirmation

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released the following statement in support of Sen. Jeff Sessions, today confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the next U.S. Attorney General:

“The confirmation of Sen. Sessions to be the 84th Attorney General of the United States is wonderful news for those who revere the rule of law. Sen. Sessions has impressive credentials, and having worked alongside him on both the Judiciary and Armed Services Committees, I have witnessed firsthand his steadfast integrity, his passion for the rule of law and law enforcement, and the profound mutual respect and admiration that exists between him and our men and women in blue.

“Jeff Sessions has led a remarkable career representing the people of Alabama, and he is undoubtedly well suited to serve the American people as the next U.S. Attorney General. I look forward to working with him as he takes on this new role and restores integrity to the leadership of the Department of Justice.”

Repealing Obamacare means putting patients, working with their doctors — and not the government — back in charge of their health

 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) debated Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a CNN Town Hall tonight regarding the future of Obamacare. During the debate, Sen. Cruz discussed some of the Republican ideas for replacing Obamacare that put patients, working with their doctors — and not the government — back in charge of their health.

 

After repealing Obamacare, below are some of the key Republican ideas that have been proposed to put patients back in charge of their health care:

  •  Pursue reforms that address the supply of health care. Breaking down barriers to entry at the Food and Drug Administration is a great place to start. We must pursue reciprocity, the policy of approving drugs that are already approved in other developed countries that we trust. If a drug or device is good enough to save thousands of British, Israeli, or French lives, Americans should be able to access it as well. This would decrease drug prices by allowing more competition and create more hope for the 30 million Americans suffering from rare diseases, but who do not have access to critical, potentially lifesaving care.
  • Allow for the sale of insurance across state lines. The Health Care Choice Act, which Sen. Cruz and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) have previously introduced, would do this. Big insurance companies will not like the additional competition, but the American people would benefit from expanded choices and lower prices.
  • Dramatically expand Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) by allowing Americans to put more money into these tax-advantaged accounts. Americans should be able to pay for health insurance premiums out of their HSAs, and they should be able to use HSA dollars for all kinds of innovative health care uses, such as direct primary care, and American families should be able to save money in HSAs regardless of whether they have have a high deductible plan, or whether they are insured at all.
  • Uncouple health insurance from employment. Currently, big employers have an advantage on small businesses, the individually insured and those who are unemployed by getting a practically unlimited tax benefit for providing health insurance. By reforming this World War II-era system, and letting individual families, small businesses and the unemployed compete on a level playing field with big employers, insurance companies will be able to tailor more plans for a wide range of families based on their individual needs. Many employers will still offer great health plans and some may give their workers more money in their pockets. We should open up more choices for families and their employers, not fewer.
  • Block-grant Medicaid dollars and abstain from penalizing states for not expanding Medicaid. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and Governor Rick Perry before him, courageously stood tall against Obamacare bureaucrats and many vocal state interests who encouraged them to expand a broken program in Texas. We should return these Medicaid dollars back to the states with only the most basic conditions that the dollars be used to care for their needy — and we should base the amount of those dollars on their need, not an outdated formula or a political decision to endorse Obamacare.
  • Give seniors more choice, not less. Currently, seniors who choose to opt out of Medicare lose access to their Social Security benefits because of a Clinton-era bureaucratic decision. This is an outrage that must end. Doing so would allow seniors the security to choose a health care plan that fits their needs while retaining their Social Security benefits. This will open up more choices for seniors and not treat them as second class citizens who are unable to make their own decisions. From there we can begin to craft a system that provides seniors with greater choices over their Medicare contributions, if they choose to do so.