October 31, 2013 Columns
This month, media reports suggested that Congress had never been more broken and bipartisanship was extinct. Talking heads told us the 535 lawmakers in Washington are bitterly split along party lines and completely dysfunctional. But a little-known bill dealing with critical national issues passed out of the House of Representatives last week on a vote of 417-3, proving that Congress can get the job done. It just takes hard work and a willingness to find common sense solutions.
October 29, 2013 Press Release
“It seems to be a rarity these days when two members of Congress from different political parties are able to come together on an important issue such as the Farm Bill, but we have found common ground. We believe the farm bill conference must produce a bill that provides common sense, market-based resources that ensure economic stability for farmers and savings for taxpayers.”
October 25, 2013 Columns
Now that the government shutdown is over it is time we all come to the table to discuss how to fix our spending addiction, as well as institute policies to grow our economy. During the shutdown the House passed four different pieces of legislation that funded the government, only to have them rejected by the Senate. In addition, the House passed numerous bills that would fund and re-open vital functions of the government along with addressing our country’s spending issues which were all rejected by Majority Leader Reid without even debate or discussion.
October 23, 2013 Press Release
“Today the House passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 with bipartisan support."
October 18, 2013 Washington Does Not Like Me Very Much
Although the government shutdown has ended, the fight for stability in Washington still carries on. The passage of the Senate Amendment to raise the debt ceiling sent a message to the American people: The status quo is acceptable. I voted against the Senate amendment because it does not address our country’s reckless spending.
October 16, 2013 Press Release
“We have now entered into the third week of the government shutdown and throughout this time the nation has lost confidence in Congress’ ability to govern in the best interest of the American people."
October 10, 2013 Columns
I, along with all Americans, continue to become more and more frustrated each day that the government shutdown carries on without a resolution. The question on everyone’s mind is, "How do we fix this?” While there are no easy answers, I think it is important for me to explain where we stand and why this gridlock continues. Just before the government lapse in funding began, the President and Senate Democrats repeatedly refused to acknowledge, address or negotiate anything regarding our nations spending problem. Their refusal to acknowledge this looming issue brings us to the shutdown we have today.
October 4, 2013 Press Release
“I am very frustrated to hear that the President and Senator Reid have decided to veto any bills that the House has taken up or has passed with strong bipartisan support to reopen the government."
October 1, 2013 Press Release
“I, along with my colleagues in the House of Representatives, have voted on four different pieces of legislation to fund the government, each time trying to negotiate a position that the Senate could accept. The Senate chose not to negotiate in any fashion, resulting in the government shutting down."
September 26, 2013 Columns
As individuals and families try to add up the cost this week on where the numbers fall regarding Obamacare they are finding that healthcare will only become more expensive. Enrollment begins on October 1st for the healthcare law that is still not ready for primetime. The American people deserve two things from their legislators: protection from the harmful impact of poor legislation and a government that stays open.