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.
September 19, 2013 Press Release
Today the Water Resources Reform and Development Act was unanimously approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
September 19, 2013 Columns
September 16th marked the 5 year anniversary of the financial crisis that hit our country. It left hardworking Americans wondering where to turn. After five long years of empty rhetoric we mark the anniversary no better than we were before. Hardworking American’s are still feeling the effects of the financial crisis whether it is at work, the dinner table or the gas pump.
September 12, 2013 Columns
The strength of the American economy is an issue that lies at the forefront of all of our minds over the past few months, whether it’s from reading dismal jobs reports or hearing about the overregulation placed on businesses, our economy is hurting. Another factor many people don’t realize is that our transportation and infrastructure directly affect our nation’s economy. Whether it is roads to drive on or waterways to ship our exports; safe and reliable transportation throughout our country makes us globally competitive.
September 11, 2013 Press Release
“It is hard to believe that it has now been over a decade since the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks shook our nation and altered the lives many forever."