November 14, 2013 Columns
This week the administration along with the media are starting to see the harmful effects of Obamacare in our country. I have been hearing from many families who have had their health care plans cancelled and more stories continue to flood my office. This week it seems that the back room deals the administration has been hiding about this harmful law has seen the light of day. Whether it’s the less than satisfactory testimony of the Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius or the astoundingly low numbers of Americans who have signed up for Obamacare, the law continues to fail.
November 7, 2013 Columns
Remember when President Obama repeatedly made the promise to millions of Americans that, ‘If you like your current healthcare plan, you can keep it?’ Turns out, this can go on the long list of broken promises the President has made to the American people.
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 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 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.
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 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 6, 2013 Columns
Throughout the month of August, Congress is not in Washington which provides an opportunity for me to spend time back in the district. When I am in the district my days usually start with meetings and visits with constituents and businesses. Through the multiple town halls I have held throughout the district, to my visits to county fairs and numerous other functions I was able to touch base with many of you face to face on issues affecting you and your family.
August 22, 2013 Columns
I have had the opportunity to host three town halls and tour many small businesses while I have been back in the district this month. I always enjoy these opportunities to speak with the constituents of the 7th district because there is so much innovation and hard work coming from our area. I have been hearing from many of you and there is a resonating message that everyone seems to share: the regulations coming out of Washington are making it harder for our businesses to grow and its hurting American families. The regulations that are brought down upon American businesses directly affects you and your families and I am fighting in Washington to end them.