August 15, 2013 Columns
When people think of the American dream, it often includes a full time job to pay the bills and support your family. Someday, you may even own your own small business. I was a small business owner and understand the struggles many are going through with the tough economic times and the uncertainty coming out of Washington. The last thing hardworking Americans need is to have their employers cut back their hours because of harmful healthcare laws coming from the President.
August 1, 2013 Columns
It seems that every morning when you turn on the news, a new case of government abuse has surfaced. These past few months have been laden with abuse by government bureaucrats from agencies across the board in Washington. Instead of just sweeping these problems under the rug, my colleagues and I are fighting to keep your rights protected and we are committed to responsible oversight of government operations. When these officials abuse their power they are wasting American tax dollars and should be held accountable.
July 26, 2013 Columns
Hoping to restart a failing domestic agenda, President Obama recently gave a speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois which focused on the economy and jobs. White House press secretary Jay Carney billed this as a chance for the President to get away from “phony scandals” being pushed in Washington. However, instead of offering fresh ideas on how to restart the economy, the President gave another campaign style speech with no real substance. The President even doubled down on Carney’s statement by blaming an endless parade of distractions and phony scandals for his sagging approval ratings
July 19, 2013 Columns
In typical Washington fashion, everything from healthcare to education is given a one-size-fits-all band-aid that never addresses the real problem. However, this week, the House passed the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), which rids our education system of the generic and unrealistic policies that are currently in place.
July 11, 2013 Columns
It comes as no surprise that the Obama Administration decided to quietly let the American people know that another wheel has fallen off the train wreck known as Obamacare during the July 4th holiday. By delaying for one year the provision requiring companies with over 50 employees to provide healthcare, the President has admitted his healthcare bill is unaffordable and crippling to small businesses.
July 3, 2013 Columns
Democrats and Republicans agree that our immigration system is broken. I, along with my Republican colleagues in the House, stand firm in arguing that securing our borders is the most important priority of any reform plan. We need reforms that not only enforce current laws, but also ensure that we have secured our borders. We must also implement visa reforms that make it extremely difficult to overstay a visa. Approximately 40% of the illegal immigrants in our country have overstayed their visas, and that is unacceptable.
June 27, 2013 Columns
This week, President Obama rolled out his climate change plan in a speech at Georgetown University. His initiative, which includes halting the Keystone XL Pipeline project and making cuts to coal energy, will wipe out American jobs and raise electricity bills for hardworking American families across the country.
June 26, 2013 Columns
This June, we celebrated the 50th annual National Small Business Week, during which we recognized the critical role small businesses play in the vitality of our economy. America’s small businesses fuel our economy as vital job creators, and it is important to recognize the necessity of the contributions they make every day to our local communities and economies.
June 13, 2013 Columns
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – Washington is broken. If the last few weeks of the Administration’s scandals aren’t example enough of a lack of leadership, look no further than the appropriations process of Congress. As you know, appropriation is a fancy term for spending money. Congress must appropriate money to fund priorities like national defense, agriculture, transportation and other government programs.
June 6, 2013 Columns
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 4.4 million Americans have been unemployed for 27 weeks or longer. What’s more, the vast majority of graduating seniors in college are hoping to enter the workforce while they are strapped with thousands of dollars in student loan debt. These startling facts result from policies implemented in Washington that erode certainty and private sector confidence, preventing our economy from growing.