May 11, 2018 Speeches
A recent editorial in the Modesto Bee ridicules the “naming” bills that I have authored, especially the naming of a mountain in the Sierra as “Sky Point.” Each of these laws honors young men from our district who died in combat. “Sky Point” was named in honor of Marine Staff Sergeant Sky Mote who died defending his station in Afghanistan in 2012.
May 9, 2018 Press Release
I am in total agreement with President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, a deal I termed a breathtakingly dangerous act when President Obama first floated the idea.
May 8, 2018 Speeches
I don’t claim to be an expert in the intricacies of the Byzantine web of price supports, insurance subsidies, commodity rules, Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage, Marketing loans, disaster aid and all the other components of the mess we’ve made of our agricultural markets. What I do know is this. Prices, if left alone, convey a wealth of information upon which consumers depend to make rational decisions. Those rational decisions, in turn, direct all production to the greatest need and all investment to its highest possible use.
April 27, 2018 Speeches
I have offered this amendment whenever the opportunity has presented itself, because it tests whether there is any program in the federal budget that Congress can bear to cut.
April 26, 2018 Speeches
In December, we adopted one of the most important tax reform laws in our nation’s history. It is producing higher wages, better job opportunities, and greater economic expansion than we’ve seen in a decade. But having cut taxes, we assumed an urgent responsibility to restrain spending. Taxes and debt are two sides of the same coin. A debt is simply a future tax. Once we’ve spent a dollar, we’ve already decided to tax it, either now or in the future. It’s the spending that’s the problem.
April 16, 2018 Press Release
The National Park Service currently manages 11 units that provide medical services to park visitors, employees, and nearby residents including Yosemite in my district, Yellowstone, Zion, the Grand Canyon, and Death Valley. These include emergency medical services, ambulance transport and clinical services. They treat colds, set broken bones, stabilize heart attacks and strokes, evacuate the severely injured and treat thousands of patients annually.
April 10, 2018 Speeches
James Madison, the father of the American Constitution, said that its most important provision was giving the Congress, and not the President, the authority to declare war.
April 10, 2018 Speeches
It’s important to ask ourselves how the tax reform is doing, and I thank my colleague for organizing this time tonight. In my district, the average family is paying $1,900 LESS federal income tax this year – which means $1,900 MORE they can spend to meet their needs.
March 22, 2018 Vote Notes on Legislation
This is the $1.3 trillion “Omnibus” bill that increases discretionary spending a staggering 18 percent in a single year, puts us on course for a trillion dollar deficit next year and sets the stage for a sovereign debt crisis within the next few years.
February 24, 2018 Speeches
When Delavan, Illinois approached its 125th anniversary in 1961, a resident wrote to Wilford Funk of Funk and Wagnalls asking what word described it. Funk couldn’t find one, so he invented the word “quasquicentennial” and it soon appeared in print and entered the English language. It’s an important word on this occasion, and it is a rare word in California -- only 94 other California cities are old enough to have had a quasquicentennial.