April 4, 2014 Speeches
The question before the House is whether we are going to continue to ignore the economic consequences of the major actions we take - or start recognizing that incentives matter and that the legislation we pass has profound economic consequences that must be taken into account.
April 2, 2014 Speeches
Balancing this budget and ultimately paying down the national debt is a national security imperative; it is an economic imperative; and it is a moral imperative.
Last fall, 800,000 acre feet were drained from the Shasta, Oroville and Folsom reservoirs - nearly emptying Folsom lake completely - knowing full well that the region was in the middle of a potentially catastrophic drought.
Four years ago -- long before the current drought -- the Central Valley suffered from the deliberate diversion of 800,000 acre feet of water promised under the Bay Delta Accord. Instead, it was dumped into the Pacific Ocean for the amusement of the Delta Smelt. This wanton act caused the loss of a quarter-million acres of the most productive farmland in America, it threw thousands of families into unemployment, and it devastated this region. Now, a natural drought has compounded the regulatory drought.
March 5, 2014 Speeches
As we begin the annual budget process, we need to stop thinking in terms of Democratic and Republican policies and start thinking in terms of what policies have worked and what policies have not. The successes and failures of both parties could teach us much.
February 27, 2014 Speeches
Two weeks ago, President Obama visited the drought-stricken Central Valley of California. He announced his administration's response: he wants to spend another billion dollars to study climate change.
It is well established that Jessie Benton Fremont was one of the earliest and most influential advocates for establishing the Yosemite National Park, in which Mammoth Peak is located.
December 4, 2013 Speeches
The House Judiciary Committee yesterday raised the overarching question of our generation: will the American Constitution stand?
December 3, 2013 Speeches
A great tragedy is now unfolding across America as we prepare for the New Year. Millions of Americans are losing their health plans; millions more are facing staggering price increases; millions more are having hours cut or seeing their salaries pared back at work because of Obamacare. Sadly, this is just the beginning. In coming days, millions of employer-provided plans face cancellation, multiplying this disaster many fold.
November 19, 2013 Speeches
We are now seven weeks into the implementation of Obamacare. We know in the first four weeks, 106,000 Americans placed health plans in their shopping baskets, though it is not clear how many of them actually purchased plans. Meanwhile, it is now estimated that some FIVE AND A HALF MILLION Americans have lost the health insurance that they had, that they liked, and that they were promised they could keep. The inconvenient truth is that this law has dramatically INCREASED the ranks of the uninsured. Yesterday came word that college students are seeing their low-cost student plans cancelled - with replacement costs as much as 1,800 percent higher under Obamacare.