May 21, 2013 Speeches
Since the Arab Oil Embargoes of the 1970's that ravaged the American economy and produced mile-long lines around gas stations, an avowed goal of our nation has been to reduce our reliance on Middle East oil. In addition to the thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity, the Keystone pipeline will bring up to 830,000 barrels of Canadian crude oil A DAY into the American market - about HALF of what we currently import from the Middle East.
May 16, 2013 Speeches
Just a week after the President extolled the benign virtues of big government and told university students to ignore those who warn of its dangers, Americans woke up to headlines that this government has been targeting groups and individuals that it doesn't like for intimidation and harassment. I appreciate the President's sudden interest in getting to the bottom of this. But I must remind the House that more than a year ago, I and other members rose on this floor to warn of these tactics directed at Tea Party groups by the IRS.
May 13, 2013 Speeches
April 2012 House Floor Remarks: "A defining aspect of the American tradition is that groups of citizens band together for a wide variety of civic purposes."
May 13, 2013 Speeches
Across the country, employers are holding office meetings and the announcement goes something like this: "We love you guys. But here's what we make; here's what Obamacare will cost us; we can't stay in business with Obamacare. But if we cut back everybody to 29 hours per week, we can avoid the mandate and stay in business."
May 7, 2013 Speeches
Amidst all the controversies gripping Congress, certainly we should all be able to agree that the full faith and credit of the United States - the very trust the public has when it loans money to the government - should not hang in the balance every time there's a fiscal debate in Washington.
April 26, 2013 Speeches
On Wednesday, the Democratic Whip charged that the Full Faith and Credit Act places America at risk of default. As Churchill once said, "It would not be possible to state the opposite of the truth with greater precision." Quite the contrary, this measure guarantees that whatever political storms are raging in Washington, America's debt will ALWAYS be paid IN FULL and ON TIME.
April 24, 2013 Speeches
I rise today in strong opposition to a proposal by the National Park Service to remove long-standing tourist facilities from Yosemite National Park, including bicycle and raft rentals, snack facilities, gift shops, horseback riding, the ice rink at Curry Village, tennis courts and swimming pools, the art center and the historic stone Sugar Pine Bridge
April 17, 2013 Speeches
The House has been considering HR 624, the so-called CISPA bill. Although its sponsors assure us that a person's Internet data would be stripped of personal identification, the bill allows this data then to be used to prosecute certain federal crimes. How could that be? It turns out, the government, having stumbled upon this evidence, can then seek a warrant to obtain the personally identifying information.
March 20, 2013 Speeches
Democrats and Republicans both want to get rid of a wide range of tax loopholes. But Democrats want to spend that money and Republicans want to lower the overall tax burden. The difference is important.