September 7, 2017 Speeches
Two weeks after the 2016 election, I spoke on the House floor and warned that the greatest single obstacle to meeting the expectations of the American people was the cloture rule in the Senate. I said: “Voters elected Republican majorities in both houses of Congress and they expect action. They’ll get it from the President and from the House. But in order for the Senate to rise to this occasion, it must reform its cloture rule when it organizes in January.” It didn’t.
September 6, 2017 Speeches
This amendment eliminates the $150 million of discretionary spending wasted on one of the least essential programs in the entire United States Government, the so-called “Essential Air Service.” That is the program that subsidizes empty and near-empty planes to fly from small airports to regional hubs just a few hours away or less by car.
September 5, 2017 Press Release
DACA was an unconstitutional usurpation of legislative authority by President Obama and President Trump is right to end it, while giving Congress the time it will need to develop law to transition out of it. I have long maintained that until our borders are secured, discussions over legalizing the residency of illegal immigrants brought to this country as children were premature and would encourage more illegal crossings. Now that the administration is making progress on restoring border security, it is time for Congress to address this issue. Reform should incorporate two fundamental policies:
August 23, 2017 Speeches
I am honored to join you today on this auspicious occasion of your assumption of American citizenship. America is not just a nation. America is also a notion – an idea – that is unique among the nations of the world. There are many democracies and republics around the world today – but only one to my knowledge, founded on the uniquely American principles given voice in the American Declaration of Independence and given life in the American Constitution.
August 22, 2017 Speeches
First, I want to thank Senator Feinstein for restoring the bi-partisan nature of this annual Tahoe Summit. Lincoln once reminded us “that we can succeed only by concert.” We demonstrated that maxim with the enactment of the Tahoe provisions in the Water Infrastructure Improvements Act last December. That wouldn’t have been possible without Republicans and Democrats coming together in Washington.
August 18, 2017 Speeches
Thank you for organizing this discussion on tax reform. I believe the most important mandate given to this administration and this Congress is to revive our economy. Our success or failure will largely be determined on achieving this objective and will be judged by the answer every American gives to Ronald Reagan’s question in both 1980 and 1984: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?
July 28, 2017 Speeches
H.R. 873, the Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act, authored by Congressman Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, would authorize the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation to begin the lengthy Commemorative Works Act process to establish a Global War on Terror Memorial on Federal land in the District of Columbia. The memorial will recognize and honor the men and women that have served on active duty in the United States armed forces since the attack on our country on September 11, 2001.
July 27, 2017 Speeches
This administration was elected to drain the swamp, and one of its muckiest parts is the Export-Import Bank, that makes taxpayer-guaranteed loans to foreign companies that buy American products – often to use in competition with American companies that get no such advantage.
July 26, 2017 Speeches
Mr. Speaker: I want to begin by saluting the more than 5,000 firefighters from 40 cooperating agencies that assembled under the coordination of CALFIRE to battle the Detwiler fire that threatened Yosemite Valley and its gateway communities
Since 1964, we have tried to end poverty the Democrats’ way. According to the Heritage Foundation, we have spent $22 trillion fighting the war on poverty as a result. Adjusted for inflation, this is three times more than all the military wars we have ever fought – combined. Put another way, that is $176,000 taken from the lifetime earnings of every family in America over those 50 years.