Frankly Speaking

Lame Duck Plan Is a Lame Idea

Jul 26, 2010

It’s been a rocky year and a half for the American people, who have continued to suffer from high unemployment rates and a sagging economy.  And rather than addressing these tough issues facing Americans, the 111th Congress has instead focused on controversial pieces of legislation, massive in size, dramatic in impact, and unfathomable in cost.  With only a few full weeks of session scheduled before the end of the year, many Americans have begun breathing a sigh of relief that many of the most controversial pieces of legislation on Speaker Pelosi and President Obama’s agenda will most likel

Filed under: Economy

Confirmation of Petraeus by Full Senate Must Be Quick

Jun 29, 2010

Today, the Senate Armed Services Committee held the confirmation hearing of General David Petraeus to serve as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.  General Petraeus was nominated for this post after the ouster of General Stanley McChrystal by President Obama following a very public disagreement between the president and the general on future plans for Afghanistan.

Filed under: Homeland Security and Defense

An Anniversary to Forget

Jun 29, 2010

June 23rd marked the three month anniversary of the enactment of ObamaCare.  As Speaker Pelosi stated in March of this year, we would “have to pass this bill” so we could “find out what is in it.”  And we certainly have.  Over the last three months, we have found out all kinds of things about this bill – and none of them have been very good.  In fact, over the last three months it has become clear that seniors will be forced to bear the majority of the burden of this bill through dramatic cuts to Medicare; that the bill is going to cost more than originally expect, topping $1.2 trillion; an

Filed under: Health Care

Elena Kagan Confirmation Hearing

Jun 29, 2010

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee began confirmation hearings for President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States.  Elena Kagan is the former Solicitor General for President Obama as well as the former Dean of Harvard Law School, and is the president’s second nominee to the high court.  While Ms. Kagan is politically experienced and clearly well-connected, she has never once served as a judge and has had very little substantive legal experience.

Filed under: General

President Obama Must Not Waive Iran Sanctions

Jun 24, 2010

The extremist regime in Iran oppresses their people, supports terrorists and terror organizations, and poses a daily threat to the safety and security of the American people.  For these reasons, and many more, the United States cannot stand idly by and allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons. 

Filed under: Foreign Affairs

National Tragedy Should Not Be Exploited to Pass Harmful Cap-and-Tax Legislation

Jun 23, 2010

On April 20, 2010, an explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico that set off a chain of events leading to one of the worst environmental disasters – if not the worst – our country has ever faced.  The explosion caused three leaks in an underwater oil well, spilling tens of thousands of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico on a daily basis.  In fact, at its worst, the government estimates that the well was leaking between 12,000 and 19,000 barrels of oil each day before BP’s latest effort to contain it.

Filed under: Agriculture

Drowning in Red Ink

Jun 11, 2010

This month, our country reached a staggering milestone – the national debt topped $13 trillion.  To put that in perspective, if you were to spend $1 per second, it would take you about 412,000 years to rack up $13 trillion in debt.  While the median income per person in 2004 was $23,535, each American taxpayer’s share of the national debt is $118,500.

Filed under: Economy

America Speaking Out: Your Voice Matters

May 27, 2010

I am proud to join my Republican colleagues to announce the creation of America Speaking OutAmerica Speaking Out is a project to create a new set of policies to generate real solutions for the problems our country is current facing – and it gives every American the opportunity to take part in the discussion of exactly how to do that.

Filed under: General

To Budget or Not to Budget That Is the Question

May 21, 2010

In 1974, Congress passed the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act.  This legislation established procedures for how Congress creates and adopts the annual budget for the federal government.  This process allows the American people to see the spending priorities of Congress and also helps to hold Congress to a spending limit.  For the first time since this bill was drafted, it appears as though we may not draft and pass a budget for the 2011 fiscal year.

Filed under: Economy

Town Hall Recap: Your Voice Is Important

Apr 16, 2010

Earlier this month, I wrapped up another 18 town hall meetings, including stops in Beckham, Custer, Canadian, Lincoln, Logan, Kingfisher, Garfield, Major, Alfalfa, Dewey, Woods, and Blaine counties, and am proud to report I am now more than half way through my annual 50 town hall tour of Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District.

Filed under: Economy

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