Frankly Speaking

March 22, 2010 Frankly Speaking

The debate in Washington this month reached a level of intensity that I have never seen.  People took to the streets and to the halls of Congress to loudly declare in one united voice their strong opposition to the government takeover of health care.  And, after fifteen months of ignoring the political minority and the will of the American people, the House of Representatives passed a final ver

March 12, 2010 Frankly Speaking

“Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State.”
-The United States Constitution

March 11, 2010 Frankly Speaking

The House of Representatives spent much of yesterday discussing H.ConRes. 248, the Afghanistan War Powers Resolution, sponsored by Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH).  The resolution would have required the president to remove all U.S.

March 5, 2010 Frankly Speaking

My Republican colleagues and I introduced a measure, H.J. 77, in the House of Representatives that would rein in the aggressive power-grab of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

February 26, 2010 Frankly Speaking

I am pleased to announce that the application process for the annual Congressional Art Contest has begun.

February 19, 2010 Frankly Speaking

As most of you are aware, each year I host 50 town hall meetings spanning the 32 counties in the Third Congressional District.  These have long been one of my favorite traditions.  I begin each meeting with a brief introduction and an update of current legislation under consideration in Washington as well as other hot button issues of the day.  I then open it up to questions and comments from t

January 28, 2010 Frankly Speaking

After riding into Washington with promises of hope and change and overwhelming public support, one year later President Obama is sitting in a much different position.  He has yet to pass one of his major agenda items, including health care and cap-and-trade, and his approval rating has dropped below 47 ccording to the latest Rasmussen poll.

January 27, 2010 Frankly Speaking

Earlier this month, a massive earthquake struck the small island-nation of Haiti, producing catastrophic damage in and around its capital city of Port-au-Prince. The earthquake has caused immeasurable human suffering.  Although the total devastation is still unknown, approximately 100,000 people have been killed and more than two million people have been left homeless.

January 20, 2010 Frankly Speaking

The resounding victory by Republican Scott Brown in the Massachusetts special election last night demonstrated a fact that President Obama might not be too happy with: the winds of change can blow both ways.  The people of Massachusetts – an historically liberal state – spoke with one voice to reject his legislative agenda and to loudly say no to a government takeover of health care, no to a $6

December 4, 2009 Frankly Speaking

We like to say that we have the safest, most abundant, most affordable food and fiber supply in the world.  But this isn’t just a boastful expression, it is a reality.  Our farmers and ranchers are responsible for feeding folks living in our country and throughout the world.

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