Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, it is time again for our weekly update report to you all. As I have previously stated, the purpose of doing these weekly reports is to keep you, my commanders, informed and provide you complete insights into my activities, as well as political and policy assessments.
This past week, the House GOP unveiled something which we have not seen the United States Senate do in more than 1000 days: a budget resolution. Again, I must give accolades to House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan for having the political will and courage to tackle this issue. We cannot continue to believe the military can be the bill payer for the fiscal irresponsibility of Washington, DC.
The true drivers of our debt and deficit are mandatory spending: Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Last year the trustees of Medicaid and Social Security testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee admitting these programs are on the way to being insolvent. We must look to a future which protects and preserves Medicare for future American seniors, just as myself.
The sad aspect is that just as last year, our colleagues from across the aisle have adopted a policy of demagoguery instead of solutions. Please understand —- doing nothing is not an option! There are viable solutions which we have presented, and either our colleagues get on board or produce a plan.
Unfortunately, the only plan we continue to receive from the Democrats is to increase the debt, which is what President Barack Obama’s budget does, taking it from $15.4 trillion to $26 trillion by 2022. In addition, we hit another incredible Obama Administration milestone. In three years and three months, President Obama has added more to the debt of the United States than President George W. Bush did in eight years.
The rhetoric of class envy and divisiveness are not solutions to growing our economy, we need tax and regulatory policy changes. That is why we must applaud Chairman Ryan and Chairman Dave Camp of the Ways and Means Committee for the proposed new simplified tax proposal. The plan collapses six tax brackets into two, at the rates of 25 percent and 10 percent. We must expand our tax base, lower personal income rates, and close tax loopholes, thus enabling our small businesses to expand and hire Americans. This kind of a strategy will provide predictability and move us away from using the United States tax code as a weapon against producers.
The House of Representatives budget plan gives a clear choice of two very different futures for America. One secures a chance for our children and grandchildren to have economic opportunity — the other will relegate them to economic servitude.
Also, this past week, we voted to repeal the onerous and very dangerous Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which is an unelected board of 15 bureaucrats who will make the price control decisions on Medicare. This is not how we regain the trust of the American people and promote patient-centered healthcare. I now call upon the United States Senate to follow the lead of the House of Representatives and President Obama to end the IPAB.
This past Friday represented the two-year anniversary of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA), truly one of the greatest legislative horrors coming out of Washington, DC. Gone is the pomp and circumstance for which it was signed into law. The reality for 2012 has been higher insurance premiums and trepidation among many as to what this law holds, especially after January 2013.
“Obamacare” has to be repealed and replaced. Today, the Supreme Court begins hearing the case on the constitutionality of Obamacare. I pray that our justices see this for what it really is. In case you missed my Washington Times op-ed entitled, “Why Obamacare is bad for America’s health,” printed in Friday’s paper, clickhere. I was also on Fox News talking about the issue, here.
In closing, I was honored to deliver an almost hour-long Special Order on the House floor addressing the 21st Century Battlefield, last Thursday. Please watch it here on CPAN at time code 3:25:25. Among other things, I discussed the horrible tragedy in France, where a Rabbi and children were gunned down by a man believed to be a radical jihadist. Even more frightening, this man was one of nearly 400 escapees from an Afghanistan prison. It makes you wonder, where are the other 399? Here we once again witness the seriousness of coming to grips with this radical Islamic fundamentalist enemy. The fact that this Islamic jihadist was once held in a facility in Afghanistan and somehow made it to France is troubling. As well, this is an individual who was on a United States “no-travel” list. It is essential that America step up tracking of these terrorists.
Steadfast and Loyal,