As a newcomer to Congress, I cannot help but recall my frustration as a citizen, at how things worked, or perhaps didn’t work in Washington. Politicians rarely demonstrated the willingness to say ‘no’ to the next good idea, whether or not it was something that should or had previously been within the enumerated role of the federal legislature. This thinking brought us the federal dominance in
Racism is an abhorrent institution, period. No one who believes they are better, worse, or unequal based on the color of their skin has a place in the District I represent or the America I defend.
The past election cycle thrust refugee and immigration issues into the spotlight more so than any time in recent years. A very charged and polarized political climate has left little room for compromise on either side of the aisle and I have been working extremely hard to balance international humanitarian issues with national security and the needs of the United States.
Last week House Republicans put forward a plan to replace the un-Affordable Care Act. When President Obama and Congressional Democrats first sought to pass Obamacare, they told us we ‘needed to pass the bill to find out what was in it.’ Well we found out what was in it and we saw families lose their plans and their doctors – even the ones they liked and wanted to keep.
In 1947, Senator Arthur Vandenberg famously stated that “politics stop at the water’s edge.” What that meant was that partisan infighting should cease when it compromises American interests abroad and indeed when it compromises the safety and well-being of Americans at home.
President Trump kicked off his first week in the Oval Office by delivering on a series of promises he made on the campaign trail. Among those were the following executive orders:
With the swearing in of our 45th President this week, it seems very appropriate to reflect on the past year to share my thoughts on what is to come in 2017.
Obamacare repeal is underway, yet the problems that prompted the bill that we had to ‘pass so that we could find out what was in it’ remain. One cannot reasonably debate the effectiveness of Obamacare. To date, it is an unmitigated disaster. Bill Clinton called it “the craziest thing in the world,” lamenting that hard working Americans are the victims of this broken system.