Broun Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Hobby Lobby
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after the Supreme Court released their decision regarding Hobby Lobby’s challenge to Obamacare’s “contraception mandate.” The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that for-profit businesses with religious objections can opt out of paying for contraception as mandated by Obamacare.
Said Congressman Paul Broun, “I applaud today’s decision by the Supreme Court, which represents a landmark victory for religious freedom and family businesses. The First Amendment acknowledges and protects our right to freedom of religion from government interference - and today’s ruling affirms broad protections under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act apply to businesses that act out their faith through the way they run their day-to-day operations. Furthermore, this ruling once again proves that Obamacare is totally unworkable, far too overreaching, and a burden on businesses and our economy. We must repeal Obamacare in full and put in place the only true solution – the Patient OPTION Act.
“While today we celebrate this important victory for religious freedom, our work is not done. I pledge to Georgians that I will continue to work to repeal Obamacare in full, and press forward in ensuring America’s Constitutional rights are protected from the big government policies of this Administration.”
U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after voting in support of legislation this week aimed at lowering gas prices, strengthening America’s energy independence, and creating jobs. Broun supported H.R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, and H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act. All three bills passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and await consideration by the U.S. Senate.
Said Congressman Paul Broun, “As the summer commences, Americans across the country are making vacation plans and looking for ways to stay cool in the summer heat. Unfortunately, far too many Americans today are grappling with the high costs of gasoline and energy that make it all the more difficult to beat the heat. The national average price of gas today sits at $3.67 a gallon compared to $2.35 a gallon just five years ago. These high costs simply mean less money in Georgians’ pockets to use towards enjoying their summer. This week, my Republican colleagues and I took a stand against this Administration’s none-of-the-above energy policies and voted on three common-sense energy bills that would tackle rising gas prices, spur job creation, and expand domestic energy production. I am hopeful that Senate Democrats will take these bills up immediately, so that we can take a step towards improving the quality of life for all Americans.”Read More
Broun Votes to Support Troops & Maintain Strong National Defense
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 4870, the fiscal year 2015 Defense Appropriations bill. This bill provides $491 billion in discretionary funding to further our national security and military needs, $200 million above the President’s budget request.
“As an original intent Constitutionalist and a U.S. Marine, I firmly believe that providing a strong national defense is a core function of the federal government. In fact, this is an area where the government should be spending money,” said Congressman Paul Broun. “While we must continue to root out waste and inefficiencies at the Pentagon, I believe this bill is a positive step forward in providing our men and women in uniform with the resources they need, while continuing to strengthen our national security. Unfortunately, under the Obama Administration, we have seen countless attempts to degrade our military powers and capabilities – emboldening our enemies and putting those at home and those serving abroad at risk. Now more than ever, we must continue to ensure that America has the strongest military in the world. I urge the Senate’s immediate passage of this essential bill.”Read More
U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after offering more than $600 million in targeted spending cuts to the fiscal year 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill.
“We as a nation are saddled with an incredible amount of debt, and yet Washington continues to spend money we do not have,” said Congressman Paul Broun. “I introduced six common-sense amendments to the THUD spending bill in an effort to tackle our nation’s spending problem, while still allowing many of our current priorities to move forward as planned. In fact, many of my amendments were merely requests to hold the line - to keep funding level, without expanding government programs and spending more. In a time of fiscal emergency, is it too much to ask that we not increase spending from last year’s levels? Sadly, this request was deemed to be unreasonable by many of my colleagues, Republicans and Democrats, alike. As we work through the annual appropriations process, Georgians can rest assured I will continue to take a stand for fiscal sanity and fight for common-sense savings in Washington.”
Rep. Broun’s amendments included:
· A $340 million reduction for operating grants to Amtrak, which failed by a voice vote;
· A $34 million, or 10% reduction to reduce Amtrak operating grants, which failed by a vote of 154-248;
· A $1 million reduction to Amtrak’s Office of the Inspector General, which failed by a vote of 130-295;
· A $7 million cut to the Rental Housing Assistance account of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which failed by a vote of 143-283;
· A $200 million reduction from the Community Development Block Grant program, which was $200 million above the President’s $2.8 billion budget request. This amendment failed by a voice vote.
· A $20 million reduction, or 10% cut in funding for the Community Development Block Grant program, which failed by a vote of 134-288.
U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after offering more than $108 million in targeted spending cuts to the fiscal year 2015 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill.
“In our current economic state, we must scrutinize every spending bill that comes to the House floor and look for areas to cut spending and rein in our unsustainable debt,” said Congressman Paul Broun. “I am pleased to have received bipartisan support for some of these amendments, and I look forward to continuing to work towards ensuring a sound financial future for our children and grandchildren. With more than $17 trillion in national debt, we simply cannot afford to delay action any longer.”
Rep. Broun’s amendments included:
· A $5 million cut to end a loan guarantee program authorized under the America COMPETES Act of 2010, which has received continuous funding despite not having funded a single loan, which passed by a voice vote;
· A $596,000 reduction for the Department of Commerce Office of the Inspector General, which failed by a voice vote;
· A $1 million reduction for the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), which failed by a voice vote;
· A reduction of nearly $67 million to an increase provided for the National Science Foundation, which failed by a voice vote;
· A bipartisan amendment co-sponsored by Rep. Broun and led by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), which would eliminate a $35 million increase over the amount provided to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) last year, which failed by a 66-339 vote; and
· A bipartisan amendment cosponsored by Rep. Broun and led by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) to promote states’ rights by protecting law-abiding medical marijuana patients, which passed by a 219-189 vote.Read More
(Athens, GA) - U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today announced that five additional young men and women from the 10th Congressional District received prestigious appointments to U.S. Service Academies. Ashlen Bible, Joshua Dugan, and Justin Westbrook received appointments to the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). Micah Jackson also received an appointment to USAFA but has decided to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School instead. Additionally, Colin Butler received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy (USNA).
“One of the most gratifying parts of my job is being involved in the academy appointment process," said Congressman Paul Broun. “As a Marine and Navy veteran, it is a pleasure to see such talented students answering the call to serve their country. I am very confident that these five students will have successful and rewarding careers ahead and wish them the best of luck as they begin this journey of education and service to our great nation. I am also very proud of all thirteen students from the 10th Congressional District who received the prestigious appointment to U.S. Service Academies this year. Please join me in congratulating these exceptional students for this tremendous honor and accomplishment!”
Ashlen is the daughter of Mark and Shirley Bible. She attended Oconee County High School and is a 2014 graduate of Northwestern Preparatory School. Joshua is the son of Mark and Jan Dugan. He attended Gatewood Schools in Eatonton and is a 2014 graduate of Marion Military Institute. Justin is the son of Billy Arthur Westbrook and Regina Reeves. He attended Newton County’s Eastside High School and is a 2014 graduate of the USAFA Preparatory School. Micah, son of Rodney and Decki Alexander, is a 2013 graduate of Washington County High School. Colin is the son of Calvin and Tanisha Lewis. He attended Henry County High School and is a 2014 graduate of the Naval Academy Preparatory School. These students are among the thirteen of Broun’s nineteen nominees who received Military Academy appointments this year.Read More
Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after voting in opposition to H.R. 3361 – the USA Freedom Act.
Said Rep. Paul Broun, “While I once was a proud cosponsor of the USA Freedom Act, the watered-down version of the bill that came before the House today is far from anything I could support. While the bill claims to ends bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, it now fails to adequately provide safeguards that would protect against mass, untargeted collection of Americans’ private information.
“Furthermore, I am adamantly opposed to the USA Freedom Act’s two year extension of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. This section of the Patriot Act widely expands the FBI’s ability to spy on Americans without probable cause, violating our Fourth Amendment rights. Today I took stand for our constitutional freedoms and opposed the weakened version of the USA Freedom Act. It’s time the American people demand a different kind of governance as well – one that adheres to the Constitution and limited government principles our nation was founded upon.”Read More
U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.
Said Congressman Broun, “As an original-intent Constitutionalist, I believe it is absolutely critical that we have a strong national defense and take care of our military. For this reason, I supported the NDAA. Having said that, I am disappointed that certain provisions were not included in NDAA that would have gone further to protect Americans from overreaching government. I was particularly disappointed that my bipartisan amendment co-authored with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) to curb indefinite detention and warrantless surveillance was not included. This amendment would have compelled the Executive branch to show the American public what is happening under the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) – one of the underlying legal justifications for countless acts of federal overreach and abuse - and restored Congressional oversight over whether those activities continue.
“I am pleased however, to report that my amendment to prohibit the Department of Defense from using drones to kill Americans was included within NDAA. This amendment was included in last year’s NDAA bill as well. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to protect Americans constitutional rights and freedoms.”Read More
Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after signing a letter to President Obama, requesting the immediate resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, Under Secretary Robert Petzel, and Under Secretary Allison Hickey. Dr. Broun’s request comes in response to the recent revelations of secret waiting lists, falsified information, preventable patient deaths, delayed treatments, and an unexcusable backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The full text of the letter can be found here.
“It is clear that we have an utter leadership failure within the VA system. For the sake of those who so bravely served our nation, we cannot have another day pass without addressing this issue,” said Representative Paul Broun. “As a U.S. Marine and member of the Navy Reserves, I hold the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans in the highest regard. In fact, I consider taking care of our veterans both a moral imperative and national security issue. The federal government must fulfill the promises they’ve made to our veterans – if they fail to do so, how are we going to recruit brave men and women and world class leaders in our military? The negligence and delayed care seen at our VA Health Centers is inexcusable – for this reason, I join my colleagues in requesting Secretary Shinseki’s immediate resignation.”Read More
Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after joining efforts with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) to introduce the War Authorization Review and Determination (WARD) Act. This bipartisan bill, which shares the support of 10 additional Members of Congress, would compel the Executive Branch to show the American public what is happening under the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), and restore Congressional oversight over whether those activities continue.
Said Rep. Paul Broun, “The AUMF has been the underlying legal justification for countless acts of federal overreach and abuse, including: targeted drone killings of American citizens, broad warrantless surveillance and wiretapping activities, and indefinite detention. This attack upon our Constitutional liberties must stop – and I was pleased to work across the aisle to put forward a bill which would curb these instances of gross federal overreach. While the AUMF originally passed in 2001 to allow the government to pursue Al Qaeda – it has expanded far beyond its originally intended scope. The WARD Act works to address this dramatic growth of power by restoring transparency and the Congressional oversight role. I urge my colleagues to work immediately to pass this common-sense, bipartisan bill.”Read More
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Representative Paul C. Broun, Jr. was elected in July of 2007 to serve the Tenth District of Georgia. Since his arrival in Congress, he has been appointed to the House Homeland Security Committee, the House Committee on Natural Resources, and currently serves as Chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee for the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Dr. Broun grew up in Athens, Georgia where he attended Athens High School and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1967 with a B.S. in Chemistry. In 1971, he received his Medical Doctor degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. An internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon and a residency at University Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama followed.
Dr. Broun served in the military as a jet engine mechanic in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves and later received a commission as a medical officer in the U. S. Navy.
For most of his career, Dr. Broun has practiced general medicine and, in 2002, he went out on his own, establishing a unique practice of full-time house calls. Dr. Broun enjoys the freedom of practicing medicine without bureaucratic encumbrances and has used his experience to introduce commonsense solutions to our nation’s health care financing crisis.
Dr. Broun’s first exposure to politics came at the age of sixteen, when his father won a seat in the Georgia State Senate. Paul Broun Sr. represented the Athens area as a State Senator for 38 years. Later, Paul Jr. himself would become involved politically; first as a volunteer lobbyist for Safari Club International, a pro-hunting and conservation organization, then as a conservative Republican United States Representative.
Dr. Broun participates in many diverse organizations and activities ranging from politics and religion to cooking and sports, including: the National Rifle Association, Gideons International, Rotary International, Trout Unlimited, Gun Owners of America and University of Georgia President’s Club. He was the founding President of the Georgia Republican Assembly, and President of the Georgia Sport Shooting Association (the NRA state affiliate). Dr. Broun is an avid outdoorsman, having a passion for conservation, hunting, fishing, and Second Amendment rights.
Dr. Broun has been married to his wife Niki since 1985 and has two grown daughters, a son and two grandchildren. The Brouns are members of Prince Avenue Baptist Church in Athens, where Dr. Broun formerly served as an AWANA children’s ministry leader. He is active in the Gideon ministry and, in 2004, he participated in a mission trip to Iraq.
As the 113th Congress moves forward, look for Dr. Broun to lead the charge for fiscal responsibility as he works to cut wasteful government spending, remove burdensome and unconstitutional mandates, and restores a constitutionally-limited government.
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As an original intent Constitutionalist and a U.S. Marine, I firmly believe that providing a strong national defense is a core function of the