A Closer Look at a Positive Vision for our Country

The State of the Union address may have been three weeks ago, but the conversation doesn’t stop there.

As House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers has said, House Republicans are building an agenda to restore a confident America – where every American feels secure in their lives and in their futures.

So as House Republicans work on a bold, forward-looking agenda – produced by the people’s representatives in the People’s House – remember: the American people have a choice between two futures this yearWe can continue down a road paved with President Obama’s government-knows-best legacy, or we can focus on a positive vision for this country that empowers every American to pursue their version of the American Dream.

Here’s a closer look at what that positive vision for our country looks like from the perspectives of a number of our committee chairmen in the People’s House:

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) on tax reform:

“…we’re going to lay the foundation for what I call a Tax Code Built for Growth—built for the growth of your family’s paychecks; built for the growth of local businesses; and built for America’s economic growth.”

“I know where I want us to go, and where our conference House Republicans, want to go, which is: We want a fairer, flatter, simpler tax code.”

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) on government accountability, oversight and reform:

“Technology is supposed to make life easier, faster, swifter, and yet it becomes cumbersome and needing more people. I want to give the secretaries the flexibility they need to root out the bad apples…”

We’re going to have to figure out how to do more with less. But so much of what the federal government is doing – they shouldn’t even be doing!”

“I would like to see us… trim the fat, get in there to the underbrush, clear it out, and remember the core function of our federal government and allow that to happen.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) on criminal justice:

“And there are issues with new technology that have made it better possible to determine if someone has committed certain types of crime … has increased awareness that innocent people don’t need to go to prison in the first place.”

“[Republicans and Democrats] agree that addressing this issue in a bipartisan fashion of requiring the showing of criminal intent in appropriate circumstances is a part of doing justice and of making sure that people are prosecuted fairly and that there’s confidence in the system.”

House Financial Services Committee Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) on jobs and the economy:

“Since President Obama came to office, the average American family income is down, their take-home page is down. The average American family has less savings. The average American family, when it comes to health care, under Obamacare, they are getting less and paying more.”

What we need to work on again is ‘maximum opportunity,’ and that means … building an economy from Main Street up – not from Washington down.”

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on national security and protecting the homeland:

“It’s always puzzled me about this administration why the emphasis is not on national security – why the emphasis is not on homeland security. In fact, those four words were not mentioned [in the president’s address] – homeland security and national security – not at all.”

“We can send 100,000 U.S. combat troops there [Middle East] and kill, but at the end of the day it’s a war of ideology.”

“It’s dealing with ISIS, which the President has sort of learned to disregard or ignore when it was supposed to happen under his watch. It was supposed to all be over, but the reality is ISIS reared its ugly head. …there’s a lot of chaos, and the next President is going to have to bring some order to this — some leadership as a super power — and fix these problems.”

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) on budget:

“…the people of this great country ought to expect that their Congress should be able to define in a relatively straightforward way and in a methodical, logical, reliable way, the budget of this country.”

“A budget process ought to afford every single member, every single perspective, the same opportunity to engage, and then force the members to get to an outcome. Not an outcome that’s pre-determined, but to get to an outcome.”

“So to be able to have the opportunity to fight for appropriate reforms that then free up the opportunity of individuals to achieve their dreams is an exciting thing to do.”

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) on American leadership:

“We have to have a policy of more back bone, not a policy of more backing down. That’s the crux of the problem today.”

“[We need] to lay out a strategy in which we are going to lead. I think first reaching out to our democratic allies, and then to our other friends around the world, in order to lay out what we think that strategy is going to look like. I think also in terms of explaining the rules of the road internationally…”

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) on national security:

“Too many of us tend to assume that it is the Executive’s job to decide what we need to defend the country, and then send the bill to Congress, expecting us to salute and write the check. “…Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution …says that it is Congress’s duty to ‘raise and support, provide and maintain, make rules for the government and regulation of’ the military forces of the United States.”

“If we do not have the ability to continue to be a force for good, or if we are unwilling to play that role, someone else will step in to fill the vacuum. That’s what seems to be happening all around the world.”