This week, House Republicans set their sights on solutions — solutions to cut the red tape strangling small businesses, alternatives to the President’s broken health care law, and ensuring American families are safe and secure at home and abroad. Read and watch below for this week’s Points of View!
Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA)
“Denham Discusses Netanyahu’s Address”
“We most focus on the threat that ISIS presents as well as other middle eastern affairs that effect our nation. And it’s important that we hear from our allies on these issues.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)
“Darrell Issa On Hillary Clinton’s Personal E-Mail Account”
CNN, State of the Union
“The requirement to preserve is a requirement and an expectation to preserve in government hands — not in your own hands… She left office with her documents, that’s not preserving for Freedom of Information discovery.”
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)
“Significant Gaps In Secretary Clinton’s Emails At Pivotal Times”
Fox News, On the Record With Greta Van Susteren
“Secretary Clinton has control of these emails, Secretary Clinton had the ability to come forward. There are numerous voices on both sides of the aisle that are sounding more and more incredulous frankly, at the idea of the Secretary of State are just going to sit on these emails.”
House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT)
“In Lieu Of The Cane, A Reflection On Conservation Policy”
“Both parties treasure our lands and want to see them healthy and pristine. Both parties want folks to be able to support their families. When it comes to the current policies that order how we conserve and utilize our nation’s resources, however, there is a major disconnect between our respective goals and solutions.
“As chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources, I will not regard assertions that conservation and economic development are in opposition. I will not condone rhetoric which hypes the possible origins of problems over solutions.
“People may say this is impossible, but I would point them back to that winter day in 1798, and posit that if Congress can surmount the tensions inherent in a public cane-fight, surely my colleagues in the 114th Congress can overcome whatever political rancor exists for the sake of a better present and a brighter future for the American people.”
House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)
“Why We Need To Turn Around America’s Small Business Slump”
“American entrepreneurs and small businesses… dogged determination has spurred the development of new technologies, new industries, and new jobs. But in the past few years, the business of being in business has gotten a lot more difficult.
“This is a real problem for a number of reasons. The first is that small firms already employ half of the American work force. On top of that, small businesses create the vast majority of new job opportunities–seven out of every 10, in most places… startups and new businesses are responsible for all net new jobs over the past 30 years, you reach one conclusion: Fewer new businesses means fewer new jobs.
“Congress can set the stage for that growth. We are focusing on solutions that reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens, simplify the tax code, improve access to capital, and open new markets for companies to sell goods stamped ‘Made in the U.S.A.’
“Every American business–from the most iconic brand to the most steadfast neighborhood establishment–started as an idea. Making sure America remains a place where ideas and new businesses can take root will set the foundation for an opportunity economy that holds promise for everyone.”
Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)
“Washington Must Not Ignore Religious Persecution Overseas”
“From the kidnapping and forced Islamization of Christian schoolgirls in Nigeria by Boko Haram, to the unjust imprisonment of Pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran, to the recent abduction of more than 200 Assyrian Christians at the hands of ISIS, there is a pattern forming of systematic religious persecution abroad that Washington cannot ignore.
“For these reasons and more, I introduced House Resolution 139 – a measure strongly condemning the violence against religious minorities in the Middle East and reaffirming the United States’ commitment to promoting religious liberty and tolerance around the world. My legislation further calls upon the Obama administration to engage in this effort by appointing a special envoy to promote the freedom and safety of religious minorities in the Middle East.
“I am hopeful that this resolution will serve as a catalyst for these important conversations and compel Congress to take meaningful, concrete action on behalf of the innocent lives hanging in the balance.”
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)
“Time For Congress, President To Work Together To Save Social Security”
The Houston Chronicle
“Today, 54 million Americans depend upon Social Security, including 38 million retirees and their families, 10 million disabled and 6 million survivors. Don’t they, and future generations who are paying into these programs, deserve to have their promises kept?
“The good news is the U.S. House of Representatives took an important step in January by banning Congress from raiding Social Security for another stopgap solution. This will force the president and both parties to finally forge a long-term solution.
“Smart reforms could reward work, help those with a lifetime of lower earnings and reduce payroll taxes on longtime workers.
“Now is the time for Congress to work together to save Social Security, because saving our Medicare program next is going to be even tougher.”
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
“Net Neutrality Fight: We Can’t Let FCC Internet Ruling Undermine Free Market”
“As a member of Congress and a businessman for over 30 years, I strongly oppose FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s unprecedented plan to reclassify the Internet as a public utility.
“That is why I support a resolution of disapproval to overturn this outrageous power grab by FCC bureaucrats. Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress has expedited authority to stop federal regulations after they are issued. It’s important that Congress pass this resolution even if President Obama vetoes it.
“At a time when many Americans feel their freedoms are being threatened by government overreach, the last thing we need is a new layer of government regulation that hinders access to a free and open Internet.”
“Offshore energy exploration and production could be an economic game changer for South Carolina, providing our citizens with the jobs and state revenue we need to prosper and succeed into the future. This task requires a bipartisan effort to thoroughly evaluate the potential benefits and risks of this economic opportunity.
“One thing is for certain: South Carolina needs jobs and increased tax revenue to pay for education, infrastructure, and conservation needs. This can be accomplished through the free market.
“All South Carolinians stand to gain from an expanding energy industry. Utility prices will decrease, transportation of goods will become less expensive, and families will see more money in their wallets at the end of the month. Energy security is also national security, while also an essential part to American geopolitical strength and strategic interests against all current as well as potential threats.”
“The Obama administration’s one-size-fits-all approach to health care is failing Americans. The president still isn’t buying into the proof that the best solutions come from local empowerment and state leaders who have a vested interest in doing what’s best for their communities.
“Should the Court rule this summer that federal exchange plans are not eligible for subsides, more than six million Americans in 37 states could lose their insurance or, at least, their ability to afford it.
“In the coming weeks I plan to introduce a bill establishing a clear and workable health-flex waiver process that empowers states to experiment outside ACA parameters. My plan would give states flexibility to administer federal health programs and offer consumers more plan and provider options outside confirmed markets and cramped networks.
“The ACA’s foundation is crumbling, and the Obama administration is out of quick fixes. States have independently produced and tested successful approaches to countless national problems – let’s give them health-flex waivers and pave the way to better health access and affordability for all.”
“President Barack Obama’s ongoing negotiations with Iran and his blatant attempts to keep Congress and the American public in the dark fail to inspire confidence among those who know exactly the extent of the danger we’re all facing.
“I know what Iran’s goals are. Unequivocally, they are moving toward attaining a full nuclear weapons capability and there is absolutely no reason to guess what their intentions are once they achieve their objective.
“With no sound foreign policy goals coming from the White House on this issue, it is important for Congress to weigh in before it is too late. Iran needs to know that the United States means business.”
Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA)
“Celebrating National Kidney Month By Supporting Bipartisan Kidney Care Legislation”
“Today, more than 600,000 Americans are living with kidney failure — and a large majority of those lives are sustained by life-saving dialysis treatments. That’s hundreds of thousands of lives that would have been lost and hundreds of thousands of families that would have been broken apart before the invention and expansion of dialysis treatment.
“Now it’s time for this Congress to take the next step for those living with kidney disease by modernizing policies, improving care coordination, expanding patient choice and intensifying research. I am confident the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act (HR 1130) can be instrumental in accomplishing these goals…
“Besides improving access to current treatment options, HR 1130 would improve research efforts to prevent, treat and cure chronic kidney disease and kidney failure in the future by helping to develop a strategic plan to better direct biomedical research funding.
“While multi-faceted, the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act is not complex. It is legislation that leads to better treatment. It is legislation that helps improve options to care delivery. And it is legislation that delivers hope of a better future for those individuals living with kidney disease and kidney failure.”
“The United States now staggers under $18 trillion of debt, including nearly $7.5 trillion run up by this administration. The interest on that debt is the fastest-growing component of the federal budget.
“We are again approaching the limit of the government’s current borrowing authority. We must soon have serious discussions over the level of our debt and what additional measures can be taken to bring that debt under control.
“The Default Prevention Act says loudly and clearly to the world that no matter how much Congress and the president may differ and quarrel, the sovereign debt of the United States is guaranteed and loans to its government are absolutely safe.”