Points of View

Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
McMorris Rodgers on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’
MSNBC, Morning Joe

“We need more transparency from Iran. This is serious — the idea of Iran having a nuclear weapon changes the dynamics in the Middle East and for the entire world. This is an important time, Congress has a responsibility to make sure we are part of this decision that the United States of America is going to be making.”

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)
Budget Is A Negotiating Document
CNN, New Day

“For the White House to talk about gimmicks when they propose tax increases that you can’t even get Democrats to vote for it… is rich beyond belief… We want to provide maximum flexibility… this provides military the flexibility it needs for training and for equipment.”

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)
Preparing For A Terrorist Attack
Fox News, Neil Cavuto

“This budget that the House is putting forward is going to create an Opportunity Economy, and that’s exactly what we need to do to make investments for this country, and take care of the priorities of the federal government. This budget will actually balance. That’s something the President’s budget has never done. In fact, even when he increases taxes he still doesn’t balance the budget.”

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA)
Balance The Budget For A Prosperous America
USA Today

“When we look at America today, we see a nation that is not living up to its economic or leadership potential, and the reason why has nothing to do with the quality and character of the American people. Rather, Washington has been unable or unwilling to tackle big challenges with positive solutions.

“Balancing the budget means ensuring government is meeting its first responsibility to provide for the defense of our nation. In a dangerous world, the safety of the American people and the protection and promotion of our interests around the world are intrinsically tied to our nation’s fiscal and economic well-being.

“Through policies like fundamental tax reform, expanded energy production and the streamlining or outright elimination of unnecessary regulations, our budget would create an environment where folks can plan for the future with greater confidence and optimism.

“In the weeks and months ahead, there will be passionate debate and a chance for policymakers to demonstrate that we are ready to step up to the plate with positive solutions to restore opportunity for all Americans. ‘A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America’ is the first step in this process.”

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)
A Bill To Improve Existing Medicines
Real Clear Politics

“Many American patients, including many of my neighbors in Florida, rely on medications each and every day due to chronic conditions. New innovations can improve their lives. But the current approval system for medicines does not effectively invite the robust development of drug improvements.

“I want to help bring our friends, families, and neighbors improved medicines — ones that have less severe side effects or can be taken just once a day instead of several times.

“We must make this happen. Encouraging incremental innovation for medicines is health-care reform we can all support.”

Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN)
Why Trade Promotion Authority Is Key To Global Agreements
Star Tribune

“Despite demand for our goods overseas, foreign barriers to our exports still exist, preventing American businesses from fully thriving. In order to continue an upward trend for our producers and manufacturers, it is incumbent upon government and the private sector to come together and overcome these barriers.

“The Constitution vests in Congress the authority to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and it is the executive branch’s duty to faithfully carry out our laws. Therefore, it is vital that Congress and the president work together to ensure that our trade agreements are free and fair to all Americans.

“Empowering expanding economies and strengthening long-standing relations with trade partners solidifies U.S. influence, enables free enterprise to flourish around the globe, and provides an opportunity for the U.S. to advocate for worker and human rights.”

Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
Breaking Down Barriers To Cancer Care
The Hill

“Colorectal cancer impacts one in every 20 Americans and is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. That’s why, this National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we’re teaming up to shed light on this disease and advance legislation that makes it easier to fight back.

“Together, we introduced the bipartisan Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2015 [H.R. 1220] – legislation that eliminates an unintended cost barrier for Medicare beneficiaries to life-saving colorectal cancer screening.

“As we work to empower those impacted by this disease, we will continue to seek bipartisan support for common sense measures that remove barriers, change stigmas and increase responsiveness, so each month is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.”

Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL)
Rooting Out Medicare And Medicaid Waste, Fraud And Abuse
The Herald-News

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Medicare and Medicaid social safety net programs. More than 50 million disabled Americans and seniors rely on Medicare for their health coverage. Medicaid offers health care coverage to five million low-income Americans.

“Putting these programs on sound fiscal footing and protecting our seniors and the disabled requires rooting out weaknesses that potential scammers can exploit.

“There’s no doubt the larger burden these programs and their mandatory spending place on our national debt requires large-scale reforms, and I support improvements that put these programs on sound fiscal footing, while not changing benefits for those 55 years or older.”

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK)
Keeping The EPA Honest
The Hill 

“The science behind EPA regulations is as important as the money they siphon from our economy. Science and data are invaluable tools in helping us navigate complex policy issues, and when the economic cost of these regulations reaches into tens of millions of dollars, we need to get it right.

“The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act prevents the agency from using this advisory board to simply sign off on their regulatory agenda by empowering the board to listen to outside expertise. State and private experts sometimes have the greatest knowledge on issues. However, too often they are locked out of this process entirely. This should be reason enough to implement transparency measures to this board.

“Disagreements on scientific conclusions should not occur on the House floor, and this legislation will ensure the best experts are free to undertake an open and honest review of EPA’s regulatory science.”

Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI)
FEHBP Modernization Would Improve Service, Save Money
The Hill

“It is rare that our federal government has an opportunity to both serve people better and save taxpayers money, but the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) provides an opportunity to save taxpayers as much as $300 million dollars and to modernize comprehensive health plans that will better meet consumers’ needs.

“By injecting competition and flexibility into the FEHB without allowing plans to cherry-pick consumers or discriminate against people in rural areas, we can make a good system even better.

“The American people are understandably frustrated by the lack of bipartisan action in Congress. Modernizing the federal health care system and saving taxpayer money is a goal that both parties can rally around and support this year.”

Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)
Want To Grow America’s Economy? Repeal The Medical Device Tax
Fox News

“Worse than even the real job loss since the tax’s implementation, is the effect on this high-tech industry’s future growth.  While the opportunity cost of any tax is not always easy to quantify, there are a few things we do know.

“Advocates for repealing the medical device tax see it for what it is – bad policy to fund the president’s health care law.  As we saw recently in the House, many of these advocates even disagree on the fate of the health care law as a whole.

“The American people want both parties to work together to implement common sense reforms to strengthen our economy.  Let’s start by repealing the medical device tax.”

Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)
Politics Behind Obama’s Keystone Decision
Centre Daily Times

“Obama’s decision to reject the pipeline’s construction was purely to appease small, vocal groups of environmental extremists, despite the fact that the project passed environmental test after environmental test. In fact, this method of transporting oil is much safer than other alternatives and will be refined right here in America, along the Gulf Coast.

“Building Keystone XL was never about Obama ‘winning’ or ‘losing,’ but rather about doing what is right for the American people. The Keystone pipeline is about ensuring a continuous and reliable energy source from our allies to the north, while creating thousands of American jobs and economic activity in the process.

“When it comes to a national energy policy, Obama should look no further than the Keystone State as an example of the positive benefits of homegrown energy development.”

Rep. Todd Young (R-IN)
Needed: A Safety Net That Works
National Review

“It’s extremely hard for the economy to grow when the workforce is shrinking. And if we need more workers, I know just where to look: the millions of people who are still seeking jobs. We may not realize it, but a crucial step in building a healthy economy is helping people move from welfare to work.

“The evidence tells us that a policy reset is long overdue. Safety-net programs must make efficient use of taxpayer resources and harness the capabilities of recipients by helping them move back into the workforce.

“It bears mentioning that the sorts of interventions I’m talking about here aren’t currently being run by the government. Rather, they are the products of our robust civil society — that vast network of philanthropic foundations, non-profit organizations, faith-based groups, and other such entities. American civil society is so rich with solutions, in fact, that most of the United Kingdom’s current social-impact programs are modeled on non-governmental interventions from the United States.

“Social-impact partnerships address our moral responsibilities to ensure that social programs actually improve recipients’ lives, and to do so in a fiscally prudent manner… Our safety net must reflect our country’s belief that — without exception — Americans are not liabilities to be written off, but assets to be realized.”