Points of View

Apr 23, 2015 | Communications •

This week, House Republicans took to the pages and airwaves to discuss our work in the last 100 days. From tax reform, to trade, to foreign policy, it’s been busy — and we’re just getting started. Read and watch below!

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Chairman Goodlatte Discusses DEA Administrator’s Decision To Step Down With Lou Dobbs
Fox News Business, Lou Dobbs

“The respect of the public for this entity has been severely eroded because of the lack of leadership and taking these disciplinary measures.”

House Committee On Ways And Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Rep. Paul Ryan discusses the importance of Congress’ involvement regarding trade agreements
Fox News, On The Record With Greta Van Susteren

Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX)
Roger WIlliams Discusses Death Tax, Family Business on Fox Business Network
FOX Business, The Big Story with Stuart Varney

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH)
Conservatives Should Be Happy We Got This Done
IJ Review Journal

“The federal government is collecting more money from American taxpayers than ever before, but the budget still isn’t even close to balanced.

“Entrusted with a majority in the House since 2011, Republicans have made the American people’s priorities our priorities.

“Conservatives should be happy we got this done, and confident Republicans will continue fighting to curb Washington’s worst habits for the sake of our children’s future.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)
‘Death Tax’ Punishes Success: Opposing View
USA Today

“The ‘death tax’ is an immoral tax and an attack on the American dream. Too often, it forces families to sell the farm, ranch or business they’ve spent a generation or more building — just to satisfy the IRS.

“Since its creation as a temporary tax in 1916 to help fund World War I, the death tax has robbed $1.1 trillion in capital from the U.S. economy.

“The death tax is the wrong tax at the wrong time and hurts the wrong people. It’s time to end it once and for all.”

House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Keep America Safe, Plug European Security Gaps That Allow ISIS And Al Qaeda Supporters To Travel With Ease
Fox News

“U.S. authorities this week disrupted a Minnesota-based ISIS recruitment cell working to send young Americans overseas to fight in Syria, highlighting a grave and growing threat from home grown radicals who are seeking to join extremist groups overseas.

“It’s disturbingly easy for these violent fanatics to get to and from the conflict zone undetected, and security gaps in Europe are a big part of the problem.

“To protect America, we must push our border security outward. That means working with our foreign partners in Europe and beyond to urgently fix their security deficiencies—before more extremists leave the battlefield and set their sights on our city streets.”

House Committee On Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA)
Countering Putin’s Information Weapons Of War
The Wall Street Journal

“Vladimir Putin has a secret army. It’s an army of thousands of ‘trolls,’ TV anchors and others who work day and night spreading anti-American propaganda on the Internet, airwaves and newspapers throughout Russia and the world.

“The goal is to obscure the truth by spreading ‘alternative’ (as in conspiracy) theories, distract audiences and discredit Western sources.

“Mr. Putin is using his information army to attack the U.S. and undermine our interests around the globe. We cannot continue to pit a failed bureaucracy against this Russian strongman.”

House Committee On Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Putting Congress In Charge On Trade
Wall Street Journal

“The United States is making headway on two historic trade agreements, one with 11 countries on the Pacific Rim and another with America’s friends in Europe. These two agreements alone would mean greater access to a billion customers for American manufacturers, farmers and ranchers.

“One in five American jobs depends on trade, and that share is only going to grow. Ninety-six percent of the world’s customers are outside the U.S. To create more jobs here, America needs to sell more goods and services over there.

“If the administration meets all the requirements, Congress will give the agreement an up-or-down vote. But if the administration fails, Congress can hit the brakes, cancel the vote and stop the agreement.”

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA)
We Can’t Afford To Back Down From Infrastructure Investments
Roll Call

“Both Republicans and Democrats agree that at the federal level, we have a constitutional responsibility to maintain our national transportation infrastructure system and find a sustainable way to pay for it.

“I have been working on leveraging private sector savings on major infrastructure projects through public-private partnerships.

“If we don’t take immediate steps to prevent our nation’s infrastructure system from crumbling, everyday Americans will continue to lose money, jobs, and most importantly, their lives. I’m committed to a long-term highway bill to make our highways as safe and efficient as possible.”

Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)
Let Tennesseans Deduct Sales Tax On Federal Tax Returns
The Tennessean

“Taxpayers in other states are able to deduct their state income tax on their federal returns, and it only makes sense that a similar deduction would be made available in states like Tennessee that exercise our right not to pile on additional income taxes of our own.

“The sales tax deduction is not a loophole for the wealthy and well-connected. It is a matter of basic fairness and is a critical savings tool that middle-class families in our state use year in and year out.

“President Obama gets it wrong on the sales tax deduction. For the sake of my constituents — and, if nothing else, the votes his party will be courting from middle-class Americans next November — he should back off his veto threat and join our bipartisan House majority in supporting the State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act without delay.”

Rep. Mario Diaz- Balart (R-FL)
Obama’s Cuba Policy Is Enabling A Dictator

“President Barack Obama continues to appease brutal dictatorships while gaining precious little in return. He conflates the Cuban dictatorship with the Cuban people when in reality, their interests are diametrically opposed.

“All eight Cuban-American senators and congressmen from both sides of the aisle, strongly disagree with him. One would think that he might consult with us.

“Obama’s foreign policy is an aberration in America’s long and proud history of supporting freedom across the globe.”

Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI)
Can Americans Trust Congress On The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund?
The Hill

“To keep our nation’s ports operating efficiently and competitively, we need to make sure they are fully dredged and properly maintained.

“Last year, Congress took an important step to help our ports receive the funding intended for them and when some in Washington said it was ok to let things slide, we worked across the aisle to make sure the federal government lived up to its word.

“Congress must live up to its obligations, which is why we are again calling on our colleagues to join us in holding Washington accountable. “

Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH)
My Three Objections On The Iran Deal
The Daily Caller

“After more than six years in office, President Obama has yet to articulate a coherent foreign policy – particularly in the Middle East.

“There are many reasons to be deeply concerned about this tentative deal, and the next three months will be critical for having a robust debate about whether or not it’s in America’s best interest to enter into a deal with the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world.

“Called the “central bank” of terrorism by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Iran openly funds terrorist activities, and calls for the deaths of Jews and Americans.”

Reps. Jared Polis (R-CO) and Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
The Government Can Raid Your Emails Without Due Process. We’re Trying To Change That
IJ Review Journal

“Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, government agencies are free to obtain any digital communication sitting on a third-party server for more than 180 days—or six months—without first showing probable cause.

“Our bill would extend the same Fourth Amendment probable-cause protections afforded to our physical mail to our digital communications and storage. It would require government agencies to obtain a warrant to search your Gmail account, just as it would your home.

“Our bill has the third-most cosponsors of any piece of legislation currently introduced in the 114th Congress.”

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
Letter From Your Congresswoman: 100 Day Report
Denton Publications

“Now that I am one hundred days into office, I am happy to report that we have hit the ground running on your behalf.

“Last month I was proud to lead the entire New York Congressional Delegation’s effort to defend Fort Drum against the devastating sequester cuts that threaten this installation, and in turn, threaten our local economy, our state and the security of our nation.

“Recently I led a bipartisan effort on behalf of 43 Freshmen lawmakers to urge Speaker John Boehner to fast track consideration of H.R. 160, the Protect Medical Innovation Act.”