Points of View

May 07, 2015 | Jared Powell •

House Republicans understand that a successful foreign policy requires a multi-faceted approach. This week, House Republicans took to paper pages and airwaves to talk about common-sense solutions to increase our trade exports, hold our President accountable in a nuclear agreement with Iran, and secure terrorist threats at home.

And to reflect on the joy that Mother’s Day brings, Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers shared a letter to her children – and the incredible impact they’ve played on her role in Congress. Read below for this week’s points of view!

Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
Trained ‘Soldiers’ Awaiting Orders for Deadly Missions in U.S.
Fox News, America’s Newsroom

“Whether or not this specific threat is real is almost irrelevant because we have to assume the worst in dealing with ISIS.”

Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
You Have Made Me a Better Legislator
TIME

“When I was a little girl—not much older than you are now—I looked at my own mom with the eyes of wonder. Forty years later, I still do. My mom sacrificed everything for my brother and me. She taught me so many things—about life, love, faith, ambition, and family—and she instilled in me the desire to have my own kids one day.

“I am here so that one day—long after I’m gone—you and your kids will have more opportunities than I did. So you’ll know what it’s like to live in a world where you are not defined by your limits, but by your potential. That is what I want to leave behind for you.

“Be courageous. Follow your heart. And live a big life. On Mothers’ Day, I thank you for making me a mom and giving me the greatest and most inexpressible joy I will ever know.”

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)
Turkey is the Bad Actor On Cyprus
The Hill

“Every successful peace negotiation requires genuine partners, a trait that Turkey has not exhibited over the past four decades in Cyprus.

“Despite Mustafaoglu’s failure to paint an accurate picture of Turkey’s 1974 invasion – it is worth noting that the second wave of that invasion, Atilla II, was launched by Ankara as peace talks were underway.

“The key is for Turkey – one of the leading contributors to instability in the region – to get out of the way, let negotiations between the two communities in Cyprus freely take their course without interference and let the Cypriot people achieve the reunification they are so looking forward to.”

Reps. Tom Emmer (R-MN) and Pat Tiberi (R-OH)
Free Trade Deals Are More Important Than Ever For U.S. Economy
Investor’s Business Daily

“Emerging markets in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region create abundant possibilities. But while nations like China take full advantage of these new economic opportunities, the U.S. has inexplicably fallen behind.

“While we have an overall trade surplus with our trade agreement partners, the United States now operates under a trade deficit when looking at all of our international trade.

“By increasing our exports with these two agreements, we will expand our base of 20 current free trade partners, which amounts to $718 billion — half of all U.S. exports.”

Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL)
How to Fix the Broken Budget
CNBC

“Congress is required by law to pass a budget each fiscal year which lays out the framework for allocating taxpayer dollars for all federal programs.

“This ‘governing by crisis,’ or better yet ‘governing by neglect,’ has led to hundreds of seemingly temporary programs — whose mission has ended — being forever left on the books and funded past their usefulness.

“Though the relationship between Congress and the White House has been turbulent at times, biennial budgeting represents rare common ground. It could be a first step toward returning to a functioning, bipartisan budget and oversight process.”

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)
Congress Must Have Role in Iran Decision
Grand Lake News

“The mounting foreign policy failures we have seen from this administration, its lack of strong leadership in negotiations and its dismissive attitude towards our longtime friend and partner, Israel, are deeply concerning.

“The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has passed a bill that would prohibit the president from suspending any congressional sanctions on Iran for up to 52 days after submitting a final agreement to Congress.

“In the House, the Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing to determine whether or not the United States will be able to trust that military facility inspection and verifications terms in a nuclear agreement with Iran will be strictly enforced and followed.”