Points of View

House Republicans know that the key to a successful economy starts with the you.  That is why we are fighting to cut the red tape that is strangling small businesses and put the money back into the hands of the American people. Read below for this week’s points of view!

House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX)
DHS Spending ‘More Money’ on Climate Change Than Combating Violence Extremism
Fox News, Fox and Friends

“When you look at the President’s budget, he proposes over $200 million within the Department of Homeland Security for climate change measures… When you look at why not a budget for countering these homegrown radical extremists? Zero. This is a very big vulnerability.”

House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Getting Dems Through Trade ‘Snafu’
CNBC, Squawk Newsmaker

“Our entire national credibility is on the line… The global economy is happening. There’s constant change in the global economy — the question is: are we going to lead that change, are we going to guide that change, are we going to write the rules of the global economy? Or are we just going to cede it to countries like China.”

Rep. Paul Ryan






House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)
Let The Taxman Die
USA Today

“Americans rightly gripe about taxes and lawmakers from left to right tout their commitment to tax reform, and occasionally efforts to reform certain aspects of the code do take shape. While they are often just nibbling at the edges of the larger problem, thankfully progress has begun.

“Our current code is just too big, too complex, and fraught with loopholes and abuse. It’s inherently unfair and inefficient.

“The best way to reform is to first do away with what we have now.

“This would give everyone an equal opportunity to make their case and contribute to the debate. Whatever tax plan you may support, we’d all be at the starting line together.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
Pass Freedom Act Now
The Hill 

“Now more than ever, it is imperative that we reform our nation’s intelligence-gathering programs so they protect both national security and Americans’ privacy.

“The USA Freedom Act lives up to these ideals, proving once again that we can protect both Americans’ civil liberties and our national security without compromising either one.

“The USA Freedom Act represents government at its best — the product of a robust public debate and intense bipartisan negotiations dedicated to finding a way to protect our constitutional rights while enhancing our safety. Once the House passes this legislation, the Senate should do the same.”

House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI)
21st Century Clinical Trials for 21st Century Cures

“21st Century Cures is about embracing technological and scientific advancements to get treatments and cures to patients more quickly. It’s a forward-looking approach to health care, using new strategies to fight disease rather than doing things the way they’ve been done in the past.

“Throughout our yearlong listening tour we heard time and again that addressing clinical trials is vital if we are going to get lifesaving and improving medical products to market more quickly.

“Ultimately, clinical trials are about the patients who raise their hand and say, ‘I want to try a new therapy. I want to test a new treatment. I want to help you learn not only would could help me, but many others like me.’ Clinical trials are a chance to better understand diseases so we can eventually beat them.”

Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL)
Moving Your Nest Egg to a Bed of Red Tape
Wall Street Journal

“Advisers who get a bad name promoting their own self-interest by jeopardizing their clients’ money can’t stay in business long.

“Regulatory compliance and other costs would make it prohibitively expensive for many financial advisers to offer many Americans of modest means a full range of financial products, particularly those where the adviser acts as a broker and gets a commission from selling them.

“The Retail Investor Protection Act, which I have co-sponsored with Missouri’s Ann Wagner, would force the Labor Department to delay issuing its fiduciary rule until the SEC issues its own first. It would also study other ways to protect investors from deceptive practices without imposing a uniform fiduciary standard on advisers and brokers.”

 Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)
Scientific Evidence Too Easily Dismissed
Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Even before a gigantic drill burst through what is now the south portal of the mountain’s 5-mile exploratory tunnel to the cheers of workers at the facility, the goal of the federal government’s scientific and technical review was to prove or disprove a simple hypothesis: Could Yucca Mountain serve as a safe and permanent repository for radioactive material?

“Specific ‘engineering fixes,’ as Gov. Sandoval derides them, reduced the already negligible risk associated with permanent geologic storage — the world standard in nuclear waste management — well beyond the original safety assessment.

“Work remains to move forward with the Yucca Mountain Project. The NRC is still working to complete an additional environmental impact study and, once resumed, adjudication of the licensing process will take several years. As the debate moves forward, it’s clear that science can no longer be used to justify opposition to the project.”