Points of View

House Republicans recognize the responsibility of being your voice in Washington D.C.  This week, we spoke out about the importance of maintaining your privacy, supporting jobs through expanding our markets, and protecting those who need it the most: the unborn.  Read Below for this week’s points of view!

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Chairman Goodlatte Urges the Senate to Act on USA Freedom Act
CNN, New Day

“The bill will end bulk data collection…but it will, in its place, have a program where under a court order, the NSA and other intelligence gathering organizations can go to the phone companies and get in real time the data they need to track suspected terrorists.”

Chairman Goodlatte

Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK)
Congressional Agenda
CSPAN, Congressional Agenda

“We are not going to agree on everything.  We have to find the common ground and then work within that. Where there are sharp differences, let’s make the case, let’s state it clearly, and let the American people decide.”

Rep. Russell


Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)
Importance of Pain-Capable Legislation
One America News

“This is a human rights issue. Science tells us babies can be saved at 22 weeks, babies feel pain at 20 weeks, and we should be cognoscente that this is a human being.” 

Rep. Black

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX)
Country of Origin Labeling: All Cost, No Benefit
Roll Call

“Retaliation by Canada and Mexico will soon become a reality, meaning economically devastating tariffs on a broad spectrum of U.S. exports, from meat and fruit to jewelry, furniture and biofuels.

“Canada and Mexico quickly filed suit at the WTO, claiming these rules are discriminatory and diminish the value of their livestock. The WTO agreed and ruled against the U.S. three times. The U.S. is awaiting the appellate body’s fourth decision, expected this month.

“All meat offered for sale in the United States must be inspected and passed, and bear a label attesting to this authorized by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, thus negating any potential premium or increased consumer demand for COOL.”

Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY)
Pacific Trade Deal Offers Markets for Kentucky
Lexington Herald-Leader

“In order to support jobs in these signature industries and grow our state economy, we must continue to expand into new markets. With more than 95 percent of the world’s consumers outside of the U.S., there is significant room for growth.

“The bill lays out specific objectives and includes an unprecedented level of consultation and transparency requirements. It preserves the right of Congress to withdraw TPA, and Congress always gets the final say on approving a final agreement.

“It was disappointing to see Senate Democrats block a vote on the bill earlier this week. Failure to capitalize on this bipartisan policy will harm our export industries and ensure high-skilled, high-wage jobs are created in other countries, rather than at home. We cannot let this opportunity pass us by.”

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)
ICYMI: 1 in 10
The Hill

“The 21st Century Cures initiative is a nonpartisan undertaking by members of the Energy and Commerce Committee to help our healthcare innovation infrastructure thrive and deliver more hope for all patients.

“Over the summer, I held two 21st Century Cures roundtables in my District to hear directly from those who know best – patients, patient advocates, physicians, and researchers. One of these rare disease patients, Ashleigh Pike, educated me on the importance of repurposing drugs.

“Congress has a chance to come together to make a real difference in the lives of tens of millions of Americans who are desperate for treatments and cures. We cannot let them down.”

Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)
Pain-Capable Opponents Ignore Science
Washington Times

“There is significant evidence that by 20 weeks of development, unborn children have the capacity to feel pain. This is why anesthesia is used in fetal surgeries and special care is given to reduce the pain of premature infants placed in neonatal intensive care.

“It is difficult to imagine a more important measure of a society than how it treats its most innocent and defenseless population. By condoning the destruction of unborn life that could otherwise live outside the womb, the United States tragically fails to meet this most fundamental human rights standard. Basic decency and human compassion demands that something has to change.

“In the year 2015, the United States has no business aborting the lives of babies who can live outside the womb. Science agrees, and so do the majority of Americans. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will right this wrong.”

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Export Natural Gas: Help our Allies, Increase Security
The Hill

“Visiting Kiev, and speaking with Ukraine’s leaders it is clear that while their economy is faltering, there are steps that we can take, in addition to sanctions, that will hamper Russia’s economy and future border advances.

“It has become clear to us, and many others, that the U.S. is sitting on a unique opportunity to advance our economic and national security goals. By increasing our ability to export natural gas – in the form of liquefied natural gas or LNG – to Europe, the U.S. can weaken Russia’s strategic stronghold while boosting our domestic economy by increasing energy exports.

“The revenues from LNG exports will also result in additional tax revenues, from existing taxes, which all American taxpayers should welcome. As the tax revenues from LNG exports climb as shipments increase, we should have a serious debate on the best way to allocate them, including potentially using those funds to fill shortfalls in our federal highway program.”

 Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA)
Helping Restaurants Serve Up Jobs
Roll Call

“In America, 130 million people do their eating at a million different restaurant locations every single day, which, of course, translates into an awful lot of business, entrepreneurship and employment.

“According to the National Restaurant Association, the restaurant industry already employees 14 million people nationwide — 10 percent of our nation’s entire workforce. This includes more than 557,000 men and women in my home state of Pennsylvania and 21,000 people in the district I’m honored to represent.

“According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, every dollar spent in the construction industry generates an additional $2.39 in spending in the rest of the economy. In 2011 alone, restaurants spent more than $6 billion on new construction, which led to the creation of approximately 172,000 new jobs.”

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
If Everything Is A Priority, Nothing Is”
The Hill

“If the U.S. falls behind in technology and innovation, our nation’s economic competitiveness will decline. We will have fewer opportunities and a lower standard of living. Where the MIT report goes astray is in finding only one solution – more taxpayer funding!

“Our bill increases funding for the physical sciences and biology, from which come most of the scientific breakthroughs with the potential to stimulate new industries and jobs. Funding is cut for lower priority areas, including social and behavioral science, redundant climate research, and subsidies for private companies.

“Setting priorities and making tough choices means that not everyone is going to be happy. To focus on scientific research that could boost economic competitiveness and growth is a good investment and the best use of taxpayers’ dollars.” 

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)
Best Solutions for Workforce Will Come From Michigan, Not Washington
Jackson Citizen Patriot

“The rise of top-down federal mandates was a reoccurring theme at a panel discussion I recently hosted at the Jackson Area Career Center with local business leaders from Alro Steel, Elm Plating, The Enterprise Group of Jackson, and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

“According to a study by the National Association of Manufacturing, the average manufacturing company pays $19,564 per employee per year in regulatory compliance costs. For a small manufacturer with fewer than 50 employees, the cost jumps to $34,671 per employee per year.

The law also provides local workforce leaders flexibility to better address the needs of their individual communities, and includes strong accountability measures to ensure workforce development programs are being run efficiently and effectively.”