Points of View

House Republicans realize the importance of putting your priorities first, not those of Washington bureaucrats. This week, we were busy discussing the issues that matter most – from protecting the privacy of our citizens to the historic drought in California, which the Western Water and American Food Security Act aims to alleviate. Additionally, we noted how sensibly eliminating wasteful spending in our very own offices allowed us to save taxpayers over 700 million dollars. Read below for some points of view!

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX)
Mac on CNN Discussing The Iranian Nuclear Deal
CNN, The Situation Room

“Our goal shifted from stopping their nuclear program to just stretching it out a bit. So, keeping the sanctions on, keeping that pressure on, keeping the goal the same, I think, is a better outcome.”

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX)
McCaul on CNN’s New Day
CNN, New Day

“What I am really concerned about is a nuclear arms race that this could spur in the Middle East in response to this [Iran deal]… I am not very optimistic that you will see Congress approve this.. we are probably going to see a very bipartisan, disapproval resolution.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Chairman Bob Goodlatte Talks Sanctuary City Policy with Lou Dobbs
Fox Business, Lou Dobbs Tonight

“Of the 8,000 criminals – illegal, alien criminals – released by sanctuary cities – 276 sanctuary cities, 1800 of them have already committed additional crimes. That’s a rate of close to 25%. It just shows you the price the average American pays for the government not enforcing our immigration laws.”

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)
Rep. Lee Zeldin on CNN Discusses Iran Nuclear Deal
CNN, At This Hour

“The president said the American public has every right to be open minded and to review it as long as you essentially agree with me. If Congress wants to reject the deal, as representatives of the American public, the president already said he’s going to veto it.”

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH)
21st Century Cures: Helping Americans Live Longer, Healthier Lives

“True to its name, 21st Century Cures is a multi-faceted initiative designed to accelerate the entire “3D” lifecycle of cures—from discovery to development to delivery.

“Medical technology has undergone a vast transformation in recent decades, but it is being throttled by an outdated bureaucracy that hasn’t kept pace. Today, it takes 15 years for a new drug to move from the lab to the local pharmacy. The 21st Century Cures initiative aims to shorten that time, in part, by modernizing clinical trials.

“Here in the House, we are committed to putting the American people’s priorities first, and there is no higher priority—no greater opportunity—than to help more Americans live longer, healthier lives.”

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
California Can Grow Greater Still If We’re Smart About Water
USA Today

“California is at a crossroads. A historic drought now into its fourth year confronts us with the choice of either measured decline or renewed prosperity.

“Though we can’t legislate rain, we can overcome federal and state policies that are exacerbating this historic drought if we choose the path that frees California to grow.

“House Republicans have, for the fourth time in three years, put forward a water plan that reforms the federal government’s role in determining the livelihood of Californians… Meaningful changes to our water management systems and regulatory regime can create a future of increased prosperity, not managed decline, and it’s long past time we made such reforms.”

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA)
Two murders, Same Reason
Hazleton Standard Speaker

“The term ‘sanctuary city’ has no firm legal definition, however in practice it has come to refer to any locality which resists or bans enforcement of federal immigration laws, or flatly refuses to cooperate with immigration officials.

“The Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act… would prohibit any federal funding for a minimum period of one year to any state or local government with a policy or law that prevents it from assisting immigration authorities in enforcing federal immigration law.

“We must make sure that we’re enforcing the immigration laws that we already have. Sanctuary cities are dangerous to public safety and we should stop supporting them with federal tax dollars.”

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)
Leading The Change America Wanted to See
The Journal Record

“Months before the historic Republican victory that claimed seats in the House, Republicans began crafting a governing vision to change the precedent set by the administration and Democrats.

“In fact, the second day on the job, we… cut 5 percent from every congressional office budget and an additional 9 percent from the House Appropriations Committee, which resulted in $35 million in savings to taxpayers.

“Our commitment to proving we can do more with less has resulted in more than $782 million saved to date. While I wish other areas of government would follow our example, I am pleased that the House has chosen to live and operate within its means – just like the countless Americans we were elected to represent.”

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)
Keeping Our Personal Information Safe
Grove Sun – Delaware County Journal

“Recent revelations about the data breach of federal employees’ highly personal information possibly by Chinese hackers are deeply troubling. Equally as disturbing are reports that the [OPM] knew about the breach, past breaches and about vulnerabilities in their system for over a year.

“Ensuring people’s sensitive data and information is very important… The Data Security and Breach Notification Act (H.R. 1770) is a bipartisan effort that also included input from affected industries.

“Always be cautious in providing personal information. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website, www.consumer.ftc.gov has great resources for those who have fallen victim to identity theft, as well as helpful information about computer hijacking and protection from other types of scams.”

Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA)
Export-Import Bank Helps Employers Compete Globally
The Hill

“With the creation of the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank over 80 years ago, many Washington state businesses – both large and small – have remarkable success stories to tell about growing their businesses because of exports.

“Since 2007, the Bank has supported over 230 exporters and $135 billion in exports from Washington. Of the 234 exporters, 154 were small businesses… With the help of Ex-Im Bank, even our smallest exporters located in rural areas of the state and nation can have a vital tool that helps them create jobs and actively participate in their small community’s recovery, giving hope to families.

“Aside from the broader economic benefits and job creation, the Ex-Im Bank returns money to the U.S. Treasury. According to the bank, in 2014, it returned $675 million to the Treasury.”

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
Cyber: a New Domain of Warfare
New Irmo News

“Over 21 million federal employee personnel records were affected after the Office of Personnel Management was the target of an extended cyberattack. Personal data, such as social security numbers, financial information, and security clearance documents, was stolen, putting the personal and financial security of our citizens at risk.

“Recently, I introduced H.R. 2708, the Cyberattack Standards Study Act, which directs our national security agencies to work together, and develop a clear standard for measuring a cyber incident. Having a clear measurement lets our nation determine the appropriate response when faced with a cyberattack.

“We need to get our front-line cyber forces trained, readied, and equipped as swiftly as possible to effectively defend American families, but we must be sure they are prepared to respond to these new and diverse threats.”

Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
This Madness Must Stop
Red State

“Essentially, sanctuary cities are those that openly defy federal immigration laws on the books, putting the comfort of illegal immigrants ahead of the safety of Americans. Right now, there are about 300 cities in America that operate in some form as a sanctuary city.

“That is why I offered an amendment to the 2016 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Bill that will ensure cities like San Francisco comply with federal immigration laws and ICE requests to prevent tragedies like this from ever occurring again.

“Democrats so often cite Obamacare as ‘the law of the land’ as a crutch to defend the flailing law. Yet, here we have cities who are openly defying federal laws on the books and demands from ICE officials for compliance being defended by members of the same ‘law of the land’ party.”

Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT)
Montana Coal Workers Deserve a Fighting Chance
Great Falls Tribune

“Currently coal is valued (for royalty purposes) when it’s sold; however, the new rule would value it based on when it’s turned into electricity. This could not only cause long gaps but also create huge levels of uncertainty… which would lead to fewer jobs and less revenue for local governments who collect royalties.

“Republicans and Democrats agree — we all want clean air and water and affordable power. Thankfully, advances in clean-coal technology have made it possible to have both, allowing us to use our vast reserves to power American homes and our industrial complex.

“Coal remains Montana’s and our nation’s largest source of electricity because it is affordable and readily available. Whether the coal is mined in Montana or turned into electricity to build cars in Michigan, coal is an important part of the American economy.”