Points of View

House Republicans are working hard to make sure America remains a great nation for future generations. This week, we discussed bills that work towards achieving that very goal. The 21st Century Cures Act will allow our children and grandchildren to live in a nation with fewer diseases to live longer, healthier lives while the Resilient Federal Forests Act will ensure that they can continue to enjoy this nation’s famous forests.  Read below for this week’s points of view!

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Chairman Goodlatte Appears on “The Kelly File” to Discuss Immigration Policy
Fox News, The Kelly File

“At the heart of all of this is the issue of whether or not this administration is consistently enforcing our immigration laws. They are not. And if they would start by enforcing the laws already on the books, we could certainly move ahead with additional reforms to our immigration laws. We’ve already passed four bills out of our committee.”

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Rep. Sanford Discusses Charleston Shooting, Confederate Flag on CNN
CNN, At This Hour with Berman and Bolduan

“Clementa Pinckney was a friend of mine… and to go into hot button issues where people have strong emotions on both sides of the debate, I thought, was premature prior to the burial of the nine victims of that shooting last Wednesday night. That’s what I’ve said and that’s what I believe.”

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT)
Protect Forests Too Much And They Go Up in Flames
USA Today

“Until a couple of decades ago, catastrophic wildfires were not close to the problem they are today. Some argue that if Congress would just provide more funding that our communities would stop burning. Surely, Congress must responsibly fund current emergency response needs, but we must also address the underlying barriers to healthier, less fire-prone lands.

“Environmental extremists… disregard decades of forest stewardship experience based on their unshakeable belief that human action is always terrible for the environment. They have made a business model that supports their cause: creating interest groups and litigating the government at every turn in order to stop projects and raise more money to sound the alarms.

“If leaders in Washington fail to change this culture of fear caused by litigation, millions more acres – and Americans homes – will be burned to the ground.”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)
Make No Mistake: Mexico is in Crisis
Daily Herald

“Since Mexico’s drug war began to escalate in 2006, more than 100,000 Mexican residents have been murdered or gone missing according to the State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council. Kidnapping, human trafficking, and the brutal dismemberment and display of murder victims is far too commonplace.

“Last weekend, a U.S. Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) helicopter took gunfire from the Mexico side of the border near Laredo, Texas. I visited the site and spoke with CPB personnel who courageously confront the mounting violence day in and day out.

“When our people are fired upon, there HAVE to be consequences. When our allies are struggling to contain violence right on our border, we have an obligation to support that effort.”

Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)
Supreme Court Should Live Under ObamaCare Like The Rest of America
Fox News

“The Supreme Court’s recent decision to ignore the letter of the law and uphold the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional rewrite of Obamacare undermines the American people’s trust and confidence in our nation’s highest court.

“While Congress and its staff are required to purchase their health plans under ObamaCare, such a requirement is not extended to the other two branches of government. This needs to change – and I am prepared to lead the charge, starting with the Supreme Court.

“That’s why I introduced the SCOTUScare Act of 2015 (H.R. 2905) to require the Supreme Court and its employees to give up their Federal Employee Health Plan and enroll in Obamacare like the rest of America.”

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)
Conservative Health Care Reform For The 21st Century
Daily Caller

“The 21st Century Cures Initiative has examined and seeks to accelerate the complete cycle of cures – from discovery to development to delivery and back again to discovery, and has resulted in the 21st Century Cures Act – a culmination of over a year’s worth of engaging with patients, researchers, physicians, government, and private entities.

“The 21st Century Cures Act also reforms permanent entitlement programs – mandatory spending – and uses those savings to pay for a temporary investment in medical research. Investing in medical innovation will mean healthier Americans. Healthier people mean less spending on health care, which will also save the taxpayers’ money.

“This bill provides job growth and meaningful regulatory and budget reforms. This is one of the best pieces of legislation Congress has seen in a long time.”

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
America Urgently Needs a Balanced Budget. Here’s How to Get There
Fox News

“The national debt is a ticking time bomb that threatens every American, young and old. It currently exceeds $18 trillion and is projected to top $27 trillion within the next decade.

“This year, for the first time in over a decade, both the House and the Senate passed a federal budget that actually balances, reduces spending by more than $5 trillion, and creates 1.2 million new jobs. It also calls for Congress to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.

“We are mortgaging the futures of the next generation of Americans because we lack the will to do the hard work and make the tough choices today. That urgent effort begins with breaking the destructive cycle of tax, spend and borrow and forcing Washington to live within its means.”

Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX)
We Can’t Afford to Get This Wrong
The Hill

“During my time in Congress I have been shocked by how many of my colleagues, leaders in our government and opinion-makers question whether or not Iran has malicious intentions.

“During a recent trip to the Middle East I spoke with government officials in Israel, Iraq and Turkey about foreign fighter travel into Iraq and Syria to fight with ISIS. The issue of Iranian support for terrorism and the ramifications of a ‘nuclear deal’ loomed over every conversation.

“Supporters of the president’s deal ask for an alternative to the current deal with Iran. The answer is not war, as they would like to bait people into saying. The answer is additional sanctions. The sanctions that were implemented in 2012 are what brought Iran to the bargaining table.”