What was in the news this week? Tax reform, creating economic opportunity, and supporting a stronger infrastructure. And no week would be complete without a new round of Obamacare failures. Scroll below for member TV hits and op-ed quotes.
Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)
“Noem Discusses Tax, Trade, Saving For College And More”
Fox Business News “Opening Bell”
“We really want to create an environment where businesses can be here and thrive and put people back to work and create jobs. That’s really, truly how we’re going to get everybody into higher paying jobs and make sure they have that opportunity to pursue that American Dream.”
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)
“Roskam Talks IRS Hiring Of Healthcare.gov Contractor”
Fox News “On the Record With Greta Van Susteren”
“We’ve asked, and we’ll get some answers from the Internal Revenue Service as to what their thinking was – but it wasn’t solid thinking.”
“President Obama calls higher taxes, more bureaucracy and Washington spending “middle class economics.” Yet it’s those economic policies that have created a recovery that’s been particularly lousy for America’s middle class.
“If what the president is proactively doing were not harmful enough, what he’s refusing to do is far worse. President Obama’s unwillingness or inability to address our looming debt crisis harms today’s working families and will be particularly painful for the next generation as well.
“Republicans are not willing to let our nation be condemned to this future. That is why we are focused on solutions that will increase economic opportunity and create a healthy economy to help benefit all Americans.
“These actions will build the foundation for long-term prosperity, strengthen our communities and enhance the quality of life for more American families. They will empower individuals and build a healthy economy that encourages and rewards innovation, entrepreneurship, optimism, and creativity. With more jobs and increased wages, it will be easier to address our debt challenges, and in the long-term, we will have a healthier economy.”
“Reliable, affordable energy is the foundation of our nation’s economy. America is blessed with abundant natural resources. Our energy history is full of new technologies displacing old ones. Coal led the industrial revolution in the United States.
“But now, 60 years after the ribbon was cut on the first nuclear reactor, the U.S. has not lived up to its potential. Political meddling, costly red tape and a shifting regulatory landscape have jeopardized America’s energy security. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the federal government’s treatment of safe, reliable and clean nuclear energy.
“As a source of safe, abundant, emission-free power, nuclear energy is a missed opportunity, especially for an administration that claims to support an ‘all of the above’ energy policy. And unlike wind or solar energy, nuclear power is reliable — it works when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. The regulatory process is cumbersome and lacks the certainty needed for sustained investment in new nuclear energy technology.
“Instead of acting as an obstacle to progress, the federal government should serve as a reliable partner to the scientists, researchers, engineers, inventors and investors working to turn the promise of nuclear energy into reality. Innovative advanced reactor technology provides the opportunity for long-term, high-reward research that will benefit future generations.”
Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)
“March For Life 2015: Forty Two Years After Roe V. Wade, We Still March On”
“Forty two years after Roe v. Wade, we have lost more than 56 million innocents to the horrors of abortion. There is much work to be done in order to ensure that the unborn will be able to see the light of day, but there are also signs of hope.
“With the start of the 114th Congress, there is renewed opportunity to advance safeguards for the unborn in Washington as well. One such example is my bill: the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, which would provide full exemption from Obamacare’s coercive abortion-pill mandate and ensure protections for health care professionals who refuse to perform abortions because of their deeply held beliefs.
“The passage of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act would provide much needed clarity to this debate; ensuring that the conscience rights of every American are respected and that more unborn lives can be saved in the process. In the meantime, pro-life Americans will continue to press forward – even marching through Washington D.C. in the middle of winter – mindful of the progress we have made and acknowledging the work left to be done.”
“With America’s new wealth of natural gas comes the welcome potential for lower prices for consumers, more manufacturing jobs, increased global competitiveness and energy security — but it also presents new challenges, particularly when it comes to infrastructure. Our infrastructure has simply failed to keep pace with America’s stunning turnaround in production.
“Instead of working to improve the situation, the federal government is actually standing in the way of new energy infrastructure. Our antiquated permitting process is contributing to delays and bottlenecks. Getting a simple permit for a new natural gas pipeline can take several years.
“When it comes to transporting our bounty of natural gas — whether it’s to U.S. consumers or our allies across the world — we have a problem, and that problem is government interference. But the good news is, it’s a problem that can be easily solved. We can overcome these obstacles by updating our energy policies to match our new energy realities.
“Now is our chance to get these solutions over the finish line. In America’s new Congress, we will work to build the architecture of abundance we need to embrace the tremendous opportunities of American energy. Natural gas holds great promise for our energy future, but only if we cut the red tape from the past. Everyone should be able to get behind thoughtful solutions that say yes to jobs and yes to energy.”
Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA)
“The Two Parties Don’t Have To Disagree On Everything”
The News Tribune
“Too many people are working hard but feeling let down by an economy that still has much room for improvement. Together, we must focus on boosting American businesses and workers in order to strengthen the growth of our economy.
“Our nation needs to do better. Beginning next year, it’s time for us to pass a long-term transportation bill. This will require addressing the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund. A long-term transportation bill will provide stability for investments in capital projects on our rails, roads and bridges. It will also help contractors and local governments plan ahead to take care of problem spots on our transportation grid.
“Fixing these bipartisan problems will build up goodwill between the two parties for much-needed fixes to bigger challenges like tax reform. To be competitive, we need a tax code that helps businesses grow and encourages investment in the United States.
“If Democrats and Republicans work together where they can find common ground, you’ll see a Washington, D.C., more focused on progress than partisanship and a Congress focused on creating opportunities for businesses and workers to thrive. We think that’s a good goal to set for 2015.”