In response to the President’s Authorization for the Use of Military Force, House Republicans led the discussion about America’s foreign policy strategy and the threat ISIS poses to Americans and the world. Members also addressed domestic issues – such as Obamacare security, the future of our trade policy, and reforming the tax code. Watch and read below for this week’s points of view!
Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)
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“Our country needs a TPP agreement that will allow agricultural exports to continue being an economic juggernaut of the U.S. economy. As negotiators work on this agreement and future agreements, it needs to become accepted wisdom that trade-distorting policies are bad economics, whether they are used by developed or emerging countries.
“With the most productive farmers and ranchers in the world in America and 95 percent of the world’s population living outside of America, there is no question that these farmers and ranchers must have access to world markets if they are to prosper.
“The bounty of American agriculture has the ability to spread peace, prosperity and freedom throughout the world, and we all should work to make this a reality.”
“The president’s new national security strategy isn’t particularly new. It advances the same worn-out vision for America that has downplayed our leadership role, eroded our standing in the world, and let our enemies expand their reach all the way to our doorstep.
“A quick tour of the National Security Strategy (NSS) is a reminder of why sitting on the sidelines has been a dangerous strategic folly. The document perpetuates the president’s false assumptions about how to secure America — assumptions that have been the motive power behind our diminished influence.
“At the end of the day, strategy is meaningless if the “ends” are not paired with the “means” to achieve them. The president’s recent budget reveals which of his NSS priorities really matter to the White House.
“It is past time for the president to wake up and produce a cogent and forceful plan to rollback this threat — not contain it — before it is too late. Sadly, this strategy prescribes further retreat, notbolder action, to address the urgent security challenges facing our nation.”
“What we need now is a conversation about how to truly strengthen our broken health care system by empowering patients, lowering costs, increasing quality and protecting the most vulnerable. Now is the time to present Americans with a path forward that is better than Obamacare.
“First, our plan would lower health care costs by empowering millions of lower and middle-income families with a refundable tax credit to purchase private health care coverage of their choice.
“Next, we would modernize the Medicaid safety net by enacting proposals that prioritize and protect the most vulnerable. For too long, a Medicaid card has promised patients coverage, but it delayed and denied access to care.
“Over the longer term, the Patient CARE proposal offers a credible path to reform and strengthen our health care system. We believe there’s a better prescription for helping Americans with pre-existing conditions and making coverage affordable.”
“Today, U.S. oil production is higher than any other country’s in the world, the trade deficit trend is turning around, technology has reinvented the oil and gas industry and we’re less dependent on OPEC nations. We should finish what Reagan started 34 years ago and repeal the ban on exporting crude oil.
“According to four independent studies, gasoline prices would decline anywhere from $0.02 to $0.12 per gallon. That’s not a lot, considering recent drops, but none project an increase because they recognize that gasoline trades at world prices, and lifting the oil ban increases world oil supply, thus lowering prices.
“There are other benefits to lifting the ban, such as giving our trade agreement negotiators more leverage while they’re seeking terms to boost other industries across our economy. Plus, I’ve said it in debating for more natural gas exports to our allies, and I’ll say it again for crude oil exports: Why not offer the peaceful tool of energy to release our friends from the captivity of other energy sources like Russia?
“Last and most certainly not least are the good-paying jobs created by lifting the crude oil export ban. “
“The U.S. corporate tax rate is the highest in the developed world, and our byzantine federal tax code has created a situation in which the very same American companies that drive innovation and hold the keys to economic growth have billions in profits parked overseas.
“As a nation, we can and must reverse this trend. That is why we recently introduced the Foreign Earnings Reinvestment Act in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, legislation that would encourage the return of the estimated $1.9 trillion locked overseas to the American economy.
“As Arizona continues to open its doors to high-tech companies and encourage investments that will grow our state’s economy, it is past time for Congress to act. Finally passing common-sense, pro-growth legislation that allows companies to put their earnings to work back home will mean that Apple’s $2 billion Mesa project can be just the beginning for Arizona and the nation.”
“President Obama has been consistent. He has demonstrated deference, apology, and weakness time and again, from appeasing Iran, changing his mind on Syria, standing down on missile defense, lowering our Army and Navy readiness force, no meaningful commitment to Ukraine, and now Cuba.
“Nothing has changed in regards to Cuba’s dangerous behavior toward the United States, the Western Hemisphere, or its own people, who continue to be oppressed and denied basic human rights. What has changed is that President Obama sees himself and America’s place as the leader of the Free World much differently than the nine Presidents who preceded him.
“Mr. President, you didn’t seem to get the basic training in your youth to understand bad guys and how to pick your friends. The problem is that our national security has floundered, and we face graver and more perilous threats because of your naïve understanding of human nature and your bad judgment.”