Points of View

This week House Republicans took to the pages of papers across the country, writing about law enforcement interaction, tax reform, and the future of the 114th Congress. Read below for highlights from our Weekly Member Op-Ed Roundup.

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Stop Bashing The Police And Let’s Have A Constructive Dialogue
Patriot News

“Police work is inherently dangerous. Officers must enforce the law in any number of difficult situations under pressures few outside of the military could possibly understand. From routine traffic stops to domestic violence situations to hostage cases to murder scenes, America’s finest deal with it all. It’s past time to stop the bashing of law enforcement officers.

“It is necessary to engage in a conversation to discuss the fears of those in the African American community about their relationship with law enforcement. Efforts to build a sense of teamwork and trust between law enforcement and residents of neighborhoods experiencing high crime rates must be made. Moreover, the makeup of police departments should reflect the people and communities they serve.

“Now is the time for us all to roll up our sleeves and work to address the underlying issues that have animated enormous emotion in communities across our country.”

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA)
Teach Congress A Lesson
New York Times

“Senators and congressmen have a responsibility not only to lead by example, but also to clean up the abuses of power that contribute to the public’s plummeting confidence in Congress. Among other reforms, there’s one simple, common-sense change that the House can pass right now to prevent future violations and help restore the public’s trust in Congress: require all members to take annual ethics training.

“We have introduced the Ensuring Trust and Honorability in Congressional Standards (Ethics) Act, which would make continuing ethics training mandatory for all lawmakers.

“The idea that House members are exempt from receiving continuing education about the ethics rules they are expected to follow makes no sense. Why is it such an imposition for members to take one hour out of the year to familiarize themselves with the ethics rules?”

Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
Scrapping Costly Banking Regulation Is A Way To Invest In America
Kansas City Star

“If we truly want to expand the earning power of American workers, we must encourage investment to grow our economy. That starts with protecting us from the central planners in Washington who continue to stifle lending.

“Economic growth is created through access to capital, the life-blood that allows innovators and entrepreneurs to create jobs. By recently fixing Section 716, Congress worked together to encourage banks to invest in American businesses. This fix actually makes banking safer — specifically, the commodities markets for agriculture and energy producers — while not exposing the American taxpayer to further liability.

“Now that this proposal has been signed into law, perhaps this is a model to show how the two parties can work together to put the economy and American workers ahead of over-regulation and Washington control. It’s time to begin investing in America again.”