Weekly Capitol Report
Nothing kills a job faster than a Washington regulation. When I ask farm families, small business owners and municipal leaders which federal agency poses the greatest threat to rural Missouri, they always give the same answer, the EPA. President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency seems to be focused on killing jobs and hurting our district’s rural economy.
A quality education can be the spark that ignites imagination and enables young people to pursue their highest dreams. I have always been a believer in local control of education.
By now I am sure you have heard the news that the Department of the Interior has rescinded the National Blueways designation in Missouri and Arkansas. This is a tremendous victory for common sense and it proves that Washington bureaucrats will listen to Missourians if we protest loudly enough.
Millions of Americans celebrate Independence Day each year with barbeque and brilliant firework displays amongst family and friends. Yet too often we forget the significance of the day and the brave Americans who risked their lives to found a visionary nation with freedom and equality for all.
This week the United States Senate passed a bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens. In my view, the Senate’s immigration bill does not adequately secure our borders and it grants amnesty to people who knowingly break the law. I do not support the Senate amnesty bill and I am working to ensure it does not come to a vote in the House of Representatives.
The House of Representatives this week passed legislation to end late-term abortions in America. The bill, H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, would ban abortions in the United States after 20 weeks post fertilization. I voted in support of the late term abortion ban and I am honored to have also served as a co-sponsor of the legislation.