Weekly Capitol Report
Nothing makes folks back home in Missouri more disillusioned with their government than Washington politicians who say one thing and then do something different. Four years ago when Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi forced the health care mandate through Congress, they chose to exempt themselves from the law.
This week the House of Representatives voted on a continuing resolution to keep the government open for business, while defunding President Obama’s healthcare mandate. I wholeheartedly supported this plan to defund ObamaCare and keep the government open and working for all Americans.
In the last few weeks my office has been flooded with phone calls, letters, emails, Facebook messages and tweets from families in our Eighth District who are opposed to American military action in Syria.
From the beginning, the only thing bipartisan about President Obama’s healthcare mandate has been bipartisan opposition. Democrats and Republicans agree the law will hurt our economy by imposing new fines and regulations on small businesses. President Obama’s law does nothing to make healthcare more accessible or affordable in rural Missouri.
A few weeks ago my office in Rolla received a phone call from church members who expressed concern about the Park Service requiring permits for Baptisms in the rivers of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Yes, you read that correctly, the Park Service was actually requiring churches and pastors to get a permit in order to perform Baptisms.
Agriculture is the number one industry in Missouri. Our Eighth Congressional District is home to a great variety of agricultural interests. In the fertile Missouri Bootheel, we grow cotton, rice, corn, soybeans, wheat, peanuts and even raise catfish. In stark contrast to the Bootheel stand the Ozark Foothills where we have cattle, dairy and timber producers.
Last week I spent time working various jobs throughout our Eighth Congressional District on a Work-A-Day Tour. My goal in touring the district and working local jobs was to meet new people and to learn about the challenges families in our region are facing.
After days of heavy rains, many in our Eighth Congressional District are now dealing with flooding and the headaches that will come after the water recedes. I certainly wish the rain could have been spread out over the last several months instead of the last several days. In the coming weeks Missouri families will be working to clean up their homes, businesses, farms and communities.
Regulatory reform has been a top priority of mine since my days serving in the Missouri General Assembly. As a state lawmaker I passed legislation that requires a review of all state regulations every five years.
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.