Weekly Capitol Report
This week, I voted to stop the dangerous deal the Obama Administration negotiated to lift sanctions on Iran. I voted to protect Americans from the global threat posed by a nuclear Iran, because this is not a Republican issue or Democrat issue; this is an American security issue.
America needs a healthy economy that puts folks in control and on the path to financial independence, but last week five unelected bureaucrats at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made a decision to set our economy back and hurt job growth.
Why am I so tough on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? Because this agency is supposed to protect the environment, but all it seems to do is protect radical environmentalists and make life more difficult for Missourians. Now folks in the west are being forced to learn a lesson that we already know – the EPA operates at the expense of you, the taxpayers.
Twenty stops. 15 counties. 5 days. That’s the tally for the 3rd Annual District-Wide Farm Tour so far, a yearly trip to see different sectors of the agriculture industry in every corner of our district. The Farm Tour kicked off on Monday and will travel to each of the 30 counties in Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District before it is finished.
By now, you have probably seen the disturbing undercover videos that show Planned Parenthood executives discussing how they sell body parts of unborn babies. It sickened and troubled me to hear administrators talking so callously about the dismemberment of babies – valuable, precious lives taken too soon.
The Obama Administration continues to hammer rural America with unnecessary, expensive regulations and rules. On Monday, the Obama Administration released the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan rule that calls for a massive reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to rein in federal agencies with legislation to bring all new major rules for a Congressional vote before implementation. The bloated Code of Federal Regulations is more than 175,000 pages long, and just last year federal regulators in the Obama administration issued 2,400 new rules.
Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama Administration, along with China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and Germany, negotiated a deal to lift economic sanctions on Iran, a deal that makes a dangerous area more volatile. When it comes to the interests of America, a bad deal with Iran is worse than no deal, and this is a very bad deal.
In 1970, Ronald Reagan said, "Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence." Now, more than four decades later, we have over 80 federal programs designed to help lower-income Americans, at a cost of $800 billion. These programs do not always incentivize people to become independent through work.
This week the House of Representatives voted to improve our national forests with The Resilient Federal Forests Act. This bipartisan bill helps the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service provide more efficient land management while protecting the environment.