Economic Stimulus, SAFE Commission, Earmark Reform
Congress returned last week for the second session of the 110th Congress, so I am resuming my e-newsletter to keep you updated on my work as your representative. In addition to these general updates, I periodically send out more detailed issue updates to constituents who are interested. To sign up for these issue updates, please click here or use the form on the right side of this e-mail.
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Congress's initial focus this session will be passage of a bipartisan package to respond to the slowdown in the economy. Congressional leaders are working with the White House to come up with a stimulus package that can help put more money into the hands of individuals and provide businesses with opportunities for jobs creation. I am encouraged that Congress and the administration are working together for the best interests of the country.
Working to get federal spending under control will continue to be a priority for me in the coming months. I have been working on legislation (H.R. 3654) to establish a bipartisan panel, the SAFE Commission, which would put everything - entitlement spending, discretionary spending and tax reform - on the table for discussion as a way to rein in federal spending. The legislation is gaining momentum with 69 bipartisan cosponsors and a number of endorsements from key policy groups, editorial pages, and national columnists.
For more information on the SAFE Commission, go to my Web site and click on "SAFE Commission" under the "Featured Issues" heading.
Earmark reform is another priority of mine. Earmark legislation I introduced with several of my colleagues is picking up more support. The measure (H. Con. Res. 263) would establish a bipartisan committee on earmarks that would examine the way earmarks are included in all legislation Congress considers, not just appropriations bills. The committee would hold at least five public hearings where proponents and opponents of earmarks would be able to address the issue and present their respective positions. The legislation would also place a moratorium on all earmarks while the panel undertakes its work. The bill now has the support of more than 85 members.
State of the Union
The President will give his annual State of the Union address at 9 p.m. Monday, January 28. The speech will be delivered to a joint session of Congress and should be carried on the major television networks as well as C-SPAN.
I hope this information is helpful. Please visit wolf.house.gov if you need additional information on these or any other issues.