This Week: Congressional liberals have officially voted to take a vacation instead of working to lower the cost of gas; I have co-sponsored a bill to restore Second Amendment rights to the residents of Washington D.C.; I introduced the P.L.E.D.G.E. Act of 2008 to preserve American culture and heritage.
Liberals Leave Americans to Suffer
A famous quote says, "Vacation is what you take when you can't take what you've been taking any longer." Well, liberal Democrat leaders have been taking a beating from the American people, who want energy solutions, and they have decided to leave those concerns behind while they enjoy a month-long vacation.
But Congress does not deserve a vacation, and that is why I voted against the motion to adjourn. By allowing a month-long vacation, the Democratic leadership has ensured that families, truckers, farmers, law-enforcement, and all other services will have to cope with high fuel prices for even longer.
Nancy Pelosi and liberal Democratic leaders have blocked more than twenty separate energy solutions from coming to a vote, and they have also blocked the recent American Energy Act, a bill that packages all of the previously proposed energy solutions together.
Our nation has been blessed with abundant natural resources, and we should not be hesitant to tap into them, especially at a time when energy costs are at all-time highs.
I have worked to lower these prices, I will continue to demand that the Democratic leadership allow an up-or-down vote on energy solutions; and I look forward to fighting for hardworking Americans when Congress reconvenes in September.
Restoring Second Amendment Rights to D.C. Residents
On Thursday, I co-sponsored the Second Amendment Enforcement Act, a bill that will restore Second Amendment rights to those who live in the District of Columbia.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down the DC gun ban, city leaders decided to enact new "emergency" gun regulations that were nearly as restrictive as before. For example, the new regulations required an eye exam, written test, ballistics test, and fee before any gun can be registered.
The old DC gun law made it impossible to own firearms; the new law makes it nearly impossible.
This new bill will prohibit the DC government from prohibiting or placing an undue burden on individuals who desire to possess firearms for protection or sporting purposes.
I am a long time life-member of the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America. I ardently support your individual right to keep and bear arms for any legal purpose, and I assure you I will continue to do all that is within my power to preserve this God-given right.
Protecting American Culture and Heritage
On Friday, I introduced the P.L.E.D.G.E Act of 2008, a bill to withhold federal funds from schools that allow or require students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance or national anthem in a language other than English.
America's genius has always been assimilation, taking legal immigrants and turning them into American citizens. Yet, today students in states from Arizona to Wisconsin are being forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and Star Spangled Banner in Spanish and other languages in the name of "diversity."
The key to assimilation, of course, is a shared language. Large-scale immigration without effective assimilation threatens social cohesion and America's shared values. This debate is about preserving our culture and heritage and, moreover, about bettering the odds of our nation's newest potential citizens achieving the American dream.
Simply put, America has long enjoyed the benefits of a diverse society, but our culture will cease to enjoy those benefits if a common language is not adhered to.
As your U.S. Congressman, I will continue to fight for the protection of our nation's culture, as well as your Second Amendment rights, and Energy Independence.