I opposed the "stimulus" bill, which turned out not to stimulate the economy. Instead, we have seen unemployment rise to almost 10 percent and the Federal debt explode. The stimulus could endanger an entire generation of young Americans.
I opposed the cap-and-trade energy plan that will lead to higher energy prices for every household and more job losses, and will do little to improve the environment.
I oppose proposed healthcare reform that will lead to a government-run healthcare system and penalize small businesses with oppressive taxes, threatening their very survival.
These policies, introduced by a Democratic President and a Democratic Congress, mark a fundamental shift toward more taxation, more government intervention, and more debt. The American people deserve better.
Instead, I support the following:
Grow the Economy
We need to grow our way out of the recession by focusing on efforts to strengthen small businesses and get the economy growing again by putting America back to work. At the same time, we need to curb government spending, eliminate waste, and return as soon as possible to a balanced Federal budget. The Congressional Budget Office notes that elevated deficits combined with the potential for inflation from our current practice of "printing money" will penalize saving, investment and come, while increased taxes could slow economic growth. If we don't reduce the unprecedented pace of government spending, the result will be a permanent expansion of government spending that will necessitate further taxation, lead to continuing economic stagnation, make it far more difficult to balance the budget and will increase our deficits to an unsustainable level that will impoverish many future generations of Americans.
Achieve Energy Independence
I support an "all of the above" American Energy Act that will provide energy independence, create more good-paying jobs and promote a cleaner environment, without imposing a national energy tax. I support more domestic exploration for oil, oil shale and natural gas, more nuclear energy, and more research and development for alternative fuels and alternative technologies. As the Ranking Member of the Science and Technology Committee and a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, these are my goals.
Increase Healthcare Access and Preserve Choice
There are commonsense reforms that could make health care more affordable, reduce the number of uninsured Americans and increase quality at a price our country can afford---while making sure that Americans who like their health care coverage can keep it. I have been working for months on a plan, listening to the American people, talking to doctors and patients, collecting input, studying and debating ideas. This process has resulted in the broad outline of a health care reform plan that I'm hoping will receive bipartisan support. For a health care plan to be a success it needs to ensure quality, affordable and accessible health care coverage for every American. We must ensure that medical decisions are made by patients and their doctors, not government bureaucrats. We also need to focus on improving Americans' lives through effective prevention, wellness and disease management programs, while developing new treatments and cures for life-threatening diseases. We cannot allow politicians and special interests to stand between patients and the care they need. The American people deserve the freedom to choose the health care that is best for their families.