On Monday, March 15, 2010, Americans for Fair Taxation (AFFT) hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill for congressional staffers. David Tuerck, Director of the Beacon Hill Institute briefed staffers on the basics of the FairTax and the positive impact it would have for all Americans. Ken Hoagland, Chairman of the National Victory Campaign discussed the current grassroots movement that is sweeping the nation in support of the FairTax. Ken Hoagland also discussed the online tax revolt march which almost 200,000 individuals have already joined. You can see the progress of this online march at www.onlinetaxrevolt.com.
On March 15th, I was proud to join my Republican colleagues from Georgia in co-sponsoring H.Con.Res. 244. This resolution expresses Congress' support for the designation of March 20th as a National Day of Recognition for Long-Term Care Physicians. Long-term care physicians serve a growing population of Americans in a variety of settings, including nursing homes, hospice, board-and-care facilities, and assisting living homes. These physicians do more than just take care of someone's immediate medical needs, they work with families and nurses to attend to a full range of patient needs from finding proper living arrangements to advising on advanced directives and living wills. Long-term care physicians provide compassionate care at the most difficult time of our lives, and I am so happy that this bill is getting the support that it deserves in the House of Representatives. To view the text of the legislation, please click here.
Over 5,700 people have viewed my YouTube clip from last week's Ways and Means Income Security and Family Support Subcommittee hearing on the effectiveness of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. As you can see, the Obama Administration has given no thought to when we should stop spending taxpayer funds on welfare programs. That is why my fellow Republican members on the subcommittee sent a comprehensive set of questions to the Obama Administration's representative from the hearing, Carmen Nazario, as well as to two other expert witnesses who presented their findings to us. I hope to receive answers to these questions soon so that when Congress beings reauthorizing the TANF program, that we do so with the best information possible. We must work to support those hard-working Americans that just need a little extra support on a temporary basis, while remaining vigilant against wasteful spending on programs that only serve to extend and expand the welfare state.
To view copies of the questions click on the following links:
Letter to Assistant Secretary Carmen Nazario, Administration for Children and Families
Letter to Kay Brown, Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security
Letter to Russell Sykes, Deputy Commissioner, New York State Office of Temprary and Disability Assistance
I am planning to host another panel discussion on drought this summer. The educational event, Coping with Drought and Water Scarcity: Lessons Learned from Australia and the United States, will feature a number of prominent U.S. and Australian water managers. We are facing increasing bouts of drought all over the country. We need to find a way to expand our capture and storage capacity for those "rainless" periods. That means that we must develop storage sooner. The educational briefing will focus on current and emerging measures to counter drought. To read about the details of the event, please click here.
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As House Democratic leaders continue full-speed ahead to ram a Health Care bill through the House of Representatives, I would like to reassure you that I am continuing to fight for health care choice. No matter how the Democrats spin this bill, it appears that it will increase the cost of employment, punish honest hardworking Americans through reduced hours and wages, and suffocate economic growth at a time when our nation needs growth more than ever. You can view the new 2,300-page bill here, but you will need to hurry because the Budget Committee is planning to consider this bill at 3PM this afternoon.
Health care reform doesn't need to be this complicated or contentious. Real health care reform could help alleviate the harsh tax burdens small businesses and families must constantly endure. It could be market-driven and prioritize the doctor-patient relationship. My Republican colleagues and I are offering these alternatives, but Speaker Pelosi is refusing to allow a vote on them. While she can prevent us from having a vote, she cannot prevent us from sharing these viable alternatives with the American people. You can click here to read about the real health care reform that I can put my vote behind.