This week marks the beginning of something new and exciting, and something that could benefit from your participation. The YouCut campaign asks citizens of the nation and constituents of the 7th district of Georgia to provide specific direction to Washington, D.C., about wasteful programs that are not deserving of taxpayer dollars and should be cut. Last week, nearly 300,000 Americans logged on to cast their vote to eliminate a Welfare Slush Fund and save hardworking taxpayers $2.5 billion. As promised, House Republicans brought a motion before the House to pursue the public's wishes to cut spending for this program. Unfortunately, this effort failed, but I was pleased the American people had their say and proudly spoke in favor of repealing this unnecessary spending.
National Foster Care Month:
I was pleased that a resolution I introduced with my Democratic counterpart on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support passed the House unanimously on Thursday, May 20, 2010.
Health Care Update:
On May 20, 2010, I joined my Republican colleagues on the House Ways and Means Committee to ask Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI) to hold a hearing on the recently-enacted health care reform law. Specifically, my colleagues and I are concerned that a number of non-partisan reports from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Chief Actuary have recently stated that the cost of implementing the law could be at least $115 billion more than was originally estimated. The possibility of such a massive spending increase adding to our national debt cannot be ignored.
This is the second hearing request that my colleagues and I have made to Chairman Levin. So far, we have received no formal response from the Chairman to either request. Given that a recent Rasmussen Poll showed that 56% of Georgians felt that the President's health care reform law would be bad for the country and 60% would support efforts to repeal the law in its entirety, I fear that House Democrats are simply too afraid of the facts to face a hearing on this topic.
2010 marks 100 years since the inception of the University of Georgia Graduate School. Throughout the decades, the school has continued to promote high academic standards and attract students from across the nation. In its inaugural year, the UGA Graduate School had only 7 students, now the school boasts approximately 7,000 and continues to grow.
On the occasion of its centennial, I co-sponsored H.Res. 1372, which would honor the University of Georgia Graduate School. This resolution, introduced by Representative Paul Broun (R-GA), recognizes the school for its excellence in education, extensive program selection, and significant contribution to the economic development of the State of Georgia.
As a strong proponent of quality education, I am pleased that Georgia hosts some of the best universities in the nation, and I will continue to look for ways to improve all education throughout this great state.
Foreign Affairs News:
Supporting people in vibrant, democratic countries in their struggle to maintain liberty and freedom is one of the cornerstones of American foreign policy. That is why I was proud to join over 70 of my House colleagues from both sides of the aisle last week in sending a letter to President Barack Obama asking that he approve the sale of 66 F-16 airplanes that Taiwan has repeatedly requested from the U.S. since 2006. Considering Taiwan's vulnerable position in the face of possible aggressive actions from mainland China, and our own American intelligence services reports about the aging Taiwanese air infrastructure, it is more important than ever to support this sale. I hope that President Obama will stand with our democratic friends in Taiwan in this matter.
Blog of the Week
I'm pleased to announce a new scholarship available for the children of military personnel who died in the line of duty since September 11, 2001. It is called the Fry Scholarship, named after Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry, who died in Iraq in 2006 while disarming an explosive, leaving behind three young children. According to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, "The Fry Scholarship represents this nation's solemn commitment to care for children whose mothers and fathers paid the ultimate price for our country." I can't think of a more deserving group of young people to be offered such an opportunity.