This week, House Republicans laid out plans to help Washington turn over a new leaf. As you may have heard, our "Pledge to America' is the result of an initiative called "America Speaking Out.' Over the last several months, America Speaking Out has allowed lawmakers to directly involve the American people in reshaping Washington's priorities through town hall meetings and an innovative website. Many of you have indeed attended some of my America Speaking Out town halls back in Georgia -- and I believe you'll be happy to see some of your own thoughts and ideas right here in our "Pledge to America'. House Republicans want to earn back the trust of the American people and we know that means giving you real solutions that can provide real results when it comes to jobs, taxes, healthcare, and so many other issues. I look forward to hearing your feedback on our pledge and I assure you that we stand ready to put these plans into action.
Coincidentally, Thursday also marked the six month anniversary of ObamaCare being signed into law. President Obama used this opportunity to try to re-sell his disastrous healthcare bill to the American people during a backyard gathering in Falls Church, Virginia. My response to him is; "Mr. President, it's time to put the sales pitches to rest. The American people didn't buy ObamaCare, but you forced it down their throats anyways. Six months later, we still don't want it." In fact, the GOP Doctors Caucus -- of which I am a co-chair -- held a national press conference to deliver this message to the President and to reinforce our commitment to repealing this bad bill. Click here to see pictures from the press conference.
I also wanted to let you know that I received the National Tax Limitation Committee's (NTLC) 111th Congress "Tax Fighter Award." I am proud to say that I earned an "A' grade when it comes to voting on tax and spending issues. I will continue to lead the battle -- on behalf of taxpayers in Northwest Georgia -- to stop the passage of ObamaCare and Cap-and-Trade legislation, to make the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent, to eliminate the death tax, to encourage investment and job creation, and to control the growth of federal spending. I promise to keep up the pressure on these important issues and will continue to push for the changes laid out in our Pledge to America.
On a local note, I am glad to say the legislation I authored to expand the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park passed the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday. This bill will expand the National Park by 8 acres -- cost free to the Georgia taxpayers. The additional land will really give the battlefield a more historic feel by including a few Georgia landmarks like the Wallis House and Harriston Hill. It will provide an opportunity for visitors to learn about Union strategies and positions, because right now the park only offers information about Confederate troops that fought there. See below to read the statement I gave on the House Floor after introducing this legislation.
Lastly, click here to see a few pictures of a hearing in the Health Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee. I discussed the importance of cutting waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid. As a doctor, this is something I to which I remain steadfastly committed.
Thank you for taking the time to read my weekly newsletter. I hope you find it informative on the happenings of Washington, and again I look forward to hearing your feedback on our Pledge to America. Please contact my office in D.C. or one of my District offices if we can be of assistance in any way.
Phil Gingrey, M.D.