I hope you and your family are enjoying this Mother's Day weekend. In this newsletter I will update you on some of the legislation passed in the House this week, share some news items you might have missed and report the results of last week's survey on fuel prices.
Over the past week we received news of the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden at the hands of the U.S. military. In the U.S. House we passed legislation which would save billions of taxpayer dollars, defund Obamacare slush funds, end taxpayer abortion funding and expand American energy production.
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The House GOP continued to lead in this first week back in Washington following Spring Recess. This week I voted for (and the House passed) two spending reduction bills, a bill banning taxpayer funded abortions and a bill to expand U.S. energy production.
By passing the two spending reduction bills -- H.R. 1213 and H.R. 1214, which do away with slush funds created under Obamacare -- we were able to take another step to repeal, defund and dismantle Obamacare.
According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates, H.R. 1213 would reduce deficits by almost $13 billion over the 2012-2016 period and by about $14 billion over the 2012-2021 period. The bill would reduce direct spending by an estimated $14.6 billion over the next 10 years.
According to CBO estimates, H.R. 1214 would decrease direct spending by $100 million over the 2012-2021 period.
This week I voted for, and the House passed, H.R. 3 -- a bill to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions.
We also took action this week on Energy & Jobs by passing passed H.R. 1230 to restart American Off-shore Leasing. The bill expands American energy production, creates jobs and generates revenue for taxpayers. According to CBO estimates, the bill would reduce net direct spending by $25 million over the 2011-2016 period and about $40 million over the 2011-2021 period.
In the News
Here are a few news items from the past week, in case you missed them...
NC lawmakers praise military for killing bin Laden, The Sun News
Reps. Larry Kissell and Renee Ellmers, whose districts include parts of Fort Bragg and nearby communities full of military families, said bin Laden's death was a great step in the war against terrorists...Ellmers, R-N.C., said bin Laden's killing showed that the resolve of American leaders to claim justice for the Sept. 11 bombings didn't falter..."As we celebrate this victory for freedom over terror, we must remain vigilant and never let down our guard," she said. "I commend President Obama for bringing bin Laden to justice and would like to thank former President Bush for his long standing commitment and resolve. I join all Americans in celebrating this day of victory over terrorism."
Those with vivid memories of 9-11 express relief over news, The Sanford Herald
"The men and women of our armed forces, intelligence community and their families have worked valiantly throughout this long battle and deserve our praise. I commend President Obama for bringing bin Laden to justice and would like to thank former President Bush for his long standing commitment and resolve. I join all Americans in celebrating this day of victory over terrorism." -- U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers
Congresswomen answer questions, address crowd, Fredrick News Post
Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers said health care was the reason she ran against a seven-term Democratic incumbent...Bolstered by the tea party movement, Ellmers, a nurse, voted to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul after she won the 2nd district North Carolina seat in the November 2010 elections...Ellmers and Republican Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler were the keynote speakers at the Republican Central Committee of Frederick County's Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner Monday night.
House Votes To Ban Taxpayer Funding Of Abortions, The Talk Radio News Source
Smith was joined at the podium by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) as well as Republican freshman Reps. Renee Ellmers (N.C.), John Fleming (La.), Phil Roe (Tenn.) and Vicky Hartzler (Miss.).
Moms in Congress, The Hill
With Mother's Day this Sunday, The Hill continues to feature the women in Congress who find time in their busy schedules to make dinner for their children and tuck them into bed at night while filling their role as public officials... Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) Ellmers, What does it mean to you to be both a mom and a member of Congress? The reason I decided to run for Congress was because of my concern for my son's future...
Below are the results of last week's survey questions. Please take the new survey located in the right sidebar.
With gas prices continuing to rise, what should the government focus on to help lower costs?
70% End the drilling moratorium and allow more offshore drilling
22% Focus on renewable resources
1% Do nothing
How are higher gas prices affecting you and your family?
53% Driving less
20% Eating out less
27% Change of vacation plans