This week marked the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I helped pay tribute to the thousands of Americans who lost their lives by gathering with my fellow colleagues on the Capitol steps for prayer and reflection.
On the House floor this week I helped pass H.R. 6213, the No More Solyndras Act, which would phase out the Department of Energy's mismanaged loan guarantee program and provide added taxpayer protections to existing applications. Solyndra was a California-based solar panel manufacturer that went bankrupt after receiving a $535 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy under the 2009 stimulus law. The House also passed legislation to fund the federal government until March 27, 2013.
I was honored to be recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) as a Guardian of Small Business for my continued support in promoting and protecting the right of small-business owners to own, operate and grow their businesses.
Lastly, I had the privilege to attend an award ceremony in D.C. for a very deserving couple from Summit Township. Carl and Kathy Macomber received the "Angels in Adoption" award for their outstanding work on behalf of children in need.