I hope this year has been a special year for you! As always, the Christmas season is an extraordinary time: a time to enjoy our families; a time to give back to our communities; and a time of reflection.
This evening, the House of Representatives passed the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill. This spending bill contains a number of important measures that fulfill the people’s priorities, including protecting jobs, stopping wasteful spending, reining in government overreach, and funding our national security.
While many American families plan for the future by opening tax-advantaged 529 savings accounts to set aside funds for future college costs, families with children with disabilities lose federal benefits if they opt to make the same choice. The act would establish tax-free so-called ABLE accounts — a flexible savings tool similar to what other Americans have through college savings accounts, health savings accounts, and individual retirement accounts. People with disabilities would be able to save up to $14,000 annually at any financial institution. Families would also be able to use the account to cover medical expenses not covered by private insurance or Medicaid.
I am often reminded of our blessings through the doxology and hymn, “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.” I join you in giving thanks for the incredible blessing of being an American.
Our country has a broken immigration system that needs a real solution, not a quick fix. The president's unilateral action on immigration is not an effective, long term solution to our broken system, and it will set back the American peoples' goal to move forward with effective an accountable solutions.
Recently, President Obama has made headlines by threatening to take action on immigration reform – without input from Congress. Though details of any plan the president might be considering are murky, one thing is clear: any changes made to U.S. immigration policy should NOT circumvent the U.S. Congress.
On this Veterans Day, I am extremely thankful for all our veterans and their families. It is their continued commitment to Duty, Honor, and Country, which make this the greatest nation in the world.
I know the American public is war weary after fighting in the Middle East for over a decade, but we must respond to injustice with military might. I look forward to continued debate on the U.S. response in the coming weeks and hope that we will soon see a comprehensive plan from the Commander-in-Chief that cuts ISIS to the core.
2,145 days. That’s more than 5 ½ years. Over half a decade - that’s how long President Obama has been reviewing the Keystone XL pipeline application. The Founding Fathers of the United States of America drafted and ratified the Constitution in less than a year.
For nearly six years I’ve opposed President Obama’s immigration policies. I’ve taken a stand against legislation he’s proposed, statements he’s made and policies he’s implemented. Probably my biggest frustration has been his spiritless approach to ensuring that our borders are secure from weapons, drugs and undocumented individuals.