Feb 28, 2013

What is the sequester?

There is a lot of talk lately about the sequester. So what exactly is it? This term refers to across-the-board spending cuts proposed by the president and agreed to by Congress in 2011. The result is about $85 billion in actual spending cuts over the next seven months. Half of the reductions will come from defense accounts with the other half coming from discretionary domestic programs.

Feb 20, 2013

Manufacturing Legislative Excellence

It’s important for Congress to incentivize the job creators and innovators who make America tick as our state and nation continue to recover from the global economic downturn. As your Representative, I maintain my commitment to advancing policies that encourage job growth and economic development.

Feb 14, 2013

Safe drinking water.

This week, I introduced a bill that seeks to ensure the public availability of safe and affordable drinking water in rural communities. Approximately 1,000 Mississippi communities receive water from rural water associations or small municipalities.

Feb 10, 2013

My legislative goals

So far this Congress, I have introduced bills to undo a federal health policy that jeopardizes seniors’ access to pain medications, eliminate unutilized and ineffective elections programs, redesign transition supports for the disabled, and relieve businesses and consumers from an unattainable federal energy mandate.

Jan 23, 2013


Passing a budget is not only a fundamental duty of governing, it is a constitutionally-mandated responsibility. Even so, the Senate has not written a budget since 2009 as the Democratic majority leader has attempted to guard his members from taking tough votes.

Jan 10, 2013

Re: Second Amendment rights

I firmly believe that law-abiding American citizens have the right to own firearms. But not only does the Obama administration seem to disagree with this view, they have now dispatched their campaign organization to rally the public behind new regulations on guns.

Jan 4, 2013

What to expect

Yesterday, I took the Oath of Office to serve my third, two-year House term when new and returning members were officially sworn in for the 113th Congress. Sidney and I are so humbled by the trust that our friends and neighbors have placed in our family to represent their conservative values.

Dec 6, 2012


This debate is not about winning a public relations campaign. This is about enacting the best policies. But it’s nearly impossible for lawmakers to have an honest conversation with a White House that contradicts its own ideas on how to move our country forward.

Nov 30, 2012

I've got your back.

Let’s be clear: Congress must significantly cut federal spending. Any balanced approach to strengthen the nation’s fiscal health must also reform the greatest drivers of debt – such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – while protecting the solvency of these health and retirement programs that benefit seniors and are critical for lower-income families.

Nov 22, 2012


The longstanding tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving dates back to harvest festivals during our nation’s infancy. For our family, this annual holiday is a time to rejoice, rejuvenate and remember our guiding principle as one nation united under God’s direction.