In Case You Missed It: A Look Back at the Twelve Key Issues I Addressed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                          August 24, 2012
CONTACT:                                                                                       Jeb Harmon
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                                                  In Case You Missed It:

                            "A Look Back At the Twelve Key Issues I Addressed"


1)      Repeal Obamacare; Pursue Patient-Centered Care

As a medical professional for over 25 years, I have been one of the leading voices in Congress advocating to repeal and replace Obamacare. I have successfully eliminated three programs created by Obamacare and defunded/repealed aspects of five additional programs. In all, I have voted over 30 times to partially or fully repeal or defund the law.  Ultimately, we need to fully repeal this invasive law. 

In continuing to pursue patient-centered care, I also introduced the Competitive Insurance Reform Act (H.R. 1150) to eliminate a special interest loophole, which would decrease costs and increase access for patients.  That bill passed the House as part of The PATH Act (H.R. 5) earlier this year.

2)       Stop the Tax Hikes

Last month, I voted for the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act (H.R.8), which would prevent the impending January 1, 2013 tax hikes that would raise the average Arizona family’s taxes by an estimated $3,341. As I have said many times before, Washington does not have a revenue problem—it has a spending problem.  

3)      Reverse Obama’s Spending Increases

To restore fiscal sanity to Washington, I supported the largest spending cut since World War II; a total $2.1 trillion in cuts.  I also supported the Republican Study Committee Budget, which balances the budget within five years. I have consistently voted to cut spending over the past year and half.  The national debt is the greatest national security threat that faces our country.

4)      Scrap the Current U.S. Tax Code; Replace It with a Flat Tax

I have been an advocate for comprehensive tax reform.  As a small business owner for over 25 years, I know that the patch work tax system creates uncertainty for American families and small businesses. This current system is not working, and so we need to replace it with a more fair and more flat tax code.   

5)      Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment

 I was proud to cosponsor a balanced budget amendment proposal, also known as the “Business Cycle Balanced Budget Amendment” (H.J. Res. 81).  This proposed amendment would be a hybrid between a spending limit and balanced budget rule.  It would take an average of federal revenue levels from the previous three years, and limit spending based on that figure.

Last year, I also voted for H.J.Res.2, introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). Although I voted for H.J.Res.2, it ultimately failed to get the two-thirds majority needed to pass the House with a final vote of 261 to 165, and eight members not voting.  The opposition was led by House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer, who had voted in favor of the amendment in 1995. Despite that set back, I will continue to fight for a balanced budget amendment.  

6)      Reject Cap and Trade

I oppose Cap and Trade, and voted for legislation (H.R.910 – the Energy Tax Prevention Act) that blocks the Obama Administration from forcing a backdoor cap and trade tax that would increase prices on necessary commodities like gasoline, groceries and electricity.

7)      Rein in the EPA

 My colleagues and I are fighting the Environmental Protection Agency every day, as the agency continues to try to regulate things that they have no business regulating,  to shut down our coal power plants, and to over-regulate a variety of other items that threaten Arizona’s energy security.   That is why I have voted to rein in many of the EPA’s regulations, and I have also voted to defund many of the agency’s restrictive programs.  The Obama Administration EPA is out of control. 

8)      Unleash America’s Vast Energy Potential

As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, I have been working hard and leading the charge in expanding America’s energy potential.  I voted to approve the Keystone pipeline and to expand offshore and onshore gas production.  I also introduced legislation to expand solar, wind, geothermal, and hydropower on federal lands.  I am an advocate for nuclear power and I have visited the largest nuclear power plant in the country, Palo Verde, which is located in the district. I have also spearheaded multiple initiatives aimed at stopping Obama’s attack on coal, because it is a critical part of our state and country’s energy security.  

9)      Eliminate the Department of Education

 I am proud to cosponsor the A-PLUS Act (H.R. 2514), legislation that empowers state and local officials to enact solutions that will be effective for their unique educational systems.  The A-PLUS Act is the first step in getting the federal government out of education.  Education is a state issue, and local school boards and communities know what is best for their students. Ultimately, I want to eliminate the Department of Education.

10)  Reduce the Bloated Federal Workforce

I am honored to serve as a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has jurisdiction over the federal workforce. I have taken an active role in investigating the downsizing of the federal workforce, and examining the federal government's approach to employee compensation. 

11)  Curbing Burdensome Regulations

Every year, federal regulations have become more and more burdensome, yet every day   I am fighting to cut through the red-tape.  We need to get the federal government out of the way to let small businesses do what they do best—create jobs—and for American families to again prosper. 

12)  Audit the Fed

 I was one of the first cosponsors of Ron Paul’s bill to audit the fed, ( the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, H.R. 459), helping to navigate it through the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and ultimately voting for it on the House floor. Though the Federal Reserve is only a quasi-government entity, quasi-transparency is unacceptable to the American people. I share in the belief that an open government is the best government.