This week marks the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor – “a date which will live in infamy.” This day continues to remind us of the sacrifices made by those who came before us and that our freedom is not free. I am thankful for our brave members of the military and veterans everyday and am honored to represent them in the Second District.
Last week, I was excited to learn that I had been appointed to the Energy and Commerce committee and this week I was appointed to three important subcommittees. Below you will find information about these subcommittees.
Republicans in the House continued to work to avoid the “fiscal cliff” this week with a new offer centered around a middle ground approach first presented to Congress last year by President Clinton’s former White House chief of staff, Erskine Bowles. This latest offer is a balanced approach of significant spending cuts and new revenues from tax reform with fewer loopholes and lower tax rates.
We must address our nation’s spending problem. Below you will find some information about the debt our children and grandchildren are currently projected to inherit and a video about the way our debt today affects generations to come. I will continue to keep you updated on the progress of fiscal cliff talks in my newsletter and on Facebook and Twitter.
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Energy and Commerce Subcommittees
This week, I was named to sit on three important subcommittees in the 113th Congress — the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittees on Health, Communications and Technology, and Oversight and Investigations.
I am honored by the faith Chairman Upton has shown in my ability to serve. This is an important opportunity for the second district and North Carolina as we look ahead to the issues we will be working on next year. All three of these subcommittees are responsible for overseeing the many policies which govern industries that bring jobs to our state and impact so many of the things that affect our daily lives – from driving our cars, to using the internet, or going to the doctor. I am humbled by the ability to serve my constituents and the state in a more robust and effective way and look forward to working with Subcommittee Chairmen Murphy, Pitts and Walden during the 113th Congress.
You will find more information about these subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on this page of my website.
Generations of Debt
A recent Chicago Tribune editorial asks the president, “where’s the focus on spending cuts?” We cannot solve our fiscal crisis without addressing our spending problem. Since the President took office, the federal public debt has increased from $10.6 trillion to $16.279 trillion — a more than 50 percent increase in four years. President Obama was the first president in history to exceed $3 trillion in federal spending and he has done so every year of his presidency.
Today’s federal debt puts a crushing burden on our children and grandchildren – each child’s share of the debt is $51,000 today and will be $69,000 per child by 2016. Our parents and grandparents left us a strong America and a growing economy. Meanwhile, trillion-dollar deficits have left our future generations saddled with debt.