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Senate Skirting its Responsibility to Act

The House has passed more than 340 bills that are awaiting action on the Senate doorstep. Among those bills that the Senate has not taken up, one of the most important is the border security bill the House passed before the August district work period.

The Senate is, frankly, skirting its responsibility to act itself. The president is afraid of the American people and knows that what he wants to do is not popular and not supported by a majority of Americans.   Read more »

at Sep 22, 2014 8:36 AM
       

Exposing the EPA’s Plan to Regulate Your Power Plant

This week, I questioned top officials from the White House and the EPA about one of the most aggressive new government programs in our country’s history. The cornerstone of the White House's sweeping Climate Action Plan is EPA’s power plant regulation. Extending well beyond the power plants themselves, this rule will increase the cost of electricity and the cost of doing business. EPA’s mandates will be difficult for states to meet even under ideal circumstances. If energy prices or energy demand escalate, the costs of meeting those mandates will soar and American families will be forced to pay the bill.

Until this Administration can propose a detailed strategy, tell us

at Sep 20, 2014 1:28 PM
       

Immigration’s Real Impact on Wages and Employment

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has been releasing a series of reports claiming that immigrants are benefiting from the slightly recovering job market while natives are not. Of course, if immigrants were even less likely to gain jobs than Americans, CIS would use that as evidence that immigrants are a drain on the economy. No matter.   Read more »

at Sep 18, 2014 2:43 PM
       

The Senate Being Used As Incumbent Protection Program

More than a decade since I first came to this chamber, the United States Senate, it has become unrecognizable…Unfortunately, this chamber has devolved into one where not much gets done and when there are votes, they are frequently show-votes with the election clearly in mind.

We've had an experiment in big government over the last six years, and you know what? It hasn't worked out very well. Unemployment rates remain high;

at Sep 18, 2014 9:18 AM
       

Obama's Climate Action Plan

Today, I made the following statement at a hearing with the president’s top science advisor, Dr. John Holdren, and the top EPA air official, Janet McCabe, examining the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan and proposed EPA power plant regulations.

Today we look at one of the most aggressive new government programs in our country’s history. The Obama administration calls it the Climate Action Plan.   Read more »

at Sep 17, 2014 2:00 PM
       

A Republican Blueprint for Governing

More than a decade since I first arrived in the United States Senate, the chamber has become unrecognizable. What had traditionally been a forum for thoughtful debate of principled ideas has gradually devolved into a venue for carefully orchestrated theater.

Look no further than the Senate’s September agenda: Amid high unemployment and stagnant wages, widespread frustration over

at Sep 17, 2014 8:40 AM
       

Obama's Problem is Not his Incompetency!

The recent disaster in foreign affairs has put Obama's competency into question, and for many on both sides, Obama's failure is more about his incompetency as opposed to the results of his ideology. Democrats have an interest to show that the present mess in foreign affairs is the result of Obama's incompetency, particularly Hillary Clinton, who will run as the moderately competent Democrat, unlike the present

at Sep 10, 2014 5:00 PM
       

The Right Way To Raise Minimum Wages

How does one increase the minimum wage? There are two ways: the inefficient and destructive way or allowing the market to work. The first is what most politicians do routinely by pushing for laws to raise the minimum wage since it is very popular among voters and it gives everyone a warm fuzzy feeling. Then there is the North Dakota way: encourage economic growth and don’t be afraid to develop the natural resources of your state.   Read more »

at Sep 9, 2014 4:55 PM
       

August Jobs Report

Today I released the following statement regarding the August unemployment report:

Today’s weak jobs report shows that the Administration’s anti-growth agenda continues to prevent Americans from finding job opportunities that they need and deserve. According to a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office, the labor force participation rate is the lowest it has been since the late 1970’s.

at Sep 5, 2014 9:51 AM
       

Minnesota Misclassification Crackdown Gets Results

Because of an absence of federal action on the problem of rampant worker misclassification in construction, we continue to track the progress of states across the nation that are trying to deal with what's been called “a cancer” in the industry. Lawmakers in Minnesota have gotten particularly aggressive, pushing a registry for subcontractors that can be easily checked

at Sep 4, 2014 11:04 AM
       

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