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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
       

Obama’s Agenda: Arming and Training Syrian Rebels While Disarming American Citizens

I find it interesting that so many of our legislators today support the idea of arming and training Syrian Rebels -  many of whom are the same people who support more gun control laws here at home.

Arming and training foreign troops has not worked so well for us, so why do Obama and his democrat buddies think this time will be different?   Read more »

at Sep 19, 2014 4:50 PM
       

ISIS poses a grave threat to our freedom and security

It is a sad reality that President Obama refuses to come to Congress with a clear strategy to destroy ISIS and protect our U.S. security interests. It is my hope that Republicans can convince him to propose a clear plan, consistent with the Constitution, to keep Americans safe, and that it is not laden with impractical contingencies, such as resolving the Syrian civil war, reaching political reconciliation in Iraq or achieving “consensus” in the international community.   Read more »

at Sep 19, 2014 12:25 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
       

Feds Cook Up New Rules For School Bake Sales

Turn off the ovens, the school bake sales are over.

Bake sales in schools are as American as apple pie and the flag. Parents like Janet Huberty in Atascocita, Texas and other parents in PTAs and PTOs use bake sales to raise money for the school band, cheerleading uniforms and iPads for students.

But now, the almighty federal government has cooked up new rules controlling public school bake sales. No more cupcakes, oatmeal raisin cookies,

at Sep 17, 2014 6:34 PM
       

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
       

Happy Constitution Day!

On this day in 1787, the United States Constitution was signed, and our nation’s framework for government was created. Today, I’m proud to celebrate our Constitution which has served generations of Americans as a beacon for liberty and limited government. At a time when the federal government continues to overreach in just about every aspect of our lives, today should serve as a reminder of the Founders’ intentions and our system of checks and balances.   Read more »

at Sep 17, 2014 10:27 AM
       

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
       

Examining the Treatment of Whistleblowers

Last week, I chaired a hearing to examine the treatment of whistleblowers under the current administration. The witnesses shared their stirring and heartbreaking testimony. Their compelling story clearly shows the need for more to be done to insure the proper treatment of Federal workers under the 2012 Whistleblower Protection Act.

Whistleblowers are an essential tool in uncovering misdeeds, waste,

at Sep 16, 2014 6:27 PM
       

The Militarization Of Our Local Schools

On August 28, I wrote a piece questioning the militarization of our local police departments. In that article I asked some tough questions concerning the need for local law enforcement agencies to have military surplus items such as grenade launchers and mine resistant armored vehicles (the later are specifically known as a MRAP). I believe that

at Sep 16, 2014 9:19 AM
       

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