Posted by Randy | March 24, 2016
When Iran detained ten U.S. sailors in January, Americans here at home watched the video footage with anger and concern. To many of us, the incident revealed yet again how foolish and short-sighted the Administration’s dealings with this anti-American regime really are. I also take it as another sign of the impact that devastating cuts to our military are having on the training and readiness of U.S. forces being sent in harm’s way.
I recently received a briefing on the initial findings of the Navy’s official investigation into the situation, and am deeply concerned by what I heard. That’s why, when I was chairing a recent Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee hearing, I urged all Members of Congress to receive the same briefing on this incident as soon as possible, so that we can work immediately to ensure that it never happens again.
If you missed it, watch WVEC's coverage of my comments here or below.
I will continue to fight every day to ensure that the servicemembers who are sent into harm’s way are equipped with the training and resources they need to successfully accomplish their missions and return safely home.
Posted by Randy | December 31, 2015
You may remember a few years ago when the General Services Administration (GSA) flew bureaucrats to Las Vegas for a multi-day conference. The Washington Post reported that the conference served $7,000 worth of sushi and spent $44 per person on breakfast – and that the American taxpayer footed the bill to the tune of approximately $823,000, according to the Post. Unfortunately, this wasn’t an isolated incident. In 2013, an Inspector General audit reported that the IRS spent $4.1 million on a conference in California. And earlier this year, the Washington Post reported a contractor working for USAID billed the federal government $1.1 million for staff parties and retreats.
This needs to stop. That’s why I’m supporting the Government Spending Accountability (GSA) Act, to cut waste, fraud, and abuse by increasing transparency into federal government spending on travel and setting caps for what can be spent on conferences. You can take a look at the bill for yourself, here.
We must restore faith in government by restoring the proper function of government – and it begins by stopping the waste.
Posted by Randy | October 09, 2015
Below is a brief breakdown of a bill that I want your thoughts on. I recently cosponsored H.R. 3442, The Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which requires the Secretary of the Treasury to testify before Congress prior to any date on which the Administration anticipates that the nation will reach the debt limit. The Secretary will be required to provide Congress with a couple important things, including:
Posted by Randy | August 11, 2015
Balance your budget. Don't spend more than you make. Following the law is not optional. Problem solving takes focus and team work.
Posted by Randy | July 29, 2015
There’s no question about it: Washington needs to change the way it does business – especially when it comes to our nation’s job creators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. The cost of complying with Washington’s complicated regulations is one of the biggest burdens on American small businesses and manufacturers. That doesn’t make sense to me. We should be doing everything we can to empower our nation’s job creators to grow, innovate, and push our country forward – not hamstringing them with bulky and burdensome bureaucracy.
Posted by Randy | July 28, 2015
Pointing out everything that is wrong in Washington would be a full time job. But one of the greatest flaws I see in the policy debates in Washington today – which I believe impacts every decision made and every solution put forth – is a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of government in our lives. So here are three key truths that I believe Washington desperately needs to wrap its head around, if we want to get our country back on track:
1) Government was created to protect people’s rights, not protect people from themselves. When you have a government that believes its role in your life is to protect you from yourself, that is when we have -- not just a problem -- but a complete erosion of our founding principles. Our Founding Fathers could not have been more clear when they wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
2) There’s no such thing as a “free” government program. Any program provided by the government is paid for out of the American people’s pocket. I believe government should be the last resort we turn to – not the first one – while we instead focus on empowering citizens with options and opportunities.
3) Government doesn’t fix the problem. Usually, government is the problem. The American people are the ones who are best at coming up with creative solutions, building things, creating jobs, and prosperity, and pushing our country forward. Instead, government should serve as a launching pad, catalyst, and facilitator of success, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
Why does this matter? Because I believe understanding the proper role of government is crucial to charting our country’s course to a future that is brighter, freer, and more prosperous than ever before. Bringing that understanding to Congress is one of the biggest reasons that I serve and that I’m committed to pushing for solutions that limit government, cut back on bulky bureaucracy, and get to the heart of government overspending.
What do you think – do you agree limited government is effective government? Join the conversation on my Facebook page, here, and weigh in with your thoughts.
Posted by Randy | June 19, 2015
The President has threatened to veto the annual defense policy bill, which provides critical resources for our men and women in uniform, unless Congress increases funding for domestic agencies like the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This threat comes even as 450 additional troops have been sent to Iraq to oppose ISIS.
Posted by Randy | June 10, 2015
I believe access to the Internet should never be taxed. And yet, many states and localities are looking to do just this. Pull out your most recent phone bill -- look closely, and you'll notice a list of access taxes tacked onto your bill each month. If you look at the bill from your Internet service provider, those same taxes are not there.
In case you missed it, a bipartisan bill that I have been championing to permanently ensure that citizens cannot be taxed for Internet access passed the House of Representatives last night with my support. Take a look at H.R.235. Let's keep access to the Internet tax-free.
I will keep you posted on this bill’s progress as it moves to the Senate.
Posted by Randy | June 08, 2015
I firmly believe limited government is effective government. And a government that spends billions in duplicative programs every year is neither.
Posted by Randy | October 08, 2014
The numbers speak for themselves. Out of 435 Members of Congress, only 17 have voted against all stimulus under both Presidents Bush and Obama. I am proud to be one of the 17.
Washington needs to be held directly accountable for overspending. That’s why I introduced a bill to tie Members salaries to government spending – the more they spend, the less they make. Learn more about my efforts to cut wasteful spending and solve Washington’s dysfunction, here.