As you may know, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee brought an epic 500-year flood to the Susquehanna River basin and other parts of Pennsylvania in 2011. Our communities faced devastation unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. People lost everything: their jobs as local businesses closed, their homes and property, and their prized possessions and family keepsakes, which were destroyed a
As you may know, since my first day in Congress, I have been working to fix our broken immigration system. I believe there should be no talk of amnesty until our borders are secure. In the wake of the Senate passage of an illegal immigration bill, I am reminded that we have immigration laws for two reasons: to protect our national security and to protect American jobs. The Senate bill violat
I wanted to take a moment to wish you and your family a happy and safe Independence Day. On July 4th, 1776, our forefathers adopted the Declaration of Independence, notifying Great Britain that the United States of America would no longer recognize a tyrannical monarch. The brave men who signed this document risked their lives to create a sovereign nation founded on the principles of freedom,
Our nation faces a serious debt problem. There is no question that the federal government is on an unsustainable spending spree. Our national debt is more than $16 trillion, higher than any time in American history, and growing. The deficit this year will be $845 billion, despite a 17 percent increase in revenue. While the House budget (H.Res.
As you may know, in May the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that mirrors the president’s proposal for a long-term, market-based solution to the looming student loan interest rate hike. Without action by the U.S.
On May 27, 2013, Americans across the country celebrated Memorial Day by honoring our nation’s heroes. We are eternally grateful and indebted to the men and women who have paid the ultimate price in the defense of our nation and the freedoms we hold dear. I will continue to ensure veterans in Pennsylvania and across the country receive the benefits they need and rightfully deserve.
Since 1909, Senate and House members of each party have teamed up to settle scores and solidify friendships off the floor and on the field at the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. Over the last century, the Congressional Baseball Game’s popularity has contributed to its evolution into a fundraiser for The Washington Literacy Council and The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washingt
As almost everyone acknowledges, the federal government’s fiscal house is a mess. Spending has gotten out of control and we in the House of Representatives have taken the lead in addressing this problem. On March 21, 2013, I voted for the House budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14). This budget resolution, while not having the force of law, establishes a blueprint for future spending
As you know, on March 1, 2013, sequestration went into effect. Sequestration is a set of automatic across-the-board spending cuts. These cuts, totaling $85 billion for Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13), will be divided among various defense and domestic programs. It is important to remember that the Senate and the president have no plan for addressing sequestration, while the House of Representatives
On February 3, 2013, I spoke about immigration reform on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” There is no question that our immigration system is broken and needs to be repaired. But, the truth is, the president’s immigration plan is nothing new. Similar to the Senate plan, it does not address the underlying causes of illegal immigration in our country.