Weekly Columns

Happy New Year

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Washington, January 4, 2012 | comments

As we begin the New Year, our nation has much to be thankful for and much work to do in order to get our economy back on track.  Many are struggling to provide for their family and stay afloat financially.  This year, Congress needs to focus on providing new jobs for Tennesseans by removing harmful regulations that are hindering job growth, lower the deficit, reform our health care system, and keep taxes low.

When Republicans took control of the House last year, our first priority was to create jobs. House Committees have been working hard to pass measures to ensure that businesses can hire again, and to date, the House has successfully sent 28 jobs bills to the Senate.  Unfortunately, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) would not allow any of the jobs bills to be considered in the Senate. In the New Year it is my hope that Leader Reid will stop playing politics and start working with House Republicans to lay the groundwork for future economic growth.

If we truly want to see a full economic recovery in the New Year, Congress needs to pass legislation that will ensure security in our health care system.   That means fixing our broken health care system by fully repealing the Affordable Care Act. That also includes protecting access to care by repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and the sustainable growth rate (SGR).  I am leading the charge to ensure Washington bureaucrats do not come between patients and their doctors. To date, my bipartisan legislation to repeal the IPAB has 220 cosponsors, more than enough to pass the House.  Even though Congress passed a two-month fix for the SGR, we need to work toward an ultimate fix for the broken payment system and completely repeal the SGR.

This holiday season I said a special prayer for the brave men and women who are serving our nation overseas in the Armed Forces.  They could not be with their families and friends here in the States, but they can always be in our thoughts and prayers.  Our troops deserve our highest support as they literally put their lives on the line for our freedom.

Having just celebrated the holidays with family and friends, let’s all try to reach out to be supportive of our military and their families.  I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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