Our nation stands at a crossroads as many significant issues have been ignored for decades. Among them is energy independence and passing along a cleaner environment to future generations.
As a conservative, I have always believed we can and should be better stewards of God's creation. I also know we can strengthen our economy and national security by becoming energy independent.
Last year we spent more than $440 billion on foreign oil and now find ourselves more dependent on overseas supplies than at any other time in our nation's history. Sometimes our money even goes to fund enemies bent on our destruction.
And who will ever forget last year's $4 a gallon gas? America has been held hostage by foreign cartels far too long and it's now time we do something about it.
In a stunning rebuke by the citizens of Maine yesterday, the law passed by the Democratic-controlled Maine state legislature and signed into law by Democratic Governor, John Baldacci, to allow homosexuals to marry, was resoundingly defeated. The American people continue to overrule their elected officials on this issue, time after time, and it seems these politicians never seem to learn the lesson.
By an average of about 70%, voters in 31 states, including the liberal states of California, Hawaii, Oregon, and now Maine, have rejected homosexual marriage. In the case of Maine, the Democratic-elected officials were determined to bypass their citizens and force such "marriages" upon the citizens of Maine. The citizens rose up and voted a resounding NO!
The president signed into law the defense spending bill last week in the White House with the abominable "hate crimes" legislation included in the bill, what many now call "thought crimes" legislation. This law will eventually lead to the prosecution of clergy who speak out against homosexuality from their pulpits if the experience of similar legislation passed in Canada, Sweden and Great Britain is any guide.
The First Amendment free speech rights of chaplains in the United States military has already been restricted. Military chaplains have been harassed and indeed dismissed from military duty because they pray in the name of Jesus. To remedy this terrible problem, it is imperative that the United States Congress pass Congressman Walter Jones' Military Chaplain Prayer bill.
Conventional wisdom suggests that the prospect of Congress passing a comprehensive climate change bill soon is rapidly approaching zero. The divisions in our country on how to deal with climate change are deep. Many Democrats insist on tough new standards for curtailing the carbon emissions that cause global warming. Many Republicans remain concerned about the cost to Americans relative to the environmental benefit and are adamant about breaking our addiction to foreign sources of oil.
However, we refuse to accept the argument that the United States cannot lead the world in addressing global climate change. We are also convinced that we have found both a framework for climate legislation to pass Congress and the blueprint for a clean-energy future that will revitalize our economy, protect current jobs and create new ones, safeguard our national security and reduce pollution.
I am introducing a congressional resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives in light of the recent reports of criminal activity involving ACORN and their long history of tax-exemption abuse. I am calling on Congress to terminate ACORN's tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
My resolution expresses the sense of Congress that the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) should lose its exemption from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
I have introduced this resolution because of a number of abuses by ACORN. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, seven employees of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (commonly referred to as ‘‘ACORN'') were charged with filing hundreds of fraudulent voter registrations before the 2008 elections.
When President Obama touched down in Pittsburgh for the G-20 Summit last week, he had the chance to lead on trade policies that will level the playing field for American workers and small businesses.
Trade is critical to U.S. economic growth and vital to global economic development. Trade - especially exports - has been the one bright spot in our economy over recent years, accounting at one point for nearly 60 percent of our economic growth. Forty-two percent of American jobs depend on trade, and exports account for one in every eight dollars earned by Americans last year. Yet in the midst of this severe economic downturn, U.S. exports have declined by 20 percent - marking the worst decline in U.S. exports since World War II.
Two weeks ago, the AP reported that acting under a tip from ACORN, authorities in Florida have arrested 11 individuals accused of falsifying hundreds of voter applications during a registration drive last year. According to the press report, "the suspects collectively turned in about 1,400 registration cards, of which 888 were later found to be faked."
While this was certainly a smart move on ACORN's part to assist in this criminal investigation, this controversial organization is far too often implicated in these falsified voter registration activities.
Perhaps the most blatant "disinformation" being promulgated in the health care debate this year is that there are only two choices for American health care: putting the federal government in charge or allowing insurance companies to run the show. While the President, congressional Democrats in charge, and, to a degree, the media have done all they can to shut out Republican ideas, the truth remains that there is a third path, a correct path.
Now that the American people have clearly indicated their disdain for the public option as a Trojan horse for government-run health care, concerned citizens should demand that members of Congress look to other alternatives.
This spring we introduced a comprehensive health care reform bill, the Patients' Choice Act, along with U.S. Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Devin Nunes (R-CA), that delivers on the stated goals of both parties -- improving health care choices, access and affordability -- without adding billions of dollars in new debt or taxes. In fact, according to independent estimates, our bill could save taxpayers at least $70 billion and states more than $960 billion over the next ten years.
On this 8th anniversary of the Islamic terrorist attacks on America, September 11, 2001, we say a prayer for the families of the victims from attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the heroes on Flight 93, headed for Washington D.C., which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
On that fateful morning 8 years ago, Christian Coalition of America staff was beginning to gather for our daily prayer service in our Capitol Hill office and preparing to offer up prayers for the events taking place already in New York City. From one of the huge picture windows in Christian Coalition's conference room, the staffers already present saw a plane pass closely by, heading in the direction of the Pentagon. Moments after beginning our prayer service, we were told to evacuate the building. None of us will ever be able to forget that horrible day.