Op-eds and Speeches

Free trade could help lift us out of current economic mire

June 25, 2009 — Op-eds and Speeches

As lawmakers continue to debate solutions to revive our ailing economy, a pillar of recovery that must not be forgotten is the vital role free trade plays in growing our economy and creating jobs.  With unemployment numbers continuing to rise, there is no better time than now to affirm our nation’s commitment to stimulating our economy by opening ...

TARP shortchanges small business as banks hoard cash and don’t loan

June 25, 2009 — Op-eds and Speeches

On Oct. 3, 2008, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) was signed into law. At $700 billion, this bank bailout was unprecedented. Perhaps more striking at the time, however, was the complete lack of meaningful guidelines, measurable benchmarks, and strings attached to the bailout money. In essence, the only restriction placed on the secretary of the Treasury was that he had to spend the ...

Beware of Democratic health care ‘reform’

June 21, 2009 — Op-eds and Speeches

Health coverage today is out of reach for too many Americanfamilies. Approximately 182 million Americans currently receive some form ofemployer-sponsored health coverage. With so many people's health care at stake,Congress should ensure that any changes to our health care system do not jeopardizecoverage for those who already have medical coverage. 

Camp: Make Health Care Affordable

June 17, 2009 — Op-eds and Speeches

Americans want, deserve and demand health care reform.Wednesday, I and my Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives are unveiling common sense health care reforms that focus on increasing the affordability, accessibility and availability of quality health care.Our plan will lower costs, make health care more convenient for patients and improve quality at a price our ...

Boustany: Reform Lacks Transparency, Bipartisanship

June 11, 2009 — Op-eds and Speeches

As Washington debates health reform, many politicians seem to have forgotten what the whole debate is about — patients being able to get good care from their doctors at a reasonable price.Too often, people are denied access to the doctor of their choice, especially as fewer and fewer ...

Boustany: Working Together for American Health Care

June 04, 2009 — Op-eds and Speeches

American families are struggling with skyrocketing health care costs as our national economy emerges from a recession.As a doctor and member of the House Republican Health Care Solutions Group, I have seen first hand American families and small businesses worried about rising costs and losing their coverage. The Urban Institute reported that ...

Boustany: Controlling Costs is Top Priority

March 25, 2009 — Op-eds and Speeches

Americans want Congress to pass meaningful legislation to reducehealth costs, improve access to needed care, expand coverage and shoreup the unstable Medicare program.Controlling rising costs remains the top priority on the health reformagenda. Rising health costs make health insurance coverage unaffordablefor millions of Americans. Others face massive increases inco-payments, premiums ...

Heller: Congress Can’t Tax Its Way Out of a Recession

March 25, 2009 — Op-eds and Speeches

Economic recovery is the one issue that should bring Democrats and Republicans together. Nationwide the unemployment rate is over 8 percent. My home state of Nevada has over 10 percent unemployment and leads the country in home foreclosures. Yet, as American families struggle, the administration and the majority party are pursuing fiscal policies that penalize working Americans and small ...

Roskam: Dim Prospects for Debt

March 25, 2009 — Op-eds and Speeches

 By: Peter RoskamIn these uncertain economic times, many Americans are asking important questions about the nation's finances. Why were taxpayers asked to finance a $700 billion bailout of Wall Street - with up to $750 billion more on the way, according to the president? Is it appropriate for the government to own portions of our biggest banks? And what happens ...

Roskam – An Idea of Obama: Stimulus that is Both Sustainable and Free

March 05, 2009 — Op-eds and Speeches

In the aftermath of the approval of an $800-billionspending bill masquerading as economic stimulus, many of us in Congressconcerned about the exponential growth of the national debt arewondering if U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has even slightlyconsidered common-sense policy alternatives before squandering precioustaxpayer dollars.  President Barack Obama’s recent visit to ...