Insular Areas and Freely Associated States Energy Developmentby Former Representative Jack Kingston
Posted on 2014-12-11
KINGSTON. Mr. Chairman, I thank you for all of your leadership
and friendship over the years, and your very capable staff as well.
Mr. Speaker, I congratulate you on your retirement as well and wish you the best.
You know, I came to Washington to cut spending and hold the line on spending, and that is why I am supporting this bill today. This spending level is below last year's. When you combine the emergency spending with outlays, this is lower than last year, and it is a lot lower than the year before. So if you want to hold the line on spending, this is a good vote for you.
But the second part is the cavalry is coming, and next year there may be more cuts, and there should be more cuts. This bill holds the line on ObamaCare, which is something that we all have fought for. Virtually all Republicans fought to repeal ObamaCare and to end the President's amnesty program. No one is backing away from those objectives. There may be a debate on the strategy, but this bill makes sure that those debates will happen and that those votes will happen, again, Mr. Speaker, when the cavalry arrives. This bill moves that debate forward. It is a good thing.
It stops risk orders, which keeps the Obama administration from raiding private insurance companies to subsidize ObamaCare. It really hits ObamaCare where it counts. If you do not like ObamaCare, this is a good bill for you to vote for.
This bill puts Dodd-Frank in check. If you are concerned about the overregulation of the financial services industry, this bill challenges Dodd-Frank.
This bill supports our troops. We still have troops in harm's way all over the world. This bill supports them and actually increases their pay along the way.
This bill puts the EPA in check. The EPA has tried a backdoor power grab on putting a ban on lead in ammunition and fishing tackle. That would increase the cost and make it tougher for the average person to enjoy the great outdoors. This bill puts that in check.
This is a good bill, and I urge my colleagues to support it.
Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I yield 2 minutes to the distinguished gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Fattah), the ranking member of the Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee.