In The News
As I noted in this same space earlier this year, I have long been skeptical of how U.S. taxpayer dollars are spent overseas, having heard countless stories of America’s generosity being rewarded by wasteful projects and corrupt foreign bureaucrats enriching themselves at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer and robbing their own citizens of those intended benefits.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are standing in the way of improving customer service for our nation’s veterans. We introduced WINGMAN (H.R. 5166) in May of this year with broad bipartisan support - 137 of our colleagues in the House signed on as co-sponsors.
Last week, the full U.S. House passed on voice vote a proposal from two Florida congressmen to increase access for congressional staffers to have access to help clear the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) backlog.
Republicans in Congress are fired up by the chance to accomplish big things in the early days of the upcoming Trump administration and move away from the crisis budgeting that faces them once again in the lame-duck session.
We are in a constitutional crisis. Since 2011, approval ratings for Congress are consistently below 20 percent. Presidential authority and executive overreach are greater and more abusive now than during any time in recent memory. Members in the House and the Senate struggle to offer alternative policies and are stonewalled by the executive branch.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the State Sponsors of Terrorism Review Enhancement Act, H.R. 5484, authored by U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL).
Gov. Rick Scott is in Washington this afternoon meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Florida’s U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, and U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho to talk about the latest effort to fund the fight on the Zika virus.
When the United States has friends like Saudi Arabia, who needs enemies?
Last week the Obama administration approved the largest release of detainees from the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. These fifteen hardened terrorists will be transferred and placed under the custody of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This prisoner release greatly concerns me. As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I believe this transfer is reckless and shortsighted.
Florida Republican Ted Yoho is leading the charge on Capitol Hill to delay--and possibly halt--the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.
Yoho noted on Wednesday that he was against the State Department’s planned $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia.