Boozman Bulletin: Looking Ahead to the 114th Congress
Now that we have completed the 113th Congress, it is time to start looking ahead to the next session of Congress.
In my last email newsletter, I asked you what issues need to be a priority in the 114th Congress. I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who participated. Your input is valuable to me as we gear up to set the agenda under a Republican-led Senate. I want to share the results with you.
The responses from this survey mirror what I’ve heard during my travels across the state. Our border is far too porous, Washington spends way too much, and our nation’s healthcare system is in worse shape as a result of Obamacare.
One-third of respondents listed immigration as the first priority the new Congress should address. Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked toward immigration reform that secures our borders, enforces the immigration laws already on the book and does not reward illegal behavior with amnesty. I intend to continue that effort in 114th Congress.
Coming in right behind border security in our survey are the number two and three top vote-getters: Stop Washington’s reckless spending and institute real healthcare reform. I couldn’t agree more on either of these.
I believe we can find a mechanism, like a Balanced Budget Amendment, that will stop the government from spending beyond its means. If Arkansas can balance its budget, there is no reason that we shouldn’t be able to require Washington to do the same.
As for Obamacare, the law is a wet blanket on the economy that drives up healthcare costs, busts our budget, bankrupts Medicare and raises taxes. We need to start over with real healthcare reforms that put patients and their doctors in charge, not Washington bureaucrats.
Senate Republicans are eager to tackle these challenges when we gavel in the new session of Congress next month. In January we will regain control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. We can finally take action against the President’s immigration overreach; cut wasteful spending to make government more efficient and effective; and replace Obamacare with reforms that give freedom, choice and control to patients.
That’s what this election was about. It wasn’t about a Republican mandate. It had everything to do with the fact that Americans believe our country is headed down the wrong path.
We have an opportunity to change course. I’m excited about the opportunity you have given us to lead the Senate in a different direction. I am confident we will meet your expectations.
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
- Government Funding Bill Passes: It's far from perfect, but this funding bill brings discretionary spending to its lowest level in almost a decade and has a number of provisions that adhere to our conservative principles including reigning in the EPA, stopping IRS abuses and reforming Dodd-Frank.
- National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial: The Senate laid the foundation for our veterans of Desert Storm and Desert Shield to receive recognition for their service and sacrifice with a memorial in our . This language included in the national defense bill was original introduced by Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and myself. No federal funds would be used for the construction of the memorial.
- Boozman Named 'Friend of Farm Bureau': I was honored to receive the Arkansas Farm Bureau’s ‘Friend of the Farm Bureau’ award for my commitment to our state’s agriculture industry.
- Computer for Schools - Students at five Arkansas schools will have additional computers to use as a result of our participation in the U.S."Senate's Computers for Schools program.