on the image above to watch me speak on the Senate floor about the new 114th Congress.
a frustrating period of inaction and dysfunction in the Senate, under new leadership, we now have an
opportunity to reverse course.
I am hopeful and optimistic that all of us – colleagues both new and old, Republican
and Democrat – can work together to achieve serious results.
We must put behind us the days when Congress careened from one cliff to the next, governing
from one crisis to another.
I am anxious to get to work on responsible legislative solutions to our nation’s
our country faces threats from cyber attacks, inadequate border security and radical Islamist extremists
like those responsible for the horrendous murders in Paris.
Unfortunately, many of the administration’s responses to these challenges have
fallen short of what is needed to successfully address numerous threats to our security: an unenforced
red line with Syria, dubious negotiations with Iran and granting amnesty to those in the United States
Congress has an important role to play in addressing these issues and protecting our
On the domestic front, the 114th Congress must be about legislation that sets the conditions
for economic growth.
Back home in Indiana, I consistently hear from Hoosiers who tell me that Washington
needs to focus more on building an economic climate that encourages job creation and expands opportunity
The policies of the Obama Administration have fallen far short of what is needed. These
concerns must be addressed in Congress, and there are several areas where Republicans can work with President
Obama, if he is willing to work with us.
together, I hope we can:
• Construct the Keystone XL pipeline,
• Repeal the excise tax on medical
• Reform federal regulations that prevent businesses from growing and hiring,
more markets to American-made products and
• Reform our broken tax code.
look forward to what 2015 and the 114th Congress have in store. I want Hoosiers to know that I will continue
to fully engage in representing them in our nation's capital.