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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Congresswoman: Putting America on a 'Path to Prosperity'

  • Last week, we witnessed two very clear differences on how to solve America's problems.Our Democrat friends believe the best way to move the country forward is with $1.8 trillion in new taxes, increased spending, and to reduce our military to its smallest size in decades. Along with all our federal agencies, I too beli...
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  • Last week, we witnessed two very clear differences on how to solve America’s problems.
    Our Democrat friends believe the best way to move the country forward is with $1.8 trillion in new taxes, increased spending, and to reduce our military to its smallest size in decades.
    Along with all our federal agencies, I too believe we need to look for savings at the Pentagon, but the level of cuts they are talking about to our forces while growing virtually every other segment of government seems entirely irresponsible.
    They believe government can best solve our problems if we just give the folks in Washington, D.C., a little more control over our businesses, schools, and health care.
    The budget blueprint I supported last week lays out a different vision.
    I voted for a budget plan that seeks to get our nation’s finances in order, and stop spending more money than we take in. This plan would create jobs, cut wasteful spending, and hold Washington more accountable.
    Kansans sent me to D.C. to make tough decisions, and that includes necessary reforms to preserve and protect mandatory programs that are jeopardizing our childrens' future. I voted for a budget I believe will get more people back to work and give hardworking Americans more take-home pay so everyone has the opportunity to live the American dream.
    Our budget plan reduces spending by $5.1 trillion the next 10 years, and puts us on a responsible path to balance the budget and eventually pay down our debts.
    Unfortunately, while President Barack Obama did propose a budget, it was not a serious document, thus it only received 2 votes in the House of Representatives.
    Additionally, for the fourth time in the last five years, the Senate has already announced its refusal to even debate a budget this year.
    The only budget passed in the Senate the past five years occurred last year, and senators only passed that budget because of legislation that originated in the House that would have stopped their pay if they failed to pass a budget. That is not leadership. That is just wrong.
    Ways and Means refers ex-IRS official for criminal prosecution
    The House Ways and Means Committee took action last week and voted to formally refer former IRS official Lois Lerner to the Department of Justice on criminal charges for her involvement in the IRS targeting scandal.
    Our letter to the Department of Justice finally debunks the administration-created myth that the IRS targeting scandal originated with low-level employees in Cincinnati.
    Based on the documents, emails, and interviews conducted during the past year-long investigation, evidence shows the selective targeting of conservative organizations was orchestrated from IRS officials in Washington, D.C.
    Page 2 of 2 - The public now has the opportunity to know the sad and alarming details we’ve uncovered so far.
    And, the Department of Justice now has what it needs to pursue Lerner and has the responsibility to act.
    Our investigation is not over, and we will continue our work to ensure Americans' constitutional rights are not violated by those seeking to silence groups based on their political views.
    Setting the record straight: Equal pay for equal work
    I strongly support equal pay for equal work, and I'm proud I live in a country where it’s illegal to discriminate in the workplace thanks to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
    Last week, at a press conference with Republican leaders, I discussed the women’s issues I hear about most in honor of Equal Pay Day and highlighted what the House has been working on to provide all Americans greater opportunity.
    When I talk to women in Kansas, we discuss ways to build a healthy economy with more job opportunities, a good education system, lower health care costs, and lowering taxes to bring home more of their paycheck each month.
    These are the issues that I have solutions for — I have voted for and helped pass the Save American Workers Act, the SKILLS Act, the STEMS Jobs Act, the Working Families Flexibility Act and dozens of other jobs bills to help hardworking women and men succeed.
    In 2009, the Obama administration’s Department of Labor conducted a study on the wage gap. Part of the study finds, “the differences in compensation of men and women are the result of a multitude of factors and the raw wage gap should not be used as a basis to justify corrective action.”
    Sadly, as recently as last week, the president continues to use the raw wage gap data and many of his administration’s policies seem less focused on gender equality than they are on gender warfare used to disguise the failures of his economic agenda.
    Since President Obama took office, the poverty rate for women has increased to 16.3 percent from 14.4 percent, and the median income for women fell by almost $800, according to the Census Bureau.
    If Democrats were serious about helping women, they would allow votes on the countless job-creating proposals that Republicans have offered and will continue to offer in the coming months.

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