While I was home in Virginia this week for district work, it was still a busy few days in terms of politics. The week began with an unprecedented Supreme Court leak. Although I was troubled by the breach of confidentiality of this sacred institution, I hope the court will reaffirm the sanctity of life when it rules on Roe v. Wade later this summer. Additionally, this week I introduced legislation with my colleagues to defund the Biden administration’s recently announced “Disinformation Governance Council,” which is blatant federal excess and an attack on the First Amendment. Additionally, I was thrilled that the Department of the Interior responded to my calls and those of other members of Congress to resume park police escorts for the Honor Flight Network, an organization dedicated to bringing veterans at war memorials in recognition of their service. Finally, as the United States continues to face an economic downturn, I have visited several small businesses and other groups to ensure that the voices of Sixth District residents are heard in Washington. It is an honor to serve the people of West Virginia, and I will continue to fight for the values that make our area a great place to live and raise a family.
Recently, at an unprecedented time for the Supreme Court, a draft opinion was leaked which indicates that the High Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. This leak is very concerning, as the judicial process must be apolitical and always rooted in the letter of the law. A breach of this nature undermines the trust the American people have in the Supreme Court, it erodes the trust the justices have in one another, and it undermines the confidentiality necessary for the Court to discuss the cases before them. It was a shameful attempt to leverage public pressure to sway the judges, and it will now be used by the left to try to end the filibuster and fill the court with radical liberals. That said, I will always seek to protect the sanctity of life, and I hope and pray that the Supreme Court will do so when it rules on the case later this year.
The Biden administration’s move to create a disinformation governance council, or probably better known as the “Ministry of Truth,” is dystopian in design, almost certainly unconstitutional, and clearly doomed from the start. . The government has no role to play in determining what constitutes permissible truth or acceptable speech, and furthermore, the President’s choice of Nina Jankowicz as Executive Director of the Council is equally concerning. Jankowicz, who calls herself the “Mary Poppins of disinformation”, is a frequent purveyor of lies and seems sympathetic to the cause of American censorship. President Biden should disband that council immediately, but assuming he doesn’t, my colleagues and I this week introduced legislation to stop federal taxpayers’ money from funding it. Additionally, several members of Congress have also written to the Secretary of Homeland Security to express our concerns that the creation of this council is an alarming attempt by the Biden administration to use the department as a political tool. The full letter can be found here.
Honor Flight Network:
Since its inception in 2005, the Honor Flight Network has taken more than 250,000 World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and terminally ill veterans on an all-expenses-paid trip to visit the capital of our nation. Veterans visit – often for the first time – war memorials dedicated to their service to our country. During these journeys, veterans share memories and stories of their time in service, honor fallen comrades, and form important bonds with fellow participants. Honor Flights Hubs meticulously plans these experiences to advance the Honor Flight Network’s vision of a country where “all American veterans enjoy the honor, gratitude, and supportive community they deserve.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the National Park Police have discontinued their group bus escorts. This has made travel much more difficult as parking near memorials is limited and many veterans are disabled. That is why my colleagues and I have written to the Home Secretary asking that the Park Police be allowed to provide such escorts again. Fortunately, following our letter, the decision has been reversed and escorts will resume on June 1st. To read the full letter, click here.
Over the past two years, the CDC has found the power to shut down the cruise ship industry, prevent landlords from evicting tenants who haven’t paid their rent, and require people using public transport wear masks. These actions were a gross excess of the federal government, and the CDC flagrantly violated the law by using the Public Health Services Act as justification for these mandates. The interpretation of this law was unconstitutional and egregious, and I recently asked Attorney General Garland why he was appealing a federal judge’s decision specifically overturning the mask warrant.
The liberal policies of President Joe Biden and House Democrats and runaway government spending are driving the US economy off the cliff. Inflation is at its highest level in 40 years and, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, US GDP shrank at an annual rate of 1.4% in the first quarter of 2022. Instead of tackling the economic crisis created, Biden and House Democrats continue to double down on far-left policies and out-of-control spending. Gas prices have skyrocketed, grocery costs have skyrocketed, people are spending more on heating/cooling their homes, and now interest rates are rising 0.5% – the biggest one-time increase in more than two decades. This means that on top of all the other cost increases Americans are facing, people will now be paying more for home, auto and business loans. Families are already struggling, and this is yet another example of how Biden’s broken economy will hurt their bottom line.
Small Business Week:
As we celebrated National Small Business Week, I took the time to visit small businesses in our area, like Deb’s Frozen Lemonade in Cave Spring, to hear from owners like Keith Liles how they are handling the current economic downturn. Small businesses are critical to our nation’s economic success, employing more than 61 million Americans or nearly 47% of the workforce. Additionally, small businesses create two-thirds of new jobs and generate 43.5% of US GDP. As mom-and-pop shops continue to recover from COVID shutdowns and struggle to deal with inflation, I wanted to make sure I could bring their concerns to Washington. In Congress, I will continue to fight for business-friendly policies that help drive economic growth.
As a representative of Virginia’s Sixth District, one of my top priorities is to make myself available to meet with constituents, whether I’m here in the Commonwealth or in Washington. This week I enjoyed visiting small businesses, student groups, manufacturing facilities, and more.
Last week in Virginia, there were an average of 18.6 daily cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people. This represents an increase from an average of 15.3 cases from the previous week. The positivity rate this week was 9.3%, compared to an average of 7.8% last week. For more information, click here.
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