The farm bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation for our nation, and it significantly affects the people and producers of Iowa. I am honored to serve on the House Agriculture Committee and to represent the interests important to Iowa farmers and producers since coming to Congress in 2003.
“Immigration reform” is the catchphrase describing any potential law legalizing millions of illegal border crossers and visa-overstayers. “Comprehensive immigration reform” would combine legalization with enhanced border security, visa reform, and increased interior enforcement.
Washington has a spending problem.
It is a true statement with the federal government running annual trillion dollar deficits. And, it invites the question: What is Washington doing about it?
How can "comprehensive immigration reform" benefit our American children and grandchildren, who will prosper from or suffer the consequences of our decisions?
American immigration policy should be designed to enhance the economic, cultural and social wellbeing of Americans.
These words, "third-rate burglary attempt," were uttered by Nixon White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler as he described the June 17, 1972 Watergate break-in. He also told reporters, "Certain elements may try to stretch this beyond what it is." As time would tell, the attempted robbery of the Democratic National Committee Headquarters was much more then it appeared.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman once said, "You cannot simultaneously have free immigration and a welfare state." More recently, the Heritage Foundation's Robert Rector, a laudable scholar in his own right, proved that Friedman's claim is true.
America is home to the best colleges and universities in the world, including Iowa State University. Generously, our immigration policy allows an unlimited number of students from across the globe to enroll at our universities by granting students temporary legal resident status through what is known as a student visa.
Last week, this newspaper, as part of its "Roses & Thistles" column, suggested that my efforts to repeal Obamacare may not be rooted in my sincere desire to "serve the public." That is a baseless charge, but I appreciate the newspaper allowing me to address it here:
March 23, 2013 marks the third anniversary of ObamaCare. We knew that ObamaCare was bad from the start and three years later it is STILL bad for Americans. ObamaCare has proven time and time again that it is bad for individuals trying to afford health insurance, bad for businesses, and bad for job-seekers.