Khartoum Is Starving The People of Darfur

Last August, I, along with Greg Simpkins of the Africa Subcommittee staff, visited Kalma and Mukjar refugee camps in South and West Darfur. We saw first hand how food aid was making the difference between life and death for the thousands of people in the camps. We spoke with many people whose lives had been utterly devastated by the ravages of war, but who were keeping hope alive thanks to the gifts of international humanitarian aid and food aid.

However, our visit to these camps raised a question. What is the Government of Sudan, as well as other developing country governments, going to do about contributing to the elimination of hunger by opening their own stocks of food or by facilitating, rather than hampering, the delivery of food to hungry people in their countries? In Sudan, the government has not only failed to contribute to the feeding of its own people, but has actually interfered with the supply of food to those in need in the Darfur camps like the ones we visited. Moreover, the Government of Sudan placed a commercial embargo on Kalma camp while we were there that prevented the sale of food and other necessary items to those able to buy them in the camps. We in the developed world should help feed those in need, but it also the responsibility of the governments in question to respond to the needs of their own people.  


FEC Has Chosen Failure

The FEC had failed once again to do its job as the nation's election watchdog by choosing not to regulate the activities of 527s. By clinging to its flawed case-by-case enforcement, the FEC yesterday chose to continue a policy that has already been labeled a 'total failure' in federal court. I can not imagine a scenario under which they will be able to justify the current dereliction of their duty to bring 527s under the same rules that govern all other political committees.


Robust Economy Proves That Republican Policies Are Sound

The U.S. economy is strong. Republican policies have provided an atmosphere that has resulted in job creation, increased revenue and reduced budget deficits. The Economic Competitiveness Caucus will continue to support and advocate measures that will create high paying, high quality jobs for U.S. workers, reduce the tax burden on working Americans and those who create jobs and continue to press for holding the line on federal spending.

I expect the job numbers for May will contribute to the overall positive economic outlook. However, we are not just focused on today’s economy; we are working hard to ensure our economy is prepared for challenges that will occur well into the future. The Economic Competitiveness Caucus and House leaders are committed to breaking down government barriers to competing in a global economy. While this is a long-term effort, it is gratifying to see some of the policies already showing results through our current robust economy.


FEC's Failure to Issue New 527 Rules-A Disappointment

It is disappointing the FEC has chosen once again the shirk their responsibility to regulate 527 organzations. I will continue to work to get this done legislatively, but it is still beyond me how an agency can repeatedly ignore the law it is in existence to implement.


Immigration Legislation is the Most Important Bill of the Year

The President is right on the mark that we can’t avoid the challenge of fixing our broken immigration system and that real reform must include a provide a path to citizenship for those who are already here. The American people have made their voices heard loud and clear in support of comprehensive immigration reform; the Senate has resoundingly passed a bipartisan bill that will secure our borders and break the cycle of illegality; and now it is time for Congress to work together in good faith to finish the job. In terms of our national security and our humanity, this is the most important bill the Congress will vote on this year.


May Jobs Numbers Show Our Tax Policies Are Working

I look forward to tomorrow's release of May's jobs numbers.  The economic outlook is very bright for our nation.  Unemployment is down, job creation is up, and the Dow just almost hit an all-time high.  Clearly the Republican pro-growth tax polices we have enacted in Congress coupled with the dedication of the American worker has led to the astonishing 5.2 million jobs created since August of 2003.  I especially look forward to the release of the Florida job numbers since our great state tends to outperform the national average year after year.

A Test for Tehran-How Civilian Is Their Nuclear Program?

Secretary Rice's announcement that the United States will join multilateral discussions with Tehran clearly indicates that we are willing to go the extra mile to ensure a peaceful solution to the international crisis that Iran has created. This is a test for Tehran, and the world will soon see whether Iran's claims of peaceful intent ring true or hollow.

Iran must immediately halt all nuclear enrichment and related activities, and do so under international inspection, before any negotiation begins, and any diplomatic solution can only be built upon the permanent termination of all such activities.We must pursue a two-track approach - negotiate in good faith, but prepare tough political and economic sanctions if Iran again torpedoes a legitimate peaceful solution. While I sincerely hope that a successful diplomatic solution can be found, I urge the Senate to follow the House quickly and approve the Iran Freedom Support Act. The President should quickly sign this legislation and impose tough sanctions if these talks fail.  


Don't Get Your Hopes Up About Talks With Iran

I fully agree with Secretary of State Rice who expressed today that the Iranian people deserve a future that embraces human rights, freedom, stability, and prosperity. Indeed, we have hoped for decades that Iran's leadership would choose a course to make this possible.

However, time after time, the regime in Tehran has defied the world's demands that it abandon it nuclear ambitions, even heralding its successful production of enriched uranium only a few months ago.


Paulson Nomination--A Positive Statement To Investors

This is certainly a strong statement by the President to reassure our capital markets. I'm very hopeful Paulson will strongly advocate constraining government spending and forcefully articulate the good news about our nation's economic growth, which is a result of continued tax cuts and pro-growth policies.

Farewell to Chairman Hyde

Chairman Hyde has dedicated his career in public service to ideals and principles worthy of a great statesman. His determination to seek truth and justice has earned him the respect of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. My single regret is that I only had two years to learn from Chairman Hyde, but those are lessons I will carry with me throughout my career. I wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors.