On January 27, 1945, the Soviet Army entered the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland to liberate 7,000 of prisoners, mostly sick, that were left behind by their fleeing Nazi captors. Beginning in 1940, over 1.1 million individuals were murdered at Auschwitz – the largest of the World War II death camps.
Every year on this day, the world comes together to commemorate and remember the six million Jews and millions of other innocent individuals who were victims of the Holocaust. On this 65th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation, I had the honor of joining a Congressional delegation – led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) – to participate in ceremonies at the concentration camp.
This year’s remembrance ceremony also included the largest delegation ever from the Israeli Knesset – 64 Israeli lawmakers were in attendance. It was a humbling experience to stand at such an infamous site, which serves as an important reminder to the world that we must never forget the atrocities that took place or the capabilities of evil by the hands of a few with unchecked power.
Pictured is the Death Wall at Auschwitz. For more information, please click here.
On Tuesday, the President laid out his vision for our country during the annual State of the Union Address.
If you had the opportunity to tune in to the President’s speech, you probably noticed an absence of proposals and initiatives that would put Americans back to work, speed up our nation’s economic recovery and foster an environment for innovation. Instead of focusing on measures to reach these goals, President Barack Obama discussed plans to increase government intervention in our economy unilaterally – without the consent of Congress.
This isn’t the American way. Courts have not supported the President’s past attempts to circumvent Congress and he only does damage to the American people’s confidence in government when he refuses to work with Congress to pass real reforms – especially to agencies like the NSA and the IRS, where his administration has overseen abuses of personal liberties.
Americans excel when government respects their right to liberty and their right to do what they believe is best, to strive to succeed, to fail at times, and to get up and strive again. The American dream is not about a guarantee. It’s about the guaranteed rights to succeed or fail on our own merits. That’s where job creation comes from. That’s where Americans want to be and that’s where the President failed during his address.
You deserve bold policy proposals that will get our nation back on track. With this address, the President missed a major opportunity to present to Congress proposals that would encourage American prosperity.
Click here to watch my response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address.
Too often, information about how the federal government spends your taxpayer dollars is inaccurate, inconsistent or incomplete. To rein in spending and hold government accountable, reform is necessary.
Government agencies often avoid scrutiny of their spending because the information is not maintained in an easily readable and publically searchable database. The information is instead in silos of spending within agencies and departments. Often, even the government has difficulty tracking how your taxpayer dollars are spent.
My bill, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) will open the government and its spending information to you and the rest of the American people. By establishing government-wide standards for reporting of federal spending and making it available for citizen watchdogs to review, a more accountable government will be in the hands of the people.
This week, the House passed my bill by an overwhelming margin of 388-1. The DATA Act will now head to the Senate where it will be considered.