7/10/2013 6:34:00 PM This holiday is a time to recognize our freedoms
This Fourth of July, Americans across the country and around the world will take time to celebrate the very freedoms our great nation was founded upon. While this day has different meanings for different people, at its heart, the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our nation's independence from the British monarchy and the birth of our federal republic. July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers approved the Declaration of Independence, a document that separated the colonies from England and started a nation down the road to establishing a democratic republic based on the promise of "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." More than two centuries have passed since the Boston Tea Party and the signing of our Charters of Freedom, yet the struggle against big government and an overly complex tax code continues today. Since President Obama took office, he has signed over 20 tax increases into law. The largest tax increase being Obamacare, which created $813 billion in new taxes - many of which will fall on the middle class. While unemployment continues to hover at historic levels, this is the worst possible time to increase the tax burden on hardworking families. Americans know how to spend their money better than the federal government does. Instead of pushing new taxes on overburdened Americans, I support efforts to simplify the federal tax code, close loopholes, lower taxes on American families, farmers and small businesses, cut spending and implement fair trade policies to grow our economy. To make matters worse, recent scandals involving the abuse of power by the Internal Revenue Service, the Justice Department infringing upon our rights by secretly wiretapping journalists and the cover-up of the Benghazi terrorist attacks, which left four Americans dead, have plagued this supposed "most transparent administration in history." With this kind of government overreach, many Americans are now left wondering how we can reform our government into one that is more efficient, effective, and one that spends less and serves better. The Fourth of July is a time to recognize that our freedoms set us apart from the rest of the world. As we celebrate the founding of our great country, I'm encouraged that the U.S. House of Representatives is committed to reining in burdensome taxes and regulations that cripple our job creators, reducing the bloated size of government and providing the congressional oversight necessary to protect the rights and freedoms of all citizens that call the United States of America home.