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  • Tax day reminds us of the importance of tax reform
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    As we approach Tax Day on Tuesday, it is obvious the United States tax system is a disaster. It takes Americans too long to file their taxes, rates are too high, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been used as a political weapon, and the code picks winners and losers. It is well past time to reform the tax code. According to the IRS, Americans spend an average of 13 hours and $210 per return to comply with the tax code through filing a 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ form. This complicated and time co... Read more

  • The Department of Education Must Die - or Evolve
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    One of many encouraging policy changes President Donald J. Trump has inaugurated to date is his executive order requiring federal agencies to conduct internal reviews. Agencies are directed to find ways to operate more efficiently and eliminate wasteful spending. If President Trump seriously wants to reduce wasteful spending and reform government, the United States Department of Education (DOE) is a good place to start. The DOE was created in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter, basically to satisfy ... Read more

  • Time for Change in Venezuela
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Congressman Francis Rooney Too often Latin America’s strategic importance has been overlooked by United States policy makers, which is a mistake because instability in the region undermines security in the entire western hemisphere. The corrupt socialist regime in Venezuela, which has links to terrorist groups in the Middle East, is a prime example of why instability in Latin America should be a major focus of U.S. policy makers. There are currently two divergent blocs which comprise most of the... Read more

  • The real 'reset' we need with Russia
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Congressman Francis Rooney A new plan of action is needed to respond to one of our greatest geopolitical threats, Russia. Too often, the past administration focused their Russia strategy on making empty statements and on seeking to deploy the pressure of sanctions in an attempt to “reset” U.S.-Russian relations, a position of weakness instead of strength. The very first action the Obama administration took was to remove the Bush missile shield from Poland and the Czech Republic, followed by acce... Read more

  • 2017 Should be a Great Year for America!
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 9, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Francis Rooney (FL-19) 2017 should be a great year for America! This fall; voters all across the country sent a clear message: it is time to change the status quo and put hard working Americans first again. For newly elected Representatives, now is also a time to move from campaigning to governing. It is time to honor the promises made and enact the policies that were espoused throughout the summe... Read more

  • Trump is simply reversing Obama's wrongs
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 4, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Francis Rooney (FL-19) As is all too familiar, President Obama ruthlessly exceeded his Constitutional powers by means of the executive order procedure. He issued more orders of greater breadth than any previous president and dove deeply into every aspect of our personal and business lives. Now, with the same procedure, we have the opportunity to clean up the damage of the last eight years, and President Trump has begun this in earnest. The Congress has a responsibility which parallel... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney - Our Early Investments Defined Us: Initial United States Priorities
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    This month, a new government convenes in Washington with a mandate to dismantle the last eight years of unprecedented legal and regulatory expansion that has killed job opportunities for countless Americans. The Obama Administration has inserted the federal government into every corner of our professional and personal lives. Now is the time to peel back the 80,000+ pages of regulations, and billions of accompanying costs, which are stifling job markets and private enterprise and encroaching on o... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney: Painting new administration's first 200 days with bold strokes
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 19, 2017 | Preview rr

    "Bold colors, not pale pastels." Forty-one years ago, Ronald Reagan uttered those famous words in what was one of his greatest speeches, and in 2016, finally, the voices championing bold colors came through loud and clear. The American people spoke up, and there is now a historic opportunity in front of us for a new “Morning in America.” As our nation prepares for the inauguration of a new president, there is a renewed sense of optimism based upon the bold ideas and grassroots reach of Donald Tr... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney: Time to Repeal, Replace Obamacare
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Congressman Francis Rooney (FL-19) The recent election proves that America wants change. The American people have spoken up loudly and clearly that Obamacare must go. As Congress moves to repeal it, we must ensure that no one is blindsided or left without coverage. This should not be a return to pre-Obamacare status quos; but rather a new approach that puts you – the patient – first, and brings choice and competition to health insurance. Patients, doctors, and businesses have been dealing with t... Read more