Congressman Francis Rooney: Painting new administration's first 200 days with bold strokes

"Bold colors, not pale pastels."

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Congressman Francis Rooney: Painting new administration's first 200 days with bold strokes, January 19, 2017 | comments
"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 Trump. Throughout this past week, we have seen countless Southwest Florida families streaming into our office, excited to pick up their Inauguration tickets and ready for a new beginning.

Too many of these families were left behind under the policies of the Obama administration. Bold ideas in campaigns all across the country are what motivated these families to become informed, active, engaged voters. Most people remember only the “bold colors” line from Reagan’s speech; however, there were deeper themes within his words that must serve as a blueprint for the first 200 days of this new era, and beyond.

Fiscal integrity, tax reform, free markets and an end to nit-picking and over regulation are the areas Reagan specifically mentioned. These issues are as important today as they were when Reagan discussed them in 1975, and the 115th Congress will be bold in addressing them.

Accordingly, in our first 200 days, Congress needs to focus on: getting control over our spending and a budget that has grown too large and unbalanced; ensuring peace through strength and keeping Americans safe both at home and abroad; fixing a broken visa system and our porous borders so that we know which non-citizens are in our country; caring for our veterans that have sacrificed so much for us; and eliminating funding to organizations using taxpayer monies to provide abortions.

Fiscal integrity and tax reform will also be a significant part of the first 200-day agenda, so that business rates will be competitive with other developed nations around the world and hardworking Americans will keep more of what they earn. Lowering rates for both businesses and individuals is a top priority. We must get Americans back to work in good paying jobs and allow them to keep more of their hard earned money.

Free markets map out a way forward for repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare. We will present a plan that offers lower costs, increased access, more competition, commonsense medical liability reform and elimination of mandates.

Perhaps no category is more in need of reform, or has been more abused by the Obama administration, than “nit-picking and over regulation.” In every area of our lives, government does too much for us and too much to us. The REINS Act, which requires Congress to approve all new regulations with a cost in excess of $100 million, and the Regulatory Accountability Act, which stops the expansion of unaccountable bureaucrats enacting costly regulations, have already been passed by Congress.

More actions will be taken within the first few months of 2017, to take back our government from out of control bureaucrats.

Opportunities to paint legislation in bold colors do not happen often, and they cannot be squandered. Our actions in these first 200 days will ensure that the excitement of those families who are seeing a new “Morning in America” will turn to a confidence that we are on the right path once again.

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