Trump is simply reversing Obama's wrongs

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Trump is simply reversing Obama's wrongs, February 4, 2017 | comments
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 parallels and interfaces with the executive branch to pass legislation that will codify these actions into law, making them more enduring than the short term agenda of any particular administration. From repeal and replacement of Obamacare, to easing regulatory strangleholds, advancing pro-life policies, and securing our borders, combined executive and legislative actions are needed.

The President has signed an executive order assisting in repealing Obamacare.  At the same time, the House is taking action by voting overwhelmingly to repeal the law and begin legislative options to replace and reform it. Despite the rampant fear-mongering, there is no intent or expectation of removing coverage for pre-existing conditions or children up to 26 years old living in their parent’s household, nor will anyone be without coverage options.

The goal is a health care system which will allow free market competition to drive down costs, focused on personalized and patient-centered care, and national competition for insurance, eliminating costly mandates and equalizing tax treatment for those who purchase insurance directly with that of people on the plans offered by their employers.

Every day this past week, the House has passed bills to remove the invasive, job-killing regulations imposed by un-elected bureaucrats over the last eight years. This process compliments President Trump’s executive order of a few days ago calling for two regulations to be eliminated for every new one created.

The President has signed an executive order eliminating the so-called “Mexico City Rule,” President Obama’s policy of using your taxpayer dollars to fund abortions overseas.  Meanwhile, the House has voted to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood and all other abortion providers. Our tax dollars should not be used to fund these procedures, and I will always support pro-life legislation.

The President has also taken action on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Together with eliminating burdensome regulations and enacting meaningful tax reform, these actions will spur job creation like they did in the 1980’s under President Reagan. Reducing tax rates and providing incentives for investment worked then and will work now.

In this era of global terrorism, it is imperative that, concerning any non-citizen, we know who they are, where they are, and what their intentions are. By his recent actions, President Trump is enforcing current law and ending President Obama’s politically motivated use of prosecutorial discretion. Who can forget Kate Steinle? She was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant that had been deported five times.

Securing our borders involves much more than physical barriers. We need to address the air and sea borders as well. Nearly half of all persons here illegally arrived in America on a legal visa and overstayed it. We lack adequate enforcement capacity to assure that visa holders comply with their terms. I am committed to fixing our broken Visa system and ensuring that anyone entering our country will be properly vetted.

The bottom line is that we all have much work ahead of us to reverse the damage of the last eight years’ governance of Barack Obama and we must work together to get our economy moving again, growing jobs and wages in an environment which is secure both at home and abroad.

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