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  • Why fund the United Nations Human Rights Council?
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Now is the time to re-evaluate United States support for the U.N. Human Rights Council. Claiming to be a champion of human rights, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) continues to act in complete contradiction of its mandate to protect human rights and reflects the cronyism and corruption of many of its member governments. The Council devotes far too much time attacking Israel, one of its top agenda items, while ignoring serious and pervasive human rights violations around the world... Read more

  • A Welcome Realignment Of Cuba Policy
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Reactions to President Trump’s recent executive order reversing President Obama’s misguided Cuba policy have missed the point. The focus on the tourism aspects of the deal are misplaced, as the real issue with our relationship with Cuba is capitalism and free enterprise versus communist socialism. Specifically, the Obama policy sought no commercial reforms and favored the Cuban regime over the Cuban people. President Trump’s changes are meant to avoid commercially supporting the Cuban dictatorsh... Read more

  • AHCA's Medicaid Reform Empowers Governors
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Much of the public discussion about health care and health insurance reform abounds with misinformation. Medicaid, in particular, has become a political tool, with daily posts and articles about reforms to the program that distort the record for political gain. But there is little mention of the need to empower governors to take ownership of the program. The Medicaid portion of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is about empowering governors, which is consistent with the 9th and 10th Amendments... Read more

  • A New Role for Saudi Arabia in the Middle East
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Iran’s quest for hegemony in the Middle East has changed the political landscape in the region. The unintended consequence of these actions is that Saudi Arabia, the Sunni rival to Shia Iran, is taking on a more prominent role in regional diplomacy and outreach to moderate Muslims. Iranian mischief in the Arab world has created the potential for a Saudi Arabia-Israel security partnership, as both nations are drawn together around the common goal of stopping Iranian aggression, including its nucl... Read more

  • Vatican Visit Important for Diplomatic Relations
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    President Trump’s decision to visit the Vatican on his first overseas trip underscores the importance of United States diplomatic relations with the Holy See. History shows that the moral persuasion, or “soft power” diplomacy, of the Holy See is an important resource for successful pursuit of American foreign policy goals. Going forward, the United States and the Holy See should work together on their common objectives of defeating Islamic extremism and promoting human rights. The United States ... Read more

  • President Trump’s Vatican Visit Highlights The Importance Of Diplomatic Ties
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    President Trump’s decision to visit the Vatican on his first overseas trip underscores the importance of United States diplomatic relations with the Holy See. History shows that the moral persuasion, or “soft power” diplomacy, of the Holy See is an important resource for successful pursuit of American foreign policy goals. Going forward, the United States and the Holy See should work together on their common objectives of defeating Islamic extremism and promoting human rights. The United States ... Read more

  • H1-B Visas and American Jobs
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    The H1-B visa program, created to import temporary foreign workers to fill high-tech jobs, is too often used to replace Americans with cheaper foreign workers under the guise that Americans are not qualified for these jobs. President Trump signed an executive order to initiate a review to assure that the H1-B visa program is used solely to fill existing gaps. While this action is an important first step in protecting American jobs, we also need a long-term solution to the high-tech labor shortag... Read more

  • Religious Freedom and Islamic Society
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    This is the second of a two-part series on religious freedom by Rep. Francis Rooney. For part 1, see "The Role of Religious Freedom Today." As discussed in the first article in this series, free expression of religion can stabilize civil societies and has helped defeat extremist ideologies. Currently, Islamic society is stuck in the past and uses an extreme interpretation of the Koran to justify barriers to the free expression of religion, such as blasphemy laws, and for violent religious persec... Read more

  • The Role of Religious Freedom Today
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    This is the first of a two-part series on religious freedom by Rep. Francis Rooney. For part 2, see "Religious Freedom and Islamic Society" Throughout history religion has played a stabilizing role in society. When practiced freely, religion establishes a moral compass for people to follow, which in turn leads to tolerance of differing views and comity in civil society. Free expression of religion allows pluralistic religious organizations to exist within modern secular states, and can ease ideo... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney on Budgeting and Fiscal Responsibility
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    The most important duty of the federal government is to pass a fiscally responsible budget. This would be a budget which funds basic services, honors the commitments made for social security, and provides for the defense and security of our nation and its borders. For far too long we have suffered from irresponsible government spending that has failed to provide for these basic needs, while wasting our hard earned taxpayer dollars in failed efforts to pick winners and losers, fund inefficiency (... Read more