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  • 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

  • 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