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  • Congressman Rooney Introduces Bill That Prohibits Use of Federal Funding for State and Local Bailouts
    Posted in Press Releases on October 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C. – On Friday, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced the Government Bailout Prevention Act. This bill would prohibit the use of federal tax dollars by insolvent state, territory, and local governments to bail out and pay off their obligations. Congressman Rooney stated, “American taxpayers do not like when their money is used to bail out failing corporations or businesses and this dislike extends to state and local governments who are fiscally irresponsible. I have consistently vo... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney Introduces Bill to Improve Returns for Taxpayers on Federal Energy Resources
    Posted in Press Releases on September 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality, Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney and Congressman Ben McAdams introduced the Taxpayer Fairness for Resource Development Act. This bill seeks to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to adjust the fiscal terms for fossil fuel development and to make reforms to improve returns to taxpayers for the development of Federal energy resources. Congressman Rooney stated, “For far too long, the American taxpayers have not been getting the return on investment they deserve from onshore drilling.... Read more

  • The need for fiscal responsibility in Washington
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    In Congress I have consistently criticized the excessive, irresponsible spending promoted by both parties, which has taken our national debt to a stratospheric $22.6 trillion. Since elected, I have consistently voted against legislation like this. Even worse than their excessive and irresponsible spending, many of these bills contained subsidies — billions for sugar, ethanol, cotton and other commodities that should not be artificially propped up by government. Just this year alone, I voted agai... Read more

  • US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement Is Critical To American Prosperity
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, National Security, Foreign Affairs

    The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) or “NAFTA 2.0,” does more than open markets for goods and improve regional competitiveness. It also creates a framework of continued partnership with our neighbors who we share a border with, which is vital to America’s security and economic prosperity. However, the agreement can’t take effect until Congress votes to ratify it. I would call on my colleagues in Congress to recognize the implications of doing so and to take action. The United State... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Urges DOL to Rescind Misguided Regulations
    Posted in Press Releases on August 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Economy & Jobs

    Washington, DC-- Congressman Francis Rooney sent a letter to Acting Labor Secretary Pizzella urging that the 2013 regulations that effectively repealed the Companion Services Exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) be rescinded. Congressman Rooney said, “We must ensure that families have access to affordable in-home companion service. I recently led the efforts in Congress to ask the Administration to overturn a ruling made in 2013 that went against the intent established by Congress ma... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney Introduces Bill to Stop Government Employees from Getting Paid Taxpayer Dollars for Union Activity
    Posted in Press Releases on July 30, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington D.C.-- Last week, Congressman Rooney introduced the Do Your Job Act to end official time, an abusive practice where government employees use paid time off to perform union duties. Congressman Rooney stated, “Union official time is a taxpayer funded subsidy that cost hard-working Americans at least $162.5 million in 2014. Unions and federal agencies never report exactly how many federal workers are being granted official time, and at least hundreds of federal employees spend 100% of th... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney Introduces Bill to Provide Payroll Tax Relief in Exchange for Carbon Costs
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality, Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced a carbon pricing bill with Congressman Dan Lipinski to provide tax relief for hardworking Americans while imposing the costs of carbon on the big polluters who are damaging our environment. This legislation slashes carbon emissions by approximately 42% by 2030 while using the revenue to reduce the payroll tax burden on Americans. Congressman Rooney stated, “Those industries that choose to pollute our environment should bear the burd... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney votes NO on bill that massively increases our nation’s debt
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted for fiscal responsibility and against a massive increase to our national debt. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 would raise spending caps by $322 billion and suspend the debt ceiling until July 31, 2021. Earlier this year, the White House proposed $574 billion in potential spending cuts, none of which are included in this legislation. Congressman Rooney stated, “This budget act fails the American people, especially our children and grandc... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney released the following statement on the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Rooney stated, “H.R. 397 is putting taxpayers on the hook for a broken system. Time and again, the management of Multiemployer pensions (MEP) has proven entirely irresponsible. “Currently, 95 percent of participants in multiemployer pensions are in plans that are less than 60 percent funded. In 2018, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that a government bailout of the MEP system would cost American taxpayers over $100 billion, but the actual shortfall o... Read more

  • Congressman Rooney votes for increased pay for workers
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted in favor of H.R. 582 – the Raise the Wage Act. This bill amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to gradually increase the federal minimum wage for regular employees over a 6-year period. It also provides for a review by the General Accounting Office of the impact of the 1st and 2nd year increases to assure that there are no adverse consequences. Congressman Rooney stated, “This 6-year gradual increase brings the minimum wage in line... Read more