Since the horrific attack on Jan. 6, the U.S. Capitol is hardly recognizable. Fencing and barbed wire surround the entire complex, while soldiers from the National Guard patrol every corner. While I’m grateful for the brave men and women protecting our seat of American democracy, I’m deeply concerned by the idea of these barriers becoming permanent.
Turning the People’s House into an isolated fortress elevates those within the stronghold – not the millions of Americans they represent. Simply put, if you lead from an ivory tower, you’ll govern from an ivory tower. Yet if you lead among the people, you’ll govern among the people.
It’s time to get our National Guard back home with their families, remove these extra barricades, and allow the country to move forward. I recently joined dozens of my colleagues in sending a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to express our strong opposition to any permanent military-style fencing around the Capitol.
It’s ironic that Democrats support walls when it fits into their own partisan narrative. Just more hypocrisy on the Hill.***
Two weeks ago, I visited the southern border with several of my Republican colleagues. Witnessing the enormous wall built under the Trump administration was remarkable. Despite this incredible progress, President Biden halted all border wall construction and has taken drastic measures to incentivize illegal immigration.
It’s troubling that Democrats think reopening businesses, getting our children back in school, and allowing church congregations to gather is dangerous – but opening our borders is completely safe. Make no mistake, by weakening border security, the Biden Administration is only creating an easier path for drug cartels, human traffickers and criminals to enter the country.
The situation along our border isn’t just a national security issue, it is a humanitarian crisis. Drug cartels operating in Mexico and Central American prey on the weak and desperate. U.S. Border Patrol agents have encountered countless cases of cartels murdering, assaulting, and – sometimes – enslaving desperate immigrants. Immigrants are often brought illegally into the United States by the cartels, but what some don’t realize is that these illegal immigrants are usually indebted to the cartels that assisted their journey. This establishes a perilous pattern of paying for passage through hauling drugs.
Unfortunately, the Biden Administration shows no signs of standing up to the cartels or putting hardworking American citizens first. Now more than ever, common sense solutions are needed to protect American lives and livelihoods.
Just days after he took office, President Biden abandoned all pretense of bipartisanship and joined Speaker Pelosi’s efforts to force a COVID “relief” package through Congress, using a process known as budget reconciliation, a process that leaves Republican lawmakers completely out of the equation.
President Biden’s plan, combined with previous stimulus packages, will cost taxpayers nearly $6 trillion. However, there is still over $1 trillion of unused funds from earlier COVID-19 legislation. We should be looking for ways to control our ballooning national debt, not recklessly increasing it.
Efforts to provide relief to the American people should be timely, targeted and temporary. Yet Democrats’ liberal wish-list prioritizes blue state bailouts and minimum wage hikes over struggling families and small businesses.
So much for unity and bipartisanship. We will continue playing the best defense here in Washington.
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