Key Votes on the House Floor Last Week:
American Taxpayer Relief Act
The House passed the Senate revisions to this legislation to avert the "fiscal cliff."
Passed 257-167. I voted No.
This bill has been signed into law by the President.
Dignified Burial and Other Veterans' Improvement Act
The House passed Senate legislation that made improvements to Veterans Administration laws. This bill transfers jurisdiction of the Clark Veterans Cemetery to the American Battle Monuments Commission, a cause undertaken by young Hoosier Nathaniel Beeler (more information below). The bill also ensures proper treatment of our veterans who do not have the resources or next-of-kin to arrange for their burial plans. The bill is also fiscally responsible, as the Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill will reduce the deficit by $35 million over ten years.
Passed 393-0 with full bipartisan support.
This bill has been presented to the President for signature.
Congressional Pay Freeze and Responsibility Act
The House passed legislation to suspend an automatic pay raise for Members of Congress.
Passed 287-129. I voted Yea.
This bill moved to the Senate and did not receive a vote but was included in the "fiscal cliff" legislation signed into law by the President.
For a full list of all legislation considered each week, you can review the Majority Leader’s Weekly Schedule.
-More information on the Clark Veterans Cemetery-
The Dignified Burial of Veterans Act, S.3202, transfers and provides for the restoration of Clark Veterans Cemetery in the Philippines to the American Battle Monuments Commission, a cause taken up by 4th District student Nathaniel Beeler of Avon.
Rep. Rokita w/Nathaniel Beeler in Washington.
I would like to congratulate and highlight Nathaniel for diligently getting the attention of his his congressional representation to ensure the American veterans who are at rest in Clark Veterans Cemetery in the Philippines receive the honor they are due. Nathanial made several visits to my offices and those of Senators Lugar and Coats alerting us to the problems facing the cemetery. Nathaniel’s tenacity in gaining support for those resting in Clark should give Hoosiers hope that the next generation can do great things.
Nathaniel is an 11-year old from Avon and has led grassroots efforts across our country to restore the cemetery since 2011 after learning about the cemetery while studying WWII in school. He also led the Pledge of Allegiance at one of my town hall events earlier this year.
For more information on the history of Clark Veterans Cemetery and the troubles facing the resting place of so many American heroes from before WWII, please visit the Clark Veterans Cemetery Restoration Association website.
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A clickable offering of books and articles that I've read recently and highly recommend, as we strive together to "Keep the Republic."
As the Washington conversation continues to focus on tax rates, some have lost sight of the real problem - spending on entitlement programs, which are the drivers of our debt.
In the recent column "It's the Spending, Stupid," John Stossel reinforces that point. It is hard to argue with Stossell when he bluntly says, "ludicrous, irresponsible spending is why we're in trouble."
Channeling one of the great supply-side economists, Milton Friedman, Stossell explains that spending is symptomatic of the growing size and scope of the federal government. We must have the foresight to look at the country we are leaving the children of tomorrow and make changes now, while it's still relatively painless, as opposed to being forced to make austerity reforms on the other side of a financial collapse.
Thank you for your continued interest in Congress and for supporting my efforts in Washington. Take care.
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