Protecting Our Second Amendment, Stopping Reckless Spending, & More

Apr 14, 2018 Issues: Transportation, Spending Cuts and Debt

Dear Friend,

Thank you for the opportunity to update you on the work of the 115th Congress.  I trust this finds you and your family well, as we work together to bring Hoosier common sense to Washington.

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In this week's Rokita Report


Fighting to Protect the Second Amendment

This week, I led a letter with 15 of my congressional colleagues to the General Services Administration (GSA) calling for rebid of their contract with Citibank.  We called for this because the company announced new sale policies that target customers wishing to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Citibank’s new guidelines penalize clients who do not align their sales policies to match the lender’s restrictive new commercial firearms policy.  Instead, the federal government should do business with companies that respect all of our constitutional rights. 

Letter to GSA on Citibank Contract

This flagrant disregard for American citizens and their God-given Second Amendment rights cannot be tolerated.  Those who seek to undermine those God-given rights do not deserve taxpayer dollars and should be denied federal contracts.  Congress has sworn to uphold the Constitution, and it is paramount that we stand united for the American people and their right to bear arms.  My letter was fully endorsed by The National Rifle Association (NRA).


Because My Priority is the Prosperity of Hoosiers Families, I Supported the Balanced Budget Amendment

On Thursday, the House took an important vote on the Balanced Budget Amendment.  I cosponsored the Balance Budget Amendment, which would amend the Constitution to require that Congress not spend more money than it receives in revenues.  This common sense idea is the same one that all Hoosier families live by, staying fiscally responsible to keep their budgets balanced and structured.

I came to Congress because our out-of-control spending and skyrocketing debt is unfairly burdening the future of our economy, our communities, and our families.  If the Balanced Budget Amendment was in effect, it would have halted the atrocious spending bills, like the ones I voted against a few weeks ago, that have worsened our debt and destabilized the future of our country. My priority is the prosperity of Hoosier families and that is why I stand by the Balanced Budget Amendment.

Although it received 233 votes in favor and only 184 votes against it, the Balanced Budget Amendment did not pass the House because an amendment to the Constitution needs the support of 2/3 of the House.

As Vice Chairman of the House Budget Committee, I will continue to fight for fiscal responsibility.  Earlier this year, I voted against the Bipartisan Budget Act and an omnibus because both were reckless spending bills that only add to our nation's surging debt.


Streamlining Infrastructure Reviews Will Help Hoosiers Build New Projects

On Monday, President Trump announced that federal agencies are signing the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  This will establish a coordinated and timely process for the environmental reviews of major infrastructure projects.  Currently, flawed environmental review processes are depriving our communities from their much needed infrastructure projects.

Under this change, one federal agency will be responsible for navigating each major infrastructure project through the entire environmental review and permitting process.  Currently, the burden has been the project sponsor to navigate all of the decision-making processes across multiple federal agencies.  In addition, the MOU will ensure that issues and differences of opinions between two agencies are elevated and resolved in a timely manner.  This change will have the government working to help, not hinder, new projects.

As the only Hoosier Republican serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, I look forward to continuing to work with President Trump on improving our nature's infrastructure.


Thank you for your continued interest in Congress and for supporting my efforts to bring Hoosier common sense to Washington. Take care. 

Sincerely,

Todd Rokita

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Cattlemen

I met with the Indiana Beef Cattle Association to discuss the beef industry's priorities in the 2018 Farm Bill, which I am currently reviewing.

Motorcoach

This week was the Bus and Motorcoach Industry Fly-In.  We discussed transparency and how they can serve Hoosiers better.

Pizza-Hut

Franchisees play an in important role in our business community and their locations can be the lifeblood of a neighborhood.  This week, I discussed legislation that the House has passed addressing the joint employer rule and menu labeling with the owners of several Pizza Hut locations.  The Senate has not addressed either bill.