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I strongly oppose Obamacare and have voted over 40 times in Congress to repeal it. I also strongly oppose Congress receiving a special exemption from Obamacare. That’s why I cosponsored the bill to repeal Nancy Pelosi’s special deal for Congress. I will continue to the fight to repeal Obamacare. We need real reform of our healthcare system, and Obamacare doesn’t do it. As Congress continues to look for ways to delay, defund, alter, and repeal provisions of this devastating law, we must not stop exploring ways to improve both the quality and cost-effectiveness of our health care system. Medical malpractice (tort) reform is an idea that most Americans support that would bring down health care costs for taxpayers and improve access to care. Our current system increases costs both directly, in the form of higher malpractice insurance premiums, and indirectly, in the form of defensive medicine—when medical services are prescribed primarily to avoid liability rather than for the benefit of the patient. Placing reasonable limits on health care litigation would help reign in these costs and protect quality of care.

Fighting to Create Jobs in Idaho:

There is no more important issue facing our nation right now than the need to grow our economy and create jobs. Growing government, however, is not an efficient way to create sustainable jobs nor is it a desirable way to spend precious and limited taxpayer dollars. Instead, I believe it is the job of government to create a pro-growth environment in which the private sector can thrive and then have government get out of the way as much as possible. Among the steps I am promoting to grow our economy and stimulate job growth are the following:

  • Tax Reform: Our current tax code is too onerous, too large, too complicated, and too unfair. I believe we should simplify the tax code, lower overall tax rates, and stabilize those rates for years to come so that American businesses have the tax certainty they need to make new investments in equipment and personnel.
  • Regulatory Reform: Despite the protestations of the Obama Administration to the contrary, onerous regulations and excessive enforcement of those regulations is crippling economic activity and sending American jobs overseas. I am proud to report that as Chairman of the Subcommittee overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), I have cut the agency’s budget by over 18% and blocked a number of its most onerous new regulations, but there is still more to be done. If we want to encourage economic activity in the United States, I believe we need a complete overhaul of our nation’s major environmental laws and Congress needs to more aggressively assert its Constitutional authority over agencies like the EPA.
  • Spending and Entitlement Reform: There is no path to economic vitality and greater job security in our nation that doesn’t include significant cuts to excessive spending and reforms to major mandatory programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Our nation’s major mandatory spending programs are growing at unsustainable rates and will soon consume every dime of federal revenue. Congress, and the American people, must get serious about reforming these programs, taking them off auto-pilot and putting them on a sustainable path, and ensuring they will be available for future generations.
  • Repeal Obamacare and Replace it With Real Healthcare Reform: I have voted repeatedly to repeal Obamacare and block implementation of its most onerous provisions. I have done so not because I want to deny people access to health care, but because I believe it will drive up costs, not decrease them, and because I believe it is damaging to future economic recovery. I believe we should repeal Obamacare immediately, and replace it with commonsense reforms that will drive down the costs of healthcare and limit the reach of government into the operating room. Among the provisions I support are medical liability reform, allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines, the creation of association health plans, development of reforms to the Food and Drug Administration, prescription drug re-importation, and medical savings accounts.
    • I strongly opposed the so-called “assault weapons ban”
    • I strongly opposed the Washington, DC gun ban
    • I have worked to protect gun manufacturers from harassing and frivolous lawsuits
    • I cosponsored Rep. Ron Paul’s “The Right to Keep and Bear Arms Act”
    • I voted for the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act
    • I am a cosponsor of the Second Amendment Enforcement Act
    • I am an original cosponsor of H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
    • I voted in favor of H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act
    • I am an original cosponsor of H.R. 217, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act
    • I am a cosponsor of H.R. 2299, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act
    • I am a cosponsor of H.R. 1179, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act
    • I supported provisions in a number of bills funding the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development that protect human life by banning abortion funding for federal prisoners and giving conscience protection for prison employees, and prohibiting Legal Services Corporation funds for organizations that engage in abortion-related litigation.
  • Fighting for a Balanced Budget Amendment:

    The economic and debt/deficit challenges facing our nation are enormous and cannot be addressed by any one effort or bill, we all know that. But there is one simple, commonsense effort that would certainly put our nation on a path toward economic vitality and stop the bleeding from continued deficit spending – a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    I am a long-time supporter of a balanced budget amendment and believe it is one of the most basic things Congress could put forward to help address our budget crisis. In fact, I am an original cosponsor of H.J. Res. 2, a joint resolution proposing a balanced budget amendment, in the current session of Congress. The American people overwhelmingly support such an amendment to the Constitution because they know it would be a safeguard against reckless spending in Washington, DC.

    I am hopeful that next year, as the result of a Republican Majority in the United States Senate and a newly inaugurated Mitt Romney Presidency, the effort to pass a balanced budget amendment will be given new life. I look forward to helping lead such an effort in the House of Representatives and will do all I can to ensure its success.

    Protector of 2nd Amendment Rights:

    I am a proud gun owner and long-time champion of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. I am equally proud to say that my unblemished record in support of gun rights has resulted in an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association and their repeated support of my campaigns for re-election. As your gun advocate in Congress, you can rest assured that I will fight any effort that promotes or requires the rationing or taxation of firearms or ammunition, requires a waiting period for the purchase of a gun, or bans the ownership of firearms.

    Among the many actions I have taken in support of gun rights as your United States Congressman are the following:

    100 Percent Pro-Life Voting Record:

    I am proud to say that I am staunchly pro-life and a strong opponent of the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion services.  Likewise, I strongly oppose the idea that abortion should be used as a method of birth control and am a strong proponent of adoption as an alternative to abortion. My pro-life record in Congress has earned me consistent 100% pro-life ratings from National Right to Life, including in the current session of Congress. To view their current scorecard, please visit their website at:

    Among my most recent actions in support of unborn life are the following:

    Delisted Wolves and Fighting to Keep it That Way:

    As Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment, I write the budgets for the Department of Interior, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency.  In my role as Chairman, I successfully included language in last year’s funding bill that delisted wolves in Idaho and Montana and blocked the courts from reviewing the delisting decision.

    By any reasonable measure, wolves have been fully recovered in Idaho and the Intermountain West and it is long past time to turn over their management to the states.  The over population of wolves in Idaho and elsewhere has led to dramatic impacts on other wildlife, including elk herds, and on sheep, cattle, pets, guard dogs and other species.

    The radical left will stop at nothing to re-list wolves and they will search far and wide for sympathetic judges to give them what they want.  That is why it is more important than ever that we remain vigilant in support of state management and I pledge to do all I can in my position as Chairman to fight any attempt to put wolves back on the endangered species list.