Op-Ed: Politico, by Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Congressman Roskam
Excerpt: In a dangerous region, Israel is a democratic ally bound to us by a shared set of beliefs in freedom, peace and human progress. Serving on the front lines of the struggle against terrorism and Iranian-backed aggression, Israel is our vital strategic asset that provides stability to a volatile neighborhood.
The Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement empowers Hamas terrorists and endangers Israel. The U.S. must use every tool in our diplomatic arsenal to make clear that we will not tolerate a Palestinian government that includes Hamas.
It is our duty, as leader of the free world, to do no less.
Excerpt: "The administration has demonstrated a passive aggressive way – the slow walking of permits [and] these moratoriums that are in place that are simply stifling American energy production – at a time that without question we need more energy. We need more energy from a job creation point of view, we need more energy from a revenue pioint of view, and ultimately we need more energy from a national security point of view. As we're watching television, we're getting briefings about nations that are becoming more and more tumultuous. Ironically, those very nations we count on for energy production.
Op-Ed: Publius' Forum, by Congressman Roskam
Excerpt: Taking advantage of America's natural resources is a commonsense way to lower gas prices, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and create jobs here. Unfortunately, many refuse to listen to commonsense.
By actively blocking and delaying American energy production, the White House's energy policy has caused gas prices to spike, jobs to be lost, and made the U.S. more reliant on unstable foreign energy.
Excerpt: "Illinois families and businesses are struggling from skyrocketing gas prices and are looking for action to lower prices and ensure America becomes less dependent on foreign energy. I congratulate the House for taking action to re-start energy projects that have been cancelled or delayed by the Obama Administration. With a gallon of gas more than $4.50 in Chicagoland today, we must safely utilize our natural resources to lower gas prices and create jobs."
Excerpt: "I am deeply appreciative of the armed forces and clandestine officers, the unsung heroes that delivered justice for America and the world. While this is a tremendous victory, our work is not done. We still face a serious threat from Al-Qaeda and radical Islamic terrorists and must stay vigilant in our efforts to fight terrorism."
Excerpt: The former Speaker recently sent his personal desk as Speaker to Roskam.
The desk has a long and distinguished history among Illinois Members of Congress. First used by Majority Whip Leslie Arends in the late 1940s, it was then passed down to then-Minority Leader Congressman Robert Michel in the 1980s, then in turn to Hastert.
Excerpt: "We can choose a historic plan that brings a brightness to the economy, that creates jobs and opportunity, that doesn't mortgage our children's future to China, and ultimately puts the U.S. on a global competitive basis the likes of which the world will have never seen."
Excerpt: "Americans are experiencing a painful reminder this week of just how much they pay in taxes and just how complex and outdated our tax system is. We need fundamental tax reform that encourages job-growth and increases revenue by broadening the tax base – not the same tired plan of more taxes for job creators while ignoring the fiscal elephant in the room. House Republicans look forward to passing our Path to Prosperity that reforms the tax system, saves Medicare and allows future generations to inherit a debt-free future."
Excerpt: "The FCC's decision to prohibit America's Internet providers from managing content on their own networks is a colossal mistake that will hurt job creation and innovation in one of our most vibrant industries. These new regulations are a solution in search of a problem. America's Internet companies – from large enterprises to tiny garage start-ups – are examples of what can happen when government stays out of the way.
Excerpt: "It is astonishing that President Obama is threatening to veto a bill to fund our troops – without stating a single policy objection – particularly when our troops are now in three different foreign conflicts. I'm disheartened the White House and Senate Democrats are putting politics ahead of funding our troops and keeping the government open. We owe it to our troops to make sure they are getting paid when in harm's way."