Biden's Spending Blowout

Where Does All The Money Go?

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I wrote an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal this week about President Biden's spending blowout plans.

When I came to congress in 2011, we were $14 trillion in debt. Now we're $28 trillion in debt and that doesn't include the $1.9 trillion that they just passed in the fifth or sixth COVID relief bill, and now they're talking about over $2 trillion for an infrastructure bill. Probably about 5% of that is for roads and bridges, no more than 20% of what most people define as true infrastructure. The rest is going to be spent, and not in a very productive way from my standpoint.

Everybody loves free money. I realize that is a very bipartisan thing to support, but the problem is again, we're $28 trillion in debt. We don't have an unlimited checking account. We are mortgaging our children's future. I think it's immoral. That is the point of my Wall Street Journal op-ed. Nobody really knows where all this money gets spent. Remember President Obama had the $800 billion stimulus. Probably no more than $100 billion of that went toward infrastructure. Remember you sheepishly said those projects really weren't all that shovel ready, so this money will be frittered away but it's going to be added to the debt burden of our children.

I talked about this issue on "The Story with Martha MacCallum." You can watch that interview here.

Why Aren't We Investigating Good, Existing Covid Therapies?

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published another op-ed this week along with Yale School of Public Health Professor Harvey Risch in The Wall Street Journal about the FDA's failure to explore repurposed drugs as a successful early treatment option for COVID-19.

We appreciate former FDA Commissioners Scott Gottlieb's and Mark McClellan's belated realization that a good weapon for the Covid arsenal would be a safe and effective drug that could be taken at home."

Unfortunately, it took them over a year to use their reputations to call for such common-sense action. Meanwhile, more than 500,000 died under federal guidelines that in effect say, Isolate at home and do nothing until you are so sick you require hospitalization.

Fortunately, there are doctors with the compassion to ignore this callous approach and instead save lives. Yet media and agencies have vilified these courageous physicians. The New York Times even labeled some as snake-oil salesmen for pointing out that early treatment is essential.

Probing Into No-Bid Contracts

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A Texas nonprofit with ties to President Biden was awarded two no-bid contracts worth $600 million for handling migrants.

I'm asking for more information on why the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unilaterally awarded these contracts to Family Endeavors. The contract is 12 times greater than the company's last published annual budget.

Read more in the Washington Examiner.

Capitol Police Officer Honored

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For the second time this year, the Capitol Rotunda was used to honor a fallen officer of the United States Capitol Police.

Officer Billy Evans was a hero who died defending the Capitol. We pray for his family and two young children. God bless the Capitol Police. They put their lives on the line each day to selflessly protect others.

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