This Thursday, after months of hard work, a bipartisan group of senators and I introduced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015.
Most people, including many conservatives, might think criminal justice reform is a progressive cause, not a conservative one.
But, like many pearls of conventional wisdom, this is simply untrue.
Patient costs are up. Access to doctors is down. Co-ops are going bankrupt, and insurance companies have already asked Uncle Sam for a taxpayer-funded bailout.
Five years have passed since former speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) infamously admitted, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” Americans now know what was hiding in Obamacare. And they don’t like it.
Now is the time to make clear — to the White House and to the American people — that the Senate understands, and plans to defend, its rightful role in the treaty-making process.
In truth, Congress no longer approves the annual federal budget line-by-line — keeping this, cutting that, fixing the other. Rather, we budget by what is called a “continuing resolution,” or “CR.”
After making sure the ESEA reauthorization isn’t used to expand Washington’s control over early-childhood education and care, Congress must advance reforms that empower parents — with flexibility and choice — to do what’s in the best interest of their children.
Congress has a choice to make, with a deadline of June 30. It can either renew the authorization of the Export-Import Bank — a taxpayer-backed credit agency that picks winners and losers in the marketplace — or let it expire and begin the bank's orderly winding-down.
One of the great triumphs of the so-called environmental movement was the passage of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1969. But in the subsequent decades, the ESA has done more to inhibit economic activity, undermine local conservation efforts, and commandeer private property, than it has done to protect endangered species.

Few understand this better than the citizens of southwest Utah.