Jul 25, 2022
Madam President, On Sunday, Lt. Ridge Alkonis was forced to leave his wife and three children to report to Japanese prison. An American serviceman had to explain to his kids that although he did nothing wrong, he had to leave them for three years. While serving his country in Japan, Lt. Alkonis was involved in a car accident resulting from a medical emergency. The accident left two people dead. I speak sincerely when I say my deepest sympathies are with their families, friends, and loved ones. I can’t begin to imagine their sense of loss, confusion, hurt, and anger associated with this horrific accident.
Jul 21, 2022
For months, American babies have endured an unprecedented and prolonged formula shortage. Some doctors have called this the worst crisis of their careers. It has become so widespread that nearly everyone knows someone that has been personally affected. Desperate parents have scoured online marketplaces, reached out to family and friends for help, and paid exorbitant markups to feed their babies. In worst-case scenarios, some resorted to dangerous homemade formulas. Mr. President, in the United States of America, no parent should be left to wonder how they will feed their newborn baby. After months of work and bipartisan collaboration with my colleagues in the House and Senate, I rise to pass needed reforms that will provide relief to hungry babies.
Jul 20, 2022
President Biden has wasted no time embarking on his crusade to hamstring American energy production. On day one of his presidency, he halted all new oil and gas lease sales on federal land. Now, Americans are paying the price. Across the nation, people struggle to fill their gas tanks as prices climb to over $5 a gallon. But, Mr. President, there’s apparently no need to worry. According to the President, Americans’ pain at the pump is merely part of an energy “transition.” It’s important to note that this is a transition away from affordable, reliable, fossil fuels. It’s not that high gas prices are a problem to be fixed, rather, high gas prices are the solution. The President is getting the results he wants.
Jul 19, 2022
We’ve broken another record. Unfortunately, not the kind to boast about. Last week, the latest Consumer Price Index exceeded inflation expectations at a staggering 9.1%. In Utah, that rate is much higher. The Biden administration’s evolving blame game has shifted its focus from the pandemic to the supply chain, from the supply chain to Putin. But there is a more coherent answer: government continues to spend more than it has. Last year, Congress spent 6.8 trillion dollars, while collecting just over 4 trillion in revenue. With the return of legislative ear marks, pork-barrel spending has increased over 1700%.
Jan 20, 2022
One of the aims of American foreign aid is to assist countries in times of need. This spirit exemplifies a trait Americans and Utahns rightfully value, that of giving to those in need. And yet, for many years our foreign aid dollars in support of abortion have been used to impose violent cultural imperialism.