Speeches

Confirmation hearing on the nomination of Hon. Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Sep 4, 2018

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Judge Kavanaugh, welcome, and welcome to your family and guests. This is the third time you’ve had the quote-unquote privilege of appearing before this Committee. So you’re seeing some familiar faces on this side of the dais. You’re also seeing some new faces, but I think you’ll find that in a lot of ways, nothing has really changed since you were last here 12 years ago.

National Flood Insurance Program

Jul 26, 2018

The National Flood Insurance Program is a national embarrassment, and everyone in this building knows it. It is fiscally unsustainable because it is structurally unsound. And yet, here we are again, for the seventh time in six years, considering a so-called “straight” reauthorization. “Straight.”

Made in USA

Jul 18, 2018

When Americans see a “Made in USA” label on a product, it is often a source of pride. It represents the American virtues of entrepreneurialism and industriousness. It is a symbol of support for American manufacturing jobs and high-quality products. And it often spurs American consumers to buy that product.

Honoring the Founders Promise on Federal Lands

Jun 29, 2018

It was 170 years ago that Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers came to the Salt Lake Valley in search of religious freedom… and, finally, a land of their own in which to practice it. It is easy to take for granted, or to forget. But so much of American history – and of human happiness – has depended on the ability of ordinary people to have a part of this earth they can call their own, “to dress it and keep it.”

Floor Speech on Rescissions Package

Jun 20, 2018

Over the next ten years, our national debt is set to balloon from $21.16 trillion today to more than $33.9 trillion in 2028. American taxpayers are currently responsible for 77% of that national debt. And the percentage is projected to rise to almost 100% in that same period of time. On top of that, with interest rates set to increase, the payments on the debt will also likely double over the next 10 years as a percentage of total economic output.