Speeches

Crony Capitalism and the Export-Import Bank

Apr 9, 2014

The American economy is the envy of the world, primarily because it is still seen as a place where anyone – regardless of who you are or where you come from – can work hard, play by the rules, and succeed. That belief is predicated on the notion that America has a thriving, competitive and free enterprise economy in which the best ideas and hardest workers win the day, while those who are less successful always have a fair chance to try again.

Lee to CPAC: Time for a Conservative Reform Agenda

Mar 6, 2014

A new generation of conservative leaders is rising to meet the challenges of this new era. But to build a new conservative reform party, that party needs this new conservative reform agenda.

A Conversation On Criminal Justice

Feb 11, 2014

Criminal justice reform is not so much about letting people out as it is bringing people in; to craft policies to help reformed offenders and their families fully participate in our society and economy, and to help build an America that gives them the opportunities we would want for ourselves.

Reforming Higher Education for the People Who Need It Most

Feb 10, 2014

Today, one of the great artificial weights on working families’ shoulders and obstacles blocking their paths of laudable pursuit is the rising cost, narrowed access, and uncertain value of higher education.

Statement on Afghanistan resolution

Feb 6, 2014

I am proud to join this bipartisan group today calling for the completed transition of U.S. combat and military operations in Afghanistan to the Government of Afghanistan, and for any American troop presence there after 2014 to be authorized by Congress.