Rep Allen West: Legislative Update

– FY2013 Appropriations — Last Thursday, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 5326, the Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, by a vote of 247-163, I VOTED YES.  The bill would provide $51.131 billion in discretionary appropriations for agencies and programs funded through the Commerce/Justice/Science appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2013. Funding provided under the legislation would be $1.61 billion or 3 percent below the amount of funding provided for Fiscal Year 2012. The amount of funding provided is $731 million or 1.4 percent below the amount requested by the President for Fiscal Year 2013.  The Commerce/Justice/Science appropriations bill provides funding for the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, and Federal science agencies, such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF), and related agencies. Appropriations for Justice programs in the bill provides money for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the Federal Prison System and the U.S. Marshals Service.

– Replacing the Sequester — Also on Thursday, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 5652, the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012, by a vote of 218-199, I VOTED YES.  The bill would provide mandatory spending reductions in order to replace automatic cuts to discretionary spending (primarily from defense accounts) in 2013 under the Budget Control Act and to reduce the deficit. The savings generated from these reforms to mandatory programs would first be used to offset the approximately $78 billion cost of replacing the automatic across-the-board discretionary spending cuts that are scheduled to occur on January 2, 2013, under what is known as sequestration. The amount of $78 billion reflects the remainder of the Fiscal Year 2013 discretionary sequester after accounting for lowering the Fiscal Year 2013 discretionary cap from $1.047 to $1.028 as provided for in the House of Representatives-approved Budget Resolution. The additional savings achieved through reconciliation beyond the $78 billion (over $180 billion in the next ten years) would further reduce the deficit.  Savings contained in the legislation were produced by six House of Representatives committees under reconciliation instructions contained in the House Concurrent Budget Resolution (H. Con. Res. 112).  The Committees on (1) Agriculture, (2) Energy & Commerce, (3) Financial Services, (4) the Judiciary, (5) Oversight & Government Reform, and (6) Ways & Means each produced deficit reduction legislation pursuant to the reconciliation instructions in section 201 of the House of Representatives-approved budget resolution.  Legislation produced by these committees and contained in this package would produce savings of $18.3 billion in the first year, $116.3 billion over five years, and $261.4 billion over ten years.

This Week:

– National Defense — The House of Representatives is scheduled to consider H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013. The bill would provide valuable funding for the Armed Forces, while proposing significant savings that do not compromise the needs of our nation’s war fighters by authorizing $554 billion for National Defense and $88 billion for Overseas Contingency Operation Funds.  Among other items, the bill would provide funds to modernize three guided missile cruisers scheduled to be retired before the end of their service life; would preserve tactical airlift critical to the ability of the United States to project power, such as C-130 Hercules and C-27J Spartan aircraft proposed for early retirement; and would ease strain on the heavily stressed military by slowing the pace of the Obama administration’s end-strength reductions.

– Protecting Women — Also this week, the House of Representatives is expected to consider a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The bill would provide for a five-year reauthorization of VAWA, which expired on September 30, 2011, and would set total program funding levels at $682.5 million per year.  The House of Representatives bill would streamline and consolidate some grants for maximum benefit, increase resources for sexual assault investigations, prosecutions, and victim services, protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, promote educational awareness to prevent violence and improve services for young victims, improve emergency and transitional housing services for victims, and enhance immigration laws to protect victims of violence.

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Rep Allen West “Weekly Wrap Up for May 7th”

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans.  It is time for another weekly update to all of you.

This past Saturday, President Barack Obama came on TV live from Columbus, Ohio, at Ohio State University, speaking before a group of young people. I looked and saw this new slogan on signs being held by these young people, “Forward ” and wondered if they know from where that motto emanated?  I also wondered if those same young people realize how high the unemployment rate is for their age demographic.

This past week, we witnessed the street violence of these so-called “anarchists” embedded in the Occupy Wall Street movement. We even saw five young men charged with the crime of wanting to destroy a bridge in Cleveland, Ohio. It just seems that the promise of hope and change has devolved into “Divide and Rule,” supported by a principle of “Violence and Disruption.”  All the energy these individuals put into protesting, shouting, and complaining should go toward finding a job!  We now see what lies ahead for our country for the next few months – more shouting, demagoguery, protesting, deception, and manipulation all in the name of moving “Forward.”

Here are some simple, yet disturbing factoids:

– We have the lowest workforce participation rate in the past 31 years, right at 64%.

– If  the underemployed and those who have dropped out of the workforce are included, unemployment in America is close to 14.5%.

– We have the longest running rate of unemployment at or above 8% since the Great Depression.

– At this time in President Ronald Reagan’s first term he produced 363,000 jobs per month (April 1984) as opposed to President Barack Obama’s dismal 115,000 (April 2012).

– GDP growth is an abysmal 2.2% in the previous quarter (Jan-Mar 2012), coming off  2011 GDP quarterly numbers of 0.4%, 1.0%, 1.3%, and 3.0%. President Reagan’s economy was clipping along at 6% GDP at this same time.

– According to President Obama’s economic advisors, the stimulus bill was supposed to have resulted in unemployment at 6% at this time.

– We now have the highest corporate/business tax rate in the world, 39.6%.

– According to a survey from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), only 8% of small businesses are looking to grow and expand in the next year.

–  In three and a half years President Obama has incurred more debt, over $5 trillion, than all presidents from George Washington to Bill Clinton combined.  The President’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget would increase the debt by another $10 trillion. What’s more, 47% of our debt is held by foreign nations, 28% by China. The Federal Reserve holds the greatest percentage of our debt.  This is horrible monetary policy.

– Since inauguration day in 2009, gasoline prices in America have gone from $1.84 to $3.89, close to a 112% increase.

I could go on, but I think you get the point.   I have confidence the sun shall certainly rise and shine upon America again as more Americans learn the facts and seek viable solutions to the economic woes of our country. We shall witness the dawn of a New America which shall restore this Republic, recommit to our foundational constitutional principles and values, and reclaim our sense of American exceptionalism.

In closing, having been in combat, and even been on a few raid operations, the honor should always go to our Men and Women in the combat zone, not those far away watching video feeds. The joint document-signing between President Barack Obama and President Hamid Karzai reminded me sadly of Sir Neville Chamberlain in the 1930’s– “Peace in our time.”  President Obama’s speech, in the hours of darkness, promoting negotiations with the Taliban and a new sunrise for Afghanistan, was responded to by the Taliban with deadly simplicity.  They attacked and killed seven people 90 minutes after President Obama left. They did not appear to be peacefully inspired by his speech.

It was Alexander the Great who stated, “I would not fear an army of lions if led by sheep, but I would fear an army of sheep if led by a lion.”

We will not lose our Constitutional Republic to braying sheep – or donkeys  for that matter.
Steadfast and Loyal,

Congressman Allen West invites you to attend one of his March town hall forums

Palm Beach County
Monday, March 12th
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Jupiter Christian School
700 South Delaware Boulevard
Jupiter

Broward County
Wednesday, March 14th
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Trinity United Methodist Church
3901 Northeast 22nd Avenue
Lighthouse Point

*Join Rep. West as he discusses the latest in Congress and how the issues and decisions affect you.  You will also have the opportunity to ask your own questions. No RSVP required.

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Congressman Allen West invites you to attend one of his February Town Hall events:

Wednesday, February 22nd

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Deerfield Beach City Hall

150 NE 2nd Ave

Deerfield Beach

*A Vietnam Veteran who suddenly lost his life this past month at Fort Lauderdale Executive airport, before ever receiving his proper medals, will be honored at Wednesday’s town hall. The widow of Louis Grabiec, Jr., Martha Grabiec, will receive the medals for her husband. Grabiec will receive posthumously: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Bronze Star Attachment (quadruple), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Expert Badge with Rifle Bar. 


Friday, February 24th

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

First Baptist Church

1101 South Flagler Drive

West Palm Beach

*No RSVP necessary for either event, just come on out if you can attend.

Rep Allen West – E-Newsletter, Legislative Lowdown and Weekly Wrap Up

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans,  I have spent the last day recovering from my Saturday half-marathon- the last one of the season.  I truly enjoy being out with fellow South Floridians who know their health is a personal matter and also run to support causes for those not as fortunate as this is the essence of being an American!

I suppose that is why I reject the assertion of government dictating edicts of “shared sacrifice” and “fair share” as they are not in a position to be the arbiters of fairness. Americans believe in equality of opportunity and shun the premise of a bureaucratic nanny-state promoting a policy of equality of achievement.

That is why I was absolutely appalled at the horrific Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal from President Barack Obama released last week. His budget vision does nothing to promote and enhance the American dream of opportunity. What his budget does is endanger the promise that all of us want for our children and grandchildren — fiscal security.

The President’s budget brings about $47 trillion of new Federal Government spending over the next 10 years. It will increase our federal debt to $25.9 trillion by the end of Fiscal Year 2022. It means that we shall have added $10.6 trillion in new debt, resulting in debt payments alone of $5.7 trillion in Fiscal Year 2013-2022.

In the immediate term,  President Obama is asking for $3.8 trillion in government spending for Fiscal Year 2013, $1.9 trillion in higher taxes, and $1.1 trillion in debt held by the American citizen.  This totals $48,000 for each and every one of us in America.  By year’s end, America will be in debt to the tune of $16.3 trillion, equating to a debt to GDP ratio of 106.2%.

Now, I know there are people who are reading this update who will always defend the President’s policies, but I challenge any of you to defend this clear and present danger to the future of the American Republic.  This is not an “economy that is built to last” this is an “economic vision that is built to destroy” any chance for our children to have the highest quality American standard of living.

The politics of demagoguery dividing America will only hasten our eventual demise. The Keynesian economic philosophy of tax and spend of which President Obama and other liberal progressives subscribe will not lift us to  new economic heights. We are crushing hardworking American taxpayers and retarding the incentive for Americans to strive for a better life.

The indomitable entrepreneurial spirit of the American innovator and worker must be unleashed with tax, regulatory, monetary, and fiscal policies that enable investment and ingenuity. It is intellectually dishonest to compare personal income tax rates to capital gains tax rates to justify raising capital gains from 15 percent to 30 percent. The resulting effect on investment in America will be catastrophic. Government has no responsibility to select the winners and the losers by manipulating tax policy, and certainly should not be funneling taxpayer funds to political cronies for its own ideological agenda.

President Obama stated  by the end of his first term, he would cut the deficit in half.  We are instead on our fourth straight year of trillion dollar plus deficits: $1.42 trillion, $1.29 trillion, $1.3 trillion, and an estimated $1.3 trillion for this year.  Please, don’t tell me about what was “inherited.” Continual excuses are indicative of a person who takes no responsibility for his actions.

Payroll tax cut? Please America, see this for the politicized gimmick it really is and do not allow yourself to be bribed over a short term $40.  We are destroying Social Security as well as American homeowners who will be seeing a $9,000-$10,000 increase in loan guarantee fees to fund this one-year extension.

Lastly, as we hear testimony from our military on the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization (NDA), all I can think about is the volatility across the world. Here we are in economic straits and we send $1.2 billion in aid to a Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Egypt now  holding 19 Americans hostage. Their sheer gall of declaring a threat to our ally, Israel, if we cut off aid, makes my blood boil.

Reports are that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces are now operating in Syria.  Consider if we had maintained a credible American military force in Iraq as an external cordon along the borders with Syria and Iran, as well as in Kurdistan.  Would this situation be so dire?

Elections have consequences.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Legislative Update:

– Domestic Energy Production — Last Thursday, the House approved H.R. 3408, Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security (PIONEERS) Act, by a vote of 237-187, I VOTED NAY. I voted “no” because this legislation would have potentially violated the military training zone in the eastern Gulf of Mexico off Florida’s coast, as well as brought oil drilling within 9-12 miles of Florida’s coastline. I shall always promote a full spectrum development of America’s energy resources but not at risk of our pristine coastline.

– Payroll Tax Cut Extension — On Friday, the House approved a Conference Report to H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011 by a vote of 293-192, I VOTED NAY.  41 Democrats also voted no against this legislation. You can view my explanation as to why I did not support this conference report from our press release here. I will not support adding more debt  nor burden American homeowners. Lastly, we must realize that this is not a tax cut, it hastens the demise of the Social Security system. I supported H. R. 3630 in December, an exceptional piece of legislation, not this Band-Aid, politicized gimmick.

Highlights of the Week:

– Monday, 13 February, met with the British Consul General assigned for Florida and the southern Hemisphere. We discussed British fiscal policies and challenges in this area in comparison with American fiscal and national security issues. We had both served in Afghanistan so we had some very good stories to share. Met with South Florida Marine Industry Leaders to discuss the impacts of failing economic and tax policies on their industry. It was a follow- up to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show where we discussed same issues.

– Tuesday, 14 February, hope everyone had a very Happy Valentine’s Day. Met with a staff group of students from the Army’s Fort Leavenworth Staff Officers College and discussed national security strategy and fiscal security issues. Met with Colonel Pantano and the lead staff of the Jacksonville District of the United States Army Corps of Engineers. We discussed the progress made with our pressing Corps civil works infrastructure projects. Met with representatives from AIPAC on current situation in Middle East with growing belligerence of Iran and volatility in Egypt and Syria as it relates to the security of Israel.

– Wednesday, 15 February, participated in the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) hearing with Secretary of Defense Panetta and CJCS Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Dempsey on the Fiscal Year 2013 NDA budget request. Met with representatives from the Marine Corps League’s National Legislative Committee on their annual issues. Met with the leadership of Indian River State College discussing their legislative concerns. Met with students from Cardinal Gibbons High School who were part of the Close Up Foundation Washington program. Delivered a special order speech on House floor addressing the history of the Republican Party and the black community as part of Black History Month, you can view the speech here.

– Thursday, 16 February, attended a HASC classified briefing on Afghanistan/Pakistan operations and intelligence update. Met with the leadership of Palm Beach State College discussing their legislative concerns. Participated in the HASC hearing on Fiscal Year 2013 NDA budget request for the Department of the Navy, including the United States Marine Corps. Met with representatives of the Agriculture industry to discuss the interests of America’s small businesses in the next Farm Bill. Met with the leadership of Broward College to discuss their legislative concerns. Met with Vice Admiral Ryan of the Military Officers Association of America to discuss their legislative concerns- I will be their keynote speaker for their upcoming Annual conference hosted in West Palm Beach. Conducted an hour- long tele-townhall meeting with our constituents, had nearly 6,000 answer our call.

– Friday, 17 February, participated in HASC hearing on Fiscal Year 2013 NDA budget request for the Department of the Army. Met with the JROTC Junior ROTC Cadets from Olympic Heights High School in Charlotte, NC for the second year– the head of their program is my long- time friend from our service in the Army, Lieutenant Colonel (R) Clayton Neal.

– Saturday, 18 February, attended the reception event for the National Republican Congressional Committee Winter meeting in Naples, FL.

– Sunday, 19 February, ran in the Fort Lauderdale A1A half-marathon.  Participated in a Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus forum event at the Boca Raton Synagogue.

– Monday, 20 February,  recovered from the half-marathon. Hope you all had a Happy President’s Day.

This Week:

– Constituent Work Week, we will have our regular two town hall meetings, one in Deerfield Beach and another in West Palm Beach. See the full details here. 

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Congressman Allen West’s Move is anything but cowardice: by Kingsley Guy

by Kingsley Guy for Sun Sentinel

Because of redistricting, U.S. Rep. Allen West from District 22 will be heading northward to run in a more Republican-friendly District 18. I, for one, will be sorry to see him go.

Unlike a lot of politicians, West doesn’t equivocate or dance around issues. His sharp, conservative views make him an icon of the right. But he’s a demon to the left, which castigates him for being a tea party lackey.

That description doesn’t fit. West even earned the wrath of the tea party last summer when he voted to raise the national debt ceiling. It was a tough call, but the right one, and the vote showed West won’t be intimidated by either opponents or supposed allies.

West is a tough-minded politician who has developed a national reputation for straight-talk through television appearances and YouTube videos, but he’s also a superb “retail” politician who can work a room with the best of them. Democrats expecting to hate West have even been known after meeting him for the first time to walk away with newfound respect.

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Rep Allen West has stood up to the elitists and so must we.

“LITERALLY UNBELIEVABLE” is when your brain understands what you’re seeing, but cannot accept it. To watch an illegitimate Marxist make promises of providing liberty from tyrannical means while witnessing truly corrupt officials on both sides applauding or condoning the outright lies in the SOTU speech is more outrageous than Orwell’s “1984,” “Atlas Shrugged” and “Road to Serfdom” combined because those USED to be just prophecies. REALITY: We have a mere NINE MONTHS to save our country.

Allen West has stood up to the elitists and so must we. PLEASE prepare your hearts and minds to join the fight to preserve the freedom for which past generations fought and died to defend. We must educate our peers and expose our enemies if we are to defeat this threat to our Constitution and our families.

ALLEN WEST REPUBLIC.com WILL LAUNCH on Tuesday, February 7. Using a simple rating system and some high tech tools, we are going to condense our already incredible news feed and discussions to printable and digital formats so that the FACTS and opportunities to take ACTION may be shared easily with our fellow Americans.

The site will be easy to use and unique in that anyone can freely access the most relevant information on the topics that interest them to support their “Case for Conservatism.” We will of course serve as a complete repository for Allen West info, and spotlight conservative causes as well as feature national writers, speakers and sister organizations.

2012 is going to be a war of disinformation like we have NEVER seen. We MUST move beyond isolated discussions and reach our communities! Allen West has publicly called upon conservatives to arm ourselves with information and get into the fray in our taverns, churches, schools and newspapers. AllenWestRepublc.com will be an “armory” of information to use in following his lead. If YOU are committed to serving on the front lines, chances are we can use your talents. Please contact Tanya Grimsley orJohn Swetland or you may leave a comment here on this post, to see how you can contribute. Much more info coming soon! Please spread the word, rally your troops and may God be with us.

Adam Wilhoit  – Florida CD22 – Website Creator/Patriot of Conservatism

 

 

Rep Allen West – Weekly Wrap Up, Legislative Update and Weekly Highlights 1/23/12

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans.

It has been a week of surprises in the GOP primary with John Huntsman and Rick Perry dropping out, a final count in Iowa giving the caucus victory to Rick Santorum, and a blowout win for former Speaker Newt Gingrich in the Palmetto State.

Speaker Gingrich’s victory is a testimony to two factors: debates matter, and people are looking for someone who will fight, both the establishment and the liberal elite media.

We all know Speaker Gingrich is quite at home on a debate stage and he truly showed that this past week. However, even in the light of character attacks, the two confrontations with reporters Juan Williams and John King elevated the Speaker to a different level.

We have had three very different candidates win the first three primary contests of this season. Quite perplexing. It is now on to Florida. Florida will be a true indicator because of its size and varying demographics, from the panhandle to the Florida Keys.

Can Speaker Gingrich maintain this new-found momentum? Can Governor Romney recapture his focus? Will Senator Santorum find a niche in Florida and remain relevant? Buckle up, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. One thing is for certain, at least our GOP candidates are being fairly vetted and answering hard questions.

As far as the Oval Office, this has been one heck of a week. How many of you know President Obama cancelled the largest-ever joint military exercise with Israel? This exercise was to focus on THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense), which is a fancy way of saying missile defense. This cancellation came just two days before we found out President Obama had sent a secret communiqué to Iran’s supreme leader requesting talks.

Of course, there are those who say, so what? Well, the so what is that we cancelled the missile defense exercise because we did not want to “offend” Iran. Consider the message it sends to a nation run by theocrats and a mad man whose belligerence knows no bounds.  This comes as we have been considering releasing Afghan Taliban leaders to show good faith to the Taliban in order to begin negotiations. But then again, Vice-President Joe Biden stated we are not at war with the Taliban.

A critical part of our national security, as well as our economy and job creation, is energy independence. President Obama surrendered this week to the State Department to declare the Keystone XL project is not now in the national interest. A project studied over three years needs more time to be studied? I suppose this is what you get from a President who has a history of voting “present” most of his short political career.

America  needs the Keystone XL project now, especially when we here in South Florida are watching China place oil rigs capable of drilling just 45 miles off our coast. This issue is far from over.

On Friday we hit the magic “three year number” for the Obama Administration. By the President’s own words, he stated that if he had not turned things around in three years, he would be a one-term President. However, now he is asking America to give him four more years to fundamentally change America.

I hope Americans ask some fundamental questions before making that decision:

• What was the National debt three years ago?
• What was America’s global competitiveness standing?
• How many more Americans are on the poverty rolls and on food stamps in the last three years?
• What have our deficits been the last three years?
• What was the average price for gasoline three years ago?
• What was the average price for health insurance premiums three years ago?
• What was the price of a gallon of milk or a carton of eggs three years ago?
• How many Americans have lost their jobs or careers in the last three years?

Hardworking American taxpayers and families are losing their economic freedom and individual sovereignty, which is the unmitigated truth.

Tomorrow, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address.  It is not too late for the President to work with the House of Representatives and develop a plan of action which will restore this great Republic and promote equality of opportunity, not equality of achievement.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Legislative Update:

The House of Representatives had only one day of legislative activity this past week, on Wednesday. The House passed the “Motion of Disapproval” for the President’s requested $1.2 trillion increase to the nation’s debt ceiling. I voted to support the Disapproval of the request to increase the debt.

Highlights of the Week:

– Tuesday, 17 January, flew back to Washington, D.C. and met with Deerfield Beach Mayor Peggy Noland, participated in the House Armed Services Committee Panel on Business Challenges within the Defense Industry, opened up the Second Session of 112th Congress.

– Wednesday, 18 January, participated in a classified House Armed Services Committee members-only briefing on Iranian security and economic developments, participated in a House GOP Freshmen press conference on 1,000 days without a budget.

– Thursday, 19 to Saturday, 21 January, attended the House of Representatives GOP Strategy and Issues Conference in Baltimore, MD.

– Sunday, 22 January, addressed the Galt Ocean Mile L’Hermitage Speakers Club and flew back to Washington, D.C.

– Monday, 23 January, conducted a Black Conservatives Forum on Capitol Hill, see the video of the Forum here.  Spoke at the March for Life Rally.  

VIDEO – Congressman Allen West speaks on Senate Race, Obama and more

Rep. Allen West, who represents the 22nd District of Florida, shares his thoughts on the Senate race while meeting with members of the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers editorial board on Nov. 28.

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