Rep Allen West – Weekly Wrap Up, District Highlights, Legislative Low Down 4/2/12

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, it is Sunday, April 1st.  I’d like to give a shout out to Kansas University and the University of Kentucky for being the last two standing teams as we head towards the NCAA College basketball championship. March Madness truly reminds me of what is great about America. Sixty-five teams enter with equal opportunity to be the champion. It is not about anyone making the victory decision based upon equality of achievement.  Remember when Norfolk State upset Missouri or Lehigh defeated Duke? In America, just the same as in the tournament, we all have the same opportunity to win, and that is the exceptionalism of America.


However, today represents a different type of first place for America, because as of April 1st, we now have the highest corporate/business tax rate in the world. Yes, 39.2 percent is the world’s highest business tax rate since Japan lowered its rate. Unfortunately, this is not where it ends.  We must also consider the state corporate rates, now averaging anywhere between 4-7 percent depending on the state, all of which demonstrates the United States creating an anti-business environment in America.  The good news is the House-passed GOP budget lowers those rates to 25 percent, making America competitive again. In addition to lowering the corporate and business tax rates, I believe the trillions of dollars of capital sitting on the sidelines and outside America should be allowed a onetime repatriation in order to spur on America pro-growth economic ventures, production, and manufacturing.

President Barack Obama’s policies would lead to a completely different America. The President’s policies keep taxes high, tax the capital offshore, raise capital gains (15 percent to 35 percent), raise dividends (15 percent  to 44.1 percent), and raise death (estate) taxes. The president has set policies that will raise personal income tax rates on the upper bracket, including small business owners who operate as sub-chapter S-Corporations and LLCs who utilize personal income tax rates.

The president wishes to do all this to taxation while increasing the growth of the Federal Government by 53 percent and growing our debt from the current $15.6 trillion to $26 trillion over the next ten years.  The President’s vision put forth in his Fiscal Year 2013 budget is unsustainable.  I’m obviously not the only one who believes this, as this past week the President’s budget was rejected by the House of Representatives by a vote of 0-414. This comes a year after his Fiscal Year 2012 budget was rejected by the United States Senate by a vote of 0-97.

As always, the president falls back on his greatest asset, the ability to read a speech, which is what he did last week in the Rose Garden. Again, President Obama’s response to any crisis or issue is to blame someone else and not find a solution — and giving hard-earned American taxpayer dollars to more “green energy” endeavors is not a solution, a la Solyndra.  It seems the president believes the American people are giving taxpayer dollars to the oil and gas industry as subsidies. This is quite far from the truth.

The oil and gas industry receives several cost recovery mechanisms which are known in policy circles as “tax expenditures,”  not direct government spending. These expenditures include: intangible drilling costs (research and development); foreign tax credit; domestic manufacturer’s deduction; percentage depletion; LIFO accounting (Last In First Out – relating to inventory management); geological and geophysical costs; and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and marginal well credits. Only the last two are unique to the oil and gas industry.

The oil and gas industry supports 9.2 million American jobs and makes up 7.5 percent of our Gross Domestic Product. The industry pays $86 million daily in rents, royalties, bonuses, and income tax payments to the federal government. President Obama wants to increase their taxes?  Insidious, especially considering that the same day the president was demonizing our oil and gas industry, the Chinese government-owned Petroleum Company surpassed ExxonMobil in production.

The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week on what is the seminal decision which will decide the path for this Republic. If the Supreme Court rules it is constitutional and in keeping with the Commerce Clause that the Federal Government can determine and mandate commerce in which the individual American citizen must participate or else face punitive charges, then our Republic and its fundamental premise of unalienable rights emanating from the Creator of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness is in jeopardy.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a misnomer in its title. It does not protect the patient; it exposes him or her to 159 new government agencies and bureaucracies, to include a 15-member panel of unelected bureaucrats that will make the price control decisions on Medicare. It is not affordable because the Congressional Budget Office has now clarified the actual cost is $1.76 trillion and not the $940 billion lie told to the American people.

No doubt about it, the policies of President Obama, if they are allowed to continue, will amount to a diminished stature for the United States in the world.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Legislative Update:

FCC Reform — Last Tuesday, the House approved H.R. 3309, the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012, by a vote of 247-174, I VOTED YES.   According to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the bill would improve the way the FCC operates by increasing transparency, predictability, and consistency as part of House Republicans’ ongoing effort to ensure the commission’s work encourages job creation, investment, and innovation.

Fiscal Year 2013 Budget — On Thursday, the House approved H.Con.Res. 112, a concurrent resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013, by a vote of 228-191, I VOTED YES.  The House Republican budget projects spending, revenues, and deficits over a ten-year budget window. The budget would provide for $3.53 trillion in spending outlays in Fiscal Year 2013 and assume revenues of $2.734 trillion, resulting in a deficit of $797 billion.  The resolution would provide $1.028 trillion in discretionary budget authority in Fiscal Year 2013, the same amount as called for in the last House-approved budget (H.Con.Res. 34).  The discretionary budget authority level for Fiscal Year 2013 is $19 billion below the spending ceiling established by the BCA.  Fiscal Year 2013 spending under H.Con.Res. 112 would be $187 billion lower than under the president’s budget and $55 billion below CBO’s current law baseline.  Over ten years, spending under H.Con.Res. 112 would total $40.13 trillion. Over ten years, H.Con.Res. 112 would reduce spending by $5.3 trillion compared to the president’s budget and by $4.15 trillion compared to CBO’s current law baseline.  Through a number of policy provisions the House Republican budget would also reform our broken tax code to make it simple, fair, and competitive, put the federal budget on path to balance, prevent deep and indiscriminate cuts to defense, and protect and strengthen Medicare for current retirees and future generations.  Since the president and Democrats in the Senate have refused to take responsibility for avoiding the debt-fueled crisis our nation faces, House Republicans are advancing a plan of action that will help lift our crushing burden of debt and spur job creation and economic opportunity while strengthening health and retirement security.  The budget also includes reconciliation instructions for six committees to replace the first year of the automatic sequester triggered under the Budget Control Act (BCA). For additional information and supplementary materials on the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Resolution, including a detailed report on the budget, please see the House Budget Committee website.

Highway Funding — Also on Thursday, the House approved H.R. 4281, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, by a vote of 266-158, I VOTED YES.  The bill would extend the authority to appropriate funds from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) for federal highway and surface transportation programs for 90 days, through June 30, 2012 (three-fourths of Fiscal Year 2012). Under current law, surface transportation spending authority is set to expire on March 31, 2012. The current highway program, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act—A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), expired at the end of Fiscal Year 2009 and has since been authorized by a series of short-term extensions. The most recent extension (H.R. 2887) was approved in the House by voice vote in September 2011 and is set to expire on March 31, 2012. The Senate passed Highway Funding Bill is only for a two year period which will not provide the certainty necessary for our construction industry. The House is trying to do the responsible approach by providing businesses a five-year extension of this important funding bill.

Highlights of the Week:

Monday, March 26 – Attended and spoke at the 30th anniversary of the Groundbreaking of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  Video of my speech here. Pictures here.

Tuesday, March 27 – Met with the President of Florida Atlantic University, Dr. M.J. Saunders regarding the FAU federal initiatives and projects, attended a HASC Full Committee briefing regarding mechanisms of sequestration and its effect on defense operations, spoke at the Americans for Prosperity “Hands off my Healthcare” Rally, attended a HASC Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee Hearing regarding understanding future irregular warfare challenges, met with Florida Beer Wholesalers Association members to discuss tax issues and state-based regulation of alcohol.

Wednesday, March 28 – Met with Admiral James Loy, USCG (Retired) and several others, with the US Global Leadership Coalition’s National Advisory Council to discuss the International Affairs budget; met with Dr. Kirk Schulz, President of Kansas State University and Dr. Sue Peterson, Director of Government Relations for Kansas State University; Attended a HASC Full Committee Hearing on the security situation on the Korean Peninsula; met with Ivy Greaner from Palm Beach, on behalf of the International Council of Shopping Centers to discuss the Marketplace Fairness Act; attended a Small Business Full Committee Hearing regarding how partnerships can promote job growth; met with Ambassador Westmacott, British Ambassador; met with Ken Yancey, CEO of SCORE, and the St. Lucie County Board of Commissioners to discuss Fort Pierce Inlet dredging, water resources, and transportation issues.

Thursday, March 29 – Spoke at the Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition and Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus Breakfast, received the United States Chamber’s “Spirit of Enterprise” award for my support of pro-business issues during my first session of Congress, pictures here, press release here. Met with students from Hobe Sound Christian Academy, met with the Executive Director of AMVETS, Stewart Hickey, to discuss the AMVETS Affirmative Action Initiative.

Friday, March 30th –  Joined with Florida Governor Rick Scott in observance of March 31, 2012 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, which also coincides with Friday’s 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War: More here.

Saturday, March 31st – attended the 7th Annual Police Memorial Ride in Palm Beach Gardens.  What a wonderful time! pictures here.

Sunday, April 1st – Church and family.

Palms West Republican Club Invites you to come meet Adam Hasner running in Florida District 22 – 3/21/12

Palms West Republican Club Invites you and your friends:

WHERE: Binks Forest Golf Club: 400 Binks Forest Dr., Wellington, FL

WHEN:   March 21, 2012

TIME:     6:00pm – 8:00pm

Please join us on Wednesday, March 21 as we welcome Adam Hasner, US Congressional Candidate for D-22.

We also ask that current 2012 Members please try to attend as we have 2 Amendments to our Bylaws which we need to pass at this meeting.

We will also have a 50/50 drawing and several door prizes!

Doors open at 6pm
Buffet Dinner 6:15pm
Meeting begins 6:45pm

$15 Members, $20 for Guests
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We look forward to seeing you! Please bring a friend!

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Rep Allen West “I have a titanium spine” by @MicheleKirkBPR for @BIZPACReview

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America needs a strong, honest and professional statesman wielding the gavel – Allen West – by Peter Paton

by Peter PatonConservative Papers

The time has come for Congressman West Florida 22 to challenge John Boehner for Speaker. America needs a strong, honest and professional statesman welding the gavel in the House of Representatives. and Colonel Allen West espouses all the true and sincere leadership qualities that the Republic is crying out for under the never ending excesses of the Obama Administration, and the dire state of America as it plunges into an ever spiralling colossal debt, recession, mass unemployment and foreclosures, and serious loss of prestige and morale on the world stage.

Speaker Boehner has failed in his remit, and has not produced the quality of leadership expected from a Republican nominee in Congress, as Obama has bludgeoned his bills and policies through the House with political extortion, blackmail and brinksmanship, while the American people have watched on in dismay as Obamacare, the Deficit Budget Bill, Payroll Tax extension, and a raft of other Democrat initiatives have been passed into law, emasculating the Speaker and dangerously wounding the morale and spirit of the Republican Party at the same time.

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House Version of Payroll Tax Bill A Better Deal for America versus Senate – Check out the comparison


Under the House-passed payroll tax cut bill, an American worker earning $50,000 next year is 100 percent certain to receive a $1,000 payroll tax cut.  By comparison, the legislation passed by the Senate on Saturday would grant only a $167 payroll tax cut to the same worker.  Despite Senate Democrats’ insistence that they will work to extend the payroll tax cut beyond February of next year, there is no guarantee that they will make good on their word.  As recent history shows, Senate Democrats don’t exactly have a stellar record of acting on job-creating measures. 

ALL INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: Ways and Means Republican Press Office www.Republicans.WaysandMeans.House.Gov  202.226.4774

Sun Sentinel Article on – Allen West’s pastor Scott Eynon – He also gave opening prayer in the House

By William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON—

Pastor Scott Eynon prayed with Allen West when the Republican from Plantation ran his first race for Congress in 2008, and lost.

The two men prayed again for God’s guidance on election night in 2010, when West drew national fame by winning a hotly contested seat in Broward and Palm Beach counties. And every night at 10 p.m., Eynon’s mobile phone sounds an alarm to remind him to pray for Congressman West.

Eynon’s role as spiritual adviser reached a pinnacle Wednesday, when he stood at a podium reserved for chaplains and presidents on the floor of the U.S. House to deliver the day’s opening prayer.

The senior pastor of the Community Christian Church of Tamarac prayed for God’s blessings for those who serve the nation, including members of Congress. “We also thank you for the problems that come up,” he said. “They make us even more dependent upon you, for your guidance and for your strength.”

Eynon is one of a few South Florida ministers and rabbis who over the years have delivered the House prayer — a time when faith and government intermingle. For West, it was especially significant because his pastor has been a close confidant during his stunning rise from political obscurity to conservative stardom.

The pastor, 50, got to know West six years ago when the church was near the congressman’s home in Plantation. The church has since moved to Tamarac, where about 2,000 attend services each week and provide aid to poor children in South Florida, Haiti, Kenya and elsewhere.

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House panel gives thumbs-down to retirement change proposal – Rep Allen West

By Andrew Greenstein of WOKV.COM

WASHINGTON, DC

A proposal to change the military retirement system is not sitting well with Republicans and Democrats alike on a House Armed Services subcommittee.

The panel discussed a proposal to change the military’s retirement system to one based on contributions, much like a 401(k).

Rep. Allen West (R-FL), himself a veteran, says that’s not fair to those who protect America’s freedom.

“When I look at people that are serving in our military, that’s a defining contribution,” West said at the hearing.  “And on the back side, I think that we should be giving them a defining benefit for that contribution.”

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Head of the Class: The Most Buzzworthy House Freshmen of the 112th Congress

By Eric Ostermeier on September 19, 2011

Allen West, Joe Walsh, Tim Scott, and Sean Duffy are the most covered U.S. House freshmen of 2011

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While nearly eight-dozen new members entered the U.S. House of Representatives in January, only a choice few have become media darlings (or fodder) nearly nine months into their first year in office.

In fact, three Republicans have received more than one-third of the coverage of the entire Class of 2010.

And two of these are the GOP’s only black Americans in Congress.

A Smart Politics content analysis of Lexis/Nexis news transcripts from ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and NPR finds that Republican U.S. Representatives Allen West (FL-22), Joe Walsh (IL-08), and Tim Scott (SC-01) have received as much attention as 70 of their freshman colleagues combined.

(Note: Lexis/Nexis transcripts cover most news programs on the cable TV networks, but not all morning and early afternoon programming (e.g. MSNBC)).

Representative West has been interviewed or mentioned in 222 news programs since January of this year – by far the most of the freshman class.

That accounts for 17.9 percent of broadcasts in which any House freshman has been mentioned on these networks.

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