Op-Eds

Nov 14, 2012

Making Government Suck Less

My job as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is to innovate government and hold it accountable to taxpayers. Reform is inherently disruptive, and often demands speaking unpleasant truths to the powerful in Washington. That’s why, just before taking the stage at the PDF, I announced contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder for stonewalling the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious. A shocking contrast? To some in the crowd, probably. But since ...

  • Full Oversight Committee
  • Team Oversight
Sep 20, 2012

Crafting 21st Century Information Technology Reform

The federal government currently spends $81 billion each year on information technology, yet its use and deployment of IT is full of duplication and failure. At a time when we are facing record deficits and our national debt has exceeded GDP, it has never been more important for government IT acquisition to maximize the American taxpayer’s return on investment, reduce operational risk and provide value to citizens. Yet, because of the antiquated way the government defines its requirements and ...

Sep 18, 2012

Declaration of Internet Freedom

The Internet is essential to life in the 21st century. The way we do business, communicate and live our lives now largely depends on being able to get online. Ensuring the freedom to access and use the Internet has become a bipartisan priority.

  • Full Oversight Committee
Jul 23, 2012

New NRC chairman can learn from predecessor’s mistakes

Last week marked the end of Gregory Jaczko’s controversial reign as Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. This departure is woefully overdue. For far too long, his misconduct undermined the credibility of the NRC and distracted from the agency’s important work.

  • Full Oversight Committee
Jun 15, 2012

It’s time to unburden business owners of federal regulations

It has been said before and it remains true: Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. Yet the Obama administration continues to bury American job creators with more and more red tape, and businesses are struggling to keep up.

Mar 22, 2012

Job Creators Brace for ObamaCare Impact

The reality is that the president's partisan health care overhaul, passed without any Republican votes, is directly contributing to the nation's unemployment problem. As regulators busily codify rules, employers are scrambling to figure out how to survive the plethora of mandates and taxes sprinkled throughout the nearly 3,000-page law. And its worst provisions have yet to be enacted.

  • Full Oversight Committee
Mar 4, 2012

Distorting The Debate Of Religious Freedom

Let’s make something perfectly clear: I support a woman’s right to use contraceptives. I don’t question whether women and men have a right to use contraception — I believe they do. This is not about religious freedom versus contraception but about religious freedom versus unconstitutional mandates.

  • Executive Branch
  • health care
Mar 1, 2012

Obama Hasn’t Learned on Spending

Three years later, it’s time to declare President Barack Obama’s $800 billion stimulus a failure. The stimulus may have the distinction of being the most money wasted by a piece of legislation in history. The question now is: How did this administration get it so wrong, and what have they learned from their mistakes?

  • Wasteful Spending
Feb 3, 2012

Common Sense Can Win the Day with Bipartisan Repeal of CLASS

This week, the House of Representatives moved further towards repealing the largest gimmick in President Obama’s health care law, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Program. CLASS was billed as a program that would help disabled individuals pay for long-term care services. In typical government fashion, the measure was rushed through without any substantive effort to examine its consequences, resulting in a population in need being misled to believe that ...

Dec 28, 2011

The Millionaire Tax Fallacy

President Obama recently proclaimed, “This is not class warfare - it’s math.” But the math behind a “millionaires’ tax” tells a different story. Let’s be clear; I agree that the wealthy should pay their “fair share.” That’s never been the issue. And certainly we all can agree that it’s time to thoroughly examine which tax loopholes should be closed. As this national discussion unfolds, we owe it to the American people to be clear about the facts about what a fair share ...

  • Taxes