Congressman Keith Rothfus' DC office recently moved to room 1205 of the Longworth Building
Congressman Keith Rothfus' DC office recently moved to room 1205 of the Longworth Building
Congressman Keith Rothfus’ DC office recently moved to room 1205 of the Longworth Building

January 6, 2015 marked a new day in Congress. On that day, the newly elected Congress took office. The American people voted to increase the Republican majority in the House and elected a new majority in the Senate, because they were concerned with the direction of the country and wanted Congress to begin solving problems affecting workers, families and everyday people.

For four years, Harry Reid held the Senate hostage and refused to consider over 350 pieces of legislation passed in the House, 98% of which passed with support from Republicans and Democrats. He did his best to consolidate power and he sidelined Senate Committees and anyone who disagreed with him.

Oversight of the massive federal government was an afterthought under Harry Reid’s stewardship. When he failed to get his way, Reid encouraged the President to take unilateral executive action in lieu of the democratic process. And, he was responsible for the Senate’s routine failure to fulfill one of its most basic functions: producing a budget.

By and large, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was the most significant obstacle in the last Congress. Fortunately, things are about to change.

In the first few weeks of the new Congress, the House has already passed over twenty-five bipartisan bills the American people want.

We approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to create good-paying jobs and grow our nation’s energy sector. The House passed the Save American Workers Act to restore the 40-hour work week, and the Hire More Heroes Act to make certain employers are not penalized for hiring veterans under ObamaCare’s employer mandate.

We are working to reduce regulatory red tape for businesses throughout Western Pennsylvania, and passed significant reforms to hold agencies accountable for regulations that harm wages and jobs.

The House fulfilled its promise to the American people to fund the Department of Homeland Security at a responsible level, while stopping the President’s immigration order. Defunding this unauthorized and unconstitutional attempt to rewrite our nation’s immigration laws was a top priority for the new Congress, and the clear will of the American people.

In the weeks and months ahead, I challenge all of my colleagues—whether Democrat, Republican or those in elected Leadership—to keep the momentum going.

American voters put Republicans in charge to stand up for our conservative principles and find solutions that work for the American people, not Washington bureaucrats.

This new Congress is committed to fiscal responsibility, which starts with passing a balanced budget, and getting appropriations work done on time.

The President’s health care law is not working for many Americans. We will work to reverse the government take-over of our nation’s health care system and pass real reforms that address cost.

We are committed to maintaining a strong national defense and making sure the men and women who serve are taken care of when they return home.

The agenda for this new Congress contains ideas every American cares about. It is a new day, with new leadership and a renewed commitment to make this nation the best place in the world to live, work, start a business, raise a family, worship freely, and pursue happiness.

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Raven
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Raven

Wow! Open mouth, insert foot.

sd1120
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This phony has to STFU. He’s incapable of an original thought; regurgitating the same old Tea Party talking points. Goofus predicted ad nauseum that the ACA would wreck the economy. Wrong – 58 straight months of private sector job growth, 5.2 % unemployment rate, the stock market at record levels, etc. This a-hole has made a career of blaming Obama and Harry Reid for the world’s woes. Memo to douchbag – your hero W wrecked the economy, spended trillions on two unnecessary wars and drove the economy off of the cliff. Your a lemming backbencher that must STFU. Please!!!

desmoluvr
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desmoluvr

This guy just does not give up with his constant stream of bullshit. Keith, the majority of this country voted for Democrats this last election. It is only because of Gerrymandering that Republicans win any elections. It is the ONLY reason that you were elected so please stop with the lies. I won’t even waste my time going line by line and pointing out the errors to your teabag editorial.

Raven
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Raven

@desmoluvr: Yes, you are so right. This kind of mindless blaming and hate is decreasing among some of the more aware Conservative Right, because the same tired arguments have been met with published leading socioeconomic indicators and congressional actions that show the opposite. The chronic Obama/Reid attacks are threatening to have an adverse effect upon future elections as people who know better reject the tactics and lies. As you, I was tempted to go at it, line by line, but it would be a waste of time. Actually, I believe most people already know the accurate answers, because they have been presented so frequently in the media. Keith here is feeling his oats after the election, and now he apparently believes he has a mandate to say whatever he wishes with impunity.

Raven
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Raven

Will someone tell me how a woman with her hands reportedly cuffed behind her back can steal a cop car and drive it at 100 MPH plus in chase? Something seems to be missing in the account given by the media.

Numbskull
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Numbskull

@Raven……………..At first thought,I was wondering the same thing about that chick who stole the police car. At second thought, if she’s flexible enough to do what she did I’d like to meet her, she sounds like fun..

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I wonder if the democrats will filibuster in record numbers like Keith’s Tea Party brethren have the last 6 years while Harry Reid was supposedly holding up progress? Ironic how executive orders were perfectly legal and acceptable when Bush was using them……

jaybird
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jaybird

It’s a brand new year and a brand new Congress, but the same old tired crap from this Teaparty Windbag – ALWAYS blaming the other party without taking blame for being the most unproductive House in American History. – and all with that “What, Me Worry” simpleton grin on his face.

Face it, the ONLY reasons you are in office is because of the political gerrymandering to “fix” the district (as has been done nationwide) and because of the lack of interested voter turnout. There isn’t room here to rebut everything you say Keith; besides, you’re not worth the effort.

Case in point: the recent Homeland Security Bill that attached a rider to pull back the Dreamer Act. Then “Bonehead Boehner” had the gall to chastise the President saying he (Obama) doesn’t care about security if he vetoes it (never mind that the Dreamer Act will be history).

After promising a “new” Republican Party, you and your ilk, have hit the ground running – backwards. See the Bill above – I predict your party will try to “backdoor” much more and blame Obama for the veto.

Keep blowing smoke, Keith; you’ll need it to hide behind when the masses wake up and realize what a jerk they elected.