If you are like me, you have probably seen story after story about how dysfunctional Washington, D.C. has become. By the way some of these article sound, you would expect Republicans and Democrats probably couldn’t even be in the same room with one another.
As the old adage goes, you can’t fully understand something until you experience it yourself. That is why I committed earlier this year to visit each hospital in Alabama’s First Congressional District. From Monroe County Hospital in Monroeville to North Baldwin Infirmary in Bay Minette, I am proud to have now visited sixteen hospitals in total.
In many ways, Thanksgiving marks the official start of the holiday season. With it comes all the hustle and bustle: making sure we have the right gift for our loved ones, cooking family-favorite meals, and traveling to visit old friends and family members.
Through all the pomp and circumstance, we shouldn’t forget the whole reason for the holiday: to give thanks.
The next two years are shaping up to be very interesting on Capitol Hill. As you have probably heard by now, for the first time since 2006, Republicans will control both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate.
Last Wednesday morning, I made my way through a packed auditorium at Perdido School in north Baldwin County to shake the hands of veterans who had admirably served our nation. The veterans were present for a ceremony in their honor organized by the teachers and students at the school.
It’s called the “Lame Duck,” but the last two months of the 113th Congress are shaping up to be anything but “lame.” Important issues ranging from national security to funding the government must be addressed before the start of the new year.
You may have seen some good news recently. The September jobs report for the United States showed the unemployment rate dropping to 5.9% with 248,000 new jobs being added. That’s the lowest unemployment rate in a year.
People in Southwest Alabama and across the country are worried about the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. According to a recent survey by the Washington Post, nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about a widespread Ebola epidemic. I can’t blame them.
There are some big issues facing our country: the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), illegal immigration, Ebola, Obamacare, the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the list goes on and on. As your Member of Congress, I have stayed engaged on these and other issues of global and national importance.
President Theodore Roosevelt once said, "a good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace." I firmly agree with President Roosevelt’s assertion, and I am growing increasingly concerned about the weakening of our nation’s naval fleet at a time when we face many foreign policy challenges abroad.