America has the worst tax code in the industrialized world. It is killing economic growth. More and more U.S. companies are going to leave this country because of our tax laws. We now have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix it.
I toured the Rio Grande Valley today to see with my own eyes the many challenges facing our law enforcement professionals along the border, and I now have even greater respect for the work that they do day-in and day-out. But more tools and more support are needed for them to do their jobs effectively. Congress is committed to securing the border and enforcing our laws, and together with the Trump administration, we will get this done.
The special relationship between Israel and the United States must remain a cornerstone of American leadership today. Thank you, The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu - בנימין נתניהו for your unwavering friendship and support. 🇺🇸 🇮🇱
I joined Chuck Todd on Meet the Press this morning from the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany to make the case for preserving the world order that was established following World War II. I also discussed how Russia is challenging this world order, and defended the need for a free press in our democratic society. Watch my full interview below.
Today I spoke at the annual Munich Security Conference on the future of the West and liberal world order that was forged out of the ashes of WWII. Make no mistake, my friends: These are dangerous times, but you should not count America out and we should not count each other out. I am a proud, unapologetic believer in the West and I believe we must always, always stand up for it — for if we do not, who will? #MSC2017
Today, I addressed the Munich Security Conference on the many challenges facing the United States and Europe: We come to Munich, year in and year out — to revitalize our common moral purpose, our belief that our values are worth the fighting for. Because in the final analysis, the survival of the West is not just a material struggle; it is now, and has always been, a moral struggle. Even now, when the temptation to despair is greatest, I refuse to accept the end of the West. I refuse to accept the demise of our world order. I refuse to accept that our greatest triumphs cannot once again spring from our moments of greatest peril, as they have so many times before. I refuse to accept that our values are morally equivalent to those of our adversaries. I am a proud, unapologetic believer in the West, and I believe we must always, always stand up for it — for if we do not, who will?
For too long, the American people suffered under an executive branch that acted like the rules and regulations it created didn’t affect real people. That world has now changed. Thankfully, we now have a president who understands that regulations often hurt more than help. President Donald J. Trump recently signed an executive order that will retire two regulations for every new regulation created. Congress looks forward to working with this president to uphold sensible regulations and eliminate regulations that hurt Americans.
Today I had an excellent meeting with Judge Neil Gorsuch - a great choice for Supreme Court Justice. Based on our conversation, and as demonstrated by his impressive legal record, it is clear that Judge Gorsuch has deep respect for the limited role of the federal judiciary and its obligation to uphold our Constitution. Judge Gorsuch has my full support & I look forward to the Senate’s timely consideration of his nomination.
“U.S. forces could fair poorly in the next war they are called upon to fight…” David Ochmanek, Senior Defense Research Analyst at the RAND Corporation, delivered sobering remarks at today’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, warning the risk is growing that our nation’s military could lose the next war it is called upon to fight. In order to sustain and advance America’s military advantage for the 21st century, we must not only rebuild our military, we must rethink, reimagine, and reshape it. This will entail tough choices, but these are the choices we must make to ensure that our military will be ready to deter and, if necessary, fight and win our future wars.
Coal country will finally receive relief from the Obama administration’s eight-year war on affordable energy. The Department of Interior’s stream protection rule—which is now repealed—could have wiped out one-third of American coal mining jobs. This is just the beginning. Congress will continue to stand up for American workers by abolishing harmful regulations and revitalizing our economy.
Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its biennial high risk list that highlights 32 mismanaged government programs that are wasting taxpayer money. Some of the federal agencies at-risk of waste, fraud and abuse on this year’s list include: 1. The Bureau of Indian Education, which continually fails to conduct annual safety inspections of its schools while making people face long wait-times for appointments at its hospitals. 2. The Department of Veterans Affairs, which continues to offer substandard care to veterans despite its budget nearly tripling over the last decade. 3. The Department of Defense, which badly needs implement the reforms advanced by the Senate Armed Services Committee that reform the way it acquires and modernizes its business and weapons systems. With our country drowning in $20 trillion in debt and growing at a rate of over half-a-trillion dollars a year, Congress must review each one of the federal programs that are designated high risk by GAO. It’s an essential step in restoring the public’s trust in government and to our long-term economic future.