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The American taxpayers were forced to lend over $180 billion to save Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since the financial crisis hit in 2008. Although they have been placed under the conservatorship of the federal government, taxpayers still bear all the financial risk. It is imperative the American people have transparency via the right to submit requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to see what the government has been doing over the past eight years to protect their financial wellbeing.
As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, I will fight to ensure that Congress does its job by keeping the government open. I support a full year appropriations bill for the remainder of FY17, as this would allow for an increase in defense spending while ensuring that vital government services aren’t shut down for the American taxpayers. Congress has been enacting continuing resolutions for years now. This hurts, among other things, multi-year defense projects, thus reducing predictability and driving up costs in the long term. An omnibus bill is much preferable.
WASHINGTON D.C.- April 4, 2017—Today, Congressmen Scott Taylor(R-VA) and Luis Correa(D-CA) introduced the Homeland Production Security (HOPS) Act.
President Trump’s budget proposal is just that, a proposal; Article 1 Section 9 of the Constitution reserves the power of the purse strings to Congress. While we only have top line numbers from the President, I am happy to see the defense sequester being pushed away, but unhappy to hear funding for the Chesapeake Bay cleanup has been cut in the budget. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee, the rest of Congress, and the President to ensure completion of our constitutional duty.
WASHINGTON D.C.- March 16, 2017—Congressman Scott Taylor announced his support of the VA Accountability First Act (H.R. 1259). The VA Accountability First Act grants the Secretary of Veterans Affairs additional authority to remove employees due to poor performance or misconduct, recoup bonuses and awards, increase whistleblower protections and reform the appeals process for veteran benefits.
WASHINGTON D.C.- March 16, 2017—Congressmen Scott Taylor and Dutch Ruppersberger announced the introduction of a resolution for the United States to adopt a clear and comprehensive cybersecurity policy. The resolution (H. Res. 200) aims to have the United States define an act of aggression, an act of war, and other related events in cyber space. The resolution also directs the adoption of a commensurate response to cyber aggression.
WASHINGTON D.C.- March 9, 2017— Today, Congressman Scott Taylor introduced the “Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017,” H.R. 1447. This bipartisan legislation expands protections from Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act, which mandates non-discrimination for housing on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, or disability, to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
WASHINGTON D.C.- March 8, 2017—Congressman Scott Taylor announced his support for the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017. The proposed legislation includes an increase of $2 billion above 2016 for base discretionary spending. The bill provides $215.3 billion for key readiness programs that prepare our troops for combat and peacetime missions as well as $117.8 billion for equipment and upgrades. The bill also includes a 2.1% pay raise for military personnel.
WASHINGTON D.C.- March 1, 2017—Congressman Scott Taylor announced his support for the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act, H.R. 998. The SCRUB Act creates a regulatory review commission that will review and provide recommendations as to which regulations to repeal. The SCRUB Act also provides that for each new regulation there must be an equal repeal of an existing regulation implemented.
Whether as a national security advisor or your close friend, trust is an important component of any relationship. In these chaotic times we need clarity and I look forward to working with General Flynn's successor. We all should appreciate the many years and deeds of service to our great nation by General Flynn and wish he and his family the best moving forward. The intelligence community and White House must quickly get on the same page. The stakes are too high.