Washington Dems have obsessed over overturning the 2016 election since Day 1. They’re AWOL on Rx drug costs, fundin… https://t.co/d3mlpS4SsE— Senate Republicans (@senategop) 10/11/19
“After months of positive discussions in Congress, now is the time for action. We must move forward with the USMCA.… https://t.co/p7kH0pzolk— Senate Republicans (@senategop) 10/11/19
Military Promotions confirmed by consent; Executive Calendar #424 – #440 and all nominations on the Secretary’s Des… https://t.co/jTUuXzthtY— Senate Republicans (@senategopfloor) 9/26/19
Confirmed by voice vote; Executive Calendar #455 Adam Seth Boehler to be Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Intern… https://t.co/USgiljdT6K— Senate Republicans (@senategopfloor) 9/26/19
Confirmed by voice vote; Executive Calendar #445 Herro Mustafa, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Clas… https://t.co/7IZ1FLyyGP— Senate Republicans (@senategopfloor) 9/26/19
Confirmed by voice vote; Executive Calendar #444 Anthony F. Godfrey, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service,… https://t.co/WW9IkOPFrs— Senate Republicans (@senategopfloor) 9/26/19
Confirmed by VV; Cal. #443 McKee, Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be A… https://t.co/A8El8WVHgZ— Senate Republicans (@senategopfloor) 9/26/19
Confirmed by Voice Vote; Executive Calendar #442 John Leslie Carwile, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service… https://t.co/ZLS0VrQHfZ— Senate Republicans (@senategopfloor) 9/26/19
Confirmed by Voice Vote; Executive Calendar #398 Lana J. Marks to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of South Africa.— Senate Republicans (@senategopfloor) 9/26/19
Confirmed by Voice Vote; Executive Calendar #423 Ryan McCarthy to be Secretary of the Army.— Senate Republicans (@senategopfloor) 9/26/19
Confirmed, 53-44; Executive Calendar #450, Eugene Scalia, of Virginia, to be Secretary of Labor.— Senate Republicans (@senategopfloor) 9/26/19
Confirmed, 75-22; Executive Calendar #415, Gen. John E. Hyten, to be General (Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)— Senate Republicans (@senategopfloor) 9/26/19
Passed, 82-15; H.R.4378, Continuing Resolution (60 vote threshold).— Senate Republicans (@senategopfloor) 9/26/19
Not Adopted, 24-73; Paul amendment #942 to H.R.4378, Continuing Resolution.— Senate Republicans (@senategopfloor) 9/26/19
American workers are winning as our nation celebrates #LaborDay. Jobs are growing and wages are rising in America’s strong economy. 💪🇺🇸👏💯
Senator Joni Ernst has been traveling across her state in a #99CountyTour, and it’s clear – Iowans want #USMCAnow. It’s imperative to dairy farmers in Iowa, as well as all of agriculture across the United States. 🐮
🇺🇸 Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker meets with @USCG rescue swimmers at Air Station Kodiak. On average, the brave men and women of the United States Coast Guard save the lives of 10 people every day. Thank you to all who serve!
📸 On the road in West Virginia: Senator Capito meets with stakeholders to discuss how to promote economic growth and unleash opportunity and access to capital in rural communities. In her role on the Environment & Public Works Committee (@epwgop), Senator Capito has introduced three bills that would drive economic growth and improve infrastructure in rural areas across the state!
📸 Chairman @senjohnbarrasso helps cook up the shrimp for Green River, Wyoming’s 18th Annual River Festival. Each year, this unique community event brings together the people of Wyoming and serves 1,000 pounds of shrimp! 🦐
📸 Senator Chuck Grassley travels across the state to hear directly from Iowans on important issues like trade and the USMCA. “We encourage our colleagues in the House to work quickly and efficiently to pass this important trade agreement so we can deliver a decisive victory for Iowa’s farmers, manufacturers, automakers and small businesses.” -@senatorchuckgrassley
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, released the following statement on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks:
“We pause today to remember the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, when al-Qaeda terrorists turned commercial airplanes into weapons of mass destruction.
“We pray for all the 9/11 victims and their families. We will forever honor our 9/11 heroes – the bright lights of that dark day.
“Some of the greatest 9/11 heroes were in fact the victims themselves. We especially recall the passengers and crew of United Flight 93. These brave souls began the war on terror when they fought back. Incredibly, they waited until they were over Pennsylvania farmland, saving countless lives on the ground.
“We also pay tribute to our first responders, firefighters, police, and service men and women, who put their lives on the line.
“On this day of remembrance, we renew our resolve to protect this great nation and keep the American people safe.”
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, released the following statement regarding Labor Day:
"American workers are winning as our nation celebrates Labor Day. Jobs are growing, wages are rising, and the unemployment rate continues near a 50-year low. Wage growth has been particularly strong since Senate Republicans passed tax reform. That’s especially true for lower income workers. With 7.3 million open jobs across the nation, opportunity abounds for workers in America’s robust jobs market. As we honor the American workforce this Labor Day, Senate Republicans are committed to creating even more opportunities for workers in our strong, healthy and growing economy."
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, released the following statement today regarding the July jobs report:
"A record number of workers are on the job in America’s strong, healthy and growing economy. Over 6.2 million jobs have been created since President Trump’s election, and job creators added even more jobs last month. Wages continue to rise, which means bigger paychecks for hardworking Americans and their families. The unemployment rate remains near a 50-year low, which is good news for people who are looking for a job. Republicans’ tax reform and regulatory relief have set the stage for robust job growth and wage gains, and American workers are winning."
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, released the following statement today regarding Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats:
"Dan Coats is a gold standard public servant who has always put country first. He brought deep experience and sound judgment to his critical work as Director of National Intelligence, drawing on his years as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee as well as his time as U.S. Ambassador to Germany. Dan stepped up to serve in the president’s Cabinet as DNI at a time of great peril for our nation, continuing his important work to keep America safe in a dangerous world. Bobbi and I thank Dan for his decades of service to our nation, and we send our best wishes to Dan and Marsha as they look ahead to the future."
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, released the following statement today regarding the bipartisan Senate vote to confirm Mark Esper to serve as secretary of Defense.
“The grave and growing national security threats we face require proven and effective leadership at the Pentagon. A decorated soldier who has devoted his life to national security, Mark Esper has the right experience and judgment to lead the Defense Department at this critical time. That’s why the Senate confirmed him in a strong bipartisan vote. I look forward to working with Mark Esper to keep America safe in a dangerous world, modernize our military, and ensure that our troops have the resources they need.”
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement regarding the June jobs report:
“June’s jobs report brings more good news for American workers. Beating expectations, 224,000 new jobs were added last month and the unemployment rate remains near a 50-year low. Paychecks for American workers continue to grow as wages rise.
“Pro-growth Republican policies like tax reform and regulatory relief have made it easier for American job creators to grow and hire. With 7.4 million open jobs in the United States, this is a great time to be looking for work in America’s strong, healthy, and growing economy.”
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) issued the following statement regarding his vote to support Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
“America needs a strong military to keep us safe in a dangerous world. As our nation faces grave and growing threats, this bipartisan defense bill strengthens military readiness to deter our adversaries and protect Americans.
“The legislation prioritizes military modernization. It invests in the latest aircraft and ships, updates our nuclear arsenal, and strengthens cyber defenses. It also includes funding for critical projects at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne and reimburses states for fire suppression costs.
“The bill keeps our promises to America’s all-volunteer force. It includes the largest pay raise for uniformed service members in a decade, improves military housing, and increases job opportunities for military spouses.
“Having passed the Senate with bipartisan support, there is no good reason for House Democrats to block this defense bill. As we approach the July 4 holiday, signing this legislation into law quickly will give America’s servicemen and women the tools they need to defend our nation and our cherished freedoms.”
Some key Wyoming provisions included in NDAA:
• F. E. Warren AFB Helicopter Alert Facility – $18 million
• UH-1N Helicopter Replacement Program Air Force Security Forces – $171 million
• Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (Minuteman III Replacement) – $592 million
“Whether we’re talking about oil and gas permitting, or utilities, or carbon capture, or nuclear power, we must engineer our way to American energy solutions.”
Click here to watch Sen. Barrasso’s remarks.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) spoke on the Senate floor about multiple pieces of legislation he’s introduced to modernize our nation’s energy laws.
Excerpts of Senator Barrasso’s remarks:
“I come to the floor to discuss my continued efforts to modernize our nation’s energy laws.
“Since my arrival in 2007 in the Senate, I have worked here in the Senate on pro-growth energy policies.
“My goal has always been to protect workers, to promote American energy, and to provide for innovation.
“Today the United States is the world’s top energy producer. We are the global leaders in oil as well as natural gas.
“Still, the energy sector is evolving at a fast clip. We need to stay ahead of the curve to stay on top.
“And so our laws should reflect this changing reality.
“The key of course is innovation.
“That’s why I’m constantly talking with folks in the industry, people back home in Wyoming, taking the pulse.
“I listen to the workers in coal mines and oilfields of Campbell County, to the researchers at the labs in the University of Wyoming. And what we discuss are things like the best practices.
“How can we streamline energy permitting?
“How can we speed research?
“How can we ensure safety and protect the environment?
“My point is, you need to know the situation on the ground.
“That’s how we need to make sure that energy laws make sense. Knowing what’s happening on the ground.
“And I have proposed practical reforms that reflect that reality.
“I recently offered legislation to modernize the federal electricity law.
“It’s called the UPDATE PURPA Act.
“PURPA refers to the 1978 Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act.
“Senators Risch, Senator Cramer and Senator Daines are original cosponsors of this UPDATE PURPA law.
“Principally, we want to protect families from inflated electric bills.
“You see, people in Wyoming and related states are overpaying.
“That’s because PURPA requires state utilities to purchase renewable power. And then pay above-market rates to do it.
“They have to buy it, even when their customers do not need it. And that’s the problem.
“Forty years after that law was passed, in 1978, fast forward, here we are forty-one years later, clearly it has outlived its purpose.
“The law’s original intent was to diversify power sources. And it certainly succeeded.
“Wind and solar power now provide about 9 percent of the electricity in this country. 9 percent wind and solar.
“The fact is, renewable power technology has improved rapidly. So we no longer need to micromanage these purchases.
“Consumers should not continue to overpay for electricity due to outdated rules, regulations, and laws.
“UPDATE PURPA would solve this problem. It protects electricity customers from added costs. It frees state utilities from unnecessary mandates to buy power. And it helps develop all energy sources, including renewable energy.
“I’m also working to pass a bill called the USE IT Act. It stands for Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies.
“This bipartisan bill, the USE IT Act, would help researchers find commercial uses for captured carbon dioxide emissions.
“The research is already happening in Wyoming. It’s taking place outside Gillette in the Integrated Test Center.
“The USE IT Act will further this effort.
“It will apply our nation’s brightest minds to take carbon from the air, to capture it from the air, to trap it, and to transform it into valuable products.
“Captured carbon can be used to extract oil from wells, wells that otherwise would not be profitable.
“It can also be used to make building materials and carbon fiber. It can be used for medical purposes.
“In addition, I’m working to promote nuclear energy.
“Nuclear power is safe. It is reliable. And it is carbon-free.
“Today it provides 60 percent of America’s carbon-free electricity.
“It’s by far our largest carbon-free source. And it is doubling the wind and solar in terms of the total that we get from wind and solar.
“We’ve already made major progress on advanced nuclear technology because earlier this year we passed a bipartisan nuclear bill called the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act. And that became law, signed into law.
“This bill now law will ensure that we remain a leader in nuclear innovation.
“It will simplify the process for licensing and for developing advanced reactors.
“This progress will help increase our use of carbon-free energy.
“And we need all the energy. We need the renewable energy. We need the nuclear energy. We need the oil, and the gas, and the coal. We need all of it.
“And we must, of course, address our nuclear waste problem.
“Now, that’s why I have fought to complete the licensing of the storage facility at Yucca Mountain.
“I recently chaired a committee hearing on this draft proposal.
“As I wrote in the Wall Street Journal: ‘The lack of progress on Yucca Mountain has become a roadblock for nuclear power in America.’
“Both parties want Americans to use more carbon-free energy. So both parties should embrace sensible, scientific solutions.
“Another energy issue I’m addressing is reforming the process that we use to get permits. To get the permission to explore for energy to use our resources.
“Earlier this year, I introduced a bill called the ONSHORE Act. It stands for Opportunities for the Nation and States to Harness Onshore Resources for Energy.
“The ONSHORE Act will simplify the federal onshore oil and gas permitting process.
“Whether we’re talking about oil and gas permitting, or utilities, or carbon capture, or nuclear power, we must engineer our way to American energy solutions.
“Commonsense reforms will help the United States stay on top and stay safe at the same time.”
“It’s time to reject this one-size-fits-all scheme that would make all of us pay more, to wait longer, for worse care. Instead, let’s work together to give patients the care they need, from a doctor they choose, and do it at lower costs.”
Click here to watch Sen. Barrasso’s remarks.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) spoke on the Senate floor about how the Democrats’ one-size-fits-all health care proposal will hurt patients across the country.
Excerpts of Senator Barrasso’s remarks:
“I come to the floor of the Senate today to remind people what the far-left Democrats want to do with our health care.
“I’m a doctor. I think it is a right the people have to know what the Democrats are proposing.
“They’re peddling what to me is an extreme, one-size-fits-all health care plan.
“It’s a scheme as I look at it because essentially Democrats want Washington to take over your health care and my health care and the health care of all Americans and actually control all of health care in this country.
“They want to take away private health insurance from 180 million people who get their insurance through work.
“Under this system, the health plans that many people like will be gone.
“Not just for today, not just for tomorrow, forever gone.
“No more individual plans, just Washington’s one-size-fits-all plan.
“Democrats have been lining up to support this socialist scheme all across the country.
“Many leading Democrats running for president have done so – they back it. And 112 Democrats who are members of the House of Representatives are behind it as well.
“Radical Democrats led by Senator Bernie Sanders have decided that Washington bureaucrats – not you, not me, not your doctor – but Washington bureaucrats should call the shots.
“What care do you need? Washington D.C. bureaucrats will decide.
“How soon will you get the care? Washington D.C. bureaucrats will decide.
“Where can you get the care? Washington D.C. bureaucrats will decide.
“The problem with this scheme is it will have a dramatic impact in this country on patient care.
“As a doctor with decades of experience, I know Washington shouldn’t control your medical decisions.
“That should be up to you and members of your family.
“You should make your own decisions after you consult with your doctor, not with a faceless bureaucrat.
“For decades, I’ve given medical health advice on the radio, on television, each time giving one of these reports I close with the line: ‘Here in Wyoming, I’m Doctor John Barrasso, helping you care for yourself.’
“Helping you care for yourself.
“You see, you and your doctor are partners, working together. And a good doctor will focus on what is best for you.
“Doctors in local communities know who their patients are, and they know what their patients need.
“What doctors don’t need is a Washington bureaucrat telling them how to do their jobs.
“The point is to protect patient care and to protect patient choice.
“Now example, Medicare is a medical lifeline for our seniors.
“Still, with 60 million people relying on Medicare, the program is being stretched to the breaking point.
“Waste, fraud and abuse, they have made the problem worse.
“In 2018 the Government Accountability Office found $48 billion dollars in improper Medicare payments.
“The government’s watchdog wants reforms, and we need reforms, to protect our seniors.
“And so we must strengthen this vital program for our seniors.
“Just think if we pack every American into one government system, which is what the Democrats are proposing.
“They call it Medicare for All, which would quickly become Medicare for None.
“One-size-fits-all care will kill the doctor-patient relationship.
“This massive plan is expected to cost a dramatic amount of money. Those who look into this have estimated the cost to be $32 trillion. It’s a hard number to comprehend. And that’s just for the first 10 years.
“So Washington is going to have to find ways, and they will be looking for ways to save money. And we heard what ways they will be.
“The Wall Street Journal notes that any savings would have to come from cutting payments to doctors, cutting payments to providers, cutting payments to hospitals, and restricting care.
“Talking about rationing care, limiting care that you need, that you want, that the government now will say you cannot have.
“The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office looked at this, they agree. They say: ‘The public plan might not be as quick to meet patients’ needs.’
“Democrats of course don’t want you to know about health care rationing. But you need to know. You have a right to know. You deserve to know what they are proposing.
“The care you get will be entirely the government’s call. Because the Democrats’ plan bans all private insurance in the country. If you have it through work, you will lose it.
“But what about paying your doctors directly for services? Well, Washington Democrats, they have a plan on that. They want to put an end to that as well.
“Doctors would have to leave the government-run system, couldn’t take care of any other patients who are on that system, before they could enter into a private contract with individual patients.
“Even the Washington Post newspaper admits the plan has problems.
“The Post recently ran this headline: ‘No Matter What Sanders Says, There’s No Medicare-for-All Without Tradeoffs.’
“I agree. And the tradeoffs could turn out to be fatal.
“Democrats’ one-size-fits-all health care means you will pay more, to wait longer, for worse care.
“As a senator and as a doctor, my focus continues to be on improving patient care.
“Real health care reform is needed in this country. Reforms are needed that lower the costs without lowering the standards.
“Regrettably what the Democrats are proposing lowers the standards and raises the costs. The exact opposite of what is so vitally important for all of us.
“These are the issues that Republicans are working on right now: empowering you to buy coverage that works for you, lowering the cost of your prescription drugs and protecting you when you have a preexisting condition, eliminating surprise medical bills.
“But with Democrats’ one-size-fits-all care, you would lose the insurance you get through work, and you would lose Medicare Advantage if you’re a senior who is one of the
20 million people who gets their insurance through that program.
“You would likely lose the doctor-patient relationship that you have depended on for years and lose the freedom to make your own medical decisions.
“It’s time to reject this one-size-fits-all scheme that would make all of us pay more, to wait longer, for worse care.
“Instead, let’s work together to give patients the care they need, from a doctor they choose, and do it at lower costs.”