On June 6, 1944, tens of thousands of Americans and allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy and fought the battles that liberated France. The sacrifices that those men and women made on D-Day and in the campaign that followed changed the course of history.
I recently had the chance to visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. The day was bright and the beauty of the hallowed grounds belied the chaos and struggle that took place on Normandy's wild beaches and bluffs. Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds, freedom prevailed.
Today, on the 70th anniversary, we remember those whose lives were lost during that invasion and we honor all those who served Please take a minute to thank a veteran that you know for his or her service to our country. They willingly and unselfishly put their lives on the line to protect our country and our freedom.
The legacy of the Greatest Generation has inspired and sustained the young men and women currently serving our country abroad. Today we also remember we still have work to do on behalf of all of our veterans who return home from the battlefield. We must remain unwavering in our commitment to provide for those who were fortunate enough to come home and who now face their own challenges as they continue to contribute to the success of this great nation.
Yesterday was not a day of celebration, but a day marked by broken promises, numerous delays, and special exemptions. Sunday marked the four year anniversary of Obamacare becoming law.
Before and after Obamacare was enacted, the President promised that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” This statement was repeated by the President’s allies in Congress, defended by his allies in the media, and for which he was awarded “Lie of the Year” by Politifact in 2013. He also promised that under Obamacare, “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor.” Unfortunately for the American people this was simply not true. The President’s health care law has left millions of Americans with cancelled health plans – at least 4.7 million according to the Associated Press.
President Obama also promised affordable health care, claiming that Obamacare would bring down premiums for families by $2,500. Instead, Americans have watched their premiums increase by an average of 41% in the individual market with reports of more double digit increases on the way.
The President's $2.6 trillion budget-busting law took over $700 billion from Medicare to fund new entitlements and expanded Medicaid—an unsustainable and broken health care program in which some 40% of physicians on average will not even see Medicaid patients.
To help control and keep costs down, the President’s healthcare law established an unelected, unaccountable board of bureaucrats—the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)—with the power to make arbitrary cuts to Medicare. Such arbitrary cuts by unaccountable Washington bureaucrats will threaten seniors’ access to care.
It seems like every day another employer reduces hours or stops offering insurance in response to Obamacare's mandates. Last week I posted a story from WTVD in North Carolina describing how “employers are trying to get their arms around what the new health care law will mean, both for their bottom line and their workers, specifically their part-time workers.” The President only continues to create further uncertainty for businesses and employees with each new delay for his unworkable law.
Obamacare’s costly mandates are resulting in lost jobs, including an estimated 43,000 jobs lost in the medical device industry alone due to the medical device tax.
This week the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Hobby Lobby case, reminding the American people how Obamacare—in addition to its government mandates driving up the cost of health care and hurting our nation’s economy—also violates our nation’s long-standing principles of religious freedom and conscious protections.
Senate Democrats clearly see Obamacare as a problem for them, and have already begun holding hearings about follow-on healthcare reforms. Rather than absorbing the lessons of the last four years, Senate Democrats appear eager to double down on the Obamacare experiment by getting the government even more involved in healthcare. The American people have a vested interest in the direction our nation's health care system is headed, and reform legislation must be focused on empowering them and their doctors—not the government.
Today Brooke and I would like to wish the Reverend Billy Graham a happy 95th birthday. Rev. Graham has reached billions of people worldwide and has certainly touched the state of North Carolina with his kindness, wisdom and love. We are a more compassionate nation because of Rev. Graham’s life’s work and it is my hope his teachings continue to resonate and have an impact for years to come.
Today marks a solemn day for our nation as we remember with great sadness the many precious lives we lost in the attacks of September 11, 2001. The perpetrators of those senseless acts of violence sought to challenge our freedoms and tear down our way of life, but were instead met with the strength of our resolve, our capacity to care, and commitment to each other.
This anniversary, we must tragically open our hearts for four more souls. Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods were taken from us during the attack on our embassy in Benghazi last year and we will never forget their bravery and service to our nation.
We will never forget those who died and the survivors, but let us also always remember the heroes and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our safety and freedoms since that fateful morning.
If you're one of the 11 million students in the purple block, wouldn't you much rather be under our bill where 100% of undergrads see relief?
We live in a country that has built on the hard work, determination, and sacrifice of the generations that came before us so let us never waiver in our commitment to pass on a hopeful future. Let us also never forget that this celebration would not be possible without those who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces. We thank them for their selfless service and pray for them and their families.
God bless you all and may God bless the United States of America. Happy Fourth of July.
Passing a stop-gap measure year after year is not a solution, especially for students and families. Our solution here.
Student Loan debt now surpasses auto and credit card debt - something families and students cannot afford. Our plan gives some relief, saving students $8.8 billion in 2013 alone. Read it here.
For too long, parents, teachers and students have suffered under the continuous overreach of federal bureaucrats who have wrestled education away from state and local communities in order centralize decision-making in Washington, DC. I do not believe that the best way to help our students and teachers succeed is to impose a one-size-fits-all, top-down approach. It's time to return control back to state and local communities - the ones who are best suited to address their own needs and effect change. Read more here.