Report from Washington: Obama's Dismal Legacy


When I am back home in Alabama, I make my way around the Third District to hear what concerns folks may have.

The things I hear the most about are national security, protecting our Second Amendment rights, standing up for the rights' of the unborn and shrinking the size of our growing Federal government. Unfortunately Barack Obama's tenure as president has failed each one of these important issues.

When it comes to national security and protecting our homeland, it is no small task.

President Obama has failed to develop a coherent national security policy and instead has taken to slashing the defense budget at a dangerous time in our history.

Over the last year, between the barbaric actions and attacks by ISIS, Russia's invasion of Ukraine and North Korea's rocket launches, the world is a very scary place.

As chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee, our national security is one of my top issues.

Just this week, I held a committee hearing to look at the current posture of the United States when it comes to missile defenses, national security space systems and capabilities and the nuclear deterrent. When it comes to our national defense, we must always stay vigilant.

Just as President Obama has failed to lead on the world stage, he has been overzealous in attacking our Constitutional rights.

As an Alabamian and a gun owner myself, I know firsthand how important our Second Amendment right to bear arms is.

Just this week, I supported H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2015 (SHARE) Act which "revises a variety of existing programs to expand access to, and opportunities for, hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting." I am a staunch defender of the Second Amendment and will fight against Obama's liberal gun control proposals.

With the end of January marking the 43rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, protecting the lives of our most innocent has been on my mind a lot.

Most folks know I am the father of three children and standing up for the lives of our most innocent is something I will never stop fighting for. And defunding Planned Parenthood remains one of my top priorities.

I recently signed on to an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of Little Sisters of the Poor as well other organizations challenging the Obama Administration's contraceptive mandate.

Over the last eight years, the power and reach of government has continued to grow. Like Ronald Reagan, I have always believed the smaller the Federal government, the better.

In Washington, we have been fighting the EPA on their silly rules like Waters of the United States which gives this oversized agency control over bodies of water including puddles.

The EPA is killing jobs and hurting hard working families across East Alabama and America and I will continue the fight against their liberal agenda.