Friday, September 15, 2017

Fox News video on Nunes unmasking investigation

Yesterday Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier reported on the Obama administration's unmasking of Trump officials in U.S. intelligence reports. Click the picture below to watch the video:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Nunes visits troops in Kosovo

As Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, I have the privilege of traveling throughout the world to visit our troops stationed overseas. Every one of these trips reminds me of the incredible dedication and courage that infuses the U.S. military, and the huge sacrifices our service members make for our nation. My recent visit to Kosovo was no exception, and I’d like to thank these soldiers for their selfless service.   

Friday, July 14, 2017

A snack in honor of global warming alarmists

Yesterday, in an attempt to convince California lawmakers to renew the state's dysfunctional cap and trade program, Governor Jerry Brown called climate change "a threat to human existence." He instructed lawmakers that their vote on cap and trade would be "the most important vote of your life" and warned of a future "horrible situation that you're going to see mass migrations, vector diseases, forest fires, [and] Southern California burning up."

Since the "environmentalists" are forcing California to dump millions of acre-feet of water into the ocean supposedly to benefit the smelt, a three-inch baitfish, I have to wonder whether some of this water might be useful for putting out Brown's cataclysmic fires.

You may be curious what you can do to avoid such a terrible fate. Conveniently, some academics published an article this week recommending four measures people can take to avoid the global warming apocalypse: have less kids, don't drive cars, don't fly on planes, and don't eat meat.

As environmental extremists continue subjecting us to their absurd doomsday predictions and their preposterous "solutions," I'm going to have a bite of a gift sent to my office by Rep. David Valadao: smelt-themed cupcakes.

Senate's turn: House passes CA water bill

The House of Representatives today passed a comprehensive water bill, the GROW Act (H.R. 23), that would resolve the perpetual water crisis in the San Joaquin Valley. Introduced by Rep. David Valadao, this legislation is vital for many Valley families and communities that are suffering from the debilitating effects of our water crisis. Although the Valley is still benefitting from our recent big rainfalls, don't be fooled -- since we can't save nearly as much water as we need due to a lack of storage capacity, the crisis will revisit us in full force in the near future.

The House has already passed numerous water bills that would bring meaningful relief to the Valley, only to see the legislation die in the Senate. Once again, I urge the Senate, and California's senators in particular, to quickly pass this bill or propose their own solution that would end this government-inflicted disaster and eliminate the Valley's 2.5 million acre-foot water shortfall. Without that kind of solution, nearly a million acres of land will be forced out of production.

To see my remarks about the water bill on the House floor, click on the picture below:

Monday, May 15, 2017

U.S. service-members: Our nation's #1 defense asset

Last week I traveled to military facilities in several areas of the United States to get briefings on military, intelligence, and missile-defense issues. I spoke to officers, junior enlisted service-members, and customs and border protection officials to get a comprehensive review of the country’s defense posture. I also had the opportunity to pay tribute to a military intelligence professional—who was a family friend—who lost his life in service of this nation. I am constantly amazed at the selfless dedication of American service-members and law enforcement officials—please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Just what the doctor ordered on healthcare

Yesterday the House of Representatives took a big step toward abolishing the failing Obamacare system and replacing it with something much better, both for Central Valley residents and for Americans across the nation.

I have worked for years on these sorts of free-market healthcare reforms, and they’re needed now more than ever—Obamacare is collapsing before our eyes as premiums skyrocket and insurers flee the Obamacare exchanges in droves.

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) will clear away the thicket of mandates, penalties, taxes, and regulations that bog down Obamacare, fundamentally changing the way the healthcare system works. It will create an entirely new system in which all Americans who want coverage will have it, including those with pre-existing conditions. By providing credits for families in need, the bill creates a new system centered on you—and your ability to choose your own doctors and healthcare plan—instead of the centrally-planned Obamacare program that is run out of Washington.

I’ve held years-long discussions with local healthcare providers about ways to move large numbers of Medicaid participants out of the program and into better, private coverage plans. I’m happy to say this bill will accomplish that goal. As Medicaid participants already know, simply having a Medicaid card does not mean you actually have access to care. Burdened by its acceptance of far more participants than the program was designed to handle, Medicaid is so broken that in some parts of the Valley participants have to resort to hospital emergency rooms for basic care or have to travel to the Bay area or Los Angeles to see a specialist. The AHCA, however, will use credits of $2,000 - $14,000 to transition people into private coverage. Unfortunately the bill will not move every Medicaid participant into a private program, but this is a great start to allowing more Valley residents to choose their own healthcare.   

I have fought hard in Congress for reforms that would improve care for Medicaid participants who are now treated as second-class citizens in healthcare. It’s gratifying to see the House pass a bill that will begin turning that wish into a reality.