Wednesday, May 20, 2015

You Voted For Change - We're Just Starting

by U.S. Sen. John Boozman: When Republicans regained control of the Senate last November, we made it a priority to get the Senate running the way it was intended to operate. The United States Senate was established by the founding fathers to be the more deliberative body. It was expected that Senators would debate and offer amendments to legislation while it was under consideration.

Unfortunately, for the first six years of the Obama Administration, that was not the case. During Harry Reid's tenure, Senate Democrats refused to permit amendments and shut down any meaningful debate. Because of the hard work of Americans who helped us regain our Republican Majority in the Senate, the situation has dramatically improved.

Take a look at just some of what we were able to accomplish in the first 100 days of our Republican led Senate:
  • Passed a budget that balances. Harry Reid ignored this responsibility for six years.
  • Approved legislation on the Keystone Pipeline and sent it to President Obama’s desk.
  • Reached unanimous approval of a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law in the education committee.
  • Passed the first real reform to strengthen Medicare in nearly two decades.
  • Demanded accountability on President Obama's efforts to secretly negotiate with Iran.
  • Passed legislation that will fight the tragedy of human trafficking.
I understand that Americans didn't just vote for Republican control, they voted for change. Americans have been rightly frustrated with the direction President Obama and Harry Reid have taken our great country. They have given Republicans control of the Senate to fix the problems created over the past six years. I am committed to making that happen.

We’ve been able to accomplish a great deal in this short period of time and I am energized to keep us on this right track.  I am confident that Congress will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of the American people and the people of Arkansas.

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