Op-Eds & Speeches
In an online column posted earlier this month on RedState.com, Congressman Bishop outlined his strong opposition to Cap and Tax legislation and his support for an innovative all-of-the above alternative that would lead to energy independence, job creation, and no tax increases.
He also appeared Thursday on Fox Business News and explained why this is such a terrible idea. That clip can be viewed here.
His RedState article can be found below and at the link at the bottom of this page.
TWO ROADS TO AMERICA'S ENERGY FUTURE
Every five to six years, Congress prepares a long range surface transportation bill. The transportation bill authorizes the Federal surface transportation programs for highways, highway safety, and transit. In a letter dated April 2, 2009 from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Chairman Oberstar and ranking member Congressman Mica requested member offices submit high priority projects to the committee to "ensure that the needs of the communities that we represent are full partners in these important programs."
Dear Secretary Salazar:
Welcome to the great state of Utah. I sincerely hope you enjoy your visit and I am confident you will be impressed with the incredible beauty of the state as well as Utah's most important resource, its people.
When I heard of your plans to visit, my immediate hope was that the intent of your trip was to provide Utahns with explanations, possibly even an apology, as to why in your first months in office you have taken specific steps targeted at Utah. Such actions appear more likely from a Washington bureaucrat than a Westerner with a reputation of moderation.
A list of the federal projects for which Congressman Bishop has requested Congressionally-directed funding is online at:
Utah manages its CHIP program well, but this bill would penalize our state and Utah children. It has at least three major flaws. First, it requires Utah taxpayers to fund coverage for adults in other states. Second, it doesn't target help to poor kids first, but instead to wealthier kids. Third, the funding mechanism relies on the false assumption that we're somehow going to have 20 million new smokers to pay for this thing.
This bill was written in secret, brought out at the last minute, with no amendments and no real input. The Speaker has shown she is not interested in crafting good bi-partisan policy, so this has to be just political show.
Rob Bishop Statement on Bailout Vote:
One thing Congress doesn't do well is learn from history, but we really need to. And we don't even need to go back as far as the Great Depression – we can look at the Savings and Loan crisis in the 1980's. That problem was solved without large amounts of taxpayer cash. Today's problems, while not exactly the same, are similar. The market has a capital problem which has caused a liquidity problem. But I think there are ways to produce capital without tying it directly to the taxpayers.
Just days before the Independence Day holiday, multiple GOP Members of the House, including Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah, gathered in a room in the U.S. Capitol to sign a Declaration of American Energy Independence. The text is below, and a PDF of the complete document can be found here :
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a people to dissolve its dependence on foreign oil and force Congress to act to defend America by allowing environmentally sound development of the natural resources that God established in this country for the betterment of all Americans.