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Texas District 11 U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway ♦ March 22 2012 11:51:01

Yesterday, House Republicans introduced the 2012 House Budget, a bold vision for our nation's future that lays the groundwork to balance our budget, puts an end to out-of-control spending, and most importantly, creates jobs. Getting our economy back on track is journey starts with a strong budget plan like the one we put forward today. This budget highlights the difficult decisions and tradeoffs that must be made to bring our budget back into balance. While no America is likely to support every choice made in this budget, finding a reasonable path to a balanced budget is more important than any single program or activity that the federal government does.

Path to Prosperity Budget
Your Country. Your Future. Your Choice.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan details what the choice of two futures means: a path to debt and decline versus a stronger, more prosperous path of less debt, lower taxes, and greater opportunity for generations to come.

Working off last year's budget resolution, the FY 2013 Republican budget puts forward a plan that simplifies taxes for American families, strengthens our nation's safety net by returning resources and control to the states, and levels the playing field for American employers and workers competing around the globe

Where the President's plan increases taxes and takes more money out of the economy, this plan reforms our outdated and burdensome tax code to unleash innovation and investment.

Within the budget there are three major components designed to generate greater innovation, investment and job creation here at home.

These policies include:

The Winkler Post  Consolidating the current six individual income tax brackets into just two brackets of 10 and 25 percent.
The Winkler Post  Repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax, which currently threatens 31 million middle-class families with higher taxes
The Winkler Post  Shifting from a "worldwide" to a "territorial" tax system that puts American companies and their workers on a level playing field with foreign competitors and encourages investment and hiring in the United States.

Despite the House's best efforts, we cannot pass a budget on our own; we need the support of the American public. Hopefully, with your help, the Senate will finally recognize that waiting another 1,000 days to produce a budget is unacceptable and the President will see that adding another $5 trillion to our national debt would be catastrophic.

Defense

This morning I joined Peter Slen on CSPAN's Washington Journal to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan and other various issues.

Washington Journal Interview

House Armed Services Committee Member Mike Conaway talked about General John Allen's previous day testimony before the committee, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. General Allen, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, told members that coalition forces are making progress despite heart-wrenching events such as the murder of 16 innocent Afghan civilians by a U.S. service member.

A portion of General Allen's testimony was shown at the start of the program.

Agriculture Committee

Over the last few weeks the House Agriculture Committee has held a series of field hearings focused on obtaining input from producers on how to craft responsible policy that meets their needs. Each of these hearings allows Members to see and hear first hand from the folks who are impacted by the policy decisions made in Washington.

Following the field hearings, the Agriculture Committee will begin work on a new Farm Bill. As this process evolves, I caution folks not to focus too much on the policy proposals made in the budgets offered thus far – they are only suggestions.

Rural Veterans – Healthy Vets Act of 2011

Recently I co-sponsored a bill that will provide relief to veterans facing difficult travel mandates from the VA.

In September the Chairman of the House Veterans Service Committee, Jeff Miller joined me in San Angelo for a public forum to discuss the various issues affecting West Texas veterans. During the forum a number of local veterans voiced serious concern regarding their ability to access healthcare and medical services without overly burdensome travel.

To help alleviate this issue, I am proud to work with Chairman Miller and Rep. Steven Pearce (R-NM) to advance a bill that will provide rural veterans access to healthcare when their assigned VA facilities are geographically inaccessible in a timely manner. Going forward, I will continue to work with the VA to ensure Texas veterans get the best possible healthcare without the cumbersome travel costs they have experienced in the past.

Read H.R. 575 – Healthy Vets Act of 2011 (–Click).

As always, you can follow me on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
Rep. Mike Conaway, 11th District of Texas


U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway
Texas District 11
Washington, D.C. Office
2430 Rayburn H.O.B. Washington, DC 20515 phone: (202) 225-3605 fax: (202) 225-1783
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