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2021: A Year in Review

The end of each year gives us an opportunity to reflect on the year behind us and look forward to what is to come. As I look back on what 2021 has brought our country, I can’t help but think of a two reoccurring themes from Democrat-controlled Washington: reckless spending and bad policy.


Legislation with trillion-dollar price tags have become the norm. The American Rescue Plan, the so-called “infrastructure” package, and the recent Build Back Broke spending bill were all priced at levels our country cannot afford. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Build Back Broke bill alone will cost $4.9 trillion and add over $3 trillion to our nation’s deficit. Thanks to this level of spending, inflation is the highest it has been in 39 years.


President Biden created multiple crises on his first day in office with the stroke of a pen. He canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and rejoined the Paris Climate agreement. These actions attempt to destroy the American energy industry and make our country vulnerable to our foreign adversaries, whom we now rely upon for oil production. Additionally, he reversed President Trump’s immigration policies, opening our southern border to national security and public health concerns. Over 1.6 million illegal immigrants have been apprehended at the border since February along with enough fentanyl to kill every American seven times over. Further, let’s not forget the unconstitutional COVID vaccine mandates that are keeping Americans out of work. Executive orders like these do nothing to put America first.


An emboldened Speaker Pelosi has worked to pass sweeping legislation in the House, such as the Equality Act, which would ultimately eliminate Title IX protections for women and gut religious freedom protections, and gun reform bills that undermine our Second Amendment rights. These threaten the principles of the Constitution on which our great democracy stands.


Finally, we will never forget what happened in Afghanistan this past August. There has yet to be a single person in the Biden Administration who has been held accountable for the disastrous withdrawal. Americans expect and deserve better from our Commander in Chief. As we move further from August, I pray the victims of this withdrawal and those who remain helpless under Taliban control stay at the forefront of every American’s mind, so we can continue in the fight to bring Americans and those who helped us home.


Through all that has happened in Washington and across our country this year, I have refused to give up the fight for what is best for the Second District and our democracy. It is an honor to represent the great state of Oklahoma and I look forward to continuing to do so in the new year.

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