Q: What happens next?
A: What the president proposes, the Congress disposes. Despite the president’s proclamation earlier this year to sidestep Congress, the legislative branch holds the purse strings and bears constitutional responsibility to write the laws of the land. No doubt, the minority party in the U.S. Senate has an uphill climb. That’s because the majority party has shown time and again it is marching in lockstep with the White House, including the damaging decision to trample on the Senate’s longstanding filibuster rules that protect the views of dissent in the greatest deliberative body in the world. Enough is enough. I’m not about to join the march to madness that allows America to tax, spend and borrow on the backs of generations yet to come. With eight months to go before the midterm congressional elections, the White House seems more focused on scoring political points by pushing expansive health care and education entitlements and provoking divisive class and cultural issues rather than swallowing a dose of fiscal responsibility and tackling tax, immigration and entitlement reform to help grow the U.S. economy. As millions of hardworking taxpayers file their tax returns in the six weeks remaining until April 15, I will continue working to hold the line on unbridled federal spending and regulatory overreach. It’s time to change the mindset that believes Washington knows best.