Michele Bachmann - On the Issues

Michele on the Issues
Taxes and the Economy
“All-of-The Above” Approach to Energy Development
Men and Women in Uniform
Taxes and the Economy
In July 2009, our country’s budget deficit topped $1 trillion for the first time in our nation’s history. Our nation’s debt stands near $11.5 trillion – another record for Uncle Sam. Meanwhile, unemployment numbers woefully surpassed administration estimates in June and now sit at 9.5%. And to make matters worse, at the end of May 2009, the U.S. government owed China $801.5 billion.
While the White House has been successful so far in pushing through its agenda – cap and trade national energy tax, the government-run, the $1.1-trillion “stimulus” package, and the $400-billion pork-laden omnibus spending package – our economic options for addressing the recession are being quickly foreclosed.
I am a cosponsor of the REBOUND Act to reduce the deficit and promote real economic recovery. This fiscally responsible measure will recall the $460 billion in unspent “stimulus” moneys while leaving intact the package’s tax relief and unemployment benefits. Furthermore, instead of recycling money repaid from the Wall Street bailout into a new spending slush fund – as the Democrats proposed, the REBOUND Act will require all Wall Street repayments to go exclusively to debt reduction.
Every responsible American family knows that you pay back your loans before you take out new ones. Unfortunately, Washington needs to be reminded. It’s time Congress stop talking about tough decisions and start making them.
“All-of-The Above” Approach to Energy Development
At a time when the American economy is experiencing the worst recession in decades, the last thing Washington should do is continue to restrict the development of cheaper energy or increase taxes on energy consumers.
From reserves in the mountain West to ANWR to the outer-continental shelf, we have untapped resources that can increase energy supply and reduce prices. And, constantly improving technology gives us the ability to explore while preserving our natural heritage for generations.
I have introduced 4 pieces of legislation to free up our energy reserves and promote alternative forms of energy.
The Emergency Energy Cut the Red Tape Now Act, to improve access to offshore drilling and oil shale reserves and streamline the refinery process; The Fast Track Shale Act, to improve our ability to access shale oil on federal lands;
The Getting Resources Efficiently and Effectively Now (GREEN) Act, to fast track access to American energy resources; and
The Promoting New American Energy Act, to accelerate tax depreciation for investments in technologies like solar, wind and geothermal.
Congress must open up domestic supplies of energy to exploration if we are to reduce your pain at the pump and lead our nation to real energy independence.
And as a member of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, I am working to raise awareness and educate lawmakers on technologies to improve energy efficiency and explore alternative forms of energy. We must never stop exploring alternative energy. For instance, France gets 80% of its energy from clean, safe nuclear energy. Yet, the U.S. hasn\'t built a new reactor in three decades. We cannot limit our capacity for ingenuity in the search for energy answers.
American healthcare is the best in the world, but rising costs make it inaccessible to many. In fact, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, between 2000 and 2006, premiums for family coverage increased 87%, making the average annual premium for families more than $12,000.
A big part of the problem has roots in the Tax Code, which favors employer-provided health insurance. My Health Care Freedom of Choice Act would provide full tax deductibility for individual health expenses, including medical care, dental care, long-term care and insurance premiums.
We’ve seen from the other side of the aisle that the White House and Democrat majority in the Congress favor a government-run option that would only contribute to our already record-breaking deficits and high unemployment numbers, all the while putting bureaucrats between you and your doctors and leading to rationed care. Taxing small business is not a smart approach to health care reform. We need to expand access to affordable health care and give families the freedom to choose the health care that fits their needs – without imposing a job-killing tax hike on small businesses and working families.
Men and Women in Uniform
We must support the men and women who protect our nation. That means giving them the tools and equipment they need, as well as the benefits and moral support they have earned. I support tax benefits to help ease the financial burdens our citizen-warriors and their families face and updated, improved GI Bill education benefits.
And we must also support our first responders, who put their lives on the line to protect us in our homes, businesses, and communities. I was proud to have the MN Police and Peace Officers Association endorse my TRACK Sex Offenders Act, which gives law enforcement and officers the tools they need to keep us safe from sexual predators.

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