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  • The Eagle: No deal is better than the bad Iran deal
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 24, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Foreign Affairs

    By. U.S. Rep Bill Flores The Obama Administration's proposed nuclear deal with Iran endangers the security of our nation and our allies. In mid-July, I read the text of the deal that was provided by the U.S. State Department along with the supporting documents that were available at the time. Subsequent to that review, I have also met with security and defense experts and with persons interested in the deal, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other leaders. The result of the... Read more

  • Pflugerville Pflag: Honoring Pflugerville’s 50th Anniversary
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 24, 2015 | Preview rr

    By Congressman Bill Flores It is an exciting time for Central Texans as Pflugerville celebrates its 50th anniversary! Pflugerville has supported thousands of families, businesses and residents throughout its history, and I am proud to offer my congratulations on this milestone. Pflugerville has a rich history and has been an example of responsible and dynamic growth for decades. It started with its founder, Henry Pfluger, an immigrant who settled in the area after leaving his German homeland to ... Read more

  • THE HILL: TPA – Putting Congress back in charge and improving transparency
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight and Government Reform

    BY: Rep. Bill Flores and Rep. Kevin Brady History shows that when America turns its back on free trade, the results are disastrous. Most notably in 1807, Congress passed a self-imposed, peacetime embargo that banned nearly all American exports, which subsequently resulted in the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) plummeting by five percent in just 15 months. In 1930, Congress passed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, raising import tariffs to historically high levels. This action was one of the factors... Read more

  • WASHINGTON EXAMINER: End Ex-Im, the government's Enron
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight and Government Reform

    BY: Rep. Bill Flores and Sen. Mike Lee Congress has a choice to make, with a deadline of June 30. It can either renew the authorization of the Export-Import Bank — a taxpayer-backed credit agency that picks winners and losers in the marketplace — or let it expire and begin the bank's orderly winding-down. As conservatives, we believe that one of Congress' top responsibilities is to protect taxpayers from corruption, waste and mismanagement. That is why we support letting Ex-Im expire. Congressio... Read more

  • USA Today: Time for the estate tax to die
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 16, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    By; Rep. Bill Flores and Senator John Thune Benjamin Franklin once famously said that nothing is certain in this world except death and taxes. Thankfully, the federal policy that combines the two by taxing estates when a loved one passes away is close to extinction. Enacted nearly 100 years ago, the death tax places a significant burden on families that want to achieve the American dream — securing a better future for their children — by passing down a small business or a family farm from one ge... Read more

  • National Review: A Conservative Alternative to Obamacare
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    By Rep. Bill Flores, Rep. Phil Roe and Rep. Austin Scott Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the lawsuit that could effectively cripple Obamacare and — we are happy to say — force Washington to go back to the drawing board on health-care reform. In short, the lawsuit challenges the Internal Revenue Service’s decision to expand Obamacare’s subsidies to individuals in federally run health-insurance exchanges, despite the fact that the text of the law grants subsid... Read more

  • Town Hall: Obamacare Repeal Must Go Forward
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Health Care

    By Rep. Bill Flores and Rep. Bradley Byrne Today, the House of Representatives will vote to fully repeal ObamaCare - the first time that 58 of our newest Members will have a chance to go on the record regarding the law and the first full repeal vote since Republicans took control of the Senate. Today's vote fulfills a key commitment Republicans made to voters and is a result of the hard work of Republican Study Committee (RSC) Members, who pressed the House to act. Between now and April 15th, mi... Read more

  • The Hill: Pro-life movement marches on
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Family Issues

    By Rep. Bill Flores and former Rep. Marilyn Musgrave For the last four decades, pro-life supporters have gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade to protest the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion and to draw attention to the millions of lives lost as a consequence. Undaunted by long distances and D.C.’s generally disagreeable winter weather, people from across the country will come together once again on Jan. 22 for the March for Life, the nation’s largest ... Read more

  • The Ripon Society: “Washington needs to be recalibrated so that it is smaller, less intrusive, and more accountable.”
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 11, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight and Government Reform

    President Ronald Reagan spoke often about America being the “shining city on the hill”. Unfortunately, the dysfunction taking place in Washington has blurred this aspirational vision of America. Read more

  • Waco Tribune Herald: Bergdahl POW swap emboldens our enemy
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 15, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight and Government Reform, Defense and Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security and Law Enforcement

    By. Rep.: Bill Flores On Saturday, May 31, Americans learned that the Obama administration secretly made a deal to trade Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five high-level Taliban terrorists being held as prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. This action was done without the legally required advance notifications to Congress and it has significant, adverse repercussions for our national security. My friend and fellow Texas colleague, Congressman Sam Johnson, a former USAF fighter pilot who was a prisoner of wa... Read more

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