Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, it is time for our weekly recap. This week I have been extremely busy visiting our local businesses and leaders in our Congressional District.
The recurring theme, as I have met with so many people this week, continues to be the lack of confidence in fiscal, tax, and regulatory policies emanating from Washington. These policies are having an incredibly adverse effect upon economic and job growth in this congressional district, as well as all across America. In South Florida, the problems are exacerbated by the combination of high unemployment and foreclosures.
It is clear that the economic policies, or absence thereof, of the Obama Administration have failed, and it is becoming readily apparent across our nation.
As well, we are seeing more turmoil in the Middle East, from Libya to Syria. This past week we were reminded of the state of siege in which Israelis live, after a terrorist attack resulted in the deaths of seven people.
Yet with all of this, America unfortunately has no one providing a steady, guiding hand to reinforce a spirit of confidence. Instead, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that the Obama Administration has chosen not to comply with the rule of law and will only deport those people in this country illegally who are violent criminals. This is nothing more than a backdoor amnesty program and political pandering to the greater Hispanic community.
Once again, when this Administration fails to pursue the legislative process, it enacts behavior modification by way of regulation or executive order fiat.
It is also unacceptable that the President refused to step forward to make a definitive statement of leadership regarding Syrian President, Bashar Assad. Instead, he delegated the responsibility of his office to the Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
For the second time in my life, I am in Israel this week, but this is the first time I am visiting as a United States Member of Congress. I will have the opportunity, at this critical juncture, to meet with Israeli leadership and even visit with the representatives of the Palestinian Authority. My message is very simple; I stand with Israel, not with a backdoor unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state – particularly one which has joined in a reconciliation pact with Hamas.
In Israel, I will get the opportunity to meet with a true Leader, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. At a time when western civilization has no leading voice, I believe the only one that resonates, speaks Hebrew.
And no, I am not afraid of going to Israel at this time. On the contrary, this is the best time to go to Israel!
In conclusion, I have listened to those who wished to speak to me regarding running for the United States Senate seat in Florida. My decision is final: I am running for reelection to the House of Representatives. We must remember the House of Representatives is the “People’s House” and restore its importance.
I do not see the House of Representatives as just a way station to the United States Senate. I prefer to remain in the House and distinguish myself as a principled, pragmatic, and passionate leader. The decision is final, but I am humbled that there are those who believe me capable of greater positions. Still, I have to say, being a Representative is an awesome title.
Steadfast and Loyal,