This year the American people sent a message loud and clear that we are fed up with the liberal agenda of the past eight years and ready for change. Over the last six years, Congress has fought hard against the president's liberal policies and have chipped away bit by bit at the Obama Administration. We knew that in order to fully restore America, we had to win back the White House. Giving up the fight was never an option.
We started the year off knowing that it would be the last under the Obama Administration. We also knew that being the last year meant that he would be more determined than ever to push as many items on his liberal agenda through as swiftly as possible. That meant we had to fight harder than ever to block harmful policies, while also working to elect a Republican president to the White House.
For me, the fight started right away as I introduced a resolution to censure President Barack Obama the very first week of 2016. For seven years, the President gradually expanded his powers through executive overreach. The American people demanded that we fight back against this president’s unconstitutional power grab, and this censure resolution was the best way to do this.
In February, we took another shot at Obama’s agenda by voting to override the president’s veto of H.R. 3762. After Congress finally sent a bill to the president’s desk that strips funding from Obamacare as well as Planned Parenthood, not surprisingly, the president vetoed this bill. We came up just short in overriding the veto, showing what we could have done if a Republican had been in office.
The Appropriations Committee became the last line of defense against liberal moves to take away our freedoms. I worked with my Republican colleagues on the Appropriations committee to successfully block a Democrat amendment to impose reckless gun control on the American people.
We also had to fight the Democrats in the House as they continued to put their liberal agenda in front of our troops and veterans. Once again this year the House passed a bill that fully funded our military. And once again, House Democrats turned their backs on our men and women in uniform by voting against this legislation.
But next year and beyond there is a unique opportunity to promote policies that will make our economy stronger, our nation more secure, and the lives of South Mississippians better.
Moving forward, Congress has a lofty job ahead of them that consists of undoing the executive overreach of the past eight years. That means rolling-back harmful federal regulations that have been hurting South Mississippi businesses and families in our state for years.
Repealing Obamacare will be the top priority. Families and individuals continue to be hurt by this failed law with higher costs and fewer choices, not to mention the devastating toll it’s taken on our businesses. It’s time to repeal Obamacare and replace it with common sense policies that will reduce costs, improve care, and put the patients back in charge of their healthcare.
I also look forward to working with the president-elect, my colleagues in Congress and the new administration to address our national security challenges and restore our United States military to its very best. Our men and women in uniform are the best in the world at their job and we owe it to them and their families to make sure they always have the tools and resources they need to get the job done and return home safely.
House Republicans have been fighting along side me for the last six years to get to this very moment. Now is the time to make good on our promises to the American people to return to a conservative, constitutionally-driven government. I am ready to continue the fight, and I hope you will join me as we work together to make America Stronger and Greater than ever before.
In your service,
Steven M. Palazzo