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Monday December 5, 2016
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Trump Administration
Over the last few weeks and over the next several weeks President-elect Trump is faced with naming an administration.  I’ve been pleased with his recent decisions to nominate two of my fellow colleagues, Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Congressman Tom Price of Georgia to serve as integral parts of his administration.

Congressman Pompeo was nominated as CIA Director and I’m confident that he will help keep our nation safe. Congressman Price, who was nominated as head of Health and Human Services, has not only led the fight against Obamacare in the House of Representatives, he has also been a friend to the state of Mississippi visiting at my invitation in 2012 and also joining me for several tele-town halls to speak with the people of South Mississippi about their healthcare options.

I also commend his decision to nominate retired General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense. Marines lead the way. When it comes to our military, there is no room for the political correctness we’ve seen throughout the Obama administration, and no one knows that better than a fellow Marine.  General Mattis has a no-nonsense attitude, which is exactly the type of leader we need as SECDEF. We have a lot of work to do when it comes to cleaning up the messes made by the past administration within our military, and I know he is the right man for the job. 

Legislative Business This Week
Last week the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act. This bill is beneficial to South Mississippi hospitals and care facilities, but more importantly, it will benefit patients for years to come. We need a 21st century solution to a 20th century problem. It also supports the advancement of medical innovation in our country, invests heavily in cancer research, and focuses on curing diseases rather than just treating them. This legislation is by no means perfect, but it puts patients and people ahead of politics, and for that reason, I was glad to support it.

We also voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act to continue funding our military. Unfortunately, the world is not becoming a safer place but ever more dangerous. That is why it is vital that we continue to support a strong national defense. The legislation passed last week emphasizes military readiness efforts in Afghanistan and against ISIS.  Furthermore, it ensures that our men and women in uniform have the tools and resources they need to do their job.

The effects of the Obama administration’s policies have been detrimental and left us in a state of global uncertainty, where our enemies no longer fear us and our friends no longer trust us. Moving forward, it’s now our job to reverse these harmful effects and solidify our international standing.  And that means ensuring our military is not only the best in the world, but the greatest this world has ever known.

In God We Trust
On Thursday, a federal district court in Ohio struck down a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the National Motto: In God We Trust. Months ago I signed onto an amicus brief urging the court to dismiss this absurd lawsuit.

Every American is afforded the right to express his or her religious faith under the First Amendment to the Constitution. This same amendment grants atheists the right to express their opposition. However, our Founding Fathers explicitly stated in the Declaration of Independence that our liberties do not come from people, or even the government. They are endowed by God to us. That is the sole reason why they can never be denied.

When we see this motto, it should serve as a reminder of the inalienable and divine rights that we share with our fellow Americans. Lawsuits such as these have been justly rejected by our courts for being little more than an effort to deny our free speech, revise our history, and stifle our religious freedom. I will continue to be a voice in Congress for religious liberty and the values of Mississippians.

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In your service,

Steven M. Palazzo

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