Burr's Week in Washington

Mar. 23, 2013 @ 01:57 PM

This week, the Senate passed a continuing resolution to fund the government at current funding levels for the next six months.  I voted against this bill because I think current levels are too high and we need to decrease our federal spending, and not continue to kick the can down the road, burdening our economy with more debt.

Today votes on the Senate Democrat budget will begin.  I have filed several amendments to the budget, including an amendment to keep Washington from using your retirement and pension plans as a source of revenue for still more government spending. I also filed an amendment that would repeal the one trillion dollar tax hike included in Obamacare.  Next week I will send out an email to update you on the outcome of the budget resolution.

On Tuesday, I introduced the Child Care Protection Act, a bill that requires comprehensive background checks for child care providers.  When parents enroll their children in child care, they should be confident that their children are being taken care of by qualified individuals in a safe environment.  Currently, background checks do not meet parents' expectations, and most states fail to ensure that child care providers have undergone a complete and thorough background check. This legislation provides parents with confidence that their child is not being cared for by someone who has been convicted of a violent crime. Click here to read more.

On Wednesday, legislation I introduced to honor the members of Gold Star Wives of America passed the Senate.  This resolution designates April 5 as Gold Star Wives Day, a day to recognize the members of this volunteer organization that has assisted widows and survivors of fallen military members since 1945, and thank them for their untiring efforts and support.  By marking this day, we can offer a small token of appreciation for their patriotism and sacrifice.   

This Saturday marks the third anniversary of Obamacare being signed into law.  Over the last three years, we have had time to review and assess the impact of this bill, and it is even worse than we thought when it passed.  With more spending, less coverage, and fewer jobs, this is not an anniversary to celebrate.