Kinzinger questions HHS head on health care law problems
This week, Rep. Adam Kinzinger questioned Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing about the ongoing problems Americans are experiencing with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The hearing focused on the dropped coverage notices received by millions of Americans as well as the ongoing dysfunction of the health care website.
Rep. Kinzinger focused his questioning on who in the Administration had knowledge of the website’s problems and where funding for the website’s fixes would come from. Reports show the health care website has cost taxpayers nearly half a billion dollars, and is still climbing.
|To watch Rep. Kinzinger’s questioning, click here.
Kinzinger signs letter opposing Arms Trade Treaty
Last month, Congressman Kinzinger sent a letter to the White House opposing the administration’s recent signing of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. The bipartisan letter was signed by 181 members of Congress, including members of the House leadership team and the chairmen of the committees on Armed Services, Homeland Security and the Judiciary. He had this to say:
“This letter makes clear to the White House that the House will not stand by as Americans’ constitutional rights are threatened,” said Kinzinger. “This deeply flawed treaty should never have been signed — it places American sovereignty at risk and opens the door to U.N. intrusion into the personal lives of Americans. We will continue to stand up for Americans’ freedoms, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to do the same.”
To view a version of the letter sent by members of the House, click here.
Congressman Kinzinger optimistic about a long-term budget agreement
In the upcoming weeks, members of Congress from both parties and from both the House and the Senate will meet in what’s known as a Budget Conference to establish a long-term budget outline, something that hasn’t happened since 2009. In a Q&A with the La Salle News Tribune, Rep. Kinzinger shared his hopes that a long-term budget agreement that balances our budget and strengthens our country can be reached. His quote is below.
“It’s no secret that Democrats and Republicans hold widely differing views right now on issues such as reforming and strengthening entitlements, revamping our broken tax code, and meeting the health care needs of Americans. But we have an opportunity ahead of us to finally reverse our out of control spending and make the reforms needed to strengthen our country for the future. I refuse to believe a larger spending agreement is just wishful thinking, and will continue to work to put differences aside and do what’s best for our country.