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  • The Hayride | Fleming:Can Religious Liberty Survive?
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 27, 2016 | Preview rr

    The current iteration of the culture wars has moved from distrust harbored towards faith communities to direct attacks on them. As a long-time family practice physician, I have deep respect for the Hippocratic Oath I made to ethically practice medicine. As a man of faith, I believe that medical providers are tasked with protecting life, promoting health, and ensuring patient care. This is inclusive care: the young, the old, the unborn, the sick, the dying—providing care from conception to natura... Read more

  • Minden Press Herald | Rep Fleming: What Patient-Centered Health Care Would Look Like
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 18, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    We’ve heard it called “the craziest thing in the world.” That’s not a compliment, that’s a straight-up, honest opinion on Obamacare freely uttered by former Democrat President Bill Clinton. Obamacare, once heralded as our nation’s signature health care law, has rapidly self-destructed and left many Americans worse off than before. As a family practice physician with a health care clinic in Minden, the delivery of quality medicine and timely care has been at the forefront of my career. In fact, r... Read more

  • The Jerusalem Post | Fleming: Our Historic Bond
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 10, 2016 | Preview rr

    Shimon Peres was laid to rest in Jerusalem recently as dozens of world leaders, international dignitaries, and national figures, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, paid respect to the former Israeli Prime Minister and life-long statesman. Modern day Israel has lost a founding father, a defender of Israel’s homeland, and a moderator of peace. Yet, Israel remains a steadfast oasis of democracy in a politically charged and volatile region. The historic bond between our two nations is in... Read more

  • USA TODAY | Fleming: The IRS Commissioner Must Go
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 14, 2016 | Preview rr

    If this election cycle has taught us anything, it’s that the American people are sick and tired of what they see as a double standard: one set of rules for the powerful and politically connected, and another for ordinary Americans. For years, the IRS abused its power to target groups based on their political views—a fundamental violation of American citizens’ First Amendment rights. To this date, no one has been held accountable. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was brought on to head the powerful... Read more

  • Minden Press Herald | Fleming: Supporting the Value of Life
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 19, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Family Values

    The ability to affirm our nation’s traditional values is central to the First Amendment and America’s way of life. The inherent worth of an unborn child and the sacred religious traditions we practice—these are the foundations that create strong family units, and an even stronger society. As an elected official—but perhaps more importantly, as a husband, father, grandfather, and fellow American—I intend to fight continually for the freedom to practice these rights without being hindered by the g... Read more

  • The Hayride | FLEMING: We’ve Got To Begin Taking Our Defense Seriously
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 4, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense, Homeland Security

    By Rep Fleming According to a December 2015 Gallup poll, Americans named terrorism as our country’s top concern. That was before the recent terror attacks in Orlando, Paris, and Istanbul. It should be no surprise then that Americans are worried about when, not if, the next terrorist attack will occur. While giving in to fear is not an option, we should remain vigilantly aware of today’s current threats and proactively address terror threats before they happen. One of the most important and funda... Read more

  • Minden Press Herald | Fleming: Keeping our military prepared
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense, Veterans

    Last week the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fully fund our military. The passage of this bill in the House, fittingly, coincides with National Appreciation Month, the Month Congress set aside in 1999 to collectively thank those who have served our nation. Under the Constitution, one of the fundamental functions of the federal government is to provide sufficient funding for the common defense. The men and women that continue to serve on the battlefields need to kno... Read more

  • Leesville Daily Leader: Thanking Those Who Serve
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Although our nation’s military men and women deserve to be thanked every day, in 1999, Congress set aside May as the National Military Appreciation Month to collectively thank those that have served our nation - past and present. Having served six years as a physician in the United States Navy, I have a strong personal appreciation for the sacrifices of our nation’s military and veterans who chose to answer the call to serve. There is no one we owe a greater debt of gratitude to than the men and... Read more

  • The Daily Signal | Fleming: Obama’s Green Agenda Should Be Kept out of National Security
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 27, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense

    This week I will be offering an amendment to this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent scarce defense dollars from being squandered on President Obama’s executive orders regarding climate change. These executive orders require the Department of Defense (DOD) to incorporate a host of climate change bureaucracies into its acquisition programs, logistics planning, and military plans and operations. The military is also required to help state and local governments “go green.” ... Read more

  • The Hayride | Fleming: ‘Puerto Rico, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals’
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 19, 2016 | Preview rr

    We’ve seen this movie before: reckless government policies and irresponsible investments by big business bankers leading to bailout schemes before Congress. We went through this less than a decade ago with the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and we experienced it again when billions of taxpayers’ dollars were used to bailout Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and scores of other investment banks – many of which didn’t even want or need the bailout money! Some members of Congress believe this was, and still ... Read more

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