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  • 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

  • The Daily Signal: Puerto Rico’s Liberal Mismanagement Should Not Be Rewarded by Congress
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 15, 2016 | Preview rr

    Puerto Rico is facing a financial mess. Much of it has been caused by poor governance on the island, but also exacerbated by the heavy hand of the United States government. No one said it better than Pedro Perluisi, the Democratic Delegate from Puerto Rico to the U.S. House of Representatives, when he spoke at a hearing on the Puerto Rico bankruptcy bill. He said, “Part of this over-spending is definitely the result of mismanagement. I admit it. It’s embarrassing.” But then he went on to blame O... Read more

  • Times Pic | Fleming: Give Americans a break
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    Last year Americans spent more of their hard-earned money paying taxes than on food, clothing and household expenses combined. Unfortunately, we can expect the same for 2016 thanks to our confusing, and expensive tax code. Americans spend billions of dollars and countless hours each year to comply with the law - and that’s on top of paying any taxes already due. Last year, according to the Tax Foundation, hard-working Americans arrived at “Tax Freedom Day” on April 24. That’s the day when, on av... Read more

  • Minden Press Herald | Fleming: Obama’s ‘green agenda’ is weakening America’s defenses
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense

    Despite increased threats around the world, the President has made it clear that he believes climate change – not ISIS, Russia, Iran or North Korea – is our biggest threat to national security. His “green agenda” is a distraction from the military’s real mission – being able to fight two major wars at once. Instead, he is funneling valuable time, energy and resources into making sure the Army’s light bulbs are energy efficient. This shift in the military’s focus has led to the Pentagon creating ... Read more

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