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OAR Blog – Time for Congress to Step Up to the plate

Both houses of congress returned from the August recess this past Tuesday. With only ten days to go in the month’s legislative session, they have a lot of work cut out for them, should they choose to step up to the plate.

Sadly, when the Republicans took over control of both houses in the 2014 election, we were promised swift action on a number of issues that conservatives take to heart. The defunding of Obamacare, more oversight of federal agencies, that we would take the fight to the executive branch when it came to spending.

As of late, none of this has happened. We have been led astray and our own conservative principles are being put to the test, while the leadership in Washington from our side of the aisle sits idly by trying to play a waiting game.

Enough is enough. It is high time for more voices to be heard, conservative strong voices from the states that have balanced budgets and listened to the people when it comes to passing common-sense legislation.

We must stand by the elected officials that are calling for the immediate defunding of Planned Parenthood by the federal government. People like South Carolina’s Rep. Mick Mulvaney, who has gone on record saying, “We have to find a way to fund the government without giving any more money to this organization.” He also sided with Utah’s senior Senator Orrin Hatch, in a letter to Speaker Boehner, by saying that no spending bill should pass this fall without the complete defunding of the $528 million in our tax dollars that goes to this organization unchecked.

This organization has fleeced the American people of billions upon billions of dollars of our tax money for far too long. With the ongoing release of tapes that clearly show a lack of respect for life, we must ask our representatives to live up to their early campaign promises and do as the voters throughout the nation have asked.

It is time for those in Washington to take a play from the conservatively run state’s playbook and step up to the plate to defund this unscrupulous organization. States like Wisconsin, Utah and Arkansas have already made the bold moves to keep our money away from this organization, our representatives in Washington must do the same.