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- 46th and current president of the United States
I have some rare good news from Washington. The House passed the Colonel John M. McHugh Tuition Fairness for Survivors Act of 2021, a bill that I was fortunate enough to introduce this year with Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas.
This bipartisan legislation expands Dependents Educational Assistance program benefits, requiring GI Bill eligible schools to extend in-state tuition benefits to program beneficiaries. This change will bring the rules for this program in line with the Post 9/11GI Bill that intended to expand benefits to families of our fallen heroes.
When I came to Washington, I requested to be on the Veterans Affairs Committee because I wanted to prioritize our veterans and servicemembers who are too often overlooked in Washington. I could not be prouder that we were able to get this legislation through both houses of Congress and to the Oval Office.
Trust doctors on vaccine, not Biden
I also participated in a hearing on vaccine mandates led by the House Freedom Caucus featuring legal professionals and small business owners as witnesses. The decision to receive the vaccine is one that the American people must make with their doctor, not Joe Biden.
I questioned the witnesses on my concerns that credible, professional voices in the medical community and beyond who oppose the Biden administration’s mandates are being silenced. At the same time, anyone whose opinion fits the administration’s narrative is being hailed by the media as an expert.
Fort Rucker shouldn't be renamed
The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, passed before I took office, included a provision creating a committee to investigate the renaming of military installations named after figures associated with the Confederacy. Unfortunately, this committee of unelected bureaucrats has Fort Rucker in their sites.
I am firmly opposed to renaming Fort Rucker. The name is special to so many who served in the Army and trained there and so many of us who call the Wiregrass home. Make no mistake, the cancel culture club of the Left will never be satisfied. In some parts of our country, these radicals are even trying to rename schools named after Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator!
It's the season for inflation
President Biden’s economic crisis is only projected to get worse. In October, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose above all predictions and reached its highest point in thirty years. And in isolation, this year had the largest increase in the key inflation measurement since 1991.
Inflation is, in effect, a tax on Americans that disproportionately impacts the poorest, and while President Biden continues to make lofty promises sponsored by taxpayer money, do not forget, those gifts are then paid via inflation and taxation. Nothing is free.
Make no mistake about it, the Democratic Party’s reckless spending and indifference towards the working class are entirely responsible for soaring inflation. And if you do not think so, read the obscene defenses for inflation being published by the mainstream media. The New York Times leads the pack with pieces claiming that you shouldn’t panic about inflation, demonstrating how little they understand how inflation affects most Americans.
What is even more troubling is the current incoherence in their response. Instead of examining why inflation occurs in the first place and reorienting their approach, their solution is more of what catalyzes it: high levels of spending.
I wish this was surprising, but it’s nothing new. The party-divide on inflation has been self-evident for decades. It was President Gerald Ford who called inflation America’s Public Enemy No. 1 in 1974. Meanwhile, President Jimmy Carter, who reminds me a lot of our current executive, allowed inflation to rise 13.3 percent in only two years. And who cleaned up the mess? President Ronald Reagan, with the sane policies which made inflation decline from ten percent in 1980 to four percent in 1988, all while we defeated the Soviets abroad.
Americans know what they want, and Bidenflation is not it. As reported by Business Insider’s Jake Lahut and Ben Winck, the recent Virginia election coupled with the most recent NBC/Marist poll, which found that voters favor the GOP to handle the economy by an unprecedented 18 percentage points over Democrats, demonstrate that Americans are already rejecting Democratic rule. Americans are tired of the vacuous promises; we simply want growth, freedom, and prosperity.
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U.S. Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, represents Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District
This article originally appeared on Montgomery Advertiser: Tuition fairness bill will aid fallen heroes' families