Vol. 1, Issue 2: July 24, 2009
In This Issue
New Website Launched
There is a new web site for my office at www.risch.senate.gov and I hope you take the time to visit. This new site should make it easier for you to contact me with your comments, get information on Senate issues, and help when you need assistance. A banner at the bottom of the page provides information for locating my regional office nearest you. My staff there can assist you when you are having a problem with a federal agency.
Getting Health Care Reform Right
Congress continues to work toward drafting health care reform legislation with the goal of providing an opportunity for affordable and quality health care to all Americans.
We already have Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid systems that are not financially sustainable in their current forms. We just cannot saddle our children and grandchildren with more debt.
One of the many factors leading to health care reform has been a concern for the uninsured. While it is important we find ways to help those who need and want health insurance but cannot afford it, we must take our time to engage in deliberate and careful discussions to ensure any plan we develop covers them and meets a host of other priorities as well.
Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings
The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor have wrapped up in the Senate Judiciary Committee. While I am not a member of that committee, I did attend portions of those hearings and closely monitored those events.
One Reason (of Many) to Oppose the Energy Bill
When the House of Representatives passed their version of the energy bill that included a cap-and-trade provision, many of you contacted my office opposing the plan, and I agree. As the name suggests, the federal government is proposing a "cap" on the amount of emissions, primarily carbon dioxide, from a facility, plant or building. Their goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2020. It is part of the Administration's plan to reverse climate change.
Idahoans Bring Home the Gold
I recently took part in a ceremony recognizing 15 young Idahoans for their years of service dedicated to community and self improvement. Each was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for their efforts.