Supreme Law of the Land – Defining Moment

U.S. Constitution

Article VI

This Constitutionand the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

supreme /sʊˈpriːm/ /sjʊ-/adj

  1. of highest status or power
  2. (usually prenominal) of highest quality, importance, etc
  3. greatest in degree; extreme
  4. (prenominal) final or last, esp being last in one’s life or progress; ultimate the supreme judgment

Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin suprēmus highest, from superus that is above, from super above

Massacre of Innocents

In the aftermath of a horrific massacre of innocent children and courageous teachers in Newtown, Connecticut, leftists clamors for the disarmament of all Americans. 28 souls perished at the scene.

Now the entire nation is in mourning for these victims, and rightfully so. Meanwhile, every day in America, on average, one hundred times as many innocent souls perish in their mothers’ wombs – 2,800 per day! Where is the mourning? Where is the outcry to ban the abortionist’s tools of the trade?

My name is John

Those same founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, enumerate specific rights of all Americans, indeed all mankind, because these inalienable rights are natural rights, meaning they are granted by the Creator of all mankind, the Living God.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

Where is the outcry over the slaughter of innocent American lives, the equivalent of 100 Newtown massacres each and every day?

Perhaps the reason we don’t mourn is we don’t know their names. Do unborn children have names? God seems to think so and I’ll go with His way of doing things.

Let’s start now, imagining how 2,800 times per day Sallys, Marys, Janets and Glorias are mercilessly chopped to pieces and vacuumed from the wombs of their mothers; Little Johnies, Larrys, Georges and Bills silently screaming in pain as they are dismembered.

Time and again our Supreme Court fails to fulfill its Constitutional duty to “support and defend the Constitution.

Oath of Office – U.S. Supreme Court Justices

“I, _________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.  So help me God.”

Only by the mercies of the Living God can this nation longer endure. A people ignorant of their foundations and a government indifferent to their oaths of office leave us on a path of self destruction.

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? – Psalm 11:3

Obama to the World: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”

Why Did He Say This?

Words from a U.N. speech following the terrorist assault on our embassy in Benghazi
Words from a U.N. speech following the terrorist assault on our embassy in Benghazi

 Putting his statement in context, I refer you to a New York Times article titled: Obama’s Speech to the United Nations General Assembly — Text

The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see in the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated, or churches that are destroyed, or the Holocaust that is denied.” – Barack Obama

Taking his words out of context is a disservice to the cause of liberty. The issue upon which we should focus isn’t his respect for Islam, but his readiness to use misstatements and untruths to advance his agenda.

The issue of importance was assigning responsibility to the murder of American personnel assigned to the U.S. embassy in Benghazi Lybia. His propaganda team hastily and intentionally assigned responsibility to maker of an amateur video.

My opinion: President Obama isn’t lifting Islam above either Christianity or Judaism. If true, such behavior would clearly mark him Muslim. To me, the travesty of this statement was his placing Islam on a level with Christianity and Judaism.

Islam is a cult founded over 600 years after the birth, death and ressurrection of Jesus Christ who, by the way, was a Jew from birth to death.

The Way, The Truth, The Life

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life

Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.”  – John 14:6 (Amplified)

There are not many paths to eternal life with the Living God. Muslims and Christians don’t worship the same deity. While there are similarities, and they are quite natural since Muhammad grew up among Jews and Christians on the Arabian Peninsula, those similarities alone don’t make them equal.

Christians outnumber Muslims and Muslims are coming to faith in Jesus Christ at phenomenol rates.

Yes, the cartoon is funny and it will have its day, but it was created wholly out of context with the president’s statement.

Let’s keep the main thing the main thing. The president’s statement was not encroachment on the First Amendment, but a dismissal of all faiths. By equating them, he dismisses them as irrelevant. I go so far as to say his statement implies official endorsement of atheism.

Your comments are welcome and invited.

California Dreamin’ – The Bill Collector Cometh

Public debt: Only in California (I hope) can school districts borrow $3 billion to finance new school construction, maintenance and educational materials. But the actual payback on those loans will exceed $16 billion. [Source: NPR news article December 9, 2012]

This situation reminds me of a few loan sharks I knew while a Navy student in Memphis, TN. Need $5? Those guys would lend the 5 and require $7 or $8 payback. That seemed rediculous

 to me, but I was raised by a single mom who believed you only spent the money you have. She taught me to avoid long-term borrowing.

Well, too bad my mom isn’t around to explain the false economy of long-term borrowing for which the payoff is FIVE TIMES the loan amount. These are educated educators doing this stupid stuff?

Think it can’t happen in your neighborhood? Just hide and watch. When your school board gets pressure to build new schools right away, they’ll do some pretty stupid stuff, too. This is why public accountability must come into play.

Do you know how your school district spends money?

Here in Texas, Americans For Prosperity (AFP) maintains a website called “The Red Apple Project” where you can compare “apples to apples” your district to others in the state.

My fellow Texans, I encourage you to frequently visit the website link below to learn how you can participate in maintaining sensible school spending.

Red Apple Project Website
Americans For Prosperity
Red Apple Project

Note the tab “FIND YOUR ISD – Where is your money going?

“Not my problem – my children attend a private school.”, you say. Not your problem? Wanna bet? Whether your children attend public, private, charter or home school, you still pay school district ad valorem (property) taxes.

American Revolution – The History You Don’t Know

Jewish and Dutch Merchants

Beginning in 1775, it was the Dutch and not the French that kept the American Revolutionary army supplied with arms and gunpowder, mainly through the Dutch port in the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius (also called Statia), near present day St. Kitts and Nevis. In fact, it is impossible to envision an American victory without the assistance of the Dutch — for whom the profit motives were simply too great. The irony was that the Dutch were a long-standing ally of the British, and it was not until 1781, near what turned out to be the end of the war, that the British resolved to act to end the Dutch assistance. That action was undertaken by Admiral George Brydges Rodney, who attacked St. Eustatius in 1781 and put a decisive end to the activity as part of a newly declared war by the British on the Dutch. Rodney took into custody Dutch merchants and officials, a colony of Jewish merchants that had been invaluable to the American cause, and even English merchants who were acting against the interests of their king. However, Admiral Rodney did not act to damage the French fleet, and he easily could have as part of this same action, and thus prevented the French fleet’s indispensable role in the epoch-making American victory at Yorktown later that same year. Why didn’t he? The British simply did not envision that French assistance would or could make a difference:

Excerpt from:

The First Salute – Available from

The First Salute, published by Ballantine, Copyright 1988 by Barbara W. Tuchman, pages 97-99

“[Admiral] Rodney descended upon Statia with devastation and confiscations. … The seizing offshore of 130 merchantmen of all kinds, with their cargoes valued at £500,000, was normal enough as a prize of war. There followed the plundering of private property, in shops and houses, of naval stores and goods in the warehouses, arms and ammunition in the arsenals, crates of sugar, tobacco and rice on the beaches. The total proceeds have been valued at £3 million, excluding the captured ships. Asking for a list of merchants and their inventories, Rodney singled out the Jews, who had a small well-established community on the island, and ordered them stripped for cash or precious stones or whatever might be supposed to be secreted in their clothing. Acting out a common antipathy with unnecessary zeal, he ordered the Jews expelled on one day’s notice, without notice to their families or access to their homes. With more reason, French nationals as enemy citizens were all deported to neighboring French islands. With equal zeal Rodney pursued [Statia] Governor de Graaff with penalties deserved by the ‘first man who insulted the British flag by taking up the salute of a pirate and a rebel, and who, during his whole administration has been remarkably inimical to Great Britain and a favourer of the American rebellion …. ‘ Two American ships named de Graaff of 26 guns and Lady de Graaff of 18 ‘prove how much the Americans thought themselves obliged to him. … He has made an amazing fortune and, by all accounts, much by oppression. His plantation is seized for his Majesty’ and de Graaff himself taken as an enemy prisoner to be sent with all his other household property to Great Britain. …

“In the first month of the Dutch war as a whole, 200 of the Dutch merchant fleet, an objective as important as St. Eustatius, were taken by the English, paralyzing Dutch shipping in the process that accelerated the decline of the [Dutch] Republic. Occupied on land in collecting and disposing of the island’s riches and arranging for their safe convoy to England, and in pursuing the iniquitous English merchants who had been trading with the enemy, Rodney was not at the head of his fleet patrolling the waters to intercept possible French intervention in America. While he has borne responsibility for this fateful omission, the fault did not in fact lie with him so much as in the casual management by his government and its war ministers, who did not foresee or consider French intervention as a serious concern. At no time did they issue any orders to Rodney that a primary mission of his fleet must be at all costs to prevent French reinforcements from reaching America to aid the rebels. If he or his government had been gifted with a talent for seeing into the future, and could have anticipated the fatal effect for Britain of future French presence at Yorktown, orders to the Admiral might have been more definitive in the Spartan tone of ‘Come back with your shield or on it.’ Rodney was given no such urgent advice because the English never seriously considered that the Americans could win the war or that French help could or would be decisive. Ministers did not act to prevent a siege of General Cornwallis’ army at Yorktown because it was a contingency they never conceived of as happening.

“The objects of Rodney’s sternest wrath were British merchants of both Statia and, particularly, St. Kitts who had been selling arms to the enemy for use against their own countrymen. He pounced upon their records in accountants’ offices, which had not been destroyed owing to the speed and surprise of the English attack, and sent them back to England to the war ministry of Lord George Germain. Two American agents of the Continental Congress, by name Isaac Gouverneur and Samuel Curzon or Courson, who had handled the purchases were sent with the papers as prisoners, in the hope of seeing them tried as traitors.”


Busch, Beer & Texas – History You Don’t Know

Excerpt from: Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

“My principle is that a man must love his business in order to make a success of it, and if he does not do this, he is not worthy of it and is bound to go under.” – Adolphus Busch
By Daniel Okrent/Scribner
Copyright 2010 by Last Laugh, Inc.
Pages 31-33

“The most forceful advocate of the brewers’ anti-Prohibition campaign was the most accomplished man in the industry, Adolphus Busch. The youngest of twenty-one children of a prosperous Rhineland merchant, Busch immigrated to the United States in 1857, went into the brewery supply business, and in 1861, at twenty-two, married Lilly Anheuser, the daughter of one of his customers. (The familial bond did not lack for fur­ther adhesive, as Adolphus’s brother Ulrich married Lilly’s sister Anna.) Adolphus soon took over the management of his father-in-law’s company and in time appended his surname to it.

“Busch was a genuine visionary. Where others saw brewing as a fairly straight- forward enterprise, he saw it as the core of a vertically integrated series of businesses. He built glass factories and ice plants. He acquired railway companies to ferry coal from mines he owned in Illinois to the vast Anheuser-Busch factory complex sprawled across seventy acres of St. Louis riverfront. (A local joke: St. Louis was ‘a large city on the [banks of the] Mississippi, located near the Anheuser-Busch plant.’) Busch got into the business of manufacturing refrigerated rail cars and truck bod­ies that could be used not just by breweries but also by such substantial customers as the Armour meatpacking company. He paid one million dol­lars for exclusive U.S. rights to a novel engine technology developed by his countryman Rudolf Diesel, and for $30,000 purchased the painting of Custer’s Last Stand that, with the Anheuser-Busch logotype prominently appended, would soon grace the walls of thousands upon thousands of saloons. In 1875 Busch produced thirty-five thousand barrels of beer; by 1901, his annual output — primarily of a light lager named for the Bohe­mian town of Budweis — surpassed a million barrels. …

“Adolphus had a potent personal aura. He spoke five languages, built palaces for himself and his wife in St. Louis, Pasadena, Cooperstown, and Wiesbaden, and traveled in a style appropriate for the monarch he was. Whenever Adolphus and Lilly returned from a trip to their home at Num­ber One Busch Place (situated right on company property in St. Louis), brewery employees fired a cannon. Coupled with his company’s preemi­nence in the industry, his grand manner enabled him to dominate indus­try councils. This became especially clear in 1903, when he helped craft an agreement, eventually signed by nine breweries, to fund a committee ‘promoting anti-prohibition matters in Texas,’ one of Anheuser-Busch’s largest markets.

“When some brewers expressed an unwillingness to con­tinue underwriting the committee’s activities, Busch argued, ‘It may cost us millions and even more,’ he wrote, ‘but what of it if thereby we elevate our position?’ He concluded his appeal by offering another $100,000 of Anheuser-Busch support for the Texas campaign, money that would help fund such ‘anti-prohibition matters’ as paying the poll taxes of blacks and Mexican-Americans who were expected to vote for legal beer, purchasing the editorial support of newspapers (according to an internal report, ‘We have sent checks in advance, and the average country editor, struggling to make a living, hates to return checks’), and engaging in some rather more mysterious activities. In 1910, after the brewers’ political agent in east-central Texas was able to undo a dry victory in Robertson County, he explained that he had engineered the reversal through means that ‘are best not written about.’

“Busch’s motives went beyond the merely pecuniary: ‘Besides losing our business by state-wide prohibition,’ he wrote during the Texas battle, ‘we would lose our honor and standing of ourselves and our families, and rather than lose that, we should risk the majority of our fortunes.’ It was the sort of call to arms that inspired both employees and competitors, and that led to something of a national festival in 1911, when Adolphus and Lilly’s golden anniversary was marked by celebrations in thirty-five cities. A similar nationwide outpouring of respect and love from the brewing industry occurred two years later, when Adolphus Busch died, at the age of seventy-four, from cirrhosis of the liver.”

MIA 38 Years – Welcome Home, Dan Miller

Maj. Curtis "Dan" Miller, Palacios High School Graduate
Major Curtis Dan Miller, USAF
June 07, 1946 – March 29, 1972

38 years. Susan Miller waited 38 years for her husband, Major Curtis Daniel Miller of Palacios, Texas, my hometown.

Daughter Christy clutches the flag that draped her father’s coffin.

Dan’s AC-130 was shot down over Laos March 29, 1972. For 38 years the Department of Defense listed him “Missing In Action” (MIA). His wife gave birth to the daughter who never knew him and she waited for her MIA to be found.

We buried Dan Miller in Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery March 29, 2010. My wife and I were in attendance and memories of his daughter Christy clutching the flag that draped his coffin remain fresh with me today.

Today, November 11, 2012, we in Rockwall County honor our veterans who gave their all for freedom.

We invite you to view our Rockwall County Veterans Memorial on this Veterans Day.

Rockwall County Veterans Memorial rests alongside the County Courthouse on I-30.

2012 Elections: Yes, We Can

President Obama says we’re in recovery from the worst economic recession in our history. Is this accurate? Can we believe him? What verdict does the evidence demand?

Let’s Consider the Facts

  • Under this president, oil and gas production continues to decline. While it’s true there has been substantial increase in production of hydrocarbon fuels, we can attribute these increases to former President Bush. Barack Obama steadfastly refuses to issue permits for oil and gas exploration on either federal lands or coastal waters.
  • He promised to cut the deficit in half, but the 2012 federal budget deficit again tops $1 trillion.
  • This president and his Secreatary of State claim all the facts surrounding the murder of Ambassador Stevens in Lybia are not in. Perhaps they two should read the same news articles we read. We know, beyond doubt, how the murderous assault on our Benghazi embassy was planned well in advance, heavily armed and well organized. Meanwhile Vice President Biden denies facts of this matter on live television, contradicting sworn testimony.
  • President Obama touted “all the above” in his promise to make us “energy independent”, but what actually happened? He’s been killing our petroleum industries while funneling billions of dollars to his political cronies and their failed, never intended to be successful, solar energy companies.

Reality Check

We are ENTERING the worst recession, probabaly depression, ever. In fact, this

Your Future Under Obama

Democrat-led administration is causing the worst recession in history. What can we expect, if we continue to tax and spend the way we have the last four years?

  • Gasoline prices have more than doubled since Obama took office. Experts predict the price of oil will double when it is known that Iran has a deliverable nuclear weapon.
  • Due to astronomical national debt, the dollar is at risk of being replaced by other currencies as reserve currency.
  • Unemployment, real unemployment, is at least 11% and may actually be higher. Government hiring has continued to climb even as industrial and commercial employment rapidly declines.
  • A lame-duck Congress and a president either incapable or unwilling to lead (I think both) run about on the campaign trail, leaving us to fall over that “massive financial cliff” when Bush tax cuts end in December and huge budget cuts hit the federal government.

A feckless president and a Democrat majority Senate, his willing accomplices, have set us on a slide into oblivion.

Is There No Hope?

Yes, there is hope. Hundreds of trillions of dollars sit idly waiting for the right business climate for investing in American industries and business. But, there has to be practical, realistic leadership in Washington that understands how federal policies promulgated by un-elected bureaucrats in agencies like the EPA are robbing us of our wealth and cheating us out of opportunity.

Four more years of Obama will doom America to the ash heap of history.


Vote straight Republican November 6. No, none of them are perfect candidates. No, they aren’t all radiant, vibrant, spirit-filled Christians who walk on water. They’re simply God-fearing, patriotic Americans cognizant of our common history, skilled in finance and economics and in touch with the human condition.

It seems to me a lot of our people have been looking for Messiah to put into office. For you who have been on that quest, I have bad news for you. The job of Messiah was taken 2,000 years ago and he’s not up for retirement anytime soon.

Until the second coming of Jesus Christ, you’re just going to have to live with the likes of me and you.

Let’s elect a president and vice president who actually, pragmatically understand economics and finance. While we’re at it, let’s remove from office those Democrat lawmakers who follow the liberal madness of Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Harry Reid, John Conyers and the like.

After we elect good people, let’s stay in touch with them. I do. I know my Congressman, personally. I know every member of my city council, every member of the county commisssioners court, most of the school board members, Texas state senator and my Texas House district representative. Getting to know other office holders, it has been my pleasure to meet Texas Supreme Court justices, Appeals Court justices, local judges and our District Attorney. It’s not difficult to do, you just have to decide to participate in local government. My wife and I attend all city council meetings and I’ll be adding school board meetings to my schedule. If I, an old man who is not retired can do it, anyone reading this can do it, too. It’s a matter of choice, not a matter of available time. Get off your blessed assurance and accept responsibility.

Yes, we can overcome present circumstances.

Affirmative of What? – It’s Time to End Federally-Enforced Racism

Affirmative Action case now before the Supreme Court – Why this matters

Back in 1994, Barack Hussein Obama argued for affirmative action. He said,

…white America is ready for a return to good old-fashioned racism so long as it’s artfully packaged and can admit for exceptions like Colin Powell.”

Daily Caller article 10-11-2012
In 1994, Obama argued for affirmative action, against ‘return to good old-fashioned racism

In case the arguments for affirmative action missed your eyes and ears, let’s consider the implications of pushing to continue it.

Proponents of affirmative action imply non-white students cannot compete with white students. Therefore, Obama and other proponents believe non-white students are inherently inferior to white contemporaries. I say this idea just doesn’t “hold water”, meaning: there are gaping holes in that theory.

Perhaps we should check on Condaleeza Rice, Collin Powell, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dinesh D’Souza, Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley. How did they rise to such prominence? Solely on the merits of skin color? You know better.

Federally enforced affirmative action reaches far beyond college admissions. It rules the human resources offices of cities and large corporations across the fruited plain. In fact, while 2011 census figures say 13.1 % of the general population is “black”, 46.4% of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) employees are black.

It gets worse. I know, because I contract on federal jobs from time to time. There is the 8A program that, by implication, clearly indicates the feds do not believe blacks and other non-whites, but mostly blacks, have either the intelligence or the skills capacity to compete in the open market.

Two U.S. governors are of the children of Indian immigrants and they didn’t get elected based on affirmative action – they earned the confidence of their voters due to the content of their character.

Is this a good place to ask this question? Is Obama “black” because his daddy was “black”. Or, is he “white”, becaues his momma was “white”? It’s ready knowledge he inherited his communist values from both.

I just remembered to mention a couple more examples supporting my argument that federally-enforced affirmative action should be ended: Barack Hussein Obama and Eric Holder.

Don’t Believe in Prophets? Ignore Them at Your Own Peril

Surely the Lord God does nothing,
Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.

Amos3:7 NKJV

For my Baptist brethren and other evangelicals who believe the offices of apostle and prophet ended with the death of Jesus, I provide you a word count out of the New Testament:

Pastor – one incidence in Ephesians 4:11

Evangelist – three incidences found in Acts 21:8, Ephesians 4:11 and 2 Timothy 4:5

Teacher – thirteen incidences from John 3:2 to 2 Peter 2:1

Apostle – eighty incidences from Matthew 10:2 to Revelation 21:14
Prophet – one hundred fifty-seven incidences from Matthew 1:22 to Revelation 22:9

And He [Jesus Christ] Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV

Your theology general says prophets and apostle ended with Jesus. Question: Did you talk with Jesus about this? He doesn’t seem to agree. As it is written in the letter to the Ephesians, it was Jesus himself who gave us these five ministries.

If one sole incidence of the word ‘pastor’ satisfies your theology and you can deny 157 incidences of the word ‘prophet’ in the New Testament, as used by Jesus, Apostle Paul and Apostle John, then the rest of what I write will be absolutely of no value to you whatsoever.

Prophet John Paul Jackson boldly expresses warnings of near future events that will affect the lives of every man, woman and child alive on the face of the earth. He calls these imminent events “The Perfect Storm”.

I challenge you to spend a half hour listening to this warning accompanied by John Paul’s recommendations for preparedness.

“I can’t tell you what I don’t know” – John Paul Jackson
I think of him as the ‘pragmatic prophet’. He can’t tell you when these events will transpire, but you can bet your last dollar they will come to pass.
Click on image above to hear about The Perfect Storm (33:30)

Committee Republicans Support ‘Stop the War on Coal Act,’ Address Flaws in EPA Science

GOP Amendments Aim to Strengthen Transparency and Independent Review of Costly Regulations

 September 21, 2012

Washington, D.C. – Republican Members of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee last evening spoke on the House Floor and offered amendments in support of H.R. 3409, referred to as the “Stop the War on Coal Act.”  The bill passed the House today by a vote of 233 to 175.

Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX) made the following statement:

“I rise in strong support of the rule and H.R. 3409, the Stop the War on Coal Act.

This bill takes a number of simple, common sense, and long overdue steps to rein in the Obama Administration’s out of control EPA, which is waging an all-out war on American energy, and coal is at the heart of that war.

Anyone who fails to believe such a war exists should speak to the people of Mount Pleasant, Texas in my Congressional District.  EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule threatened 500 jobs at two coal-fired power plants in Mount Pleasant.  Fortunately, the courts threw out this rule in August after finding that EPA went well beyond the law in its efforts to regulate coal out of existence.

We know EPA will go back to the drawing board.  H.R. 3409 adds needed protections for any future proposal, and in doing so protects jobs not only in Texas but in coal-producing and coal-using states all around the country.

The bill also blocks future efforts to attack coal through other regulations, most notably the EPA’s effort to enact economy-wide restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions.  These rules are based on shaky science and would raise the cost of energy for all Americans.  They should never see the light of day.

I want to mention my support for two amendments made in order under this rule that will be offered by Members of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, of which I chair.  These amendments address serious problems with EPA science that the Committee highlighted during the 112th Congress.

Specifically, Congressman Dan Benishek’s amendment will require that an analysis of the cost of regulations explicitly evaluate the potential negative health effects of regulations.

[Video of Rep. Benishek (R-MI) statement HERE]

Energy and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Andy Harris’ amendment would require that the scientific data EPA uses to justify its regulations is peer reviewed and made publicly available.

[Video of Rep. Harris (R-MD) statement HERE]

These amendments reinforce and strengthen the transparency and openness provisions in H.R. 3409.  I urge Members to support these amendments, this rule, and the underlying bill as well.

I yield back the balance of my time.”