Rep. Bishop opposes current health care reform efforts and military cuts

Will Republicans support any health care reform bill proposed by the Obama administration? First District Congressman Rob Bishop, R-UT, says not if the bill is anything like those proposed by Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, or Sen. Harry Reid, D-NV. Congress will soon be back in session after an August recess where health care reform has been debated at town hall meetings in almost every part of the country.Bishop says he will not support a bill that empowers the government to make decisions for people. He says it should be all about empowering options for people so they can make decisions for themselves.”If it’s the kind that’s been proposed so far by the Speaker and by Senator Reid there will not be widespread Republican support for any of those approaches because, once again, it is more about the empowerment of government to make decisions for people, rather than empowering options for people so they can decide for themselves,” Bishop said on KVNU’s Crosstalk Show Tuesday. “Once again, that’s a philosophical debate and a philosophical reason for not supporting what Speaker Pelosi has put on the table.”Bishop said he voted against the bailouts, the budget and the stimulus package and, as far as he can tell, none of them have been working.Bishop also discussed defense spending and what he has been doing to secure funding for future projects at Hill Air Force Base. However, some of those projects are being threatened by recent White House decisions.The F-22 has put the United States decades ahead of any other country in terms of controlling the skies, according to Bishop. But Bishop says that status is being threatened by the Obama administration.Bishop said we need 380 F-22s to maintain the status quo and every study says we need a very minimum of 347. The Obama administration has proposed only 187 of the planes.”It is a number that the Air Combat Command General has said simply does not allow the Air Force to maintain its mission in the skies,” Bishop said. “At the same time this administration has decided to remove 250 planes from our fleet without replacing them.”Bishop said the proposed alternative is still several years out. “The replacement plane, the F-13, will not be available until 2014 at the earliest.”Not only is Bishop concerned about the F-22 cuts, he is concerned about the Obama administration’s general approach to military and defense spending. “They (the Obama administration) have also said they are going to flatline military spending over the next five years and still take $60 billion out of the defense budget and assign it to other areas.”Bishop says this is not a great scenario for the future of the United States and it’s one that most people should find frightening.

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