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  1. From the office of Steve Sheridan For immediate release Senator Steve Sheridan (R-GA) backed President Fitzgerald’s healthcare reform bill. “Democrats like to tout Obamacare as a major accomplishment. But after a decade of that law being on the books, it’s clear that all Obamacare did was allow people with no health insurance the ability to buy incredibly expensive, low-quality health insurance with a deadly combination of high premiums and high deductibles, while raising health insurance prices for everyone else. America can and must do better than that. That’s where President Fitzgerald comes in.” “President Fitzgerald’s healthcare bill is full of provisions that will lower the cost of health insurance, and allow Americans to spend less of their paycheck on premiums and more of their paycheck on their lives.” “A big step is allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines. Today, if you are a resident of Georgia, and you find a great deal on a car in Florida, you can drive across the border, buy that car, and take it back to Georgia. But if you find a great deal on health insurance in Florida, you cannot get that insurance policy. Creating a 50 state market for health insurance will increase competition and allow Americans to buy the best policy they can find.” “Another big step is enacting enhanced federal tort reform. There are predatory lawyers out there who file frivolous or exaggerated claims against doctors and hospitals. Even when these claims are a patent sham, doctors and hospitals can spend millions of dollars defending them and getting them dismissed. This in turn leads to high malpractice insurance premiums for doctors, which drives doctors out of the profession. Fewer doctors means less competition and higher medical costs. The purpose of the medical system is to provide treatment for patients, not new yachts for greedy trial attorneys. The medical malpractice caps ensure that laws are about compensating victims of bad medicine, not jacking up award amounts so that attorneys can take home a big payday.” “Finally, the Healthcare Reform Act repeals multiple taxes that Obama imposed on insurance plans and medical devices, apparently on the perverse thought that some people have too much insurance. This will lower the cost of providing individuals with care and insurance, and in turn lower premiums.” “Americans need more affordable healthcare - and I support the President’s healthcare reform bill because that’s what its going to give them.”
  2. From the office of Steve Sheridan For immediate release Senator Steve Sheridan (R-GA) commented on current events in Congress relating to the Right to Life - stressing his strong support for our unborn citizens. On the 20 week abortion ban “Florida and Georgia may not agree on football, but we agree on the right to life. I applaud Senator Granata for introducing a 20 week abortion ban, and I plan to support this measure in the Senate. New advances in science have taught us a lot about fetal viability, and each new discovery in that realm makes our abortion laws seem more barbaric. A 20 week old baby in the womb has a heart, a brain, and recognizably human features. A 20 week abortion ban is something that enjoys strong popular support as well, even many people who support legal abortion in the first trimester are not okay with terminating a pregnancy that late. That’s because this kind of ban is based on reason and science, not on politics or ideology.” On defunding abortion providers “Georgians by and large think abortion is morally wrong, and do not want their tax dollars spent on it. Federal law prohibits the government from funding abortions, but there is a huge loophole that lets us give taxpayer money to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. The problem is that money is fungible. If you give Planned Parenthood money to help them pay the rent or help them build a new ‘clinic’ (if you can use that term for a facility used primarily to end life), then that frees up money elsewhere in their budget that they can use to provide or promote abortion. To keep the government’s hands clean and prevent taxpayer funds from going to something taxpayers don’t support, we need to completely cut off abortion providers from any federal funding. My bill, which I introduced the other day, does that, ending any federal subsidies for any organization that provides abortions, anywhere on the globe. I’m not worried about women losing access to non-abortion healthcare, because Planend Parenthood actually provides very little of that, and there are many healthcare providers that don’t do abortions.” On Freedom of Conscience bill “I also introduced a Freedom of Conscience bill into the Senate that would, among other things, protect doctors from being forced to perform an abortion. Nobody should ever be forced to violate the Hippocratic Oath by being forced to terminate a life.”
  3. From the office of Senator Steve Sheridan For Immediate Release Senator Steve Sheridan (R-GA) praised President Fitzgerald’s nomination of Jonathan Kadar to the Supreme Court. “The founding fathers created a federal government with two legislative bodies: the House and the Senate. They would be shocked by the reality of the federal government today, where we have a third legislative body: the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court was never designed to pass laws. As an appointed body that does not stand for election, the Supreme Court has no popular mandate and no political accountability to voters. Yet in the last few decades, the Supreme Court has legislated from the bench with reckless abandon. It has forced legalized abortion-on-demand on all 50 states, in most cases against the wishes of the voters and elected officials of those states. It has hamstrung the ability of police officers to arrest, convict, and punish criminals, despite the widespread political popularity of law and order. And it has interfered with many other issues. Worse yet, when the Supreme Court becomes politically active, it encourages lower courts to become politically active, as we saw when many of President Trump’s key policy initiatives were blocked by unelected, radical judges in lowly district courts. What America needs today are modest judges who recognize that they are selected to resolve complicated and remote legal issues, not be America’s third body of federal lawmakers. And I believe that President Fitzgerald has found such a man in his new Supreme Court appointee, Jackson Kadar. In his confirmation hearing, Kadar repeatedly spoke about the need for judicial modesty and the need for judges to defer to elected legislative bodies on issues such as crime and punishment. He was able to distinguish between his own personal views and what he should do as a federal judge. And he repeatedly spoke of the modesty that judges needed to have, modesty which includes an understanding of the fact that they have no popular mandate from the voters to impose their policy preferences. Jackson Kadar also spoke of the influence that originalism and textualism have on his jurisprudence. I believe that Justice Kadar will be guided by the original meaning of the Constitution, not the meaning that liberal law professors want the Constitution to have. And I believe that by insisting on looking at what the text says first and foremost, Justice Kadar will keep the focus on the laws that were actually passed by our elected officials, not on ideas that may or may not have any popular support. There are 535 legislators in Washington. We do not need a 536th one sitting on the Supreme Court. And with the Kadar nomination, I believe that has been avoided.”
  4. From the office of Senator Steve Sheridan For Immediate Release Senator Steve Sheridan (R-GA) backed the merit-based immigration reform plan proposed by President Kyle Fitzgerald. “The United States is a superpower today because it has always supplemented native-born talent with the best talent from the rest of the world. We won World War II in large part because dozens of Europe’s best scientists decided to move to the United States, joined the Manhattan Project, and helped us beat Germany and Japan to developing the atom bomb. Similarly, educated and highly skilled immigrants to the United States invented the helicopter, designed the rockets that took man to the moon, and in the twentieth century helped to invent the modern internet.” “But today our immigration system is not designed to bring in talent. Through design and intentional neglect of laws, our immigration system is designed to bring in low-skill, low-education individuals because those on the right want to exploit them for cheap labor and those on the left want to exploit them for votes. This is wrong. It doesn’t serve America’s strategic and economic interests. It takes jobs from those who are here legally, including both people born here and people who immigrated here legally. And frankly it hurts the people who are brought here illegally and forced to work for low wages in terrible conditions because if they complain their employe could have them deported.” “A points based system, which gives immigration preference to those who are young, have skills, and have an education, is not some crazy right-wing idea stolen from Mussolini or Pinochet. On the contrary, it is an idea developed and implemented by liberal, left-leaning democracies like Australia and Canada. These countries, along with many others like Singapore, are in competition with us for the world’s best talent. A move to a merit-based system will bring more entrepreneurs, scientists, and business leaders to the United States. They, in turn, will help us grow our economy, continue to innovate, and create millions more jobs for Americans of all classes.” “The President’s insistence on e-verify is also a great move. It is absurd that liberals think it is outrageous or offensive to demand that people who want to work in the United States have to prove that they are eligible to work in the United States. It is never outrageous or extreme to insist that the laws are actually followed. Again, when employers can pay illegal workers low wages under the table, everyone suffers, from the American workers who lost their jobs to the illegal workers who are being forced to subsist on illegally low wages.” “The President’s inclusion of a path to citizenship for DACA recipients also shows that he is coming from a place of policy leadership, not a place of partisanship. DACA is an issue that has long been a celebrated cause on the left and opposed by the right. But the President is rising above petty partisanship an including DACA kids in his vision of America, because it’s the right thing to do, and because they too represent what we need more of in the future.” “I will be proud to support the President’s comprehensive immigration reform plan in the Senate.”
  5. Sheridan

    Freedom of Conscience Act

    To protect the rights of individuals and institutions to uphold their principles on issues of life and conscience.
  6. Sheridan

    The New Deal saved the United States

    This is a tangential point, but it is almost scandalous that Herbert Hoover has gone down in history as a caricature of a laissez faire capitalist. That was the attitude of Calvin Coolidge, sure - but Silent Cal had left office by the time the depression began. Herbert Hoover's response to the Great Depression was to enact one of the largest tariff increases in American history and pursue what might be called a half-assed New Deal. Herbert Hoover and FDR believed in similar things, FDR just was willing to take it much further.
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