U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, speaks about America’s support for Israel and the dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran. He also discusses Republicans’ plans to help Americans who could be affected by the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in King v. Burwell.
In the Weekly Republican Address, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin warns that increasingly serious attacks against America’s cyber networks are a growing peril that threatens our nation’s economic and national security. As chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Johnson says a top priority this year will be to pass legislation designed to help mitigate the kinds of cyberattacks that have occurred recently against a number of U.S. businesses, including Anthem Healthcare, Target and Sony Pictures, as well as the Department of Defense. “Reducing this threat would benefit every American,” says Johnson. “Ignoring it will guarantee that future attacks will produce headlines describing lasting harm to America. We need to get this done.”
In the Weekly Republican Address, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio says President Obama failed to make the tough choices in his federal budget blueprint for fiscal year 2016, proposing $1 trillion in higher spending and $8.5 trillion in new debt. “Instead of proposing polices that could help grow the economy, President Obama’s budget grows the government,” Portman says. “And his budget never balances. Not in five years. Not in ten years. Not ever.” Senate Republicans will offer a significantly different budget proposal in the coming weeks that Portman says would cut waste, spend smarter and recognize that Americans are already paying enough in taxes. “It will be a blueprint—not only for how the government spends our money each year—but for a brighter future of better jobs, higher wages, and greater opportunity for everyone,” Portman says.