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Thinking About the Future


Last week I stopped by Wheeler High School to get a tour of their impressive STEM program. You can view photos of my visit by clicking here.


As one who was inspired at a young age to pursue medicine, I’m encouraged to see these students engaging in quality math and science opportunities. The lessons and skills they are learning will help them not only in their schooling but later on as they become the next generation of leaders tackling the future challenges our great country will no doubt face. Right now, it is imperative that we ensure we leave a nation that is stronger and more prosperous so that these students will have greater opportunities to pursue their dreams. 


To do that, we have to be open and honest about the threat our growing $17 trillion debt poses to America's economy and our national security. It would be unfair and irresponsible for us to leave this problem to future generations. It is also impossible for us to ignore it because the consequences of inaction are not decades in the future – they are in many ways manifesting themselves today. Rising deficits, debt, and looming insolvencies of federal trust funds threaten the livelihood of our nation’s citizens. Programs like Medicare and Social Security – critical lifelines for millions of Americans – are on an unsustainable path. Failure to address these challenges now will only result in even more necessary and drastic actions in the future.


In short, the status quo is unacceptable. That is why we need to keep the conversation going about how we can and will solve the nation's fiscal challenges. To that end, I recently distributed to my House Republican colleagues a one-page document that chronicles in no uncertain terms the seriousness of the challenges we face. You can view that document by clicking here or by going to  There you'll also find a short video making the case for action. I encourage you to check it out.


These are the challenges we face. We have an obligation to make responsible decisions today so that our kids and grandkids inherit a strong, stable and secure America.