• Run, Bernie run: Defend the middle class

        Vermont’s independent U.S. Senator confirmed last week what many have suspected: Bernie Sanders will be a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
        If you don’t follow politics as intensely as I do, it’s possible you’ve never heard of him. But that’s going to change very soon.
        Once known as “the socialist mayor of Burlington,” Vermont, Sanders was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012.

  • Our veterans deserve better from the VA

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Last month marked one year since we learned of the gross mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that resulted in tragic outcomes for those who have made countless sacrifices to protect our nation’s freedoms. The problems within the VA are the result of a broken system, and though our work is far from over, the House has worked to implement meaningful, structural reforms to ensure our veterans have the care they deserve.



  • Annoying liberals can be fun

        As I mentioned in this space back in the Bulletin’s Sept 17 edition, liberals can be a lot of fun. Specifically, needling liberals can be a lot of fun because the have such a “holier than thou” attitude that it’s not difficult to anger them. Last year, I only had to put out some bait, and wait for Rick Howell to go ballistic. This year, I had to needle him twice to get him to lift safeties.

  • Death penalty: The other ‘pro-life’ issue

        People who consider themselves “pro-life” have spent decades protesting abortion and rallying against Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that certified the legal right to an abortion.
        For most of them, they have long ignored the other aspect of the “pro-life” equation, which is capital punishment. In fact, most conservatives who are adamantly against abortion are also in favor of the death penalty.

  • Tax reforms are the foundation of an opportunity economy

    Tax Day has come and gone, but the aggravation and frustration of tax season is still fresh in many minds. It’s during this particularly “taxing” time of year that hard working Americans are confronted with piles of forms, confusing instructions, and the prospect of turning more of their hard-earned money over to the government. Anyone who has filed taxes knows that the current tax code is overly complex and unfair. If America is to remain competitive in the global economy and build an economy ripe with opportunity here at home, the current tax system must be reformed.

  • The CFPB needs Increased transparency and accountability

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Inexcusable sloppiness

        Early last month, relying on the accuracy of statistics provided by the teachers’ union, I offered the opinion that these statistics may indicate that Bedford County Public Schools is losing teachers. The statistics offered showed something odd, indicating that Bedford County was dead last in average teacher pay, but not at the bottom of any category in the presentation.

  • Someone else needs a history lesson

        I have a challenge for the editor: Tell columnist John Barnhart that he has to go a full month – four consecutive columns – without attempting to leech off something I’ve written the previous week.
        Well, I’d probably better withdraw that request, because the editor and I both know Barnhart couldn’t do it. He has a longtime obsession with the contents of my humble “Liberal Agenda.”

  • Restoring trust in federal law enforcement agencies

    Every day, thousands of federal law enforcement agents are hard at work, doing their part to keep Americans safe and delivering them the justice they deserve. I have the utmost respect and appreciation for the dedicated law enforcement professionals who protect and serve our communities. 


  • The American people deserve a voice in the Iran nuclear negotiations

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    The prospect of Iran attaining the capability to produce a nuclear weapon is one of the most grave threats we face as a nation, and it must be our policy to do everything within our power to prevent this from happening.  The terms of Iran’s preliminary nuclear understanding with the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom is a cause for concern due to Iran’s longstanding commitment to see the demise of the United States and Israel, our greatest ally in the Middle East.