Washington's out-of-control spending needs to stop. Our nation has piled up trillions of dollars in debt, immorally passing the problem along to future generations and mortgaging the future of our kids and grandkids. This kind of fiscal irresponsibility creates uncertainty in the economy that hurts job creation. Senator Portman believes we need to work toward a balanced budget and reform our critical mandatory spending programs to make them sustainable for the future. Washington is not getting its work done. Over the past four years, the White House and Congress have not completed a single appropriations bill on time, resulting in Continuing Resolutions, sequestration, Omnibus appropriations bills that throw the nation into one budget crisis after another. One answer to these challenges is a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. Senator Portman is an original cosponsor of the Balanced Budget Amendment. He also supports efforts in Ohio and other states to call an Article V Constitutional Convention for the purposes of enacting a BBA.
As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Rob Portman believes we must pursue an all-the-above energy strategy to reduce energy prices, protect national security, and create jobs here at home. Energy production on private lands has dramatically increased in the past couple of years, reducing our reliance on energy imports from countries that do not share our nation's interests. But a similar increase in energy production on public lands has been hampered because of cumbersome federal bureaucracy that increases the time it takes to receive the permits needed to begin production. Senator Portman has been a leader in the Senate on pursuing policies to reduce regulatory barriers for the responsible development of alternative energy as well as conventional energy resources like oil, coal and natural gas. In addition to producing more energy here at home, Senator Portman believes that we need to ensure we are using the energy we do have as efficiently as possible. To this end, Senator Portman is the sponsor of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act, which reduces energy consumption by incentivizing energy efficiency technologies in residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. The bill is supported by over 20 businesses, associations and environmental groups, including the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, and the Alliance to Save Energy. The bill is widely seen as the only energy measure that could pass this year.
Senator Rob Portman is a proud defender of the 2nd Amendment and has consistently voted to protect our Constitutional rights. Portman is a gun owner and avid hunter, and whether for protection, recreation, competition, or to ensure our freedoms granted by the Founders, he supports the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Senator Portman also believes we should work to reduce gun violence through better enforcement of current gun laws, enhancing school security, and ensuring that those who suffer from mental illness—a common thread in attacks—receive proper care.
The government should be creating the environment for small businesses to succeed. Sadly, it too often does just the opposite. Higher taxes, burdensome regulations, and the uncertainty of Obamacare have put a wet blanket on our economy that is costing jobs in Ohio and around the nation. Senator Rob Portman is fighting to simplify and reform our tax code, reform our regulatory system, and improve our worker retraining programs to make America more competitive and to unleash the innovative spirit of the American people.
Senator Rob Portman believes that Obamacare must be repealed and replaced with reforms that will actually lower costs and improve the quality of our health care. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the health care law the Democrats shoved through Congress in 2009 will slow economic growth over the next decade, cost 2.5 million jobs, and contribute a trillion dollars to the deficit.
Senator Rob Portman has a 100% rating from National Right to Life and has voted 77-0 in favor of the pro-life position on National Right to Life Committee key votes. During his time in the House, he was an original cosponsor of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban. In the Senate, he is the lead sponsor of the Child Custody Protection Act, which would make it a federal offense to transport a minor across state lines in order to get around state laws that require parental involvement in that minor's abortion. He is also an original cosponsor of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, the point where strong scientific evidence indicates that an unborn child can experience pain.