Click on an issue below to read more:
- Social Security
- Assisting Veterans
- BP Deepwater Horizon Spill
- Fiscal Responsibility
- Illegal Immigration
- Protecting our Nation and Military
- Health Care Reform
- National Bone Marrow Program
- Clean Energy
Working to Protect Social Security for Generations to Come
Congressman Young understands how vital Social Security benefits are to the people of Pinellas County. He has continually opposed efforts to weaken the safety net, such as replacing the program with private Social Security savings accounts, which jeopardize the benefits that countless retirees have come to rely on since the Social Security Act was first signed into law by President Roosevelt in 1935. As we mark the 75th Anniversary of the Social Security program this year, please see Congressman Young’s remarks (below) on the House floor commemorating this milestone and expressing the importance of keeping this safety net for America’s seniors financially sound for years to come.
Read the Congressman's remarks here
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Congressman Young has always supported our brave veterans who served in the United States armed forces. These courageous men and women should be respected for the sacrifices they made to preserve the freedoms we enjoy. Taking care of the veterans who protected our great nation is one of Congressman Young’s primary concerns, one he is grateful to carry out. He remains committed to doing all he can to honor their service and ensure they receive all the benefits they deserve. Please see the links below for more information on Congressman Young’s ongoing efforts to assist veterans.
Young Honors Korean War Veterans
Young Calls for Arlington Investigation
Young Supports PTSD Program
Young Receives American Legion Distinguished Public Service Award
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Working to Protect Access to Medicare
Congressman Young has consistently protected the Medicare program, and has fought hard as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee to ensure that the many seniors who live in his district and around the county continue to receive the health care services they depend on. The Congressman believes the best way to responsibly protect Medicare is to work in a bipartisan manner with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, as he has done for the over forty years he has represented Pinellas County. He has a proven record of supporting numerous pieces of bipartisan legislation regarding Medicare which aim to increase access to services, fight fraudulent spending, reduce unnecessary costs, and make positive reforms, such as closing the "doughnut hole" in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. Further, when the health care reform legislation came before the House this year, Congressman Young voted against the bill's over one-half trillion dollar cut to Medicare. As the debate continues on how best to care for the health of the American people, Congressman Young will continue to fight to protect the important health care services that Medicare provides.
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Responding to the BP Deepwater Horizon Spill
In representing the Tampa Bay area, which has been at the center of some previous disasters, Congressman Young has experience in responding to oil spills. While Young was serving as a Florida State Senator in 1970, the tanker Delian Apollon spilled more than 20,000 gallons of crude oil into Tampa Bay. In response, the Congressman introduced and the legislature quickly passed his landmark legislation to set in place emergency response plans for oil spills in the waterways surrounding Florida. The oil and shipping industry challenged his legislation, which was called our nation’s toughest oil spill response law, all the way to the United States Supreme Court, where it was upheld in a unanimous decision.
When the oil industry proposed drilling off the Gulf coast of Florida, Congressman Young offered an amendment to a 1983 supplemental appropriations bill to create the first buffer zone to protect Florida’s west coast from offshore oil drilling. Because his amendment was carried on an appropriations bill, he had to negotiate with his colleagues to protect it year after year, sometimes fighting off challenges from his own party and leadership. In 2006, he helped negotiate more permanent protection against drilling when a buffer zone that extends 234 miles off the coast of the Pinellas County beaches Congressman Young represent was written into law.
In an effort to respond to the lessons learned from this year’s BP oil spill disaster, Congressman Young introduced the SAFEGUARDS Act, which provides some common sense solutions to prevent and respond to future disastrous oil spills. Drafted following a series of meetings and regular phone calls with the on-the-ground incident commanders, local research teams and community emergency response personnel, it is his hope that the solutions put forth in this measure will be included in the wider legislative response that we consider later this year to ensure that we impose rigorous safety standards on any off-shore platforms, while also establishing a fully thought out plan to respond to future disasters. He believes “we must do better. We can not allow any more waivers of safety standards or response plans, and the SAFEGUARDS Act ensures that.”
Support for science helps provide answers in gulf disaster
Young Comments on the Need for Long-Term Focus on Oil Spill Response
Young Introduces H.R. 5677, the SAFEGUARDS Act
Young Concerned over use of Dispersants
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Working to Ensure Fiscal Responsibility
The federal government simply can not keep spending money we don’t have.
According President Obama’s budget plan, his record levels of spending will double the national debt in five years and triple the debt in ten years. Since 2008, non-defense discretionary spending has increased by an astonishing 84%. This year’s budget shortfall is projected to be $1.5 trillion, breaking last year’s record as the largest budget deficit since World War II. These deficits appear despite the fact that Nancy Pelosi’s House has passed $670 billion in new taxes in the last two years.
To make matters worse, the House of Representatives did not even attempt to pass a budget this year. This marks the first time ever the House has failed to complete a budget, a basic responsibility of every family and small business.
The era of irresponsibility does not have to continue. The last time the government balanced its budget, Congressman Young was Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Congressman Young supports amendments to the Constitution that would require a balanced budget every year and place a cap on how much taxpayer money can be spent each year. With the help of the American people, House Republicans have proposed specific budget cuts each week - totaling over $120 billion in taxpayer savings - through the YouCut Program. Please know that in his service representing the people of Pinellas County, Congressman Young will continue to support responsible use of the taxpayers’ money.
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Congressman Young supports state efforts to assist federal officials in the enforcement of federal immigration laws. States like Arizona can provide vital assistance to federal officials and the Congressman is a cosponsor of House Resolution 1384, which says state and local law enforcement personnel in the course of carrying out routine duties, have the inherent authority of a sovereign entity to investigate, identify, apprehend, arrest, detain, or transfer to Federal custody aliens in the United States, for the purpose of assisting in the enforcement of the immigration laws of the United States.
Additionally, as seen from past attempts at immigration reform, amnesty does not work. Congressman Young has a history of opposing any attempt at amnesty, including voting against the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which granted amnesty to nearly 2.7 million illegal aliens. Today, Young continues to oppose amnesty as a way of dealing with illegal immigration. With rumors circulating that the administration is considering a backdoor amnesty for the estimated 10.8 million illegal immigrants in the United States , Congressman Young signed a letter to President Obama opposing this plan and will continue to oppose any attempts at granting amnesty to those who broke the law.
Young Letter to President Obama
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Protecting our Nation and Military
Congressman Young has worked relentlessly throughout his career to support the troops and ensure our nation remains unharmed. Having served on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee for 30 years, Congressman Young believes our men and women in uniform could never be paid enough for the sacrifices they and their families make daily. Those serving in the Armed Forces put their lives on the line every day, and Congressman Young believes they should have the equipment necessary to safely complete their mission. For more information please see the Congressman’s statements below.
Defense shortcuts are not worth risk
Young Supports Funds for Our Troops
Congressman Young believes that supporting our troops means more than providing them the necessary funding. Congressman Young and his wife Beverly visit with service members and their families as often as possible, doing so without media attention, because taking care of the members of our military is their top priority. If ever a member of our military or their family needs assistance, it is the Youngs' priority to help them as much as possible. Although the Congressman never seeks attention, his important work has been noticed on occasion, as shown in the stories highlighted below.
Young Seeks Answers in Soldiers Death
Young and Wife Help Save a Life
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Health Care Reform
Congressman Young opposes government intrusion into American's health care, and voted consistently against the President's drastic overhaul which was signed into law earlier this year. When the 2,733 page bill was pushed through Congress under political maneuvering and a closed legislative process, leaving little room for input from differing ideas, America's current health care system was drastically restructured for the worse. This plan cuts Medicare benefits for Seniors; creates over 100 new government boards, commissions and bureaucracies which fundamentally impede the relationship between a patient and their doctor; and imposes new taxes on employers, employees, small businesses, insurance plans and medical devices. Over the next 10 years, government coverage under this plan will expand at a cost of over $1 trillion, paid for by raising taxes on Americans and American businesses by $569.2 billion and by reducing Medicare payments for beneficiaries in Congressman Young’s district and throughout the nation by $523.5 billion.
Instead, Congressman Young supported an alternative health care reform bill which would have improved American's access to affordable, quality health care and which would have reduced, rather than significantly increased, the cost of health care. Congressman Young believes in preserving the high standard of care made available in this country by our highly trained health care professionals, our free market competition and our first-class medical research. He believes in lowering the cost of health services and prescription drugs, insuring those with preexisting conditions, securing a fiscally sound Medicare and Medicaid program, and decreasing the prevalence of frivolous lawsuits against health care providers.
Below you will find the remarks Congressman Young made on the House floor expressing his many concerns during the Health Care debate:
Young Health Care Remarks
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National Bone Marrow Program
Congressman Young first sponsored the creation of the National Bone Marrow Donor Program in 1986. In the last 25 years, Congressman Young has been the Program’s champion in Washington and has led efforts to expand it to include the National Cord Blood Inventory. Recently, the National Program celebrated two significant milestones: more than 40,000 successful marrow and cord blood transplants have been conducted and over 8 million donors have been added to the national registry.
In April, Congressman Young was honored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society who presented him with the 2010 Congressional Honors Award. The Society called Congressman Young “a champion in the fight against cancer, and in particular, blood cancers. Congressman Young single-handedly saw the need for, and sponsored, the National Marrow Donor Program in 1985. C. W. Bill Young’s leadership in supporting bone marrow transplants for blood cancer patients and research into blood cancer has done much to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.”
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Congressman Young believes that transitioning from imported oil to renewable, clean and domestic sources of energy is the best long term strategy for our nation's environment, economy and national security. Congressman Young has consistently supported efforts to protect Florida ’s environment, as well as the clean alternative energy found through solar, wind and bio-fuels. In recent years, Congressman Young secured funds for the Pinellas County beach renourishment project, for the Everglades restoration project, for the St. Petersburg Sustainable Biosolids Management project to convert wastewater sludge and yard waste to renewable energy, and for the St. Petersburg Solar Pilot Project to implement a renewable and sustainable solar energy network to provide the electricity required to power 40 city parks.
Congressman Young opposed the "Cap and Trade" bill proposed by Nancy Pelosi. This massive national energy tax will increase the cost of doing business, destroy jobs, increase the cost of living for families, and make it even more difficult for our economy to recover. Click here to see the remarks Congressman Young made on the House floor prior to voting against cap and trade.
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