Congressman Don Bacon is starting his second term but this time the Republican Party is the minority in the U.S House. Bacon felt the change as soon as the gavel hit the block.
Congressman Bacon says, “I wanted to find some areas to agree with them yesterday but with a few bills they can’t help themselves but to sneak in ways to increase the debt limit without a vote or adding pro-abortion language in a bill but that is what we are going to look at in the next two years. In fact, one congressman has already filed an impeachment claim against the president so that is what we are looking at for the next two years unfortunately.”
The Democratic majority passed two bills Thursday alone. One would reopen the government and the other would restart the Department of Homeland Security for several weeks but it did not include funding for the border wall.
Congressman Bacon says he will concentrate on several key issues this term that need attention. The retired Air Force general says, “I see myself as one of the foremost experts on defense issues in the Congress. I know the Democratic leadership wants to get rid of our TRIAD. They want to scale that down and get rid of all our ICBM’s for one. I think I can have a strong voice in trying to defend our nuclear deterrence so that will be an area I can pull some weight on.”
Congressman Bacon is also concerned about the physical fitness of our youth. He says only 29% of 18 year olds can qualify to join the military so he would like to see more emphasis put on fitness programs. There is also more work he would like to do with the Gold Star program for folks who lost a loved one defending our country.
The foster care program is another of Congressman Bacon’s projects. He fostered two children and then adopted them. Children age out of the program when they are 19 and more can be done to help these young adults.