William Todd Akinis a former U.S. Representative for Missouri's 2nd congressional district, serving from 2001 to 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party...
I oppose the attempts of homosexual activists to treat homosexual activity as a civil right to be protected and promoted by the government.
More freedom means more jobs... less government and less taxes.
We don't want the efficiency of the federal government and the compassion of the IRS to run our health care.
America has got the equivalent of stage three cancer of socialism because the federal government is tampering in all kinds of stuff it has no business tampering in.
At the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God.
The advent of self-government for the Iraqi people is a watershed moment in their history.
Now an embryo may seem like some scientific or laboratory term, but in fact the embryo contains the unique information that defines a person. All you add is food and climate control, and some time, and the embryo becomes you or me.
I oppose any attempt to grant homosexual unions the same legal privileges that civil government affords to traditional marriage and family life.
Now, an embryo may seem like some scientific or laboratory term, but, in fact, the embryo contains the unique information that defines a person.
Just because somebody makes a mistake doesn't make them useless.
I may not be the favourite candidate of some people within the Republican establishment, but the voters made a decision.
I stand up for the things I believe in.
We have a long heritage of freedom that defines America. We believe there is a Creator who blessed us with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
It is an essential tenet of our whole representative form of government, the idea that there should not be some tyranny which makes it so nobody can even have a chance to vote.
Taiwan is a budding democracy, and the people have participated in multi-party democratic elections since 1996.
The Supreme Court and courts in general have been usurping the role of the legislative branch of government.
As I said, I believe life starts at conception.
I will work with anyone that wants to get America back on track and make sure that the government is the servant and no longer the master.
With the increasing use of vulgarity during major award shows and even the Super Bowl half-time show, parents are becoming increasingly outraged.
We have never embraced a system in which it requires 60 votes to confirm a judge, and we should not be doing that now.
When federal judges arbitrarily choose to dismiss the will of the nation's elected representatives and chief executive, they place themselves above the law they are sworn to uphold.
The real discrimination here is by activist judges who are trying to deny children the advantages of a simple family.
We're seeing the same pattern ... and it's a pattern of hostility to freedom of speech, ... The chaplains have complained, and it's been increasing and more widespread and not only limited to the Air Force.
One pillar was the conviction that God grants life as an inalienable right, and they fought so that pillar would not be toppled by tyrants.
Now, there are people who want to use public money to destroy embryos, and they talk about this bill as being a good first step.
I have consistently supported tax relief to create a more robust economy and to stimulate long-term economic recovery.
Having worked with Sen. Talent in the United States Congress, I can say he is a proven, effective leader who tackles the difficult problems we face with vision and intelligence,
It has been brought on us by activist judges who have chosen to ignore the will of the people and instead redefine marriage for all Americans.
It is not about civil rights or the rights of same-sex couples. Same-sex couples are free to live as they choose.
I will continue to work in Congress to reign-in the federal judiciary and return it to its constitutional function of applying the law, not legislating from the bench.
The arrival of the Pope to the birthplace of the first cathedral west of the Mississippi was truly an honor and Americans poured into St. Louis to participate in prayer services, a rally and celebration mass.
We need to help married couples and their families, not penalize them with a higher tax rate.
The proposal... is ill-advised and creates significant problems for the Missouri National Guard.
Yet, today, we see what is becoming a constitutional crisis which is completely unprecedented, and that is the use of the filibuster to basically stop the confirmation process both for circuit court and Supreme Court nominations.
There is simply no excuse for that crudeness on the public airwaves.
We do not have to look very far to see the results of family deterioration.
As the President said in his Inaugural Address, the people of the world have a desire to live in liberty.
So part of my work was just an educational job of bringing congressmen up to speed that we had this power.
Raising taxes as the economy begins to take off makes no sense.
Activist judges are trying to institutionalize a lie that marriage is just about big people relationships, but they forget the little people, the whole generation of kids who will struggle with this terrible precedent.
And then secondly, selling the case that that power should be exercised in the case of the Pledge of Allegiance which we finally succeeded in doing with 247 votes - a clear, hammering-strong, majority.
This is not about who is running the media, this is about the question of the shock jocks who have been pushing the moral envelope for all too long and the vulgar and indecent comments that come over the public airwaves.
This is a major defeat for the enemies of freedom in Iraq and around the world, and sends a message that despite the best efforts of the terrorists, people throughout Iraq are eager to govern themselves and live in liberty.
They've been legislating from the bench and they've been inventing various broad sweeping powers or inventing policy that they find intuitively in the Constitution which to any clear-minded person is not there at all.
Americans were inspired by the courage of Iraq citizens as they defied threats to there own personal safety and overwhelmingly participated in their nation's elections, and we are now seeing how their courage is inspiring change in Lebanon and elsewhere in the region.
America needs to know who our enemies are and what they plan to do. Improving our intelligence capacity is essential to ensuring the safety and well-being of all our citizens.
This law would define China and Taiwan as a unified country, and unilaterally change mainland China's legal approach to status of Taiwan. This is an unwelcome and provocative action that would increase, rather than calm, tensions in the region.
Each of those provisions strengthens the FCC's ability to enforce existing decency regulations and protect the airwaves, and thereby ordinary Americans, from offensive material.
It just seems to me we do not want to destroy the businesses and farms.
Sociologists, psychologists, and other experts can give us all sorts of technical explanations, but we all know from experience that kids are best off when they have a mom and a dad.
In light of this mounting problem, it may become necessary to restore the confirmation process by adjusting the rules in the Senate.
Instead, this amendment simply defines what marriage is, the union of one man and one woman.
In recent decades I believe there have been no more stirring or inspiring words to encourage those of us who believe in protecting unborn life than these.
In today's meeting, we see further vindication for the policies of President Bush, which have ended a vicious dictatorship and brought freedom and hope to millions.
By making tax relief permanent, we can stay on that course and avoid slowing our economy just as it is revving up.
I commend outgoing Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Powell for showing leadership and for enforcing decency regulations.
And that is certainly a new use of the filibuster and something which threatens to shut down our entire confirmation process for the courts.
The Commission's vote is disappointing to everyone who cares about St. Louis and the security of our country,
American workers like those at Boeing and its supplier companies aren't asking for a handout, or a leg up. They are asking for a chance at fair competition.
Anybody who knows something about the history of the human race knows that there is no civilization which has condoned homosexual marriage widely and openly that has long survived.
I was involved in some peaceful protests.
I don't know the future.
Just dying should not be a reason for taxes.
I'm a dad and that's pretty important.
I think that the thing you have to do is, people have to start being held accountable for their decisions. If somebody's not buying insurance, then they're going to have to be selling their car, or whatever it is to try to help cover that.
Now, Social Security through the years, for many many people, has been a terrible investment. It's really a tax, that's all it is. Social Security is a tax.
In the 1990s, human intelligence gathering was seriously neglected.
The Holy Father held a special place in the hearts of more than 1 billion Catholics worldwide.
By contrast, China is a repressive regime that denies its citizens the essential freedoms of religion, political dissent and representative self-government.
Self-ruled Taiwan cannot be expected to accept such an affront to the legitimacy of its government and the self-determination of the Taiwanese people.
You know, don't tell anybody I'm a jail bird, you know, but there were a bunch of us that were years ago involved in the pro-life movement.
Social Security is a tax.
I'm standing for real freedom.
My base will show up in earthquakes.
I am deeply concerned about America.
You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking: Not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things.