Congressman Rob Bishop (R) – Congress in 2012
What do you intend to accomplish in Congress in 2012 and how will it benefit Utah’s cities and towns?
In 2009 I helped establish the Congressional 10th Amendment Task Force. This year, expanding the task force and educating other members of Congress about the importance of federalism and disbursing power back to the people and states as our founding fathers intended will be among my highest priorities.
It is my hope that in 2012 we will make greater progress to truly evaluate and reconsider the necessity of some of the things in which the federal government is currently involved. The fundamental principles of federalism outlined in the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution must play a greater role in the way we develop and implement new policies in Washington. We have strayed from the basic principles of federalism and as a result, the federal government has grown beyond its intended scope. It is simply involved in too much, and many of things in which it involves itself would be better handled at the state and local levels. Education and transportation are two good examples.
If you want a one-size-fits-all approach, the federal government does a great job, however, when it comes to providing choices and options necessary to address a variety of needs, cities and states are far better suited for this. Our founding fathers were rightfully skeptical of one powerful, centralized government. In order to ensure that the federal government maintained its intended size and did not become too intrusive, they sought to establish the 10th Amendment. They believed this would ensure a national government that does few things well and with the utmost efficiently. After years of straying from the basic principles of federalism we find ourselves with a federal government that does many things poorly. The paradigm will only shift by reinforcing the federalism. It is the only answer.
Americans of all political stripes want more choice, greater accountability, and a more responsive government. Contrary to common belief, federalism is not a concept of the left or the right, it doesn’t belong to one party or another. All Americans will gain by a reemergence of federalism. It is one of the only mechanisms by which power can be returned to the people.
Get to know you questions:
What did you do during the 2011 holiday season?
Throughout the year I spend quite a bit of time traveling back and forth between Utah and Washington. A 2000 mile commute means you sometimes miss out on important family events, like the birth of grandchildren. The winter holidays provide an opportunity to spend quality time with my growing family, especially our newest additions. I also enjoyed catching up emails, a few books I have been meaning to read, and spending time with extended family and friends.