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Burlison Brief: My 'no' vote on the 'America Last' foreign aid package

Rep. Eric Burlison

ERIC BURLISON is a Member of Congress, representing the 7th District of Missouri

The House voted on an almost $100 billion foreign aid package. Unfortunately, this package does not include any provisions to force the Biden administration to secure our border and end the Biden Border Crisis. We shouldn’t prioritize defending the border of Ukraine over defending our own borders. That’s especially true when we are drowning in $35 trillion worth of debt. This package puts America last, and that is why I voted against it.

Committee work

I recently attended an Education & Workforce Subcommittee hearing on the 50th anniversary of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

I also attended on Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing focused on defending America from the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) political warfare. During the hearing, I asked questions about the CCP’s efforts to influence high-profile Americans and turn them into CCP assets.

My new legislation

Recently, I introduced my latest bill which strikes down the recent Federal Railroad Administration rule mandating a two-person crew for freight trains. There is no evidence that this rule will increase safety. Rather, the rule serves as a giveaway to unions while forcing smaller railroads to devote finite resources to a non-existent problem.

The imposition of a two-person crew requirement disproportionately harms small businesses, jeopardizing their viability in a highly competitive industry. My goal is to unshackle the rail industry so that it can thrive without unnecessary government intervention, while at the same time prioritizing safety and economic viability.

Mayorkas impeachment

The House transmitted the Articles of Impeachment against Secretary Mayorkas to the Senate in what was a historic moment. Mayorkas is the first sitting Cabinet official to be impeached, and it’s no wonder why.

Secretary Mayorkas has presided over the greatest wave of illegal immigration our country has ever seen. He has willfully and systemically refused to comply with and enforce our nation’s immigration laws, and he’s breached the public trust.

Unfortunately, every single Senate Democrat voted to dismiss the charges against Mayorkas – without even considering a single piece of evidence. By dismissing Articles of Impeachment, the Senate threw out over two centuries of precedent and created a new one. Now, the majority party in the Senate can simply dismiss Articles of Impeachment passed by the House – this is a dangerous game to play.

Fresh Freedom podcast

On last week’s episode of Fresh Freedom, David Barton, founder of WallBuilders, joined as a special guest. We discussed faith, freedom and the Christian foundation of our nation.

Meeting with constituents

I had the honor of meeting with the Missouri Hospital Association; Carthage Vision Clinic; Missouri Beer Wholesalers Association; Leggett & Platt; Dee Sova, who fled California for Missouri after the state legislature effectively banned independent contractors in trucking; the Missouri Emergency Nurses Association; the Restaurant Association; LeadingAge; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, which has a plant in Troy, Missouri; the Missouri Cattleman’s Association; and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Need help with a federal agency?

If you are having a problem getting a timely answer from a federal agency or feel like you’ve been treated unfairly, my office may be able to help.

My office helps constituents with issues involving the VA, the IRS, Social Security, the State Department, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and other federal agencies. You may find help using this link,

Tours and tickets

As constituents of Missouri’s 7th Congressional District, you may request tickets and tours for the White House and U.S. Capitol. Tickets are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis so get your tickets in early at


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