FREMONT: A fundraising event was hosted by Dr. Sarb Hundal in Fremont on June 17 for Congressional candidate Ricky Gill who was greeted there by more than 100 enthusiastic supporters. The fundraiser continued the momentum created by Gill’s campaign since he announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress on May 17.
Ricky Gill spoke about a number of issues challenging the country today. He expressed the necessity for a member of Congress to promote competitive export opportunities for $2 billion in agricultural products farmed in San Joaquin County annually. Gill stressed that a member of Congress can help expose foreign markets to these world-class commodities, which include cherries and grapes.
He spoke about the need for corporate tax reform in America. A sensible reduction of these onerous rates will foster job creation in America. He also argued that citizens are owed an up or down vote by Congress on any consequential regulations that will affect the economy by $100 million or more. The way the system works currently, regulations are often implemented in the cover of darkness by faceless bureaucrats.
He explained, “Our federal elected officials have delegated too much constitutional lawmaking authority to administrative agencies. Congress should hold a floor vote on all regulations that impose $100 million or more in compliance costs. Our elected representatives should review the merits of these consequential regulations before they take effect.
In addition, Congress should exercise the power of the purse to rein in inefficient programs. Congress can facilitate this by routinely including sunset provisions in authorization bills, which will force it to review the track record of federal programs before spending additional funds.”
He called for inclusion of tort reform as a measure to improve on the recent health care reform bill. An increasingly litigious society has resulted in physicians being forced to move out of communities because of malpractice insurance costs, patients being exposed to unnecessary tests, and hospitals having to provide tremendous amounts of unreimbursed care. Tort reform will serve to help protect the sanctity of a patient/physician relationship.
Ricky talked passionately about public education, an issue near and dear to his heart. He spoke of his service on the CA State Board of Education, where he advocated standards-based reform in the system. A robust public school system gives meaning to the American dream, providing every child the opportunity to achieve at levels commensurate with their ambition. For this reason, public education remains the great equalizer of any free society.
Gill also spoke at length about his ideas for reforming the way Congress does business. He remarked that Congress should begin by appreciating that states play an integral role in our system of government. They offer guidance as to how Congress can control its own excesses. A bill on tax rates should not simultaneously change our foreign policy.
He explained that 42 state constitutions have requirements that limit legislation to one subject. These “single-subject rules” can disrupt the logrolling, vote-trading, and interest-group politics that diminish public trust in government. He went on to say that nearly every state has some form of balanced budget requirement.
The federal government seems unable to balance the books. Gill also argued for an executive line-item veto: The vast majority of states empower their governors with a line-item veto. The executive can use this scalpel-like tool to remove wasteful portions from appropriations bills that Congress did not have the willpower to originally reject.
Said Gill, “Seeing this many people sacrificing their Friday night to support my effort 18 months before the general election speaks volumes about the potential of this campaign.”
India Post News Service