Correspondance From or to

Ted Yoho  - 
Rep, FL 3


-- House has worked on a regulatory reform project - 2/20/17
-- Boehner resigning October 2015 - 9/26/15
-- Bengazi Gate -
-- Rep. Yoho urges tea party to keep fighting - 1/30/2013
-- Our right to bear arms -
-- About Speaker Boehner -

 House has worked on a regulatory reform project

[Received  2/20/2017 from Joho]

Dear Friends,   

Since we began the 115th Congress, the House has worked on a regulatory reform project to protect the American people from the abuses of government bureaucracy, improve our economy, and rebalance our constitutional system of government.

House Republicans are doing this through a two-part plan. First, in order to return power to the people, we passed the REINS Act and Regulatory Accountability Act – both of which I supported - to restructure how the bureaucracy makes and the courts litigate regulations. Second, we used the Congressional Review Act to overturn particular harmful Obama-era regulations.

House Republicans began with regulatory reform first, since we know that if we don’t change the structure of Washington and drain the bureaucratic swamp, we’ll only get the same results. Not only that, but the Congressional Review Act gives us a limited time to overturn many of the stifling Obama-era regulations.

Here is what Congress has done so far:

Overall, the House has passed 13 CRAs to overturn 13 terrible regulations:

1) The Stream Buffer Rule (H.J. Res. 38) would have saddled mines with unnecessary regulations, putting up to 64% of America’s coal reserves off limits and threatening between 40,000 to 70,000 mining jobs. – Signed by President Trump

2) The SEC Disclosure Rule for Resource Extraction (H.J. Res. 41) would have put an unreasonable compliance burden on publicly traded American energy companies, putting them at a disadvantage to foreign-owned businesses. – Signed by President Trump

3) The Social Security Service’s Second Amendment Restrictions (H.J. Res. 40) would increase scrutiny on up to 4.2 million law-abiding disabled Americans attempting to purchase firearms, potentially depriving people of their constitutional rights without proper due process protections. – Passed by the Senate

4) The Federal Contracts Blacklisting Rule (H.J. Res. 37) would unjustly block many businesses accused of violating labor laws from federal contracts before they’ve even had a chance to defend themselves in court.

5) The Bureau of Land Management Venting and Flaring Rule (H.J. Res. 36) would further cap methane emissions in the oil and gas industry at a time when the industry is already dramatically reducing emissions, potentially wiping out family-owned marginal wells and costing an estimated $1 billion.

6) The Bureau of Land Management Planning 2.0 Rule (H.J. Res. 44) would reduce local authority over large swaths of land out west, massively expanding the federal government’s control over more than 175 million acres of land—about 4,000 times the size of Washington, D.C.—in 11 western states.

7) The Teacher Preparation Rule (H.J. Res. 58) would force states to use Washington’s standards to determine whether a teacher preparation program is effective, undermining local control over education and potentially exacerbating the shortage of special education teachers.

8) The Education Accountability Rule (H.J. Res. 57) would be an unfunded mandate imposing Washington’s standard for how to assess schools on state and local governments.

9) The Unemployment Insurance Drug Testing Rule (H.J. Res. 42) would severely restrict states’ ability to limit drug abusers from receiving unemployment benefits even if the drug users are not able and available for work, as the law requires.

10) The State Retirement Plan Rule (H.J. Res. 66) would treat employees unequally by allowing states to force some workers into second-tier government-run retirement accounts that lack the same protections as private-sector accounts.

11) The Local Retirement Plan Rule (H.J. Res. 67) would treat employees unequally by allowing certain localities to force some workers into second-tier government-run retirement accounts that lack the same protections as private-sector accounts.

12) The National Wildlife Hunting and Fishing Rule (H.J. Res. 69) would infringe on Alaska’s right to sustainably manage fish and wildlife by overregulating hunting—a move that could set the stage for the federal government to undermine local control across the entire U.S.

13) The Title X Abortion Funding Rule (H.J. Res. 43) would force states to administer Title X health funding to abortion providers, even if states want to redirect those funds to community health centers and hospitals that offer more comprehensive coverage.

Hard at Work

From defending American workers to protecting our rights to savings children’s lives, the House has been extremely productive the beginning of this year. But this is just the beginning. Regulatory reform—part of our 200-day agenda—will continue, and together with our efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare and reform the tax code, Republicans are just getting started.




Dear Mr. Ogle Sr,

Thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts on plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare.  I appreciate learning your perspective on this important issue.  The American system of government depends on a dialogue between private citizens and their elected representatives.  I hope you will continue to share your opinions with me in the future.

As you know, the ACA attempts to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance.  Additionally, this law aims to lower the uninsured rate by expanding public and private insurance coverage. Further, the ACA seeks to reduce the costs of healthcare for individuals and the government.  It uses mechanisms like mandates, subsidies, and insurance exchanges to achieve these goals.  

While some Americans have received healthcare coverage with the ACA in effect, this one size fits all approach to changing the United States’ healthcare system has failed.  Under the ACA, Americans pay more for healthcare and receive less. They receive less access, less quality, and fewer choices.  Further, such a healthcare model will not last in the long run.  Americans deserve better. 

Instead, I favor a free-market approach to improve America’s healthcare system.  I will continue to support legislation that will fully repeal the heavy-handed, failed government-first ACA and will replace that with truly patient-centered solutions.  Patients, families and doctors should direct healthcare, not Washington bureaucrats.  To this end, the United States needs an approach that increasing competition by allowing the purchase of healthcare across state lines, expanding health savings accounts, tax credits for the purchase of coverage, and lawsuit abuse reforms to reduce the costly price of defensive medicine.  I will continue to focus on the principles of affordability, accessibility, quality, innovation, choice and responsiveness to provide the American people with genuine healthcare reform.

At this moment, Congress has the tremendous responsibility of ensuring an orderly and smooth transition to a market based system.  The ACA should be repealed immediately with a provision that would sunset this law over a two year period.  This will give lawmakers the time they need to consider every aspect of the ACA and the reforms they wish to make.  Rest assured that no one will be dropped from an existing plan until they can transition to a replacement plan. Ultimately, Congress must strive to offer this great country access to the greatest healthcare.  To this end, healthcare reform is not a partisan exercise, but an opportunity to put into action the best practices to truly benefit America’s hard working families.  In the meantime, I look forward to voting on legislation that will roll back the avalanche of red tape and regulations that have stifled American jobs and, in doing so, giving the American people access to world class and affordable healthcare.

Moving forward in the 115th Congress, I hope you will stay connected with my office for updates on the latest news, legislation and other useful information, by signing up for my e-newsletter on my website,  Thank you again for your comments and please do not hesitate to contact my office with any future questions or comments.


Ted S. Yoho
Member of Congress
Serving the 3rd District of Florida


 From a Yoho e-mail received 9/26/2015

>>> original message <<<


Today, Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation as Speaker of the House and retirement from Congress.

This announcement is long overdue.

While I respect Speaker Boehner and his years of service, we the People can no longer afford the "pay to play" and big government mentality of Congress.

I think Americans can agree - It's time for a new direction.

I ran for Congress back in 2012 because I had "had enough". Enough of career politicians, enough of political gamesmanship, and enough of the lack of leadership in Washington. The Establishment just wasn't solving our nation's major issues like debt, jobs, immigration, replacing Obamacare, rebuilding our foreign policy - the list goes on and on.

Our stand against Speaker Boehner was never personal - it was a call to challenge the status quo. Today's events are a signal to the American people that we too, have had enough of Washington politics, and that we will stand with the American people.

The American people have spoken loud and clear by their choice to elect conservative Representatives to serve them in Washington. It's our turn now, as Members of the People's House, to echo their demands by electing a new, conservative Speaker. The American people have allowed us to choose who is best suited to lead the House by electing a deep bench of diverse and qualified members. Our Republic is built on choice, and today's news has given members that choice.

While there is still much to work out as we begin the process to elect a new Speaker, I am confident that the team of conservatives who worked tirelessly for new, stronger, and more conservative leadership will be front and center.

I am proud to have played a part in this movement with your support and will continue to fight for the best interests of America - not a political party.

Take care and God bless,

Ted Yoho

Dear Mr. Ogle,


I appreciate you taking a moment to share your thoughts on the United States' foreign policy relationship with Israel.  I believe maintaining and strengthening our nation's relationship with Israel is incredibly important, and I thank you for the opportunity to explore my position further.

On March 6, 2014, I voted in favor H.R. 938, the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013.  This timely and bipartisan legislation had 355 co-sponsors, including myself.  H.R. 938 designates Israel as a major strategic partner of the United States, expands cooperation in a variety of areas, including defense, intelligence, homeland security, energy, science and trade, and ensures that Israel maintains its qualitative military edge over its enemies.

Recognizing and reaffirming our nation's commitment to the State of Israel is an essential step to ensuring its safety in a highly volatile and unstable region.  As our closest friend and ally in the Middle East, and a nation that shares the same ideals of freedom and democracy as we do in America, Israel's survival is not only a moral necessity, it is imperative for the United States' own national security. 

As Israel continues to face threats from all sides, and many seek to isolate and delegitimize it through boycotts and divestment movements, it is more important than ever that we express our unwavering solidarity with our friends in Israel.  I am pleased to see that my Congressional colleagues on both sides of the aisle are recognizing this bill's importance to unite in support of the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013.

H.R. 938 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations pending further action.  As your representative in Congress, I am committed to defending the interests of Florida's 3rd District both at home and abroad, and I believe that H.R. 938 is an important part of fulfilling that mission.  To follow this issue and others, sign up for my weekly e-newsletter at


Ted S. Yoho
Member of Congress

Serving the 3rd District of Florida

 Dear Mr. and Mrs. .....  Us Navy

Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts regarding embassy security.  I appreciate hearing from you. 
I share your concern with the security at United States embassies around the world, especially in more volatile regions.  While the Arab Spring brought hope to the Middle East for true democratic reform, this movement has been tainted by extremists who do not believe in freedom of speech, freedom of religion or the fundamental rights that democratic societies value.  It is up to the people of Egypt and Libya, as well as their leadership, to condemn and put an end to this violence and distance themselves from radicals that threaten the future of their nations.  This violence threatens their relations with free nations around the globe.  It is because of nations like Egypt and Libya's inability to provide a secure atmosphere for embassies to operate in that it is necessary to have American security forces stationed at these embassies—including Marine detachments.
Because of the volatile regions these embassies are located in, there have been reports with false information that our security personnel have been under-supplied.  Contrary to those reports, the Marines in the Egyptian embassy were supplied with live ammunition.  Neither the Ambassador nor the Administration imposed restrictions on weapons or weapons status on the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (MCESG) detachment.  The Marines in Cairo were allowed to have live ammunition in their weapons.  The Marine Corp is not responsible for developing the Rules of Engagement; those rules are set by the Ambassador. 
There were no Marines stationed in Libya at the Consulate in Benghazi or the Embassy in Tripoli.  According to the Marine liaison, embassy security in Tripoli and the consulate in Benghazi fall under the Regional Security Officer with the State Department.  The U.S. maintains over 285 diplomatic facilities worldwide.  The fact that Ambassador Stevens' repeated requests for additional security went unheeded is a grave concern and is an issue I intend to pursue as the House Foreign Affairs Committee continues its investigation into the attack on our outpost in Benghazi.  In the meantime, I've co-sponsored H.R. 925 that would allow the State Department the authority it needs to fire the employees whose negligence may have led to this travesty.  We need to hold government officials accountable for their actions.  Additionally, I've co-sponsored the Protecting Americans Abroad Act which would allow the State Department to use "Best Value Contracting" for security at our embassies.  This will allow for the efficient use of tax dollars while strengthening security.  
This situation in Benghazi is a tragedy that should never have occurred.  While my colleagues on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and I continue to investigate what happened, I will work to ensure that negligent State Department staff are held accountable and embassy security is strengthened.  For more information please visit the U.S. State Department's website for the full Accountability Review Board Report at: 
As a resident of Florida's 3rd District, your comments and opinions are an important source of information to help me carry out my duties as your federal representative.  In that regard, please do not hesitate to contact me in the future on any issue important to you.  Also, if you would like to be informed more frequently about my work in Congress and in Florida's 3rd Congressional District, please visit my website at to sign up for my e-newsletter or to send me a message.  Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. 

God Bless,

Ted S. Yoho
Member of Congress
Serving the 3rd District of Florida

 Rep. Yoho urges tea party to keep fighting

January 30, 2013     By Bill Thompson, Staff writer

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho on Wednesday urged part of Ocala's tea party faithful to remain vigilant against the onslaught of liberal policies emanating from Washington, saying their presence had been — and continued to be — felt in the nation's capital.

Only through frequent reminders to elected leaders — within the halls of Congress as well as the meeting chambers of city councils and school boards — about their constitutional duties would the country be preserved from a future with an even bigger, more meddlesome government, the Gainesville Republican said at a town hall meeting.

And Yoho, who on the strength of tea party support ousted 24-year incumbent GOP Congressman Cliff Stearns in last year's Republican primary, pledged to help them stay motivated.

“The tea party is invaluable. You guys changed the playing field,” Yoho said in response to an audience member's question.

“How do you keep it active? You just keep having meetings. You keep inviting people. Try to relate to people. Don't be the fringe right or the fringe left. Be Americans. Be passionate about your country. There is nothing wrong with passion,” he said.

In Washington, he said, the tea party's influence is strong. “They are very cognizant of it, and my goal is to make sure they stay aware of that.”

Yoho, whose sprawling district covers part of northwestern Marion County, spoke to a couple hundred people gathered at the Berean Baptist Church, headquarters of the local tea party organization.

In a way, Yoho was returning to his roots. Butch Verrando, a leader of the group, said Yoho had been a regular at their meetings almost since it formed four years ago.

During a visit that ran just over an hour, Yoho on Wednesday fielded questions on an array of subjects — from current hot-button topics like gun control and the murders of U.S. diplomats at Benghzai to the more sublime, like the state of the Fair Tax and auditing the Federal Reserve.

Yoho offered some strong comments in response to the crowd's interest in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's testimony last week on the Benghazi slayings.

The freshman lawmaker expressed frustration that his colleagues, including some Republicans, did not want to dig deeper into the Obama administration's response to the attacks in Libya last September.

Yoho, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he felt unsatisfied by Clinton's acceptance of responsibility, believed too many questions went unanswered, and thought she or other high-ranking officials were not being held sufficiently accountable.

Yoho said he was particularly upset that Clinton had said it did not matter whether the Americans were slain in a terrorist attack or in a protest of an anti-Islam movie that turned violent.

“Heck yeah, it matters,” Yoho said, saying Clinton's response affected the government's credibility.

“There were four men that are never coming home to see their families,” Yoho added, growing visibly emotional, “to see spouses, to see brothers, to see sisters, to see kids because of mismanagement — and you say it (the nature of the protest) doesn't matter.”

Yoho noted that he was glad Clinton was stepping down as the nation's chief diplomat, and said he wants to go further when Clinton returns for additional hearings on the matter.

Based on a review of the Benghazi attack, Yoho said, the State Department could have done more to protect the diplomats.

“I want somebody to be responsible for this. I want somebody to pay for this. And we need to have that message,” Yoho said.

“My goal is bringing it out to the American people (and) sell that message to where that person never seeks elected office again.”

Yoho also reaffirmed his staunch support for the Second Amendment, a popular issue with the audience, saying reducing gun violence should focus on the “irresponsible” and makers of violent movies and video games.

“I hope you keep your gun, and I'll do everything I can to make sure you do,” he said.

Though Yoho, as a candidate, was unrelenting in his condemnation of runaway federal spending, he told the tea party activists that the “most important” issue facing the country was “redefining who we are.”

By that he meant the country needed to somehow overcome its polarization and find an issue to unite behind.

Yet Yoho did address spending and the size of government. He said he favored auditing the Federal Reserve, citing Thomas Jefferson's line that powerful, unwatched bankers were “more dangerous” to the nation's interests than standing armies.

Yoho also explained his recent vote against the Hurricane Sandy relief bill, suggesting that some northeastern lawmakers, including Republicans, were “more worried about getting re-elected than doing what's right.”

He also lamented that the Fair Tax, the proposed national sales tax that would replace most federal taxes, which Yoho supports, was going nowhere and expressed concern about where President Barack Obama's plans, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, were taking the country.

“I've one branch of our government running 100 miles an hour toward socialism and I've got the conservative side over here like Fred and Barney in the Flintstone mobile with their feet out saying ‘Whoa,' ” Yoho said.

Yoho also suggested Republicans would soon offer new messaging to win back voters, and that sticking to fiscal issues was the way to go.

“People on both sides, they just don't want to be pushed in a certain direction. . . . We'll never win the argument on social issues, and we need to change on how we message that,” Yoho said.

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 Our Right to Bear Arms

Dear Mr. Ogle,

Thank you for contacting me regarding our right to bear arms. I am a staunch supporter of the Constitution and believe our Second Amendment rights are a birthright.

As a proud member of the NRA, I will support legislation that protects our 2nd Amendment rights as our Founding Fathers intended. I will do everything within my power to protect those unalienable freedoms from Federal government interference.

I oppose any infringement on our right to keep and bear arms. Federal interference and regulation is often a burden on the taxpayer and leads to a bloated Federal government—to which I am ardently opposed. The only Federal laws if any, that should be in place regarding firearms are those that protect the rights of private citizens, not restrict them. Instead of infringing upon our 2nd Amendment rights with costly regulations, we need to promote responsible gun ownership.

As the debate for gun control continues during the 113th Congress I will remain strong in my support of the 2nd Amendment. Should any gun legislation reach the Floor for a vote you can rest assured that I will uphold the Oath of Office I took to protect and defend the Constitution.

Thanks again for contacting me. I value your input and encourage you to be in regular contact with my office. I also invite you to visit my website at and sign up for my weekly e-newsletter.


Ted Yoho
Member of Congress
Serving the 3rd District of Florida

 About Speaker Boehner     January 28, 2013

Dear Mr. Ogle,

Thank you for taking a moment to contact my office regarding the recent election of John Boehner as Speaker of the House. I appreciate learning your thoughts on this matter.

As you may know, I was sworn in on January 3, 2013 as a Freshman Representative for North Central Florida's 3rd Congressional District in the 113th Congress. Our first order of business in the new Congress was to elect the Speaker of the House. In addition to an overwhelming constituent demand for a change in Republican Leadership, I personally felt strongly about supporting Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor for Speaker of the House. I was one of twelve Republican Members who chose not to support Speaker John Boehner.

As your representative in Washington, I take my responsibility to stand up for the people of Florida seriously. I came here for a cause – not a job. I came to make a difference and to stand up for what is right for America. My vote for Eric Cantor was to demonstrate that I would hold Leadership accountable and challenge them when I feel it is the right thing to do. However, I also wanted to demonstrate that I would work together with Leadership in order to accomplish my goals of a smaller Federal government that is fiscally responsible.

We are in dire need of strong leadership that is willing to put our nation first – not a political party. I am looking forward to getting to work and restoring your faith in Congress. This new Congress must take deliberate steps to stand as a beacon of Conservatism and offer Americans a true alternative to the ideology of President Barack Obama.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. You may rest assured that I remain a strong supporter of holding the President of the United States and our Congress to the highest levels of accountability – just like how I am held accountable to you. I look forward to serving you and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns. If you have not already, I encourage you to take a moment to visit my website at and sign up for my weekly e-newsletter.


Ted Yoho
Member of Congress
Serving the 3rd District of Florida