A Return to America’s Highest Idealsby Representative Jeff Fortenberry
Posted on 2015-01-09
FORTENBERRY asked and was given permission to address the House
for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. FORTENBERRY. Mr. Speaker, this week the Members of the 114th
United States Congress took their oaths of office. Families and friends
from around the country came to participate in this great American
tradition of representative democracy and to support their loved ones.
I was pleased that my own wife and five daughters were here with me as
The start of a new Congress is always an exciting time to renew our government and the promise of America, but as we all know, we face tremendous challenges. Political dysfunction and partisan gridlock have made smart and effective government very difficult here.
An arthritic economic recovery has dimmed the financial prospects of too many small businesses and their families. In our time of social fracture, more and more people are feeling directionless and alone.
Mr. Speaker, as I often like to say, there is nothing wrong in America that can't be fixed by what is right in America, but this will require bold resolve, innovative public policy, and a return to our highest ideals.
We must restore our economic vibrancy through responsible government, reclaiming our best traditions, and building a culture of life that respects the dignity and rights of all persons.
Let's repurpose Washington. Let's turn our country around.