To Serve the People, We Must Drain the Bureaucratic Swamp House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) gave his first speech of the 115th Congress outlining his vision for the institution of the House and how the House will make Washington serve the people.
BigNews.Biz - Jan 09,2017 - To Serve the People, We Must Drain the Bureaucratic Swamp
Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) gave his first speech of the 115th Congress outlining his vision for the institution of the House and how the House will make Washington serve the people.
Full remarks are below, or watch online.
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Our Constitution lists specific qualifications for the offices we now hold. Article 1, Section 2 states that we must be at least 25 years old. We must have been a citizen for the past 7 years. And we must live in the state we represent. In the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison wrote that ‘under these reasonable limitations, the door of this part of the federal government is open to merit of every description, whether native or adoptive, whether young or old, and without regard to poverty or wealth, or to any particular profession of religious faith.’
“In a phrase, our body is to represent the American people in all its opinions, complexities, and richness. And I believe we do.
“For in a free nation such as ours, no single person can represent the people as a whole. In this body, I proudly work with colleagues on the left and the right, from every region and state, people who profess different faiths, have had different careers, and embody the experiences of the American people. No gathering in this nation is more like its people than in this House. And we are joined together in representing not only our constituents, but our country.
“Mr. Speaker, we now have a high and honorable task set before us. First, we must take our practical principles that we have built up by the hard experience of generations who came before us, and we must apply them to a changing future. Our mission is not to return to the past, nor to destroy it, but rather to build upon it. And then we must direct the desires of the people into action. Millions of Americans long ignored have rejected a future of limits and slow decline. We have heard their voices. But history will not judge us by how we hear, but by how we act.
“The unemployment rate has steadily declined and ticked down to 4.9%. But what is more important is that our labor participation rate is only 62.7%. Outside of the Obama years, that is the lowest labor participation rate since 1978. The reason our unemployment rate is dropping isn’t because people are finding jobs. They have no prospects for stability or meaningful work. The American people have unrivaled talent and ability, but it’s not being used.
“If we’re looking for a reason behind the message the American people sent us in November, this is a good place to start.
“And for so many who have worked, things aren’t much better. Millions of Americans, especially those in the heartland and struggling in the neighborhoods of our big cities, aren’t sharing in America’s prosperity.