Republican Leadership Press Conference:
March 15, 2016
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Conference Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ)
Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)
Cathy McMorris Rodgers Remarks as Delivered:
“Let me join in thanking the leadership both Representative Fortenberry and Smith on this horrific genocide that is taking place. This is an important stand we are taking as Americans. I also want to recognize Speaker Ryan and his comments on Article 1. As Americans, we cherish a government that is of the people, by the people, and for the people.
“Our founding fathers defined a just government as one that derives its power from the consent of the governed. Today, people fear that they are losing representative government, and we’re frustrated because the power to make the best decisions for ourselves, for our families, for our community is being taken away by a government that thinks it knows best. It isn’t being held accountable. And these frustrations are a symptom that we the people are losing our voice.
“Our power to ensure that every dollar of taxpayer money is being used wisely. That every decision by federal agencies is subjected to the citizens’ consent and accountability. Too much of the government is on autopilot and it’s time we challenge that status quo. One big reason for all of this, comes from one thing known in Washington DC as unauthorized spending, which prevents the American people from exercising their authority to review, to rethink, and perhaps eliminate government programs.
“That’s why I’m pleased to introducing the USA Act, which reclaims that power of we the people. It holds federal bureaucrats accountable, who have become disconnected from their mission.
“It’s just one of the many ideas that’s being promoted as we build an agenda in the people’s House. An agenda to restore a confident America.”