Earlier this morning, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) led a press conference with House Republican Leadership and Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) to talk about unity and the House’s work to help Americans learn the skills needed to follow their own path to success.
Here are the Chair’s remarks as delivered:
“Last week weighs heavily on our hearts. I know I speak for the entire Conference when I say we continue to keep Steve, his family, and all who were injured last week in our prayers.
“We saw tremendous courage from the Capitol Police, from Agent Griner, from Agent Bailey. They risked their lives so there wasn’t a worse tragedy. We’re grateful for their service every day, and we owe them a debt of gratitude.
“As we continue our work in the People’s House, we’re reminded how grateful we are for every day. We’re reminded that we are stronger when we are united, and that as a country we must come together. We must come together around common values and common decency for everyone in this country, and a common love for this country.
“One unifying vision that we have for every person in this country is the opportunity for a better life. And it often comes with a job. I’m very excited today, this morning, to have GT Thompson and Carlos Curbelo — two Members that have taken the lead on legislation this week that’s focused on workforce development, the importance of skills and education to getting a better job. Last week President Trump announced his apprenticeship program expansion through executive order, and we’re building on that this week with legislation that’s going to give people more opportunities for those…good-paying jobs.
“A job is so much more than a paycheck. It’s what gives you purpose, dignity, and the opportunity for a better life. So thank you, Curbelo and Thompson, for your work to help build the workforce of the future and help Americans get the careers that they need.”