Putting People Above Politics

Republican Leadership Press Conference

Republican Leadership Press Conference
December 10, 2014
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
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)
Republican Policy Chair Luke Messer (R-IN)

Chair McMorris Rodgers, Remarks as Prepared for Delivery:

“Last week, in an extraordinary act of bipartisanship, the House passed the ABLE Act, which will empower millions of individuals with disabilities across the country. As the Senate prepares to pass the legislation tomorrow and send it to the President’s desk, I am reminded of where some of our best solutions originate. They come from people. Real people with big ideas.

“This idea came from a dad – a dad with a daughter who has Down syndrome. He saw a way to make the world better and he fought for it. He championed it. He advocated for his daughter and the millions like her whose lives would be better because of the ABLE Act. And he cheered – loudly and enthusiastically – from the House gallery last week when the bill hit 218 and finally passed the House of Representatives. That dad – the longtime disabilities advocate Steve Beck – died two days ago, just before the ABLE Act will be signed into law. But what he left behind will endure forever: the message that we are here in Congress to advance solutions that make people’s lives better.

“And so, as we look forward to 2015 and America’s New Congress, I am excited to come together – the White House and Congress, Republicans and Democrats – and do what is good and right for the American people. From making health care more affordable, to protecting our veterans, to helping our most vulnerable – we are here to empower people from all walks of life. And that’s exactly what America’s New Congress will do: put people above politics.”