A Note from House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA):
Each week, we highlight stories from home as House Republicans meet with people from all backgrounds and walks of life. As we’ve said before, it’s these meetings and the stories we hear during them that inspire policies like tax reform and historic opioid legislation. Being so closely connected to the American people is one of the greatest blessings of being part of the ‘People’s House.’
Sometimes, this great blessing can also be the greatest heartbreak, as was the case this weekend in Pittsburgh. Your communities are our communities. Your neighbors are our neighbors. We are your representatives, your voice in this government. So when our communities are in pain, we share in that pain and grief. We stand with Rep. Rothfus and our Pennsylvania brothers and sisters in mourning the eleven men and women killed in cold blood while worshiping at Tree of Life synagogue.
House Republicans want this country to be the best place to live, work, and raise a family. It involves good policy, yes, but it also requires a commitment to civility. It requires trying to see the best in others, not the worst. It requires not giving into fear, and requires protecting and preserving the values we so deeply cherish as a nation. This is not a nation of antisemitism. This is not a nation of violence and hatred. America is where you are free to speak, free to worship, and free to dream — and we will stand up to anyone or anything that tries to prevent that.
I pray God watches over our country, all who mourn find comfort, and all who worry find peace.