What East Alabama’s Talking About
September 11, 2013
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—As Congress
returns to Washington to begin work on some important issues facing our
country, I wanted to pause and reflect on the time I spent across East Alabama
and give an update on what I heard folks talking about in the Third District.
I had the opportunity to hold “Congress on Your Corner” events in several parts
of the district.
These public town hall-style meetings allow me the chance to hear directly from
The topics on
the minds of folks in each area were about the same. The top concerns at
each meeting included Obamacare and its implementation, what’s next in the
illegal immigration debate and of course, the economy. The fast moving events
in Syria, and America’s role in that conflict, also came up.
During August, I
was also able to meet with city officials, leaders at Anniston Army Depot and
held several meetings with constituents in my District Offices in Anniston and
Opelika. These meetings gave me a chance to hear what is going on in the
different cities and towns that make up the Third District.
As I traveled
across East Alabama, I was pleased to be able to tour several small businesses
in many of our towns which really are the backbone of our local economies.
For example, in
Montgomery I toured Precision Medical Solutions, which provides Alabamians with
orthopedic braces. This is one of so many small businesses that help provide
good-paying jobs for hard-working Alabama families.
I hope as
Congress returns to session, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle can remember
folks like the ones I met with back at home. With more important issues facing
our country each day, we must remember the concerns of these hard-working
We should also
be reminded of the tragedy that struck our nation 12 years ago.
2001 is a day that will never be forgotten – in the attacks on our homeland and
in the tragic embassy attack in Benghazi, Libya. Although the terrorists tried,
and will keep trying, the American spirit will not be crushed.
Let us not
forget the families whose lives were changed forever, and let us remain
steadfast in our dedication to America, the greatest country in the
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