Wednesday, January 7, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) today released his Monthly Video Address. Text of the address is available below, as well as video. You may view the video by clicking the image below, or by clicking here.
"Hi, I'm Robert Hurt. Thank you once again for tuning into our Monthly Video Address.
"Today, we are filming our December address at our Danville District Office located at 308 Craghead Street in downtown Danville. One of my most important responsibilities as a member of Congress representing Virginia's Fifth District is providing reliable and effective constituent service. In order to serve our constituents, we have district offices in Danville, Charlottesville, and in Farmville, and our dedicated staff strives every day to help our constituents' with their needs -- ranging from veterans issues to Social Security and Medicare issues to immigration and visa issues. I am grateful for the service our staff provides, and I hope that you will feel free to contact us if you ever have a federal issue that you think we may be able to help you with.
"I also appreciate the opportunity to share with you some of what the House of Representatives has been working on during the month of December and in the closing days of the 113th Congress.
"As we brought the year to a close, the Congress approved a government spending omnibus to fund federal operations for the current fiscal year ending September 30, 2015. Unfortunately, I believe Congress failed, once again, to follow an open and transparent legislative process and, instead, waited until the last minute to cobble together a massive 1600-page, $1 trillion spending package for the United States government. And we were given only 48 hours for consideration.
"At a time when so many Fifth District Virginians are gravely concerned about our staggering $18 trillion debt and President Obama's unilateral and unconstitutional use of executive orders, it is more important than ever that we have a full and robust debate on issues important to the American people. For these reasons, I was unable to support the government spending omnibus.
"But as we close this year and this Congress, it is my greatest hope that the new Senate and the President will work with the House in looking for new opportunities to work together on behalf of the people we represent. It is my sincere hope that the new 114th Congress will be committed to considering legislation in an open and transparent manner consistent with our obligations to the Constitution and to our constituents. We must remain committed to our shared goals of enacting pro-growth policies that will create jobs for working families and restoring our country to a sustainable fiscal path.
"Finally, December marked the arrival of the season of peace and joy, and I appreciated the opportunity to participate in community events to witness and give thanks for the blessings of American peace and prosperity.
"In closing, let me once again thank you for the opportunity to represent you in Congress, and I look forward to continuing our work in the 114th Congress to promote a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.
"I hope that you will always feel free to contact us at one of our district offices or our Washington office if we may ever be of service to you. We can always be reached at our website at hurt.house.gov -- where you can also sign up for regular legislative updates. You can also join the conversation on our social media pages.
"Thank you for tuning in to our December video address."