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It is hard to believe that Baghdad used to be one of the world’s great cities; the capital of an empire stretching from North Africa to the edge of China.
Protecting senior citizens and creating jobs have been among the top of my priorities in Congress. While those topics remain important to me, and will continue to be, they are joined by an equally important issue: threats to our everyday lives and our national security.
Just recently, the House passed legislation providing seniors the right to choose a prescription drug plan under Medicare that is best for them.
We need a plan now. And beyond the partisan debate one truth has become stunningly clear: There are a lot of ways to do this wrong.
That’s because to do it right, a truly responsible plan has major challenges to meet:
In the weeks and months since the tragedies of September 11th, there have been countless stories of inspiration, heroism, and compassion. Stories of a nation united in grief – responding to a horrible act of terrorism. The support for fellow Americans is as apparent in Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District as it is in every other community in this strong nation.
While the men and women serving our nation through the armed forces should always be in our thoughts, this takes on special importance on May 18th, which is Armed Forces Day. The day is annually observed on the third Saturday of May, and Armed Forces Week begins on the second Saturday of May, ending on the third Sunday of the month.
Making the recently-passed tax cut permanent means more than just extra money in the pocket of every tax-paying, hardworking American. It is a tool in which to ensure long term economic security and prosperity for our nation.
The tense situation in the Middle East is one with no easy answer. And we are now at the point where the situation is jeopardizing the long-term prospects for peace in the troubled region. As tensions flair, the United States must walk a fine line while monitoring these unstable relationships abroad. We must encourage peace, and understand that continuing terrorism is the enemy of peace.
So many people today are trying to find answers to why we have so much youth violence. I believe the lack of moral principles in our society is a large factor. Restoring the presence of fundamental values will help us all, regardless of our differing religions.
The Fourth District is a sprawling one -- indeed one of the state’s largest districts geographically. Proper rural development is essential to both our economy and our very way of life.
With each new year come new opportunities. Among the most important of those is the opportunity to sustain, and even build on, the successes of the first session of the 107th Congress; to further our work on the important issues affecting all of our lives, and the lives of our loved ones.