Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) issued the following statement upon the introduction of America Speaking Out, an effort by House Republicans to engage the American people in the process of building a new policy agenda for America. Through America Speaking Out, the American people will be given a voice in setting the priorities for a national agenda. At town hall meetings, online at AmericaSpeakingOut.com, and through new communications tools, all Americans will have an opportunity to be a part of this effort.
"While Americans have been speaking out, Washington just hasn't been listening. Democrats in charge of Congress have pursued a partisan agenda, rather than addressing the concerns of the American people. Whether it's a been forcing a government takeover of health care, passing a National Energy Tax, piling up record deficits, or ignoring our nation's jobs crisis, the actions of this Congress have been contrary to the will of the American people. America is ready for a new agenda in Washington, and the nation deserves a Congress that acts to implement the priorities of the people.
"House Republicans plan to offer the nation a new set of policy solutions, but rather than handing an agenda down from Washington, we want to include the American people in building it. We have offered our own ideas when we disagreed with the Democratic majority, and we are committed to our principles of smaller, more accountable government. However, we believe that leadership requires the humility to listen to the American people and a recognition that any new agenda should start with them. So to show that the voices of the America people can still make a difference in Washington, we are introducing America Speaking Out and giving citizens a new opportunity to lend their ideas to the creation of a new national policy agenda.
"We are looking for all Americans, regardless of party affiliation, to be a part of this unprecedented dialogue of ideas. Throughout the summer we will be engaging the American people to solicit their priorities and discussing how our principles can be applied to America's challenges. This project will feature innovative web tools and mobile applications that will bring town hall meetings directly to anywhere Americans are discussing our nation’s challenges. Changing the course of our nation and the way Washington works will require the American people to continue to speak out and for Congress to start listening. Through America Speaking Out, the people will have a voice in Washington, as well as a group ready to act on their behalf.”
Congressman Latta will host his America Speaking Out town hall meeting on Monday, June 7th at 7:00 P.M. at the Terra Community College Student Activities Center in Fremont. All constituents are invited and encouraged to attend the town hall, in addition to visiting http://www.americaspeakingout.com/