For the last 100 days, it has been my honor and a privilege to serve the good people of Tennessee’s sixth district in Congress. Every day, I have worked to reaffirm my promise to represent our Tennessee values. Not surprisingly, those values are challenged daily in Washington, D.C.
The House Democratic Majority has proposed gun control measures that would increase red tape and erect other barriers for firearm owners. I voted against these measures and resolve to always stand up for our Constitution and the Second Amendment.
Another area dear to me is support for the rights of the unborn. As you may know, it is now legal in some areas of our country to purposefully allow babies to die who have been born alive after a botched abortion. This is an absolutely barbaric policy.
Yet, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats have used their majority power to deny a vote on the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” a bill I enthusiastically support, which would make this heinous act illegal nationwide. I will continue to fight for a vote on this legislation, which would pass overwhelmingly with Republican and Democrat votes and save countless babies’ lives.
Instead, Pelosi is putting the interests of the abortion industry ahead of saving babies’ lives. I know that description is harsh, but it is factual, and in this case, justified. The protection of babies born alive after botched abortions should never be a part of a political game.
Another matter that should never be a bargaining chip is our national security. Tennessee is vulnerable to the same threats border states face. I went to Washington, D.C. intent on building the wall. Today, I report that I am more resolute than ever to support President Trump’s efforts to secure the border despite any and all opposition from the Washington establishment.
Finally, the sacrifices made by our military personnel cannot be forgotten. The Democratic Majority drafted a budget that only partially funds our military, while pushing money toward pet-projects for their ultra-liberal agenda. I will never be a halfhearted supporter of our troops, whose efforts must be fully funded. Their families must not be forgotten, either.
That is why I am co-sponsoring the “Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act,” which supports Gold Star families and spouses whose husband or wife has made the ultimate sacrifice. We are forever indebted to these families in our communities.
As my first 100 days draw to a close, I am thankful to have two full weeks in April to meet with the people who matter most, the folks in Tennessee’s beautiful sixth district.
While spending this time throughout the sixth district, I will be hosting my first four regional town hall meetings. Details can be found on my website at: https://johnrose.house.gov/contact/town-halls. I hope you will consider joining us to discuss the issues facing our district and nation.
Congressman John Rose serves the sixth district in middle Tennessee.