Happy to be Home, the Week Ahead
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Congress out of session for the August work period, I have been traveling throughout Alabama’s Second Congressional District. This time provides a great opportunity to meet with local groups, visit local businesses and give constituents an update on what’s going on in Washington.
I began my week with an event at the Prattville Chamber. We talked about issues concerning residents there, and I updated them on the latest in Congress. I really value these opportunities to visit one-on-one with people from the community.
This week in Montgomery I had several meetings with constituents and roundtable talks with community leaders and other area groups.
The Society of Human Resource Managers invited me to its meeting on Wednesday. SHRM was instrumental in building support for the Working Family’s Flexibility Act, our bill to give working families in the private sector the same access to “comp time” that government employees enjoy. Later that day, I joined the Alabama Forestry Foundation for a roundtable discussion of items like the Farm Bill and Congressman Southerland’s Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, which I cosponsored. Alabama is blessed to have forestry professionals who are committed to the stewardship of this precious renewable resource.
On Thursday, I spoke to the Montgomery Chamber at its “Eggs and Issues” event where I gave updates on the VA, my thoughts on the terrible situation in Iraq and what we’re doing in Congress to ease the squeeze on middle class families. As I told those in attendance, what is transpiring in Iraq is pure evil, and America must act to stop it. Nobody wants another war, but we cannot ignore such blatant savagery.
You may have noticed that I’ve been pretty outspoken about the VA lately. The reason being that when a taxpayer-funded government program is not working, it's my job to fix it. We have a responsibility to these men and women who have served to protect us, and it's been my goal to make sure this happens.
On Thursday, I traveled to Union Springs for the Dixie Electric Cooperative building dedication.
I was honored to participate in this ceremony and tour the facility. I am so proud of Dixie Electric’s commitment to Bullock County and the partnership it has with the community. This company has been essential in keeping jobs in the area and plays a vital role in Union Springs’ economy.
I also had a chance to meet with local officials and hear an update on Union Springs.
To finish up the day, I met with Peggy Sutton, owner and founder of “To Your Health” Sprouted Flour Company, just off Highway 82 in Fitzpatrick. She began the company by sprouting grains in mason jars and baking goods for family and friends. Later, she started her own business. Now her company employees 22 people, and she’s even the world’s largest producer of sprouted flour. It was a privilege to meet the Suttons and hear Peggy’s true “American Dream.”
The Week Ahead:
Next week, I will continue traveling the district, stopping for visits in: Troy, Elba, Enterprise, Daleville, Tallassee, Montgomery, Dothan, Hartford and Geneva. I am looking forward to each of these opportunities, and I hope to see you along the way.