This week, Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA) joined forty-one of his freshman Republican colleagues in signing on to a letter to President Barack Obama urging the President to rise above partisan banter and fulfill the commitments he made at the retreat for Republican lawmakers last year to engage in fact-based conversations on Medicare reform. Woodall issued the following statement:
"Our entitlements are in trouble, our nation's finances are in trouble, and it is time to have serious discussions on what we can do to fix our problems before our nation becomes insolvent. Conservatives in Congress have put forth a proposal that guarantees seniors fifty-five and older get to keep their current plans, while providing real choices to those fifty-four and younger. Sadly, rather than join House Republicans in seeking a solution, the President and House Democrats have chosen to tear down this proposal with misguided scare rhetoric."
"I am happy to join my colleagues in reminding the President of his promise to put political rhetoric aside and work instead to pull this nation out of its downward spiral. It takes courage to lead on these issues. I am proud that the House found this courage, and my prayer for the President is that he finds it too."