We Invite, We Challenge The U.S. Senate to Sit Down at The Table

Statement

By:  Alan Nunnelee
Date: July 28, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss) participated in a press conference with fellow House Republican Freshman to show support for Speaker Boehner's Budget Control Act.

"Seventeen years ago, I lost my job in a corporate merger. For 48 hours, I felt sorry for myself, tried to figure out what I could have done differently. But one morning my wife and I woke up, we made a pot of coffee; we took out a sheet of notebook paper and drew a line right down the middle of it. On one side we said, this is how much we have coming in. On the other side we said this is how we're going to spend it. We shed some tears that morning, as things that had been important to us we found we could no longer afford.

"There's no question in my mind that while we're debating this important issue, with one in 10 of our neighbors out of work, there are families going through that exercise all around America. If those families are willing to make those difficult decisions in their personal life, they have every reason to expect their government to do the same thing.

"Now, that morning when Tori and I sat down at the kitchen table, I couldn't do it without her and she couldn't do it without me. It took both of us sitting together. Today, the House of Representatives is going to sit down at the kitchen table and do our part. We invite, we challenge the United States Senate to sit down at the kitchen table and do their part. We challenge the President of the United States to sit down at the kitchen table, and do his part. Do what American families are doing around this nation and solve this problem."