"Good morning, I believe that we are at a point in this session where we have a very narrow window where we can come together and produce some results for the people that sent us here. If you continue to listen to the people across the country, what they are saying is focus on the economy, focus on jobs, and let's focus on growing this economy again.
"We had some positive news in the job numbers last week. We want to take that and then set the mark that much higher and continue to grow. Growing means we have to all come together and set aside differences. What we're continuing to hear from the White House, and some on the other side of the aisle, is politics of division. You don't grow by dividing this country, you grow by multiplying. We believe in multiplication not division.
"We have an opportunity next week with our transportation and energy bill, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, to come together and establish an energy policy that makes sense for this country. We have a chance to come together to reform the way transportation dollars are spent, so that there is a bigger return on the investment for the people in the states in this country. We have an ability to work together.
"The payroll tax holiday issue that the Speaker spoke about is something the public expects us to get done. As you know, we got it done last December but unfortunately the Senate did not go along with us. Again, this is something that we can get done together. But what we're hearing from the other side now is accusations again about division; about the fact that we're divided as a country, that we're divided as Republicans. Nothing could be further from the truth.
"We are united in wanting to make sure that we don't raise taxes on the people out there who are working hard every day, trying to get through the month. So we ask our colleagues on the other side of the aisle to join us. Let's go about resolving the payroll tax holiday issue so we can get back to our vision, and what I hope would be theirs, of growing this economy."
Q & A:
"On the STOCK Act, we will vote on Thursday. We'll post our suggested amendments to the Senate bill tonight. And it's important for us to fulfill several goals. One is to make it known that we feel it is unacceptable for anybody in this body to profit personally from non-public information. We also believe in strengthening and expanding the Senate bill and its position.
"The Senate tried to deal with the issue of expanding the application of the bill to federal employees who already are required to disclose financial interests. We believe the language is somewhat contradictory. We will look to that language to make sure that these provisions apply to those individuals that are privy to non-public information and they too will be held to the standards, so the public has no misunderstanding that people in this town are going to abide by that trust. We look forward to a vote, and we look forward to the passage of a bill that works, that affords people their right to know, and to make sure there is no question that we are abiding by the trust of the people that sent us here."