Congressman Robert Hurt today released his April monthly video address to Virginia's 5th District in order to provide an update on his work in the 5th District and in Congress. You may view the video by clicking the image below:
April Address Text
"Hi, I'm Robert Hurt.
"Thank you for tuning in to our April Monthly Video address as I provide an update on what we have been working on in Congress, on behalf of the people of the 5th District, this past month.
"Let me first start by saying that it is a great honor to serve the people of Virginia's 5th District. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you in our nation's capitol.
"Our founders set forth a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people." As your voice in Congress, it is my belief that -- consistent with our founding principles -- I cannot do my job without hearing from you.
"That is why, for the past year and four months, I have spent hundreds of hours traveling thousands of miles across the 5th District, listening to the people that I represent and taking their concerns with me to Washington.
"Based upon those visits, it is clear that the skyrocketing prices at the gas pumps are the top concern for the people that I represent.
"I have seen firsthand how the high cost of fuel is taking the breath away from our Main Street businesses, our farmers, and our 5th District families as they struggle to fill up the gas tank to get to work or get the children to school.
"It is for this reason that I believe adopting a commonsense energy policy that responsibly develops our domestic energy supply is one of the most important things we can do immediately to fuel our economic recovery.
"We need an energy policy that will increase our domestic supply to meet our domestic demand. That will give us low and stable fuel prices. That will create thousands of new jobs. And that will give us freedom from dependence on foreign dictators for our energy resources.
"We need leadership.
"The House of Representatives has taken the lead on this issue by passing legislation that collectively advances the Keystone Pipeline project, reverses the President's offshore drilling moratorium, encourages domestic production, and opens access to our very own resources here in Virginia. But the House cannot do this alone.
"The will of the people is clear and the House has acted on their behalf.
"It is my hope that the Senate and the President will recognize the devastating effects rising gas prices have on all Americans and will come to the table ready to take action.
"With all due respect, we need leadership in the Senate and the White House to make this happen.
"Adopting a commonsense energy policy should not be about politics. It's about reinvigorating the American economy by breathing new life into Main Street businesses; it's about fueling the tractors that put food on the table; it's about lifting the burden off of 5th District families so they will be able to have more money at the end of the month to be able to provide for themselves; it's about preserving and strengthening this great nation for our children and grandchildren.
"I look forward to seeing many of you as I get back to work in the 5th District next week.
"Please stay in touch with our office by visiting hurt.house.gov where you can contact me. You can also join the conversation on our social media sites. Thank you."