The American People Deserve More

Floor Speech

By:  John Larson
Date: April 18, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Mr. Speaker, I rise to associate myself with
the remarks of the legendary John Lewis.

I also stand in praise of Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who, yesterday, came with all the grace and eloquence to talk about the need to bring the country together in the aftermath of what took place up in Boston, and to bring comfort to families.

Yesterday, the other body brought little comfort to families, especially families from Newtown, Connecticut, who had traveled there, who had lobbied, and were looking for a commonsense, practical answer to a solution that plagues this country.

They got a vote. The vote was 54-46. But no fifth-grader waking up in America today says how could you get a vote of 54-46 and lose?

This is the most deliberative body in America, the House of Representatives, and we owe the people of this country, whether from Newtown, or whether from Aurora or wherever you are, in Chicago or across this great Nation of ours, we come here with a responsibility to vote.