Our hearts were saddened this week as we learned of the terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the attack and their families. And, while we are saddened by the violence, we are thankful for the brave first responders and citizens who acted immediately to assist people in need. There is no doubt that their fast and unselfish actions helped save lives. We thank God for having these individuals close by and able to quickly offer aid to fellow citizens.
It is uplifting, as well, to see so many Americans coming together to pray for those whose lives were changed on this sad day. It demonstrates to our enemies that while we might have differences we will come together to protect our fellow Americans and to work to stop these senseless acts of violence. As of this writing, one suspect is dead and a second is being sought by authorities who have vowed they will not rest until he is brought to justice. We thank law enforcement for the work they are doing to protect Americans in the Boston area and throughout our country from cowardly acts of terrorism.
Our thoughts and prayers are also with the people of West, Texas, site of the deadly fertilizer explosion. Both incidents remind us of the frailty of life and how each day is a gift. May they remind us anew to love those around us and appreciate each new day.
I have shared my views on the importance of job creation and economic growth. This week, I was honored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as it presented me with its "Spirit of Enterprise" award given to Members of Congress who champion legislation supporting pro-jobs policies and a commitment to economic growth.
As a small business owner, I am honored to receive such a prestigious award. I am committed to working to create jobs and to improve our economy by keeping taxes low and creating favorable conditions for economic prosperity. I will continue to support legislation that contributes to the creation of jobs and a better economic climate for the hardworking citizens of Missouri's Fourth Congressional District.
I had the pleasure this week of visiting with students of Mr. Terry Alexander's government class at Frederick Douglass High School in Columbia -- while I was in Washington. This video conference gave me a chance to virtually meet with and be interviewed by a number of students interested in how our government functions. Some of these bright young people asked general questions about how I got involved in politics and future career plans while others had specific questions about our Second Amendment rights and the economy.
As a former high school teacher who loves interacting with students, I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with these young leaders of tomorrow. I look forward to the chance to do something like this again very soon.
Have a good week.