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Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Leadership for a House United


Dear Friends,

Since 2011, the House has acted in a responsible manner to reign in out of control spending and limit the regulatory abuses being pushed by the White House, which are harming our families and small businesses. Unfortunately, a large portion of the House’s legislative initiatives have been denied consideration in a then-controlled Democrat Senate.

The appropriate path to rectify this situation was to elect a Republican majority and to force the removal of Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader. This was accomplished this past November, through the hard work of the Republican party and voters like you.

As of January 6th, the Republican Party now controls Congress, and we have been given a mandate by the voters to break partisan gridlock. This is a task that I do not take lightly, and will continue my commitment to you and the constituents of the 5th Congressional District.  

Unfortunately, the President still possesses veto power, which he will use in an attempt to further divide the American people. In fact, the White House has already started down this path, with threats to veto the Keystone XL Pipeline Project, legislation that will benefit our economy, will further promote energy security and independence, and has broad bipartisan support in Congress and with the American people.

Despite these hurdles, we have an unprecedented opportunity to move the country forward and reign in the abuses of the Obama Administration. In order to do so, as conservatives we must remain united.

While Speaker John Boehner may not share my beliefs on every issue, he was the only candidate running for Speaker of the House with the qualifications to keep our ranks together.  His opposition, Congressman Louie Gohmert is a personal friend, but is far from qualified to hold the position of Speaker of the House. Case in point, Congressman Gohmert only received three votes for the speakership, one of which was his own. Dissent amongst the ranks is all part of the political process. However, it is my belief that Congressman Gohmert has only served to further divide Republicans at a time when we must be united against President Obama’s liberal agenda.

I can appreciate the concern that some of my constituents have expressed with the re-election of Speaker Boehner; however, with much deliberation and prayer, I along with 210 other conservatives, voted to support his candidacy. Please be assured that while you may not agree with this position, I will personally be holding the Speaker accountable for a unified path forward.  I know that all who work for you in Washington have a responsibility to earn your trust. I join House Republicans in the commitment to fulfill that expectation with our actions.

In the first week of the 114th Congress the new Republican House Majority has already sent bills to the Republican-controlled Senate that promotes hiring more veterans, by repealing onerous Obamacare mandates, restoring full-time work to 40 hours per week and approving the job-creating Keystone XL Pipeline project.

The following weeks will be used to move forward legislation to place a check against the President’s executive actions that promote illegal immigration, along with significant regulatory reforms that will revitalize our American economy and the prospect for job growth.

President Abraham Lincoln once said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."  These words are as relevant today as they were some 150 years ago.  Therefore, I respectfully request that you join the elected conservatives in the House of Representatives along with our newly elected majority in the Senate and help us continue to build the strongest coalition possible to push back on the Obama Administration’s harmful agenda and move our great nation forward, our children's and grandchildren's futures upon it. 

Thank you and God Bless, 

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Glenn 'GT' Thompson



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