Sunday, March 8, 2015

Robert Hurt, with Video

U.S. Representative Robert Hurt shares a monthly progress report, with a video that may even work for some readers...

"Each month, I record a video address that recaps what we've been working on the previous month. Video and text of February's Monthly Video Address are available below. You may view the video by clicking the image or by clicking here .
“Hi, I’m Robert Hurt. Thank you for tuning into our Monthly Video Address. Over the last four years, I have heard more and more from the people I represent about the devastating consequences of the President’s healthcare law.  My constituents relate devastating experiences ranging from not being able to keep the healthcare plans they have always counted on, to being hit with spikes in insurance premiums, co-pays, and deductibles, and having their working hours cut.  This very flawed law must be repealed and replaced with real patient-centered and market-oriented healthcare that does not destroy jobs or reduce wages and puts the power in the hands of individuals and families, not the federal government. One of the first actions we took in February was a vote to repeal the President’s healthcare law.
Building on the work that we did in January, we passed this month the Senate amendments to the Keystone XL Pipeline . The Keystone XL Pipeline is a crucial piece of our energy strategy aimed at giving Americans more affordable energy choices. Representatives and Senators from both sides of the aisle were able to come together to pass this important legislation, and it is high time that President Obama also comes to the table to work together. I will continue to work with my colleagues to implement a robust domestic energy strategy that will lower gas prices, create new American jobs, strengthen our national security, and make life easier for our families, Main Street businesses, and small farms.
While more than six months overdue, I was pleased that also this month the President finally began the process of seeking the appropriate congressional authorization to combat ISIL in Iraq and Syria . The Constitution requires the President to obtain authorization from Congress to wage war, and the American people and their representatives in Congress must be afforded the opportunity to engage in an honest and candid debate on the scope of any military action before sending our brave men and women into harm’s way. It is my hope that the President and his Administration provide greater detail about strategy for engagement, troop levels, and end goals of the conflict.
Finally, this month, we lost two American heroes: D-Day veterans Glenwood Hankins of Martinsville and Bob Sales of Madison Heights . They were among the first soldiers who landed on Normandy on D-Day, and they represent the best our country has to offer.  We mourn the loss of Mr. Hankins and Mr. Sales, and we remain forever grateful for the selfless sacrifices that they made in the name of liberty and freedom.
As we close, I encourage you to contact us at one of our district offices or our Washington office if we may ever be of service to you. We can always be reached at our website at -- where you can also sign up for regular legislative updates. You can also join the conversation on our social media pages. Thank you for tuning in to our monthly video address."