Preserving the American dream

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By Congressman Robert Hurt

This past week, I had the great honor of addressing a group of 36 new American citizens who took their oath of citizenship at the Seventh Annual Red Hill Naturalization Ceremony in Brookneal.

On that day, at the former home and resting place of one of our Founders, Patrick Henry, those 36 individuals celebrated the end of a long journey to becoming a United States citizen and the beginning of a new life as an American citizen.

I was very appreciative of the opportunity to participate in this ceremony, not only because I had the privilege of being one of the first to welcome our newest fellow citizens, but also because, with the ceremony taking place at historic Red Hill, I was reminded of the importance of the work that we on the House side are doing to preserve the American Dream and preserve the country and the liberties that our Founders established over 200 years ago.

In establishing our democracy, our Founders set up a system of limited government with unlimited opportunity, which is one of the most important reason why so many from around the world set sail to America each year. But in recent years, the system that our Founders intended has been compromised by a rapidly expanding federal government that has accumulated nearly $16 trillion in debt.

Recognizing that our national debt – which has devastating effects on our economy in the short term and will have even more devastating effects in the long term – threatens the very future of this country, the House has taken action to reverse the course of expanded federal government, increased spending, and more debt.

We have enacted dozens of measures that will reduce the size and scope of the federal government, put an end to wasteful federal spending, and force the government to live within its means so that we may preserve the freedoms and the opportunities that come with being an American citizen for future generations.

Those 36 new Americans came to Red Hill last week not just for the sake of becoming citizens of a new country; they were at Red Hill because they believe that the United States of America is synonymous with the ideals and the freedoms that they want for themselves and for their families.

We know that America is still the greatest country on Earth, but we also know that the current path we are on is unsustainable. It is critical that the Senate and the President join with the House and act now so that we can preserve what makes America great and what compels so many across the world to become American citizens for our children and grandchildren. We must act now to make to preserve what makes us America – a system of limited government with unlimited opportunity for its citizens.

If you need any additional information, please visit my website at hurt.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.