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U.S. CONGRESSMAN BILL JOHNSON Proudly Representing Eastern and Southeastern Ohio

Speeches and Floor Statements

Congressman Bill Johnson's 1st Speech in the U.S. House of Representatives

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Washington, January 6, 2011 | Press Office (202-225-5705) | comments
People sent me here for one primary reason—they think Congress has lost its way. And my constituents gave me a map they want us to use to get back on the right path. It’s a simple map, drawn in bold, unmistakable strokes.
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One-Minute Speech

U.S. House of Representatives

Congressman Bill Johnson (OH-6)

As Prepared for Delivery

Mr. Speaker:

While this is my first opportunity to address the House, it won’t be my last.  The people of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio sent me here to be their voice, and I intend to be that voice.  On their behalf, I will speak out—loud and clear—on the issues that matter to the working people I represent.

People sent me here for one primary reason—they think Congress has lost its way.  And my constituents gave me a map they want us to use to get back on the right path.  It’s a simple map, drawn in bold, unmistakable strokes.

Americans want us to be true to our founding principles, and the roads are open for all.  But no shortcuts for special interests. But most of all, this roadmap was made in America and paid for up front.  That’s how our spending must be.  We owe it to the taxpayers to disclose what our votes cost, and be clear about how they’re paid for.

And finally, Mr. Speaker, the map my citizens gave me leads in one very clear direction—toward economic recovery for every American.  That’s the way I’m headed.  And I will cast my votes here with that in mind.

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