I'm ready to get things done

Senator Tom Carper
2013-01-25 13:38:23
Carper's Connection I'm ready to get things done January 25, 2013 Dear Friend, Monday was quite a sight. Democrats standing side-by-side with Republicans, watching Chief Justice Roberts swear in President Obama for his second term. There was a spirit of unity, and a genuine feeling of cooperation among my colleagues in the House and Senate as well as the President. We all could tell it was time to get things done. The Inauguration provides us with a unique opportunity to look forward and get to work with solving the pressing challenges we all face as Americans. And I want to share with you a bit of what I'm ready to get done. My Priorities Already, during the first week when Senators could introduce legislation, I have cosponsored two critical bills -- one of which I helped author -- aimed at protecting Americans: the Cybersecurity and American Cyber Competitiveness Act and the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act. The first, which I helped author, would secure American cyberspace and protects it against those hackers and online terrorists seeking to do us harm. Given all that relies on a safe and secure Internet, from personal banking to our electric grid and water supply, it is vital that we do what's necessary to protect ourselves, and I believe this bill sets us on that path. It will be a top priority in my new role as Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The second, which was written by my colleague and our state's neighbor Sen. Frank Lautenberg from New Jersey, would help reduce the instances of gun violence like what we saw in Newtown by banning high-capacity ammunition magazines holding more than ten rounds. I'm a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, but I also believe we must take common sense steps to reduce gun violence, and this measure is one of those. We also need to focus on other pressing issues: Getting more Americans back to work, including many in Delaware who are still struggling to find jobs. Reducing our deficit in common sense ways that raise revenues while making responsible spending cuts that don't savage programs helping those in the most need. Implementing the 2010 health care reform law in an efficient manner that curbs the rising costs of health care while expanding access to millions of Americans without health insurance. Fighting to reverse the warming of our planet by cleaning up our dirty air and investing in and developing clean, American energy sources. That's what I stand ready to do -- and I believe those of us in Washington can build on the momentum of the unity we saw at President Obama's Inauguration to do them. What are some priorities you think we should be tackling? Click here to email me and let me know. I stand ready to get things done.
I'm ready to get things done

January 25, 2013

Dear Friend,

Monday was quite a sight. Democrats standing side-by-side with Republicans, watching Chief Justice Roberts swear in President Obama for his second term. There was a spirit of unity, and a genuine feeling of cooperation among my colleagues in the House and Senate as well as the President. We all could tell it was time to get things done.

The Inauguration provides us with a unique opportunity to look forward and get to work with solving the pressing challenges we all face as Americans, and I want to share with you a bit of what I've done and what I'm planning to do.

My Priorities

The first bill introduced in the 113th Congress was the relief bill for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, and I'm hopeful that it will also be the first we pass. We have left victims in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and of course our own Delaware without the aid they desperately need for too long, and I look forward to casting my vote to send them vital relief next week.

Additionally, during the first week when Senators could introduce legislation, I cosponsored two critical bills -- one of which I helped author -- aimed at protecting Americans: and .

The first, which I helped author, serves notice that Congress must act to protect American cyberspace against those hackers and online terrorists seeking to do us harm. Given all that relies on a safe and secure Internet, from personal banking to our electric grid and water supply, it is vital that we do what's necessary to protect ourselves. Improving our cybersecurity efforts will be a top priority in my new role as Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The second, which was written by my colleague and our state's neighbor Sen. Frank Lautenberg from New Jersey, would help reduce the instances of gun violence like what we saw in Newtown, Connecticut, by banning high-capacity ammunition magazines holding more than ten rounds. I'm a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, but I also believe we must take common sense steps to reduce gun violence, and this measure is one of those.

We also need to focus on other pressing issues:

  • Getting more Americans back to work, including many in Delaware who are still struggling to find jobs.
  • Reducing our deficit in common sense ways that raise revenues while making responsible spending cuts that don't savage programs that help our most vulnerable citizens.
  • Implementing the 2010 health care reform law in an efficient manner that curbs the rising costs of health care while expanding access to millions of Americans without health insurance.
  • Fighting to reverse the warming of our planet by cleaning up our dirty air and investing in and developing clean, American energy sources.

That's what I stand ready to do -- and I believe those of us in Washington can build on the momentum of the unity we saw at President Obama's Inauguration to do them.

What are some priorities you think we should be tackling? to email me and let me know.

I stand ready to get things done.

U.S. Senator Tom Carper

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