Honoring a Man of Integrity

Rep. Bob Goodlatte
2014-08-03 15:17:05
Rep. Bob Goodlatte Goodlatte.House.Gov Honoring a Man of Integrity This week our nation lost a true public servant. Former Sixth District Congressman M. Caldwell Butler passed away at age 89. It is often said that our actions in difficult situations are true indicators of character. That holds true for Congressman Butler. He is remembered for many things, but none more than his service on the House Judiciary Committee at a difficult time in our nation's history. He was a strong voice and a sharp legal mind on the Committee and acted with integrity during the Watergate investigation and impeachment proceedings, which ended with the resignation of former President Richard Nixon. I knew Congressman Butler to be a man of great integrity and intellect with a keen sense of right and wrong and a true respect for the law of the land. It was a great honor to know, and have the privilege of working for, a man like Caldwell Butler. Right out of law school, I served as his District Office Manager from 1977 to 1979 and learned a great deal from him then and over the years. I am honored today to represent the Sixth Congressional District as he did many years ago. He gave immeasurably to the Roanoke community, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and our nation. His lifetime of contributions will surely not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers remain with the Butler family as they mourn this great loss. Read more in my weekly column. goodlatte.house.gov/columns/honoring-a-man-of-integrity On Tuesday, I was honored to lead a moment of silence on the House Floor in remembrance of Congressman Butler. I was joined by members of the Virginia Delegation - Frank Wolf, Robert Hurt, Morgan Griffith, Randy Forbes, Rob Wittman and Scott Rigell, to honor his legacy. Click here to view the clip. www.youtube.com/watch House Authorizes Lawsuit Against the President On Wednesday, the House passed a resolution authorizing a lawsuit against President Obama's failure to faithfully execute the laws. The Constitution is very clear: it is Congress' job to write our laws and it is the President's duty to enforce them. However, President Obama treats our laws as mere guidelines, picking and choosing among them which to enforce, which to ignore, and which to effectively rewrite. As President Obama's signature healthcare law has proved to be unworkable and unpopular, he unilaterally delayed the implementation of the employer mandate until at least after the next federal elections. While I oppose Obamacare and support its repeal, President Obama does not have the authority to strike and rewrite the law's mandates on his own. As Americans' elected representatives in Congress, we have taken a solemn oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. The House has kept this promise to the American people by authorizing litigation to restore political accountability and enforce the rule of law. The stakes of inaction are high and we must do all we can to preserve the separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution. Also in the House this week... The House passed two bills related to the border crisis on Friday. One to stop the expansion of President Obama's unilateral immigration actions. The other provides law enforcement agents on the ground targeted resources to assist them in doing their job of securing the border and enforcing our immigration laws. The Conference Report on the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act (an agreement reached by a bipartisan group from the House and Senate) was also approved. Under this legislation, if a veteran cannot get an appointment at their local VA facility in a timely manner, or lives more than 40 miles away from the nearest VA medical facility, they can seek private care. The bill would also provide more accountability by giving the Department of Veterans Affairs greater authority to fire senior employees who have failed to serve patients. www.Goodlatte.House.Gov This message was generated from an unattended mailbox. Should you have further questions, please visit the "Contact Bob" section of my website or call my office at (202) 225-5431. This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system July 16, 2012. For more information please follow the URL below: email.geniusmailer.com/p/iWpTNn6rN9 Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: email.geniusmailer.com/p/oWpTNn6rN9
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Honoring a Man of Integrity

This week our nation lost a true public servant. Former Sixth District Congressman M. Caldwell Butler passed away at age 89. It is often said that our actions in difficult situations are true indicators of character. That holds true for Congressman Butler. He is remembered for many things, but none more than his service on the House"Judiciary Committee at a difficult time in our nation’s history. He was a strong voice and a sharp legal mind on the Committee and acted with integrity during the Watergate investigation and impeachment proceedings, which ended with the resignation of former President Richard Nixon. I knew Congressman Butler to be a man of great integrity and intellect with a keen sense of right and wrong and a true respect for the law of the land.

It was a great honor to know, and have the privilege of working for, a man like Caldwell Butler. Right out of law school, I served as his District Office Manager from 1977 to 1979 and learned a great deal from him then and over the years. I am honored today to represent the Sixth Congressional District as he did many years ago. He gave immeasurably to the Roanoke community, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and our nation. His lifetime of contributions will surely not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers remain with the Butler family as they mourn this great loss. 
Read more in my weekly column.

On Tuesday, I was honored to lead a moment of silence on the House Floor in remembrance of Congressman Butler. I was joined by members of the Virginia Delegation - Frank Wolf, Robert Hurt, Morgan Griffith, Randy Forbes, Rob Wittman and Scott Rigell, to honor his legacy. Click here to view the clip.

House Authorizes Lawsuit Against the President

On Wednesday, the House passed a resolution authorizing a lawsuit"against President Obama’s failure to faithfully execute the laws. The Constitution is very clear: it is Congress’ job to write our laws and it is the President’s duty to enforce them. However, President Obama treats our laws as mere guidelines, picking and choosing among them which to enforce, which to ignore, and which to effectively rewrite. As President Obama’s signature healthcare law has proved to be unworkable and unpopular, he unilaterally delayed the implementation of the employer mandate until at least after the next federal elections. While I oppose Obamacare and support its repeal, President Obama does not have the authority to strike and rewrite the law’s mandates on his own.

As Americans’ elected representatives in Congress, we have taken a solemn oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. The House has kept this promise to the American people by authorizing litigation to restore political accountability and enforce the rule of law. The stakes of inaction are high and we must do all we can to preserve the separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution.

Also in the House this week...

The House passed two bills related to the border crisis on Friday. One to stop"the expansion of President Obama's unilateral immigration actions. The other"provides law enforcement agents on the ground targeted resources to assist them in doing their job of securing the border and enforcing our immigration laws.

The Conference"Report on the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act (an agreement reached by a bipartisan group from the House and Senate) was also approved. Under this legislation, if a veteran cannot get an appointment at their local VA facility in a timely manner, or lives more than 40 miles away from the nearest VA medical facility, they can seek private care. The bill would also provide more accountability by giving the Department of Veterans Affairs greater authority to fire senior employees who have failed to serve patients.

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