Rep. Bob Goodlatte
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
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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