Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The First 100 Hours - A Time For Change

The historic November election proved that American voters are ready for change. They want leaders who will prioritize the needs of hard working families and reverse years of policies that favor the special interests of corporate America. The Democratic agenda will bring new opportunities to towns across America, especially in Arkansas where our rural communities suffered years of neglect by the outgoing Leadership.

My colleagues in the majority are in a position to lead America in a new direction and we wouldn't have this opportunity without your energy, dedication and commitment. I want to thank you for all your support during the last Congress and encourage you to continue this important partnership as we set a new course for America.

Next year will kick-off with an ambitious agenda. Here is a list of the things we intend to accomplish in the first 100 hours in the U.S. House of Representatives:

1) Draining the swamp – break the link between lobbyists and legislation and commit to pay-as-you-go budgeting, no new deficit spending

2) Making America more secure – implement the independent 9/11 Commission recommendations

3) Giving Americans a raise – increase the minimum wage

4) Making college more affordable – cut the interest rate in half on federally subsidized student loans

5) Making health care more affordable – negotiate for lower prescription drug prices

6) Ending subsidies for Big Oil

I am excited about these great changes to come. By working together, we will ensure that America remains the most powerful country in the world where we all feel fortunate to live, work, and raise a family.