U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) offered the following statement regarding the election for Speaker of the House:
"Everyone in the Republican Conference was surprised when Kevin McCarthy withdrew his name from consideration for Speaker this afternoon. I respect his decision," said Harper. "We should move forward methodically and select someone who can unite 247 Republicans in order to battle this liberal President and not each other. I am so proud to live in Mississippi where our people have common-sense and are not misled by outside groups whose purpose is to raise money."
“Speaker Boehner has led the House with honor and integrity, and has always fought for a functional, smaller, less burdensome government. He is the strongest pro-life Speaker in our nation’s history and throughout his career, one of the most conservative members of the House. I appreciate the Speaker’s service and am grateful for the knowledge I gained from him.”
His Holiness reminded us in a tone that was warm and sincere that Jesus Christ calls us to live by the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Mt 7:12).” He expounded, “This rule points us in a clear direction. Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves.”
In the wake of the videos that exposed Planned Parenthood’s leadership brazenly discussing the harvesting and selling of fetal body parts, I applaud my colleagues for their hard work in continuing to end this horrible practice. As a father, I am troubled by the thought that there are children throughout our country that are sentenced to death before ever having the chance to experience the joy of life.