Monday, January 23, 2017
Graves looking forward to working with GOP Senate and White House to "make America great again"
On the day he was inaugurated America's 16th President, Abraham Lincoln addressed the nation during one of the most trying times in its history.
"We must not be enemies,” he said on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. “Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."
The worst times were still ahead for President Lincoln and the country he was tasked to lead in 1861, but even 150 years later, those words are worth repeating.
On Friday, I was fortunate to take part in the inauguration of President Donald Trump. More than anything, the inauguration represented the best in American democracy - the peaceful transition of power.
It was not a celebration of one man or one political party, but instead a celebration of the system of representative democracy that must be cherished and preserved in this country. The belief in self-governance that allowed our country to flourish into the most free and prosperous nation the world has ever known.
But now, with the inauguration over, the Trump White House and Republican-led Congress must get to work on some of the most pressing problems we face in this country. From national security and healthcare reform, to economic growth and balanced budgets, there is certainly a lot that lies ahead. And I need your help to do that. Please take a minute to fill out this survey and tell me your priorities for President Trump’s first 100 days in office.
I look forward to working with a Republican Senate and White House as we set out to Make America Great Again.