This week and next, the House is in recess so it is great to be back home in North Carolina. This past weekend I was incredibly lucky and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Grand Marshal and Honorary Starter for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway. What an incredible event and such a fun day. As I said to the crowd on Sunday, I’m proud to be your Congressman, which means I go up to Washington every week and tell them to keep their hands off our guns and our freedom.
I’m very excited to celebrate Easter with family and friends this weekend. This special time of year gives us a chance to count the many blessings we enjoy as Americans. While we are facing some serious challenges as a nation, Easter is a time to remind ourselves of all the good that surrounds us.
Easter is also a time to remember the ultimate sacrifice — when a Father gave his only Son in order that all may live in freedom. Most of us can’t imagine the pain of losing a child; however, for the millions of Americans whose sons and daughters choose to serve our country in uniform, it can be an unfortunate reality. The sacrifices these families and brave soldiers make are a living example of the Easter message. As we celebrate this Easter season, let us keep in our thoughts and prayers the men and women in uniform to whom we owe our freedom and exceptional way of life.
For many, Easter is also marks the start of Spring. For the Eighth District, this means that visitors from all over the country are coming to see the many attractions we have to offer. Tourism supports thousands of jobs and is such an important industry to our local economy. We are so fortunate to be home to numerous natural treasures and innovative attractions.
Unfortunately far too many Americans out there are still struggling to make ends meet under the Obama economy and don’t have the disposable income to enjoy the many choices our district has to offer. This past week we were reminded of this as millions of Americans forked over much of their hard-earned income to a government that still lives too far beyond its means while millions more continued to struggle to even find a job in the first place.
Tax Day is always a reminder that our tax code fails to work for the hardworking, fails to generate the rate of growth needed to create jobs, and fails to make the filing process even close to tolerable. I am committed to making taxes simple, flat, and fair for everyone. Doing so will help individuals and families keep more of their hard-earned income and give small businesses and job creators the certainty to grow and hire new people.
This week, I look forward to travelling the district to visit some of our local tourist attractions to highlight their importance to our local economy and discuss issues like tax reform and other pro-growth measures that could help create jobs and opportunity.
Until next week, may you and your loved ones have a blessed Easter.