Friday, January 7, 2011

Inaugural Statement of Rand Paul

At noon yeterday, Dr. Rand Paul was sworn in as a U.S. Senator for the 112th Congress. Below is a transcript of Sen. Paul’s inaugural statement to mark this historic event.

Today, I will be sworn in as the next United States Senator from Kentucky.

I am humbled by the honor bestowed upon me by the people of Kentucky this fall, choosing me to represent them in Washington. As this session begins today, my goal is to keep my promises to the people of Kentucky. Their voices were heard loud and clear in November.

They wanted to send a message to Washington: stop. Stop the out-of-control expansion of government power. Stop the spending.

They want balanced budgets and spending restraint. They want us here to deal with our fiscal issues the way most Americans do – by setting priorities and spending only what we can afford.

People also are demanding reform. That’s why among the first bills I introduce in Congress will be bills to balance the budget, to cut federal spending, and to force members to read the bills.

I will fight to end costly regulations to help job creation. And I will propose and fight for Term Limits. Already our incoming members are having an impact.

Republicans in the Senate have pledged to end earmarks and fight for a balanced-budget amendment to the constitution. Those would not have happened if not for the actions of grassroots activists and fed up voters.

There is much to be done, and I intend to start right away.

In January alone I will introduce a one-year, $500 billion spending cut, along with a balanced-budget amendment. I will attach spending cuts and fiscal restraint bills like these to any and all major pieces of legislation.

Americans have demanded real change, and real action. Many of us who were just elected this fall have heard their voices, and will take immediate action in Washington

I’ll be doing weekly updates from Washington, because I want you to know what’s going on. I hope you’ll check back in with us each week and help keep the pressure on Congress to act.

1 comment:

  1. Maybe Rand Paul will be the gateway drug for the more moderate Tea Partyers to Ron Paul. Kind of like someone who reads Friedman, becomes interested in free market economics, and soon discovers Mises.

    There's only one thing better than having one Paul in DC, and that's having two Pauls in DC