Seventeen years ago, our country suffered an unthinkable attack on our people, our security, and our American values.
September 11, 2001 was one of the darkest times I can remember. America mourned the brothers and sisters we lost that day, and we wept at the courage and heroism of our fallen first responders.
With acts of terror and hatred, our enemies sought to divide us on 9/11. They sought to make us question the strength of American greatness, but they failed.
In the days and weeks that followed, our bonds as Americans strengthened as hearts and hands united to lift our nation from the ashes. Together, we showed the world that the American spirit is more resilient and unbreakable than we ever imagined before.
Today, I join my fellow Missourians in commemorating the life of Randy Drake and Julie Geis of Lee’s Summit and all of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We honor the first responders who rush to protect our nation in times of crisis and thank the members of our military who fight to preserve our freedom.
God bless you, and God bless the United States of America,
Happy Labor Day! I hope that you and your family have been able to enjoy the long holiday weekend and a short respite from school and work.
Labor Day was first celebrated 136 years ago today. At the time, many Americans worked up to twelve hours a day, six days a week, in conditions that would be unacceptable in modern times.
Thanks to the strength of the labor movement, we have made great progress over the last century. Last month, Missouri voters overwhelmingly rejected anti-union “right to work” legislation, showing that our state stands firmly behind working people.
Still, there is much more to be done. When Congress comes back into session tomorrow, I’ll be focused on a legislative agenda that puts working families front and center.
It’s my firm belief that our government has an obligation to help each and every person in our country achieve the American dream. If you work hard and contribute to your community, you should not have to worry about putting food on the table, paying for your child’s education, or saving for retirement.
I’m running for reelection because I know that there’s so much progress we can make to help American families achieve their dreams. I hope you’ll take a moment to honor working people today, and follow along on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date on my legislative efforts.
The Missouri Cattlemens Association announced its endorsement of Congressman Cleaver:
“Your actions speak louder than words. Through your actions, you have demonstrated a sincere appreciation for Missouri farm and ranch families and we believe you will work to defend and advance agriculture — the number one industry in the state. You value and understand the importance of what our members do each and every day. Again, this association is honored to return your staunch support of us in the form of an endorsement of your candidacy.”
The President just announced Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee and frankly, I’m worried.
After Justice Gorsuch’s confirmation, we saw a string of discriminatory decisions — from upholding the travel ban to attacks on voting rights.
With Brett Kavanaugh on the country’s highest court, things could get even worse. Read the rest of this entry »
Congressman Cleaver recently spoke on the House floor about the importance of an apology. Here are his remarks:
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker,
I’m only able to raise my right arm to maybe 50%. Sometimes not that much. But that’s due to shoulder separations from playing football.
John McCain cannot raise his arms because he was tortured in Vietnam. I believe that it is just about sinful for Mr. McCain in his days of serious, serious illness to have anyone in this country, particularly anyone in the position of significance, to say things about him that cannot in any way bless him or encourage him. But in fact, denounce him through baseless attacks. Mr. Speaker, when I was elected, I promised my four children that I would never come to the well of this House and attack a human being or call them names.
Unfortunately, things have changed in this country to the point now where that’s a part of our daily way of doing the business of the greatest nation God has ever allowed to exist. There is something wrong, Mr. Speaker, when the elected leaders of our country refuse to apologize. There is not a single parent watching the goings on in this chamber who would tell their children no matter what you do, no matter how awful you hurt another human being, you better not apologize.
We’re setting examples for children and unborn children by what we do in this chamber. how in the world can a person sleep at night who can hurt another individual and not apologize? I guess There Are Some Things I Will Never Apologize for.
I will never apologize for never coming to the floor to attack a colleague. I will never apologize for respecting a person with whom I may disagree.
I will never apologize for displaying respect for a member of the other party though their policies are separate and distinct from mine.
I will never apologize for trying to get my point across without stabbing someone with it. I will never apologize for being sensitive to the pain and hurt of others. I will never apologize for being an apologist when I’ve wronged someone.
Silence is consent. And when I see this going on around this chamber, and I see it going on in other places in our government, I know that there are millions of people who believe that that’s okay. That if it’s done by someone in my party, it’s okay.
I have said to my family, I said to our church, I said to my colleagues here, if the leaders of the Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer stand up and attack someone, particularly someone who is ill, I would come to the floor and condemn them. Right and wrong is not based on party. It’s based on right and wrong.
We’re becoming a mean-spirited nation. And no one watching this would tell their children, I want you to watch what’s going on in Washington and use what you see as an example on how to live. Mr. Speaker, Washington is dark right now and the people around this country who believe in light should let it shine.
Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.”
Watch Congressman Cleaver’s speech to the Truman Foundation after receiving the 2018 Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award.
Congressman Cleaver addressed the crowds gathered for the Memorial Day event at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City. Read the rest of this entry »