The Challenges Ahead

November 10th, 2016

Friends,

I want to thank you for your support on Tuesday. I look forward to representing you and all the voters of Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District in the months ahead. We have accomplished much, but we have much more work to do. Whether that’s in securing funding for vital projects in our district or making changes to improve the lives of all Americans.

I am heartened by the fact that, despite the tremendous national divide, our campaign won by a greater margin than two years ago. We won voters who cast their ballots for Donald Trump and who cast their ballots for Republicans in Missouri’s statewide races.

This matters.

While many of us had hoped and worked hard for one result in the presidential race, our country chose a different path. We must respect that. During my time in the House, I have focused on civility, on trying to bring people together to work toward common goals and our common good.

During this last Congress, I succeeded in passing the largest housing overhaul bill in three decades. This measure not only received bipartisan support, it passed unanimously. We may have differences, we may not always share the same vision, but we can still work together to achieve great things.

Yes, we will see changes many of us won’t like over the next four years. We should speak out and oppose these changes. We should not take our eyes off the ball. We should not give up our fight for the issues that matter.

But, we must also look for opportunities to come together. As President Obama reminded us yesterday, “we have to remember that we are actually all on one team … We all want what’s best for this country.”

We will have opportunities to continue our country’s progress, but only if we seek out places where we can stand side-by-side on common ground. As a nation, we can solve the many challenges facing us, but not if we view one another as the enemy. What we accomplish now depends on us and how we choose to engage those we have opposed during the election.

Defeat stings, but it will only knock us out of the game if we choose to let it. No matter how dark the times may seem, we will persevere, and we will see brighter days ahead.

Together, as Americans first, we can still do great things, and I am thankful for the opportunity to continue serving you as we work toward a future that will make us all proud.

Gratefully,

Emanuel Cleaver