The House Republican Conference has released its August planning kit, and if you, as a House GOP lawmaker, weren't sure how to write an op-ed for your local paper, the conference has written one for you!
As we reported on this blog Monday, the conference says in its kit that an "effective way to launch the August district work period is to write an op-ed for local newspapers." The op-ed, the memo explains, is an opportunity to preview the message you will communicate and the events you will hold throughout the month.
"The op-ed should review the legislation House Republicans have acted on and are pursuing in Washington," it says. It's also a way to argue that Washington is the problem and you're working to fix it, as the op-ed helpfully outlines.
But if you use this version, make sure you don't give any "boring speeches" at any of your recess events, because it promises you won't.
Here is the House Republican Conference "sample op-ed" in its entirety, coming soon to a local paper near you:
“Fighting Washington for You”
As we conclude another busy legislative session in Washington, I look forward to working hard at home for the month of August. Each day I am grateful for the opportunity to represent you in our nation’s capital because Washington is broken and needs to be fixed.
It spends too much, borrows too much, and takes too much. It targets people for what they believe and punishes them for their political ideologies. It chokes out jobs with more red tape, blocks new energy resources, and makes our health care crisis worse.
Washington is out of control.
But every day I serve in Congress, I work to fight Washington. I’m fighting Washington to spur economic growth and create more jobs. I’m fighting Washington to hold government accountable to taxpayers. I’m working to dismantle ObamaCare and make America energy independent. I’m working to cut wasteful spending, expand educational opportunities, and rein in red tape. I’m fighting Washington for you.
As I make plans for my time at home these several weeks, I want hear from you about how we can work together to fight Washington to stop government abuse and make sure government is making your life easier — not standing in the way.
That’s why I will be traveling throughout the district in August on my “Fighting Washington for You” tour. This tour is an opportunity to have conversations about House Republicans’ alternative plan to Washington Democrats' overreaching, out-of-control government. It’s about our plan for economic growth and jobs.
If you come to one of the events, you won’t hear another boring speech or more inside-the-beltway rhetoric. This tour isn’t about me. This effort is all about you.
I want to hear how decisions from Washington are affecting you. Are you still struggling to find a job in our stagnant economy? Have you had to put off school because student loan rates just doubled? Are you worried about your hours getting cut at work because of new health care regulations? Are you concerned about an abusive government taking away the rights of hardworking taxpayers?
I will be travelling from one end of the district to the other, stopping at many different places – colleges, hospitals, senior centers, main streets, factories, and farms. I hope we have the opportunity to see each other.
Fighting Washington isn’t about creating more partisan gridlock, heated rhetoric, or Republicans versus Democrats. It’s about fixing an out-of-control government for the moms and dads struggling to support their families, the recent college graduates looking for jobs, the seniors relying on their benefits, the most vulnerable in our communities, the veterans who served America and the brave men and women who protect us right now.
For more information about my “Fighting Washington for You” your [sic], please visit my website for a schedule and updates along the way. I look forward to seeing you, talking with you, and continue [sic] to fight for you.