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Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 8:01 am | Updated: 9:11 am, Tue Oct 15, 2013.

During remarks on the House floor Monday, U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-VA-10) urged his colleagues to heed the advice of Senate Chaplain Barry Black to end the political stalemate and return to governing.

Below is the complete text of Wolf’s remarks:

In Luke 12:48 Jesus said, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

The Congress and the president have been entrusted with much, namely the responsibility to govern this country. The American people rightly expect us, regardless of party affiliation, to come together, especially during times of crisis, and find ways to get things done. They are understandably fed up with this current dysfunction, and I am, too.

Each side thinks it is winning, but in reality, the country and the American people are losing. Senate Chaplain Barry Black says there's a level of insanity involved in the current government shutdown. Asked what it would take to end the current impasse, the former Navy chaplain said, “It's going to take humility.” Wise words.

Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

There is too much pride poisoning this debate. The American people should be the winner, not one party or the other, not the administration or the Congress.

Short-sighted political victories aimed at capturing the latest headline in the 24 hour news cycle will not stand the test of time, nor will they be viewed well through the lens of history, especially if on our watch the trust that must exist between elected officials and the electorate is frayed beyond repair.

For those of us who think Obamacare is a disaster – and that is a growing number of people in our country – its future will not be decided by shutting or opening of the government. In fact, the current failings of the system including the widespread glitches plaguing the Web site are not getting the news coverage they should because the “story” has become the shutdown. The public debate surrounding Obamacare, which will undoubtedly be at the forefront heading into the mid-term elections, will play second fiddle until the government is once again operational.

It also bears mentioning, that while important, Obamacare must be placed in a larger context of the exploding national debt and deficit, and unsustainable spending and entitlement programs set against the backdrop of a public discourse bereft of civility. Only through enacting reforms based on the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles recommendations will we ever solve the drivers of our deficits. We have put these tough, but important, reforms off for far too long.

To my colleagues in the Congress and to President Obama who think they are “winning” at this particular moment, we would do well to remember the words of Napoleon Bonaparte in speaking of the changing nature of public opinion. Napoleon said:

“The crowd which follows me with adulation, would run with the same eagerness were I marching to the Guillotine.”

I return again to the sentiments of Scripture: We have been given a great trust, and it is demanded of us to come together to solve these problems.

It is time to show some humility. It is time to govern.

Let’s get the government back open, ensure we don’t default on our debt and then commit ourselves to curbing unsustainable entitlement spending.

Welcome to the discussion.

12 comments:

  • JonathanWeintraub posted at 8:12 am on Wed, Oct 16, 2013.

    JonathanWeintraub Posts: 275

    With all these Bible references, let us not forget that the root cause of the shutdown is Congressman Wolf's own bibliolatry and the use of select Bible passages to oppose birth control.

    http://www.loudounprogress.org/?p=5491

    But the congressman is an expert at political triangulation. He steps out of the mess he and his allies created, and prays that a solution will be found.

     
  • Waya posted at 9:23 pm on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    Waya Posts: 61

    Frank needs to stop being a coward and call out the tea party for what they are - crazies who escaped the asylum. Until my fellow republicans stand up to this unethical behavior, I will not be voting for them.

     
  • LaRock Yerworld posted at 8:09 pm on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    LaRock Yerworld Posts: 7

    Pretty sure the time to govern was way back when this guy got elected in 1980.... Where's he been for the last 32 years? Glad to see him standing up to the Tea Partiers by endorsing Dave LaRock and voting under the threat of Ted Cruz.

    Seems like Frank is a little afraid of a challenge from his "friends" on the right and is trying to placate the Tea Baggers and protect his seat at all costs. Way to have a backbone....

     
  • Frank Reynolds posted at 7:07 pm on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    Frank Reynolds Posts: 632

    Absolutely disgusting. Does Frank Wolf think no one paid attention when he voted to shut down the government?

    Did he think he fooled anyone by coming out nearly the next day denouncing it? Essentially bashing his own vote?

    Did he fool anyone by then deciding to champion back pay for feds after voting to lock them out?

    And now with this Bible-laced pile of nonsense where he calls for action.

    The time for action was 3 weeks ago Frank. No, months before 3 weeks ago. You are a 32 year veteran of the House. Aren't you supposed to have influence? Aren't you supposed to be brokering the deals? Lead for once. I really hope this is showing all the Wolf voters that we've wasted 32 years with this guy.

    The only result of 32 years of Frank Wolf is a cushy pension and health care plan for him. Oh, and a massive national debt he supported with Reagan and both Bushes. But Frank is a real "fiscal conservative" now. Clearly Frank thinks the district is full of morons, and maybe he is right if he keeps winning.

     
  • jdcarroll88 posted at 6:25 pm on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    jdcarroll88 Posts: 4

    Rep. Wolf, apparently building his soapbox atop his own party's maldirected impasse, is actually putting more than his words into/out of the fray. He joins other Congresspersons as one of the ProblemSolvers in Congress. Admirable, even for a tenured stalwart, to risk stature and re-stigmatization as a flexible deal maker. Congress at one time not so long ago was rife with lawmakers who would listen, operate and get work done. They socialized. They had more than the building in common. Their children attended the same schools. They had fought in the same wars. This has changed. There are no intersections of humanity on the Hill. But there's hope.

    See more here:http://www.nolabels.org/problem-solvers-house

    If lawmakers can acquiesce to signing Grover Nordquist's extra-legislative "no tax pledge", then why not sign on to recommit to the original process for which these folks were elected. Dialogue, Exploration, Representation, Compromise and reasonable progress. How progressive! Oops---third rail term--let's start ALL OVER.

     
  • brock9 posted at 6:10 pm on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    brock9 Posts: 50

    Anyone with a letter next to his name is an enemy of the people. Republicans and democrats have taken charge of the American political franchise and they soil the spoils right down the middle. Every issue is "owned" by one of them.

    I'm tired of folks - especially at town level - who feel it necessary to identify with a party. To imagine that town councilors give tacit approval to the workings of a political party is an insult to democracy.

     
  • unbound posted at 4:44 pm on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    unbound Posts: 34

    The first quote appears to be an indictment of the rich and those in Congress. Were you looking in the mirror Frank when you said that? And guess what, others can quote scripture too. How about one of the most important lessons:

    "Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy." - Ezekiel 16:49

    Sounds an awful lot like Congress, doesn't it? Debt only matters to y'all when it comes to social programs. No worries about debt when it comes to corporate handouts and military spending.

     
  • CitizenWhoVotes posted at 3:41 pm on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    CitizenWhoVotes Posts: 61

    Where has Frank Wolf been the last 32 years? While in the House of Representatives, instead of focusing on issues and matters pertaining to improving the Federal government, Mr. Wolf seems to have been more concerned with local matters in his district and in northern Virginia, such as toll road fees and potholes. Mr. Wolf is widely respected for his demeanor and civility. As a legislator, he's been invisible. Now he's says, "It is time to govern"?

     
  • Robert Pierce posted at 3:24 pm on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    Robert Pierce Posts: 50

    Rep. Wolf, if you are so concerned about civility, why don't you join your colleague Rep. Rigell (R) in denouncing the call for non-violent overthrow of the US Government made by Klayman at the Tea Party Rally in Washington this past weekend. While you are at it, perhaps you might consider denouncing the flying of the Confederate flag in the front lawn of a African-American family. You feed the fringe elements by your silence, and by endorsing them for public office...nearly the entire slate of republican candidates running for local office in Loudoun County are associated with or strongly support the Tea Party: Comstock, Ramadan, LaRock, and Greason. Otherwise, you are part of the problem.

     
  • mosborn posted at 12:14 pm on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    mosborn Posts: 145

    "Short-sighted political victories aimed at capturing the latest headline in the 24 hour news cycle will not stand the test of time..."

    Directly into a completely unrelated diatribe against Obamacare. Which was made into law, upheld by the Supreme Court, and confirmed by the American people by electing Obama to a 2nd term.

    Stop grandstanding Frank. If you're so upset about the current situation, apologize for causing it. Your votes are on record.

     
  • treebeard posted at 11:19 am on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    treebeard Posts: 4

    Frank-

    Why then did you vote for the shutdown in the first place if you are so worried about the less fortunate?

     
  • norges55 posted at 8:48 am on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    norges55 Posts: 1042

    He is correct on the farm bill entitlements. 200 billion over 10 years to pay the insurance premiums for sugar, cotton, corn and by products to produce ethanol at a loss. Snap benefits should be expanded until there is not a single hungry American left. Cut out the abuse of the system don't cut the food for hungry families and elderly people. Time to cut farm subsides and start over