I strongly believe that we need to elect officials who will stand up for the best interests of their constituents once they're in office. Fortunately for the residents of Virginia's 11th District, Gerry Connolly has been doing that during his time in Congress. In a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives earlier today, for instance, Connolly went after the Republicans who are trying to stand in the way of the American Clean Energy and Security Act by spreading misinformation.
It's important to note here that Gerry highlights how this piece of legislation would not only help our environment but it would also spur our economy by creating investment in new technologies and green jobs. In a time when people are being laid off left and right, this could prove to be an integral part of the country's economic recovery. Furthermore, Gerry mentions how the Republicans and special interest groups have been using misinformation to stop progress on the legislation. This is yet another example of how there are some people who appear to be more loyal to special interests than their actual constituents. This is further evidenced by the fact that Gerry was able to highlight several large companies that have suspended some of their actions with the Chamber of Commerce because of its opposition to the legislation.
While this speech was made earlier today, Gerry has been taking the lead with programs to help the environment and economy for years in his role on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Now that he's in Congress, he has the ability to bring a lot of credibility on the issue to the work that is being done on a federal level. I therefore strongly encourage his colleagues to pay attention to the what Gerry had to say today on the floor and what he'll bring to the table in future discussions.