I’ve had the privilege of being on the house floor and soaking up the ambiance in that place. Even in the silence, I’ve experienced the wonder of how the nation’s founders hammered out the structure of our democracy. The men who met at Independence Hall in the summer of 1787 could not imagined how this system of checks and balances could possibly have withstood events and circumstances no one could possibly have predicted.
On the floor of the place where our nation’s largest governing body does the business of the people, lawmakers do much more than vote. Observing from the gallery, I’ve wondered what kinds of deals are being struck as Democrats button-hole Republicans and as a representative from a poor district in Mississippi chats with a representative from a prosperous district in Texas.
This story reminds me that decency and sincerity do play a part in the governance of our nation.
Hopefully, our citizens are touched more often than we think by laws enacted because “it’s the right thing to do.”
“Every now and then, as members of Congress, we have one of those moments, a moment when we feel like we can truly make a difference,” said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.). “This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. This is an American issue. It’s an issue for the children, and it’s a fitting tribute to you, Congresswoman Pryce, and your daughter Caroline, for all the hard work and the efforts you’ve put into this.”