David Jolly is Sworn In & Applauds Senate for Moving Swiftly on Flood Insurance Reforms
Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) was officially sworn in as the newest member of the U.S. House of Representatives this afternoon. On his first day in office, Jolly released the following statement to applaud the U.S. Senate for passing the House proposal to reform the unworkable Biggert-Waters flood insurance act.
“Pinellas County families deserve real, long-term solutions to give certainty and peace of mind to homeowners while doing more than simply delaying an unworkable law," said Jolly. "That's exactly what this flood insurance reform bill does. By reforming the flood insurance program, the House and Senate have taken major steps to cap premium increases, provide certainty to homeowners, ensure stability to local economies and place the flood insurance program on the path to sustainability. I applaud the Senate for quickly passing this legislation and helping provide desperately-needed relief for Florida’s families and businesses.”
A transcript of his first floor speech follows below.
“Mr. Speaker, thank you to my new colleagues. Thank you, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, thank you very much. And to the people of Florida’s 13th Congressional District, I want to say thank you today for giving me a remarkable life opportunity: the opportunity to serve. For my new colleagues, I simply want you to know two things about this new member. First, I believe in this institution: the people's House. I believe in all that is good and right about this institution; the opportunity that this institution has to make our nation better; to direct our nation down the right path; to solve problems for all of us and secure for every American for all of us the sacred blessings of liberty. The second thing I'd like you to know about this new Congressman is I believe in civility. I had the wonderful opportunity to work for a man with whom you each served and left an indelible legacy in this House, one of civility. We are all elected to fight for our communities; to fight for our constituents. We are elected to fight for our convictions and for the causes we believe in. But, it is a fight for the future of our country. It is not a fight against each other. I know that we have had a nationally-watched race. That race is now over. And now it is time for me as a member of Congress and of this body to join with each of you to follow in the footsteps that you have taken in serving your community as I begin to serve mine. You have my commitment today to work with each and every one of you. I look forward to it.
“Mr. Speaker, I thank you for this moment. I look forward to working with each and every one of you, and I want to say thank you one more time to my friends and my neighbors, and those in my community in Florida's 13th Congressional District that have given me this honor today. Thank you very much. God bless each and every one of you. Mr. Speaker, I suppose I yield you back my time.”