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Congressman Jeff Fortenberry gives his thoughts on new session of congress

January 19, 2019

WASHINGTON D.C. - The new 116th session of Congress started earlier this month and featured members of congress taking the oath of office.

First District Congressman Jeff Fortenberry tells News Talk WJAG they had a great swearing in day as people brought their families in and had a good time.

But Fortenberry said the gratitude and awesomeness of those moments quickly faded into finger pointing and difficulties in governing because of the partial government shutdown.

Fortenberry said he doesn’t want to finger point, he wants to govern.

“President Kennedy once said, to govern is to choose and that’s very hard because it means trade-offs. Choosing wisely and choosing prudently is what we must do and that means not everyone gets what they want, but as long as you’re moving toward good principles and good outcomes for the people then take the deal. I wish we were living in a better time in which we weren’t so divided and that the idea of reaching consensus wasn’t so stigmatized.”

Fortenberry said he is working on and will propose several initiatives on health care, conservation, and the protection of human dignity.

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