Thank you so much for this vote of confidence tonight. I am humbled and honored to continue serving you in Congress for the next two years.
You sent me to Washington two years ago with a clear message: Despite the partisan fighting and finger-pointing, you wanted me to get things done. And together, we have!
We passed a bill — signed into law by the President — to upgrade skills-based career, technical and vocational education across this country. We need to make sure every American has the tools to succeed, whether or not they attend a four-year college.
We achieved this — and so much more, despite Congress and the White House being held entirely by the other party. And I’m hopeful that, when all the votes are counted tonight, Democrats will serve in the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Because, frankly, we need a check on this President that the House has failed to provide for the past two years. And if voters across the country give us that opportunity, we need to use it the way they intended. We must not engage in mindless partisanship and obstruction but work together in good faith on our common challenges.
Because no matter where we come from, how we worship, or whom we love, we are all Americans. Our great diversity as a country is our strength, not a weakness to be exploited for political ends.
From health care to infrastructure; from climate change to gun violence, we must put partisanship aside and make real progress for our nation. And I pledge to you tonight, that’s what I’ll continue to do.
So thank you again for the honor you’ve given me to continue serving in the U.S. Congress. And in return, I promise to work just as hard as I can to justify your faith in me.