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Blogger Summit at US Capitol with Va Congressman Robert Hurt

I have been playing catch up on several fronts and have yet to find the time to put down a few thoughts on a gathering last week at the US Capitol put together by Virginia Congressman Robert Hurt.

I have met Congressman Hurt once or twice before, but only briefly. And I believe the first time he was not yet a Congressman.

Several Virginia bloggers met up at Congressman Hurt’s office and headed through the tunnels from the office building to the Capitol where we met up with the Congressman.

One of the things that I immediately found impressive was Hurt’s enthusiasm and respect for every item in the Capitol Building from the top of the dome to the crypt. Everything has a story and he knew them all. To say that Robert Hurt has a deep appreciation of the history and significance of the building and it’s contents that the voters of Virginia’s 5th Congressional District bestowed upon him as his workplace is an understatement. His excitement at showing us around the Capitol was reminiscent of a kid at Christmas.

And it didn’t take long to understand that this was a man who understands and deeply respects the task he has been sent to Washington to perform. At his level of appreciation of his surroundings, there is no chance that he would ever be able to take his job, or the voters who put him there, for granted.

Every time I have visited our Nation’s Capitol Building, I do so in the knowledge and appreciation of the special, almost Hallowed nature of the building, of those who have passed through it, and the decisions made that shaped our Nation. And far too often I see our elected Representatives who somehow fail to comprehend the significance of their position.

Robert Hurt shares the same same sense of awe and respect that I have always found in the US Capitol. And that is something that cannot be faked.

A Congressman that is humbled by the historic significance of this historic building is one who truly gets it.

Of course Congressman Hurt was called away to the People’s business a couple of times during the morning tour, but he managed to catch up with us between work calls.

After the tour, we entered the House Chamber Gallery and were fortunate enough to time our visit with the beginning of the noon session, which was gaveled to order by Speaker John Boehner.

Of course the chamber was mostly empty as Congressmen were recognized for a one minute speech on a number of topics, though the Democrats seemed content to only speak against the latest Paul Ryan budget without offering one of their own to replace the unanimously defeated Obama budget of a few days earlier.

After 20 or 30 minutes in the House Gallery, we returned to the meeting room where we had lunch with Robert Hurt and a few of his fellow Congressmen: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Florida Congressman Alan West, and Virginia Congressmen Scott Rigell, Rob Wittman and Bob Goodlatte.















Each of the gentlemen spoke to the group, took questions and most had their staff stick around and make sure we all knew how to reach them should we need to in the future.

The session was cut a bit short by a scheduled floor vote.

And the fact that we were in Washington on the day the Obamacare mandate was being argued across the street in the Supreme Court was a pretty amazing coincidence. After lunch we walked over to the Supreme Court building and found out that the big Americans for Prosperity “Hands off my Health Care” rally was a couple of blocks away, so we took the short hike to catch the end of the Rally and headed back our separate ways.

Thanks to Congressman Hurt for the invitation and hospitality. And to the rest of the Congressmen that took the time to spen a few minutes with us out of a pretty busy day.

And if you didn’t already know, Congressman Alan West is one amazing guy! It is no surprise that he and Robert Hurt would flock together. America is lucky to have them both.

And Conservatives are fortunate these guys have our backs in Washington.

A few shots from the Hands Off My Healthcare Rally:
















About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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