At this time of year when we gather with family and friends, I want to send you and your family warm wishes for a joyous and peaceful holiday season.
I also want to thank you for your unwavering support of the Democratic Party and your determination to make real change that has improved the lives of millions of your fellow Americans.
This holiday takes on special meaning for millions of Americans who fought to end “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and for the right of brave gay and lesbian service members to serve openly in the U.S. military. Because of you, these courageous young men and women will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve in America’s armed forces.
This great civil rights achievement, which President Obama signed into law today, caps a historic session of Congress. Because of you health insurance reform is now the law of the land. Because of you, women must now receive equal pay for equal work. Because of you, a college education is now within reach of millions of young people. And, because of you, we saved the economy from the gravest economic crisis since the Great Depression, reined in the worst excesses of Wall Street and laid the foundation for creating good, middle-class jobs.
This is just a small sampling of what we accomplished together. And, in the new, 112th Congress you can be certain I’ll continue to stand up for the core Democratic values of equality, security and economic opportunity, while extending my hand in bipartisan cooperation to my Republican colleagues.
Democrats and Republicans must work together with President Obama to prepare our nation for the 21st Century. We welcome Republican ideas on how to keep America moving forward in a way that helps all American families.
You have played a critical role in shaping the future course of our country and I look forward to working with you in the coming year.
Have a happy and healthy holiday season with your family and friends. And thank you again for your continuing commitment to the Democratic Party and to our country.
Speaker of the House
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