Congressman Denver Riggleman Gives Update on Purple Star Families Bill, Impeachment

November 26, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. -Congressman Denver Riggleman gave a video update last week to communicate with his constituents and provided updates on legislation.  Congressman Riggleman discussed the Purple Star Families Act, the impeachment inquiry, and the continuing resolution on government funding. 

"I introduced a very exciting and important bill that designates a week in September as, 'Purple Star Families Week'.  This bill recognizes the families of veterans who have succumbed to the invisible wounds of war and have taken their own life," said Rep. Riggleman.  "This designation will reconnect these veterans families’ to the military community and uplift the bravery of their veteran, who is deserving of this honor. This issue is one that is close to my heart- my family has been affected by this."

You can watch the video address here, and a full transcript can be found below.

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Hello 5th district,

This week has been a very busy week on Capitol Hill. Just today, I introduced a very exciting and important bill that designates a week in September as, “Purple Star Families Week”.  This bill recognizes the families of veterans who have succumbed to the invisible wounds of war and have taken their own life. This designation will reconnect these veterans families’ to the military community and uplift the bravery of their veteran, who is deserving of this honor. This issue is one that is close to my heart- my family has been affected by this.

The House Intelligence Committee held a series of hearings on potentially impeaching President Trump.  I am not on the intelligence committee, so could not ask questions in the hearings but have been monitoring them closely.  What is clear to me is that Democrats have delivered their verdict before allowing a fair trial.  They are pursuing a focus-group recommended “bribery inquiry” designed to appeal to voters in swing districts, not justice or the rule of law.  If that isn’t blatantly political, I don’t know what is.  I will continue to monitor the hearings, but I do not believe President Trump to have committed an impeachable offense.

The House also voted on a Continuing Resolution to fund the government for the next 4 weeks.  I voted against this measure, which does nothing to address our growing national debt and kicks the can down the road towards another government funding fight. It’s time to stop wasting time and money on the impeachment efforts and instead focus on delivering results for the American people.

Thank you very much, and have a great weekend.