As an Army officer, I took an oath of office to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and I administered that oath to many soldiers. I will proudly take the same oath as your congressman, and I will honor that oath by always asking one question about any proposed law: Is it constitutional?
The Constitution has secured for us the blessings of liberty, prosperity, and justice for more than 200 years. It is the oldest and greatest written constitution in the world because it is, as James Madison wrote, “the greatest of all reflections on human nature.” Because power is necessary in government but men are apt to abuse power, the Constitution controls governmental power by making it representative, separated, and limited. Too many politicians view these precautions as an inconvenient restraint on their grand ambitions, but I believe the constitutional structure is an essential safeguard of liberty.
I will always fight against unconstitutional laws like ObamaCare. I will keep faith with my oath to defend the Constitution by reviewing proposed laws for constitutional defects. I will never pass the buck to the courts by voting for a law that I believe is unconstitutional—if a proposed law is unconstitutional in my judgment, then I will vote against it.
More on Constitutional Issues
Rep. Cotton Discusses Inauguration Address with Fellow GOP Reps. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Trey Radel (R-FL) on On The Record with Greta Van Susteren
1/15/13-Reps. Cotton (R-AR) and Sherman (D-CA) discuss Obama Administration gun control measures on Fox News' Hannity Show.
Watch Rep. Cotton discuss the debt ceiling and other issues of the day with Chuck Todd on MSNBC
Watch Rep. Cotton Discusses Gun Control with Rep. Swalwell (D-CA) on Fox News
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Rep. Cotton Sworn in as Congressman for Arkansas’ 4th District
Washington, D.C.- Yesterday, Congressman Tom Cotton (AR-04) issued the following statement after he was sworn in as Arkansas’ new 4th Congressional District Representative in the 113th Congress:
When a Member of Congress is given time to formally express an opinion or make a statement on an issue before the House, they are said to have the 'floor' of the House, and their views are referred to as a 'Floor Speech'.
How House Members are allotted time to speak, or sometimes observe silence, are adapted from rules of order originally written by Thomas Jefferson. The speeches and other proceedings of the House are published daily in the Congressional Record.