Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Announces New America Speaking Out Agenda

May 5, 2010
Press Release

Rep. Pete Olson today issued the following statement announcing the rollout of a new proposal asking Americans to engage in the process of building a new policy agenda for America. 

“The Declaration of Independence clearly states that, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”  The power granted to the federal government is derived from the people who are governed by our Constitution.  It is clear to me and most people I speak to, that our nation is not headed in the right direction. I firmly believe that if we trust the American people we can put our nation back on the right track. But so many feel that their voice is not heard, and it’s time we correct that. 

"House Republicans plan to offer the nation a new set of policy solutions, but rather than handing down a plan from Washington, we believe the American people are the ones who should author this agenda.  True leadership includes listening to those we have a sworn duty to represent.  There are multiple opportunities to incorporate that input and we are introducing ‘America Speaking Out’ to give citizens a new opportunity to lend their ideas to the creation of a new national policy agenda. 

"We are looking for all Americans, regardless of party affiliation, to be a part of this unprecedented dialogue of ideas. Throughout the summer we will be engaging the American people to solicit their priorities and discussing how our principles can be applied to America's challenges.  This project will feature innovative web tools and mobile applications that will bring town hall meetings directly to anywhere Americans are discussing our nation’s challenges. Changing the course of our nation and the way Washington works will require the American people to continue to speak out and for Congress to start listening. Through ‘America Speaking Out’ the people will have a voice in Washington, as well as a group ready to act on their behalf."

America Speaking Out will offer our citizens an additional tool to make themselves heard in setting the priorities for a national agenda. At town hall meetings, online at, and through new communications tools, all Americans will have an opportunity to be a part of this effort.


Media Contact: Melissa Kelly