The First 2021 Congressional Echo

I have received my first letter from my Congresswoman Lauren Boebert. It’s kind of like a distorted echo bouncing back off a far canyon wall. Am I thrilled? Not exactly. The (form) letter is a bit lengthy – “verbosity” comes to mind. That part of the letter aside, I wonder why I received this letter:

Dear Mr. Howe:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the violent attack on the United States Capitol during the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021. I appreciate you taking the time to write and sharing your perspective. It is an honor to serve you in the United States House of Representatives and I hope you will continue to write with your thoughts and ideas for moving our country forward.

On January 6, 2021, the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate met for a joint session to certify the electoral votes of the President and Vice President, pursuant to the requirements outlined in Article II, Section 1, clause 3 of the United States Constitution and 3 U.S.C. § 15. I did not vote to confirm the electoral votes of Arizona and Pennsylvania due to changes to state election law not made by state legislatures, which violates the United States Constitution. 

The process of objecting to the certification of electoral votes is well established. Indeed, over the last twenty years, House Democrats have voted to object to the certification of electors most recently in 2001, 2005, and 2017. I was joined by six senators and one hundred and twenty-one fellow House members in objecting to the results of Arizona. 

The violence that occurred was unlawful and inexcusable. I have condemned the unlawful actions of those who broke into the Capitol in the strongest terms and have called for justice. Those responsible should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. 

The baseless allegations circulating on the internet and by news organizations that accuse me of co-conspiring with the rioters have been proven false. The Capitol Police and other local law enforcement departments took swift action to secure the Capitol and I am grateful for their actions and bravery. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Capitol Police officers Jeffery Smith, Howard Liebengood, and Brian Sicknick, who lost their lives defending our republic.

That same day, the People’s House reconvened and finished their work. I am honored to have taken the oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and will remain forever faithful to it. Rest assured, I will work to represent you with the integrity and nobility you deserve. 

Again, I appreciate your thoughts and concerns. It is an honor to serve Colorado as part of its congressional delegation. Your suggestions are always welcome, and if ever I may be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.  To receive the latest legislative updates and news you can sign up for my e-newsletter at www.boebert.house.gov.

Sincerely,

   
     Lauren Boebert
                Member of Congress

This is all nice but why did I receive this letter? I don’t recall ever have website form emailed Rep. Boebert (the only current means of simplex communications with her office – still no operating fax capability) with any comments or requests regarding the activity at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. My website form email response this morning is:

I received your form letter addressed to me dated February 9, 2021, that stated: “Thank you for contacting me regarding the violent attack on the United States Capitol during the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021. I appreciate you taking the time to write and sharing your perspective.”

Only one problem.  I have no recollection of ever writing to you specifically regarding the Jan 6th issue at the U.S. Capitol.  I have written to you about other issues and have had no response regarding those issues even though a response was requested … several times.

I understand that form letters are required when handling the number of issues the Congress is supposed to be attending – even though nothing much seems to be being done about anything except the Congressional Impeachment circus – excuse me if I’m not feeling too proud of our nation right now.

Don’t add apparent incompetency in handling correspondence with constituents to what could soon grow into an appearance of overall incompetency of your office.

You are too important to us to become ineffective.

Tom Howe, Flying W Ranch, Hotchkiss, Colorado

So, maybe when the impeachment circus is over, Congress (House and Senate) will attempt to start governing our nation again. God knows we we have more than a few issues that need dire attention.

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