The progress in Iraq has not been without cost.
The salary of a member of Congress ends the day that he of she leaves office.
All of us who serve in the House of Representatives and the Senate pay into Social Security.
In my case, I pay a standard premium to participate in the Federal Employees' Health Benefits Plan for my wife and myself out of each month's paycheck.
The retirement system that is in place for members of Congress and other federal workers features what is known as the Federal Employment Retirement Plan.
In addition, the bill passed by the House requires a person performing an abortion on a minor from a different state to notify one parent in the home state.
For more than two centuries, the defenders of liberty have put their lives on the line, because they have known that we cannot take our freedoms for granted.
However, it may occur that we will find ourselves using a variety of fuel sources to give us the energy we need support our lifestyles and boost our economy.
We have indeed been fortunate in this country. Over the last 200 some odd years since our Nation was founded, rarely have there been attacks upon our homeland.
In my almost ten years in the House of Representatives, I have voted consistently to allow companies to drill for oil and natural gas in environmentally friendly ways.