U.S. Rep. Thornberry Addresses Colorado Chamber: Business Leaders Must Stay Engaged in the World

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Congressman Mac Thornberry addressing the Colorado Chamber on July 22, 2019.

DENVER – The Colorado Chamber today hosted U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, for a discussion on America’s global engagement and military strength. The congressman has been touring the nation speaking to community and business leaders as part of his speaking series on human progress and the American military.

“I believe the United States of America is the greatest force for good in the world. We have become the indispensable nation because we had to, but it was also a choice that we made,” Rep. Thornberry said. “From the beginning, our story has been written by individual Americans. That’s who really makes the decisions. All of us have a role to play, and I believe the right answers are staying engaged in the world and making sure we have the strongest military. The people in this room can help make sure that we get those decisions right.”

“The Colorado Chamber looks for opportunities to provide thoughtful conversation platforms, especially when those conversations create avenues for inspiring leadership within the business community,” said Leah Curtsinger, Federal Policy Director for the Colorado Chamber. “Congressman Thornberry’s message did just that – by asking our businesses to be creative with solutions, encouraging a deeper look at U.S. leadership throughout history and expanding the worldview for our role in the future.”

Rep. Thornberry spoke to members and guests of the Colorado Chamber from a range of industries, from aerospace to manufacturing to energy, about the impact international order has on economic and national security. The speech comes amid congressional debate in Washington, DC on the federal budget, which includes critical defense spending. A House vote is expected this week.

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