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A letter to House Republicans from Leader Kevin McCarthy:

On June 30th, 1826, John Adams prepared a toast to be given on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. It wasn’t long or complex, and in just a few short words Adams captured the spirit of the Fourth of July: “Independence forever!” he said. When asked if he’d like to add anything more, Adams replied: “Not a word.”

Adams knew the weight of those two simple words, as well as the hope and sacrifice they signified for the country. To this day, 195 years later, the freedom generations of Americans have fought to protect continues to inspire millions around the world.

In Congress, we’re often thinking about what’s next — what we can do to make the country greater, what we can do to better the lives of Americans. Today, let’s pause and remember why our founders fought to secure our independence. Our independence, together with our commitment to our founding principles, has made the United States of America the greatest force for freedom the world has ever known. 

As we gather to celebrate Independence Day — just as Adams did days before his July 4th death —  be sure to toast to the freedoms we have and never forget them and the men and women who have served and serve today in protection of our freedoms and liberties.

Independence forever,

Kevin McCarthy