‘At the core of the American Dream, you will find the American family. Because for centuries, the American Dream has been rooted in the idea of family and freedom.’
‘Strong families are the foundation of strong communities. That is why we need to uplift the American family rather than to continue to rip it apart.’
‘But the idea that children have a safe and stable home with a family who loves them should be something we should all agree on.’
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) yesterday delivered remarks on the Senate floor about the importance of policies that support American families and freedom, contrasting pro-family policies, including adoption, with anti-family policies being pushed by the Democrats. For National Adoption Month, Senator Tuberville emphasized the value of adoption, and shared success stories from Alabama.
Excerpts from the Senator’s speech can be found below, and his remarks can be viewed here.
“Our great country was founded on the idea that freedom leads to prosperity – the American Dream. I’ve always said this country owes you one thing – and that’s an opportunity. This country gives you the opportunity to live the life you dream of because, with hard work, anything is possible.”
“Strong families are the foundation of strong communities. That is why we need to uplift the American family rather than to continue to rip it apart. But recently, we’ve seen policies from the Democrats that inject [politics] into parenting – that insert the heavy hand of the federal government into the American home and stop at nothing to tell parents ‘we know best when it comes to raising your children.’ Threats to the American family are knocking on the front doors of homes across the nation as the left becomes focused on telling the American people what they want, rather than listening to what they need. A prime example is the Democrats’ socialist spending spree designed to create a cradle to grave welfare system that does more to tear the American family down than to build it up.”
“With these proposals in their reckless tax and spend spree, the Democrats are picking winners and losers. And the losers are the American family. Anti-family policies like these grow the size of the government while chipping away at American freedom. We should focus on pro-family policies that put families first – policies that make achieving the American Dream a reality, not something to feel shameful about.”
“If you’re born with two parents in this country, you’ve hit the lottery. So many children don’t have the stable family that some have– they grow up with one parent or raised by another family member. And then there are the children who grow up with no parents, thrown into the foster system. It’s a shame, because we know stable families can provide the foundation that children need to seize the American opportunities.”
“November is National Adoption Month. In the U.S., over 400,000 children a year don’t have a safe place to call home or a loving family to care for them. But the idea that children have a safe and stable home with a family who loves them should be something we should all agree on. In my career, I traveled across the country for 40 years. People from all walks of life welcomed me into their homes. I’ve seen, firsthand, the immeasurable impact that family can have on a child’s life – I’ve seen parents who provide stable foundations, and who instill the belief that with hard work, grit, and determination, anything is possible.”
“Success stories can be found across my state of Alabama. In fact, in 2019, Alabama had 731 adoptions – the highest number in Alabama’s history.”
“While we celebrate the heartwarming stories of families being made whole, we cannot forget about the children waiting for their forever home – those are the stories of kids who deserve these families and families who deserve kids. As a Christian, I believe life begins at conception. But too often when discussing ‘pro-life’ issues, we often refer to that ‘life’ as the child’s time in the womb. We should, however, be focusing on the life of the child after they’re born.”
“Adoption is the gift that keeps on giving by providing children the opportunity to rise above difficult circumstances. We need to work together toward policies that make this gift more attainable for all who can provide a stable home. After all, family is the heartbeat of the American Dream.”
Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.