Our country begins a new chapter today with the inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Regardless of whom we supported or how we voted in this last election cycle, today we all, as Americans, must join together to continue to be the world’s leading nation in spreading freedom and democracy, and to fight our way out of the economic tsunami that has landed on our shores.
There will be and should be healthy and lively debate about the best course of action our country should take. This must not deter us from seeking common ground and developing win-win solutions.
I have already made contact with Secretary of Agriculture nominee Tom Vilsack, invited him to Texas and made him aware of our state’s unique capabilities. I look forward to working with him to ensure agriculture policy enables our farmers and ranchers to produce the safest, most abundant and reliable food supply in the world.