Rep. Stearns creates book of ideas

Published: Friday, January 18, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 11:31 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, who has represented Florida's Sixth District since 1989, has compiled ideas from citizens in his district and put them into a new booklet called "Your Good Ideas."

Last year, Stearns sent out a survey asking the people of his district to share their opinions on various issues. More than 8,000 responses were received and reviewed by Stearns' office.

"Although I do not agree with every idea, we selected over 100 to put in the Your Good Ideas' booklet," Stearns said.

Stearns said he put the booklet together because he believes in the power of ideas. He said he is already supporting legislation reflecting some of the ideas.

"I wanted to tap into the experience, intelligence and innovation of the American people and apply their ideas to the challenges facing our nation," Stearns said.

Stearns said he wanted to involve his constituents in the governmental process.

"We certainly do not have all the answers in Washington, D.C., and by tapping into the rich resources of the American people we can find real solutions," Stearns said.

The booklet covers issues such as Iraq, health care, Social Security, taxes, immigration, veterans, energy, education, welfare, exporting jobs overseas, criminal justice and Congress.

To obtain a copy of the free booklet, contact Stearns' Gainesville office at (352) 337-0003.

For more information on the ideas presented in the booklet, go online to stearns.

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