On October 4, 2013 Rep. Randy Weber of Texas asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for a few minutes regarding the government shutdown. At which point things got kinda emotional as he vowed “he would never surrender.”
“Mr. Speaker, in 1836, a dictator showed up at the Alamo in Texas and demanded a complete, full surrender without negotiation. William Travis responded with a cannon shot: There will be no surrender.”
“Now comes the President and the Senate Majority Leader demanding that this House of Representatives surrender. We will not surrender. We are fighting for the American people. Tea partiers knew in the Colonies that King George’s dictatorial methods wouldn’t be tolerated. We won’t tolerate them here. Like it or not, Mr. President and the Senate Majority Leader, this House is a part of this process. We understand that we are fighting for the American people. We will not surrender. We are going to fight to make sure that we keep our liberty. Americans expect nothing less and deserve nothing less”, he said.
“I am Randy Weber and damn proud to be an American”, said Rep. Weber with tears in his eyes (source: Congressional Record http://thomas.loc.gov).
Weber is a member of the influential House Science, Space and Technology committee as well as the House Foreign Affairs committee. He holds leadership roles on both committees: Vice Chair of the Energy subcommittee and Vice Chair of the Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations subcommittee.
He is highly respected by both parties in Congress.