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Rep. Owens introduces resolution promoting fatherhood, ‘very important’ role it plays for children

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FIRST ON FOX: Republican Congressman Burgess Owens is introducing a resolution within the House of Representatives to advertise fatherhood and its profit to society, notably within the black group, forward of the upcoming Father’s Day vacation.

“Fatherhood is essential to the development of all children, and that the increased involvement of fathers in the home will lead to economic prosperity, educational excellence, and improved social mobility for children across all racial and ethnic groups,” the resolution states. 

Owens, a former Super Bowl champion security within the NFL, advised Fox News Digital on Tuesday that he has witnessed firsthand how the disintegration of the nuclear household and fathers not being current has negatively affected the black group and hopes to assist handle that situation with this resolution.

“In the 60s when I was growing up as a youngster,” Owens defined. “Our community was one of the most prosperous, when I say prosperous I mean patriotic, believing in America, entrepreneurial, and we just believed in meritocracy, so we had families and in those days 70% of the men were married to the mothers of their children. We had the highest percentage of black men and boys going to college.”

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Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on voting rights on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, speaks throughout a Senate Judiciary Committee listening to on voting rights on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
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Owens continued, “So I saw firsthand what it is to have fathers who took the responsibility of committing to their families and making sure that their sons grew up not only knowing how to be good men, but also their daughters knowing how to recognize one.”

“This is what we have to get back to because I’ve seen the last 50-60 years what happens when the family is destroyed and fatherhood is taken out of the picture,” Owens stated.

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The resolution cites Census Bureau knowledge displaying that 18,400,000 children within the United States dwell with out a father within the dwelling and contends that “research shows children do best when raised by two parents in a committed and long-term marriage.”

Owens defined he has been engaged on the resolution with fellow retired NFL participant and philanthropist Jack Brewer who advised Fox News Digital that it’s time for males in America to “man up” and time for “wishy-washy” politicians to cease being afraid to emphasize the significance of males being the pinnacle of the family.

Jack Brewer, former safety for the Minnesota Vikings, speaks during a panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 

Jack Brewer, former security for the Minnesota Vikings, speaks throughout a panel dialogue on the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 
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“You take the father out of society you’re going to have a disaster,” Brewer stated. “And unfortunately, in our country right now we are witnessing that disaster.”

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“I pray that this resolution is something that can hold politicians accountable and for supporting and allow the American people to see who they are voting for,” Brewer added. “If they’re willing to speak for the families, if they’re willing to stand for the common man and not sugar coat it.”

The resolution can be being sponsored by Florida Republican Congressman Byron Donalds who stated in a press release to Fox News Digital that “fatherlessness in the United States has led to a rise in crime, substance abuse, incarceration, decreased social mobility, and economic strains.”

“How we, as fathers, empower, teach, and develop our children plays a direct role in their well-being, mental health, and ability to preserve through adversity,” Donalds added. “Promoting federal policies which incentivizes two-parent households directly correlates to economic prosperity, academic achievement, and generational advancement. As someone raised in a single-parent household, I understand the integral role a father has in a child’s societal and cultural development—and that’s why I am proud to stand with Rep. Owens in support of this resolution.”

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Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., speaks to Fox News at CPAC 2022.

Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., speaks to Fox News at CPAC 2022.
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Owens acknowledged the bitter divide that exists between Democrats and Republicans however stated he hoped that Congress may discover methods to get the federal authorities to cease “incentivizing” fathers to depart the household through present welfare packages.

“How about getting back to things like opportunity zones,” Owens stated. “One of the things that I’m convinced of is when we have anyone, male or female, that really see themselves as being participants and being part of the free market there’s a different attitude, there’s a sense of commitment to the community.”

At sure instances when Owens was rising up, he advised Fox News Digital, 56% of the black group was a part of the middle class and the share of black entrepreneurs was 40%.  Restoring the nuclear household is a key to restoring these statistics, Owens says. 

“I know that’s a shocker to many who might be reading this,” Owens stated. “But I grew up in a time when the black middle class was vibrant it was everywhere because we had so many business owners. It went from 40% to 3.8%.”

Owens says that he believes the success of the nation breaks all the way down to “four tenets” of religion, household, the free market, and schooling. 

“In terms of timing, I couldn’t see a better time to be honest to have this conversation just before Father’s Day because it’s time for us to start highlighting the importance of the role of father, and I’m just so thankful that I had a good one to help me with that growing up.”

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