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Entry Title Date
Justice Against Sponsors Of Terrorism Act April 19, 2016
John Cornyn, R-TX
"The President’s attempt so far to derail this legislation that would help the victims of 9/11 pursue justice under the law is completely unacceptable. Unfortunately, this shouldn’t be a surprise. The President has steadfastly refused to declassify and release 28 pages of the “9/11 Commission Report” that pertain to allegations of Saudi Arabia’s support for the 9/11 terrorists. According to some news reports, President Obama has vowed several times to release this information, but he hasn’t followed through on that promise yet. His actions to shield the Saudi Government instead of advocating on behalf of his own citizens rings much louder than his words. That doesn’t sound to me like the most transparent administration in American history, which is what the President promised the Nation at his inauguration."
America’S Small Business Tax Relief Act Of 2015 April 14, 2016
Jeff Sessions, R-AL
"If you remember what happened after 9/11, we had a 9/11 Commission—and it was a bipartisan Commission—and that Commission was charged with a serious responsibility of analyzing our immigration system, analyzing our public safety system, our intelligence system, and all kinds of problems that made us more vulnerable than we need to be. One of their recommendations was that we have a system when you come into America on a visa, you clock yourself in—like many workplaces have—and you clock yourself out when you leave the country and your time on your visa expires. Then the United States would know who would come and who had exited."
Enhancing Overseas Traveler Vetting Act April 13, 2016
Ed Royce, R-CA
"Mr. Speaker, in closing, I would just say this for the Members. The 9/11 Commission Report was pretty prescient on this point. It said: “The U.S. Government cannot meet its own obligations to the American people to prevent the entry of terrorists without a major effort to collaborate with other governments.”"
America’S Small Business Tax Relief Act Of 2015 April 12, 2016
Jeff Sessions, R-AL
"Madam President, I would like to speak on an amendment I have submitted that will ensure the implementation of what is already required by statute: a biometric exit system for the United States. The law has required a biometric—that means a fingerprint, as opposed to biographic, which is name and birth date—system that allows us to know who is coming into this country on a visa and whether they left when they were supposed to leave. It is absolutely critical to the safety of the United States. It is something the 9/11 Commission recommended as a high priority. Ten years later, when they did their Review Commission report to see how their recommendations had been carried out, they noted that one of their top concerns was the failure of Congress to complete the system."
America’S Small Business Tax Relief Act Of 2015 April 7, 2016
Patrick Toomey, R-PA
"We are not the only ones who have observed this. An FAA advisory has observed this risk. The 9/11 Commission pointed out that the terrorists were very focused on the opportunity created by the opening of the cockpit door. As Senator Casey pointed out, there have been multiple attempts to breach that door. Several have been successful. We have an amendment that solves this problem in a very affordable, reasonable, sensible way. It is a lightweight, collapsible barrier made of wire mesh, and a flight attendant can simply draw it across the opening, lock it, and then at that point the cockpit door can be opened and there is no way someone would be able to rush through that wire mesh in time to get to the cockpit during that moment when the door is open. That is what our amendment does."

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