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Entry Title Date
Our Unconscionable National Debt February 27, 2015
Mike Coffman, R-CO
"Mr. Speaker, on January 20, 2009, the day President Obama took office, the national debt was $10,626,877,048,913.08."
Further Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 February 27, 2015
Jared Polis, D-CO
"Mr. Speaker, what we are talking about here is simply kicking the can down the road for 3 weeks. The facts on the ground don’t change in 3 weeks. Guess what, President Obama is still President of the United States in 3 weeks. Guess what, Harry Reid is still the minority leader with enough votes to prevent something from reaching the 60-vote threshold in the Senate."
Department Of Homeland Security Funding February 27, 2015
Mitch McConnell, R-KY
"Madam President, this morning the Senate will complete work on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, and then we will turn to Senator Collins’ bill—commonsense legislation that will protect our democracy from the egregious example of Executive overreach we saw in November. In my view, this deserves broad support. Remember, President Obama said more than 20 times that he couldn’t take those kinds of actions. He even referred to overreach such as that as “ignoring the law.” So Senator Collins’ measure simply takes the President at his word and helps him follow the law instead of ignoring it."
Supporting A Clean Dhs Funding Bill February 27, 2015
Yvette Clarke, D-NY
"Mr. Speaker, I rise to draw the attention of the House on the dangerous position in which my Republican colleagues have placed the American people by refusing to fund the Department of Homeland Security. Republicans in the House of Representatives voted in January to fund DHS only if we threaten millions of undocumented parents and children with deportation. Unless Republicans stop playing games with our national security and vote to fund DHS, the agency will not have the ability to maintain critical operations by the end of February. We have a responsibility to demonstrate to the people of the United States and the leaders of other nations that we are capable of supporting national security without concern for politics. The partisan interests that have convinced many Republicans to oppose the Obama administration on immigration are not in the interest of our nation as a whole. The position of the Republicans imposes serious risks on the American people. The failure to fund DHS, as President Obama has recently reminded us, will impact one hundred forty-three thousand Department of Homeland Security workers who are responsible for the safety of our families and children. In New York City, DHS resources support our police and fire departments to protect the city and the millions of visitors from around the world from attacks. Undermining the funding of the DHS threatens their safety and the security of our communities across the nation. House Republicans should not hold our national security hostage to a narrow agenda. In the community I represent in Brooklyn, New York, the many first-generation and second-generation immigrants will suffer irreparable harm if we fail to fund the DHS. Who among would want to know the fear that a knock on the door in the middle of the night or a citation for a minor infraction such as jaywalking could result in permanent separation from their children? Mr. Speaker, instead of playing games with politics, Republicans should focus on avoiding a shutdown of the DHS by enacting a bipartisan bill to fund the DHS through the rest of the 2015 fiscal year."
Department Of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015 February 27, 2015
Richard Durbin, D-IL
"Senator Collins is making the argument that the Executive order signed by President Obama, known as DACA, that affected children who might qualify under the DREAM Act and could protect up to 2 million young people in America, was legal. I agree. She says her bill that she is offering today reflects that."

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