Rep. Alma Adams: The Founding Fathers Sought to Protect “Artistic Expression”

Alma Adams

Under the First Amendment, all art forms and all artistic expressions are constitutionally protected. Our Founding Fathers who created our country and launched our Nation as the world’s role model in democracy believed that freedom of speech and freedom of the press were important enough to guarantee protection in our country’s founding documents. If our Founding Fathers, the brightest minds of that generation, thought that artistic expression was important enough to protect in our Bill of Rights, then what right do we have to take this away and censor the artistic community?

—Rep. Alma Adams (D–NC)

Removal Of David Pulphus’ Painting From The Cannon Tunnel, House Floor, April 26, 2017

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Rep. Joseph Crowley: Potato Famine “Very Much the Same Situation” as in Africa and Yemen

Joseph Crowley

In Ireland at the time, food was actually being exported out of Ireland while people starved. So it was starvation not only because of food loss, but also because of politics and repression–very much the same situation that exists in parts of Africa and in Yemen–and only politics could ultimately change the underlying conditions in Ireland.

—Rep. Joseph Crowley (D–NY)

Relating to Efforts to Respond to the Famine in South Sudan, House Floor, April 25, 2017

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