Rep. Karen Bass: During the crack epidemic, “we punished the mothers”

Karen BassIn the 1990s, when the crack cocaine epidemic hit, we didn’t understand much about addiction, and so we were angry. We punished the mothers. We imprisoned the mothers. We took the children away, and we didn’t realize that actually not addressing the underlying substance abuse issue would really be more harmful to the children than removing them and putting them into foster care.

—Rep. Karen Bass (D–CA)

Partnership Grants to Strengthen Families Affected by Parental Substance Abuse Act, House Floor, June 20, 2017

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Why Trump has the Panama Canal on his mind: historic infrastructure projects

It’s our great honor to have President and Mrs. Varela from Panama.  And we have many things to discuss.  We’re going to spend quite a bit of time today — the Panama Canal is doing quite well.  I think we did a good job building it, right?

President Trump’s apparent misfire during his meeting with President Varela of Panama (which Twitter quickly turned into a trending topic) was likely due to the fact that he and other officeholders have had big, historic infrastructure projects on their minds. The Panama Canal is just one of the historical references recently deployed in an effort to inspire public interest in this topic, and to make a point about regulation and red tape. Continue reading Why Trump has the Panama Canal on his mind: historic infrastructure projects

Rep. Jim Banks: Size of US armed forces at historic lows

Consider that two-thirds of our Army are not ready to deploy. Our Navy is smaller than it has been in 99 years, and our Air Force is the smallest ever and losing pilots at an alarming rate. These are not the marks of a ready force, and the work to rebuild must begin right now.

—Rep. Jim Banks (R–IN)

House Floor, June 13, 2017

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Rep. Don Young: America, possibly the last nation to have a colony, “should stop colonizing”

I think it is time that America should stop colonizing. If I am not mistaken, this is the last Nation that has a colony. The great America of the United States has a colony, and I think it is time that we change that. Vote in Congress to make sure that we have the 51st State.

—Rep. Don Young (R–AK)

Supporting Statehood of Puerto Rico, House Floor, June 15, 2017

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Rep. Jody Hice: Johnson Amendment created “behind closed doors…without any debate”

Jody HiceI think by this time most people are familiar, at least they have heard about the Johnson amendment. It came about in 1954, when Lyndon Johnson barely won a race for Senate because many people thought he was soft on communism. So one of the first things he did when he got here was, behind closed doors, without any vetting, without any debate, had inserted into the IRS Code a statement that basically says that nonprofits cannot address political issues, or they could potentially lose their tax-exempt status.

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Rep. Richard Hudson: “Statistics” show that violent crime decreases as gun ownership and concealed-carry permits increase

Richard HudsonFurther, statistics have shown that violent crime has decreased as gun ownership and concealed-carry permits have increased. Since 1991, 25 States have adopted right-to-carry laws. The number of people with carry permits has risen to over 12 million people, and the Nation’s violent crime rate has decreased 51 percent.

—Rep. Richard Hudson (R–NC)

On the Concealed Reciprocity Act of 2017, House Floor, June 13, 2017

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries: Surge in racism is, in part, “connected to a historic backlash”

Hakeem JeffriesNow, in part, what we are seeing is connected to a historic backlash that has often occurred throughout this journey that we have been on here in America, that whenever we make significant progress, there is always a backlash amongst some in America who have got a problem with the fact that we have done things designed to be more consistent with our values of liberty and justice for all, equal protection under the law.

We know slavery was the original sin here in America. Continue reading Rep. Hakeem Jeffries: Surge in racism is, in part, “connected to a historic backlash”

Maj. Leader McCarthy: GOP House is “most productive in the modern-era”

—House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R–CA)

 Twitter, June 12, 2017

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Rep. Jim Costa: Marshall Plan, NATO helped create longest peacetime period in Europe in over 1,000 years

Jim CostaThis is the longest peacetime period in Europe in over 1,000 years, which is really remarkable, and we should not take it for granted. It is our responsibility in Congress and in the White House to ensure that global order secured by NATO is strengthened, not damaged.

—Rep. Jim Costa (D–CA)

Marshall Plan, House Floor, June 8, 2017

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Rep. Don Bacon: US has survived “times of extreme divide”

We have had our times of extreme divide. At the beginning of our Nation’s history, there were very aggressive debates between the followers of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, for example. We saw strife during Andrew Jackson’s Presidency, when many of his opponents feared he was going to be America’s Napoleon, and we survived those times.

But let us not forget the bitter acrimony leading up to the 1860s, when we saw physical assaults on the floor of Congress. That divide was only solved after over 600,000 Americans died in the Civil War.

—Rep. Don Bacon (R–NE)

Civility, House Floor, June 8, 2017

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