Sen. Jeff Merkley: “Trumpcare” the “opposite” of founders’ vision

Jeff MerkleyOur Nation and our government were founded on a principle that can be summed up in three words: “We the People,” the first three words of our Constitution, the three words that our Founders wrote in supersized font so that no matter who you were you would remember that this is the guiding mission of our form of government. This is the guiding mission of the Constitution. Continue reading Sen. Jeff Merkley: “Trumpcare” the “opposite” of founders’ vision

Mitch McConnell: Democrats “launching more filibusters against this President’s Cabinet than any other”

Mitch McConnellWhile I am pleased the Senate is working to fill these important positions, it has been disappointing to see so much pointless obstruction by our friends across the aisle. They have continuously forced procedural hurdles on nominees for no other reason than to stall confirmations, launching more filibusters against this President’s Cabinet than any other in history. They have done so not to change the result but simply to eat up floor time that could be used for legislation to help our constituents.

—Sen. Mitch McConnell (R–KY)

Executive Session, Senate Floor, May 22, 2017

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Sen. Patrick Leahy: Advocates of Cuba sanctions “have learned nothing from history”

Patrick LeahyAnyone who thinks that more economic pressure, or ultimatums, will force the Cuban authorities to stop arresting political dissidents and embrace democracy have learned nothing from history. For more than half a century we have tried a policy of unilateral sanctions and isolation, and it has achieved neither of those goals. Instead, it has been used by the Cuban government as an excuse for repression to protect Cuba’s sovereignty. It has hurt the Cuban people, not the Cuban government. And it has provided an opening for our adversaries and competitors, like Russia and China, in this hemisphere.

—Sen. Patrick Leahy (D–VT)

 Senate Floor, May 25, 2017

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Sen. Tom Cotton on expanding the Central High School Historic Site

Tom Cotton

Editor’s note: Several senators have introduced a bill to extend the boundary of Little Rock’s Central High School Historical Site to include nearby homes. The full text of Senator Cotton’s introduction appears after the jump.

September will mark the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine, the nine African-American students who enrolled in the then-all-white Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Ask anyone who lived through the crisis, and they will tell you they remember it vividly. Continue reading Sen. Tom Cotton on expanding the Central High School Historic Site

Mitch McConnell: Used to Be “Bipartisan Consensus” for Light Regulation of the Internet

Mitch McConnell

I don’t have to tell colleagues how important the internet and other wireless technologies have been in our modern society…. It is important to remember that these groundbreaking technological advances didn’t just come about because of government mandates or heavy-handed bureaucracy; they grew out of an environment that allowed for, and actually encouraged, innovation. From the Clinton years onward, there was a bipartisan consensus that we should maintain the kind of light regulatory touch that allows this innovation to thrive in the first place in order to open the door to further advancements.

—Sen. Mitch McConnell (R–KY)

The Internet, Senate Floor, May 18, 2017

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