Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee: Obamacare fulfilled Harry Truman’s promise

Sheila Jackson-Lee

In 1949, Harry Truman became the first sitting President to propose universal healthcare for all Americans as part of the “Fair Deal.” On March 23, 2010, with the stroke of President Obama’s pen, the American people received this part of the “Fair Deal.”

—Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D–TX)

Wealth Care over Healthcare and Contributions of Caribbean Americans, House Floor, June 26, 2017

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Perry, Zinke, Pruitt: US “energy story” has been about scarcity and foreign influence for 40 years

This is a truly amazing moment in the energy sector, and President Trump is seeking to capitalize on the opportunity for the betterment of the American economy and our citizens. For the first time in four decades, the energy story in the United States is about becoming an energy exporter and no longer about peak resources or being beholden to foreign powers.

—Secretaries Rick Perry, Ryan Zinke, and Scott Pruitt

Paving the Path to U.S. Energy Dominance, Washington Times op-ed, June 26, 2017

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Rick Perry: In the 1960s, nuclear energy was “cool.” Overregulation changed that

One of the things we want to do at DOE is to make nuclear energy cool again, from the standpoint of — if you remember when we were kids — well, sorry, you’re nowhere near my age — but when I was younger in the ’60s and a lot of kids wanted to go into the nuclear energy field.

At my alma mater there were a lot of young boys and girls who wanted to be nuclear engineers. That’s not so much the case today because this industry has been strangled all too often by government regulations.

—Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

Press Briefing, June 27, 2017

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Rep. Lloyd Doggett: 1990s welfare reform “became welfare for Republican governors”

Lloyd DoggettI believe that we need to be working together to try to find genuine solutions and that working together is not just here in this House, in Congress, because the big problem here is that, when we voted in 1996–and I voted for it, for moving from welfare to work–we expected the States to be partners in that effort.

Unfortunately, while we did change fundamentally and end welfare as we know it, it became welfare for Republican Governors who wanted to use these Federal moneys not to assist the poor, but to assist their States fill various budget gaps.

—Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D–TX)

Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act, House Floor, June 23, 2017

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Rep. Ted Poe: History of Pakistan’s support for terrorist groups goes back to 1980s

Ted PoeThere is a laundry list of evidence of Pakistan’s support for terrorist groups, and I think a little more history is in order because this activity by Pakistan has been going on for years and has been below the radar.

Since 1980, Pakistan has provided a safe haven and support, as I mentioned, for the Haqqani Network. Continue reading Rep. Ted Poe: History of Pakistan’s support for terrorist groups goes back to 1980s

Sen. Patrick Leahy: Shelby County v. Holder “has taken this country back to an era before the Civil Rights movement”

Patrick LeahyBut the Supreme Court’s decision [Shelby County v. Holder] has taken this country back to an era before the Civil Rights movement–a bad time in our history where some states openly discriminated against minority voters.

Just yesterday, we marked the 53rd anniversary of three civil rights activists who were killed in Mississippi for registering minorities to vote. Continue reading Sen. Patrick Leahy: Shelby County v. Holder “has taken this country back to an era before the Civil Rights movement”

Rep. Jaren Huffman: Trump wrong on the Hoover Dam, big projects take time

Jared HuffmanIn this statement, Rep. Jared references a Washington Post fact-check which can be found here.

A couple of weeks ago, President Trump claimed that projects like the Hoover Dam were built in 5 years because they didn’t have to go through years of permitting and regulation that current infrastructure projects are subjected to.

In fact, dam planning on the Colorado River began in 1902, yet the Hoover Dam was not completed until 1937. Continue reading Rep. Jaren Huffman: Trump wrong on the Hoover Dam, big projects take time

Rep. Karen Bass: 1990s was the first time women abused drugs as much as men

Karen BassIronically, in the 1990s, when the crack cocaine epidemic hit, that was the first time that women started using drugs equal to men. It hadn’t happened before, and so families fell apart.

—Rep. Karen Bass (D–CA)

Reducing Unnecessary Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act, House Floor, June 20, 2017

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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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Sen. Cory Booker: Unlike AHCA deliberations, Constitutional Convention was “public, open, transparent”

Cory BookerWhat is interesting is, if you think about the forming of our country in that debate–again, the Constitutional Convention was public, open, transparent–issues were debated.

In fact, through the process, the very Constitutional Convention of this country–perhaps some of the biggest issues of humanity–were debated in an open forum. We have records of those discussions, records of those deliberations. Everything from the representation that each State should have to issues as profound as slavery were right there, out in the open.

—Sen. Cory Booker (D–NJ)

Healthcare Legislation,  Senate Floor, June 19, 2017

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