I encourage my Senate colleagues to give Neil Gorsuch the same courtesy Senate Republicans gave Merrick Garland. #SCOTUS
I am deeply troubled that the city of Cascade Locks and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) have filed paperwork to move forward with a water rights swap, and plan to ultimately sell 225 gallons per minute of pristine Oregon spring water to Nestle to be bottled in plastic bottles and sold as Arrowhead Spring Water all over the country. This action takes away the ability for state regulators to determine if this plan is in the public interest. I hope that ODFW will reconsider moving forward with this water rights transfer and instead protect this natural resource.
I find it appalling that the House would act to shut down the U.S. Syrian refugee program – when France, who suffered the terrorist attacks, is opening its doors. The innocent should not be punished. Not to mention, this bill upends our bipartisan program for which we fought so hard to help the brave souls who were our interpreters, our guides, our drivers in Iraq. It leaves them to the tender mercies of Al Qaeda and Daesh. This legislation will not make America safe. No terrorist will wait in line as a refugee. They’ll take a lesson from the 9/11 hijackers, and come on a student or tourist visa. Turning our back on Syrian refugees is un-American, un-patriotic, and morally weak. We’re better than this.
Sessions should resign. He is unfit to serve. Latest reports settle it. Administration's Russia ties beyond troubling-we need investigation.
I'm currently sitting-in with my Democratic colleagues on the House floor demanding Republicans hold a vote on legislation to address gun violence. Since there is no official video feed, I wanted to share with you a transcript of my remarks: “I started today on this floor talking about two bullets that changed my life: a high school friend and my brother. All of you have stories that affected your communities and your lives. I am proud that people are finding their voice. “There is power in this room. Think for a moment about what happened with a couple dozen loose cannons on the other side of the aisle shutting down this government – embarrassing, damaging, but I think, perhaps, a lesson. “Everybody in this room represents a path forward. We know what to do to stop gun violence – treat it like the public health epidemic that it is. We all have taken strength from what we as a country did stopping the carnage on our highways. There was no single magic solution. It was years of hard work dealing with legislation, enforcement, research, engineering, public advocacy, and moms against drunk driving, and we cut the carnage in half. “I know that we’ve got dozens of simple, commonsense proposals represented by people in this room. It’s time that we get better than 37 seconds from the Speaker of the House for a moment of silence after the last carnage. I’m speaking from this side of the aisle because I want to hear from my friends on this side of the aisle. They do themselves a service by hearing what we’re saying today. “You know, if we don’t continue this action, what’s going to occur? We’re going to be voting on meaningless legislation that’s bad policy and is never going to be enacted into law. I say, let’s invest a little more time here. Let’s start with no fly, no buy. “If we can start a journey towards a safer country today, even if it means we don’t start a journey back to our districts Friday afternoon or Saturday or Sunday, it’s time to seize the power that we have to help the majority do what I think a number of them want to do in their hearts. “Thank you for being here today, and I look forward to staying on message and on task until we get the first step towards an important journey that were all committed to.” #NoMoreSilence #NoBillNoBreak