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Expanding Title 42 to now include Venezuelans adds salt to an open wound while further eroding our asylum system that President Biden promised to restore.
We need to be clear-eyed about what we are facing, just as we need to be clear in our response, despite what some may try to argue, the primary focus of this bill has always been on deterrence and on enhancing Taiwan’s capabilities.
President Biden must also offer more protections for every Dreamer that stands to lose so much if the courts eventually rule against DACA altogether. And if we hope to deliver permanent protections for DACA recipients, we need 10 Republicans in the Senate to help us end the uncertainty for Dreamers once and for all.
Now that the district court considers the future of the program within the context of the Biden Administration’s DACA rule, President Biden must use President Biden existing authority to protect Dreamers who are ineligible to apply for DACA.
The bill we are approving today makes clear the United States does not seek war or increased tensions with Beijing, just the opposite. We are carefully and strategically lowering the existential threats facing Taiwan by raising the cost of taking the island by force so that it becomes too high a risk and unachievable.
I do think it's important for Ukraine to prevail in the national interest of United States, I just don't think a no-fly zone or direct confrontation is what's necessary to do that.
He's the President of his country, he's going to make the maximalist ask on behalf of his people, that's to be understood, but that always has to be reconciled with what's in the national interest and security of the United States, i do think it's important for Ukraine to prevail in the national interest of United States, I just don't think a no-fly zone or direct confrontation is what's necessary to do that.
There is bipartisan support for providing Ukraine with fighter jets of neighboring countries that they would know how to fly and engage in, time is of the essence. The Ukrainians are getting bombarded and they do no have, at least as their country's leaders suggest and assert, the wherewithal to compete in the sky… I don't understand why we are not working expeditiously to facilitate planes to Ukraine.
Found on FOX News 1 year ago
First of all, it's not been explained, and secondly, it's going to create rate shock, so we believe that it should be alternately suspended for now, we don't know the methodology they employ ; we don't know the conclusions they came up to.
The slow pace and many obstacles to moving nominees is unacceptable, it's dangerous. We're less safe when our national security agencies are so short staffed. We have to fix this problem.
I think The President has had a time to review the actual policies under President President Obama and all of the openings that President Obama made, which were one-sided, unilateral in terms of concessions, showed themselves to create absolutely no change inside of Cuba, so the result of that, I think, is the Biden administration looked and said,' Wait a minute. That didn't seem to work.'.
After 20 years of blood and national treasure, the question is still in my mind, how do we ultimately ensure the Taliban can not run over the Afghan government and potentially create it as a place for terrorist attacks to take place ? How do we preserve the rights of Afghan women in civil society that have been achieved ?
President Joe Biden got dealt a very difficult hand. There are no good solutions to the challenge of Afghanistan. But there are serious questions, after 20 years of blood and national treasure, the question is still in my mind, how do we ultimately ensure the Taliban can not run over the Afghan government and potentially create it as a place for terrorist attacks to take place ? How do we preserve the rights of Afghan women in civil society that have been achieved ?
I think we all share a universal desire for the Cuban people to be free.
Gun silencers are dangerous devices with one purpose and one purpose only – to muffle the sound of gunfire from unsuspecting victims, the sound of gunshots is what signals you to run, hide, take cover, call the police and help others save themselves; however, this is nearly impossible when a gun silencer is used.
I encourage the Biden administration to carefully consider the broader regional security implications of these sales and to consult with Congress as it continues its due diligence on these and other arms sales.
I am certainly spending a lot of my staff's time thinking about what is eligible for reconciliation.
Over the last four years the world has skewed dramatically to the right on the question of enforcement -- the wall, we have enough Border Patrol [ agents ] to put hands across the border almost, and [ more ] ICE agents, and the' stay in Mexico' policy, the list is endless, on the enforcement side, that's all we've had for the last four years. It's a recognition that there has been a lot of enforcement out there ; and second, a recognition there are better ways to do enforcement.
My focus is to get a deal of some sort : I am not looking to bypass [ bipartisan negotiations ] and go to reconciliation, but I don't intend to go home with nothing in my hand.
My goal is to see if there are some legitimate players on the Arizona Republican side who want to invest a little capital and are serious, if the answer to that is yes, I would take weeks with them. I am not going to take months with them.
I am hopeful that we can do more than less, because I never had a president who put Joe Biden back into it.
It is one thing for individuals to engage in behavior that flies in the face of CDC and public health guidelines, but it is another to put employees and workers at risk, some of whom include contractors, such as catering and wait staff, who do not receive the full benefits of federal employment and may not have health insurance.
We are gathering support for it, and I would think some time next week.
Found on Reuters 2 years ago
I said to New York, regardless of what happens in Georgia, we need to do this early, new York said,' I don't disagree with you, and I agree with you that they're national security positions.' So I didn't get a definitive,' Yes, we're going to do it as soon as possible.' But I have a feeling New York's well disposed at this point. We'll see.
My prayers are with Judge New Jersey Judge Esther Salas and New Jersey Judge Esther Salas family, and that those responsible for this horrendous act are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.
I just heard Secretary Pompeo's remarks and I can tell you Secretary Pompeo wasn't at the same briefing that I was in, i didn't get the answer to any of( my) questions. So, I don't know what the Secretary is talking about.
There is information in his FBI background investigation that concerns me greatly and that I believe members may find problematic and potentially disqualifying for Senate confirmation.
Never in our nations history have we nominated such an underqualified person to this critical post.
Found on FOX News 3 years ago
The law clearly mandates sanctions penalties for 'significant transactions' with the Russian Federation's defense and intelligence sectors, which would clearly include the delivery of an S-400 system.
These claims are absurd, particularly from an administration that has taken a wrecking ball to America's global leadership on promoting fundamental rights across the world.
This is a power grab, pure and simple, with lasting implications for the role of Congress in the sale of arms around the world.
Stand up for the proposition that we won't let any allies, just because they're an ally, kill, with impunity, a journalist — something that we cherish under our Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the freedom of expression under the First Amendment. And stand up for the proposition that we won't let our bombs fall upon innocent civilians and have the moral responsibility which will be a blemish on our history for years to come.
I am disappointed, but not surprised, that the Trump Administration has failed once again to prioritize our long-term national security interests or stand up for human rights, and instead is granting favors to authoritarian countries like Saudi Arabia.
The sanctions that we have are unilateral. They're important.
I think we have very good prospects here.
It sends Maduro a message, as well as Russia and China that are helping to prop up Maduro.
U.S. foreign assistance is not charity; it advances our strategic interests and funds initiatives that protect American citizens.
But we cannot let these interests blind us to our values or to our long term interests in stability.
I think the administration, specifically the President, is in violation of the Magnitsky Act.
The Senate needs to act. Otherwise, Global Magnitsky will have no consequence and any administration, this one or another, can just ignore it.
I think the Senate's going to have to act unless it is willing to accept the death of a U.S. resident journalist as an acceptable action because of a broader relationship. I don't accept that.
Today's bombing, which took place in a Syrian city patrolled by The US forces, is a stark reminder that the Trump Administration needs a clearly developed and articulated strategy to secure the gains we have made in the fight against terror that includes those on the frontlines of this ongoing fight as well as our diplomatic and development corps, the United States must do more to work with our allies to develop a comprehensive approach that secures our long-term interests in the region.
The President needs to have a clear and consistent approach to China, and not turn a blind eye as a million Muslims are unjustly imprisoned and forced into labor camps by an autocratic regime.
I really don't believe, Mr. Secretary, you know what happened during the President's two-plus hours of conversation with President Vladimir Putin, and I really don't know much more about the summit after sitting here for three hours than I did before.
When the President speaks it is the policy of the United States, in one respect, I applaud this declaration about Crimea. But then he goes and says that Russia should join the G-7. Well, the reason Russia is not in the G-7 is because the invaded Ukraine. So which is the policy?
The Congress, as the direct representative of the American public, is charged with exercising effective oversight of such sales.
I remind you that the American public has a right to insist that the sales of U.S. weapons to foreign governments - especially those of this magnitude and lethality – are consistent with U.S. values and national security objectives, the Congress, as the direct representative of the American public, is charged with exercising effective oversight of such sales.
These entities who are our allies must understand that under U.S. law ... the purchases of such systems ultimately are sanctionable and we will press very hard on the question of pursuing those sanctions should they choose to do so, and I hope you'll communicate that in your role, absolutely, senator.
I'm not sure that constantly quoting the Libya model is the diplomatic way to try to get to the results that we try to seek in North Korea.
With this decision President Trump is risking U.S. national security, recklessly upending foundational partnerships with key U.S. allies in Europe and gambling with Israel's security.
From the very beginning, I never wavered in my innocence and my belief that justice would prevail, i am grateful that the Department of Justice has taken the time to re-evaluate its case and come to the appropriate conclusion.
I don’t expect diplomacy to be negotiated out in the open, but I do expect for someone who is the nominee to be secretary of state, when he speaks with committee leadership and is asked specific questions about North Korea, to share some insights about such a visit.
From the very beginning, I never wavered in my innocence and my belief that justice would prevail. I am grateful that the Department of Justice has taken the time to reevaluate its case and come to the appropriate conclusion.
The other thing to consider is that this case was brought by a different attorney general and a different Department of Justice, politics has no place in the justice process … however, it does factor into it.
The jury has not spoken yet, so I don’t like to answer what if questions.
With its announcement today, the (International Atomic Energy Agency) confirmed they could not determine the possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program -- except to assess that, contrary to its claims, Iran was working at certain points to weaponize its nuclear program, with little known about Iran's true intent, we find ourselves today opening a floodgate of frozen assets to a regime that is bent on opposing our interests.
Found on CNN 7 years ago
The problem is we have gone from preventing a nuke in Iran to managing it.
Found on FOX News 7 years ago
President Obama may have outstretched his hand, but the Castros still have their fists real tight.
If diplomats can negotiate for two-years on this issue, then certainly Congress is entitled to a review period of an agreement that will fundamentally alter our relationship with Iran and the sanctions imposed by Congress, the best outcome remains a good deal that ends Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program. That requires a strong, united, and bipartisan approach from the administration and Congress.
We all know that it may be the intent of someone not to have any large-scale, long-term offensive combat troops, but that intention can honestly change along the way.
Found on CNN 8 years ago
That's where the rub will be.
I would think it would be very difficult to get an ambassador confirmed.
Let's be clear, this was not a humanitarian act by the Fidel Castro regime.
President Obama's actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government, trading Mr. Gross for three convicted criminals sets an extremely dangerous precedent. It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips.
Tony Blinken is a tireless and able public servant who has served the nation well.
Republicans need to actually do what we say we'll do. they still have time to pass that bill.
They still have time to pass that bill.
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