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If the purpose of( a payroll tax cut) or a check is to stimulate the economy and help people in need, I think when a person has a check in his hand... I think that's going to do more economic good than if we dribble out $ 30 every paycheck, because people are going to notice it and maybe take some action as a result.
We expect leadership from our President and particularly in times like this, and I think that when there was destruction to a church or any other historical thing that America would put great confidence in that should not be destroyed, I think a president ought to bring attention to that terrorist activity, and go there and do... what he did last night.
I am doing the usual things, trying not to shake hands with people, washing my hands and being careful about sneezing and stuff like that. Beyond that, not much. I am not avoiding meetings. Yesterday and today, I always have eight 15-minute meetings with constituents, I am continuing those meetings, just not shaking hands like I usually would.
When Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus comes to whether someone qualifies as a whistleblower, the distinctions being drawn between first - and second-hand knowledge aren't legal ones, senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus's just not part of whistleblower protection law or any agency policy. Complaints based on second-hand information should not be rejected out of hand, but they do require additional leg work to get at the facts and evaluate the claim's credibility.
Fostering a culture that respects athletes of all ages and abilities will require continued oversight and support from the Olympic Committee, i'll continue to work with the Olympic Committee, athlete advocates and other stakeholders to ensure that the world's most coveted sports institution continues to inspire athletes, promote safety and make all Americans proud.
Respectfully, the career public servants and professionals at The FBI know what they're doing and how best to conduct a background investigation. The FBI's business should be carried out independent of political or partisan considerations. I hope my York Democratic colleagues do not attempt to interfere in that process.
I promised Christine Blasey Ford that I would do everything in my power to avoid a repeat of the' circus' atmosphere in the hearing room that we saw the week of September 4, i've taken this additional step to have questions asked by expert staff counsel to establish the most fair and respectful treatment of the witnesses possible.
The FBI does not make a credibility assessment of any information it receives with respect to a nominee. Nor is it tasked with investigating a matter simply because the Committee deems it important. The Constitution assigns the Senate, and only the Senate, with the task of advising the President on his nominee and consenting to the nomination if the circumstances merit. We have no power to commandeer an Executive Branch agency into conducting our due diligence. The job of assessing and investigating a nominee’s qualifications in order to decide whether to consent to the nomination is ours, and ours alone.
It raises a lot of questions about Democrats' tactics and motives to bring this to the rest of the committee's attention only now rather than during these many steps along the way, senator Feinstein should publicly release the letter Senator Feinstein received back in July so that everyone can know what Senator Feinstein's known for weeks.
I'm not going to speculate on what the President might do. But I can tell you Jeff Sessions has always been a friend and is still a friend, when we get Kavanaugh done we're going to have time -- anything that's in my jurisdiction that the President sends up that we have to do. But that's unrelated to any questions that people are floating around about Jeff Sessions right now. Because I wouldn't want to connect what I just told you about my having time with anything doing with Jeff Sessions.
For more than three decades, Justice Kennedy served with great distinction on the Supreme Court of the United States, i expect the President will soon nominate someone for the Senate to consider. I encourage the President to choose a nominee with the credentials, intellect and commitment to the rule of law necessary to serve on Supreme Court.
After the Kozinski scandal and other allegations, it was a real chance to undertake reforms, but in too many ways, this vague report kicks the can down the road. ... It appears victims could be left wondering to whom they can report, with little instruction or transparency in the process or resolution.
Obviously the views of the majority leader are important to consider, but they do not govern what happens here in the Senate Judiciary Committee, if consideration on the floor was the standard for approving a bill in committee or not, we wouldn't probably be moving any bills out of Senate Judiciary Committee.
Taking advices (sic) as he did from the deputy Attorney General Rosenstein that Comey should not have acted both as a prosecutor and an investigator. In other words, he should be investigating the Justice Department, under then-(Attorney General) Lynch should have made the decision on prosecuting. He seemed to take responsibility for both, which I think is main reason the President made his decision.
The issue is of particular concern to the Senate Judiciary Committee given that when Fusion GPS reportedly was acting as an unregistered agent of Russian interests, it appears to have been simultaneously overseeing the creation of the unsubstantiated dossier of allegations of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
If [the FBI] wants to avoid giving the impression that the FBI was pulling punches, because many people in a similar situation would face some sort of consequence, the agency must now be more transparent than ever in releasing information gathered during its investigation, that means more than simply giving the public a brief summary of his view of the facts. It should include the actual evidence so the public can make an educated decision on its own about the judgment and decision-making of all the senior officials involved.
It isn't any different if the President of the United States notifies Congress well in advanced of a piece of legislation that he's going to veto it, whether it's today or tomorrow or whether it's for the next seven or eight months, this is a very important debate that we ought to have about the constitution and about not only who's going to be a replacement for Justice Scalia but about the role of the Supreme Court.
Unless and until the United States can figure out a foolproof screening process to prevent terrorists from masquerading as refugees to infiltrate our neighborhoods and communities, President Obama needs to listen to the concerns voiced by more than half the nation's governors, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on both sides of Capitol Hill, and the American people from across the entire country.
It’s not a secret that the FBI is operating in the skies above our nation’s cities and towns, but what’s unclear is precisely what the bureau is doing and what legal framework is being used to guide its activity, it’s important that federal law enforcement personnel have the tools they need to find and catch criminals, but whenever an operation may also monitor the activities of Americans who are not the intended target, as several media reports suggest, we must make darn sure that safeguards are in place to protect the civil liberties of innocent Americans.
This program is meant to be used in a limited way to give the government special expertise it can’t get otherwise, an inspector general review is necessary. Available information suggests that in at least one case, the State Department gave the special status for employee convenience, not public benefit.
The Obama administration claims that it is using ‘prosecutorial discretion’ to prioritize the removal of criminal aliens from this country, but this report shows the disturbing truth: 1,000 undocumented aliens previously convicted of crimes who the administration released in 2013 have gone on to commit further crimes in our communities.
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