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The speaker of The House says that Senate Republicans refuses to accept this acquittal, whatever that means. Perhaps Senate Republicans will tear up the verdict like Senate Republicans tore up the State of the Union address. So I would ask my distinguished colleagues across the aisle, is this really, really where you want to go ?
It could dramatically change the separation of powers between the White House and the Senate if the Senate agrees we will conduct both the investigation and the trial of an impeachment, what's more, some of the proposed new witnesses include executive branch officials whose communications with the President and with other executive branch officials lie at the very core of the President's constitutional privilege.
Speaker Pelosi is now sitting on the articles Speaker Pelosi claimed were so very urgent. Speaker Pelosi's delayed this indefinitely so that the architects of the failed House process can look for ways to reach over here into The Senate and dictate our process as well, these bizarre stunts do not serve our Constitution or our national security. They erode both.
I can't imagine that a Republican majority Congress in a lame duck session after the American people have spoken would want to confirm a nominee opposed by the NRA, the NFIB, and the New York Times says would move the court dramatically to the left, this nomination ought to be made by the next president.
What they want is to provide for their families, but here's how more Democrats seem to view these hard-working Americans and their families: just statistics, just the cost of doing business, just obstacles to their ideology, this is callous. It is wrong. And it underlines the need to stand up for hard-working, middle-class coal families.
There has been a lot of talk in the last 24 hours about one of our presidential candidates and his seeming ambivalence about David Duke and the KKK, so let me make it perfectly clear, that is not the view of Republicans who have been elected to the United States Senate, and I condemn his views in the most forceful way.
As I've said, there are many concerns up here on the Hill with this agreement -- from Democrats and Republicans alike. But trade is critically important to our economy and national security. So I think the president should consult with Congress on the timing and path forward on this important issue.
It's an agreement between Barack Obama and the Iranian regime, and it will be reviewed again in a year and a half from now. It doesn't have the force of law that a treaty would've had. So his deal is a unilateral deal with Iran is something that he can try to implement over the next year and a half. And if the next president wants to take a look at it, (he or she) is free to do it.
I think we have an obligation to take some number of refugees, we've done that in these situations in the past. It is important to remember why this is all happening, because the President is falling behind, leading from behind. The Middle East is in turmoil. And our policy of talking to our enemies and leaving our friends behind has contributed to all of this meltdown.
Well you know, mistakes are made in warfare, the drone is another weapon. It's used obviously to try and minimize collateral damage. Americans like minimizing collateral damage. I think it's a part of our toolbox that we should use against terrorists. I think there is plenty of oversight and we are always going to look when mistakes are made. I think it's appropriate for Congress to take a look at it.
We are going to have to have a negotiation about how much we are going to spend in discretionary accounts of the government this year. And all of that will commence sometime after this fiscal year, i think the Speaker and myself and the White House are going to have to discuss how to resolve our differences.
Let me suggest that had the President and his team spent as much time trying to ratchet up the sanctions on the Iranians over the last two years as they have entering into an agreement, which most of us are highly skeptical of as to having any positive impact at all, we'd have ended up in better place.
The politicians who forced Obamacare on the American people now have a choice: crow about Obamacare's latest wobble towards the edge, or work with us to address the ongoing negative impact of a 2,000-page law that continues to make life miserable for too many of the same people it purported to help.
The United States is currently negotiating an agreement with a whole host of Pacific nations -- not just Japan and Australia, but also countries like Canada and Chile -- that would cement and enhance our role in the world's fastest-growing region, the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership would lower unfair trade barriers to American-made goods and American produce sold in the Pacific. That would represent a huge win for American workers and American farmers, to say nothing of the far-reaching geopolitical implications for our country.
This Finance Committee meeting obviously will be open to the public. There will be many, many amendments offered, most of them I suspect reflecting the views of the senator from Vermont. But the meeting will go forward, the committee will simply be inconvenienced by the current actions, the committee will meet at the earliest possible time and finish up the bill today.
That there is not a lot of transparency. So what we are trying to do here is make sure that this debate takes place out in the public, that the American people have as much time as possible to understand the very significant ramifications of this trade agreement. I, and I suspect others, will do our best to make that happen.
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