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The rules are just not that important to me. What is important to me is getting stuff done so if we were to get a majority. There is a lot of stuff that I want to get done and if trying to get the minimum wage increased for example, if Republicans throw up an artificial roadblock in my way, I am inclined to say,' Wait, it is what people want, it is what we promised,' i am not going to elevate an artificial rule over the substance of what I am here for, but I also don't come into this saying we have to change a rule to change a rule.
For years, I've been deeply concerned about President Trump stumbling into a war with Iran. We're now at a boiling point, and Congress must step in before President Donald Trump puts even more of our troops in harm's way. We owe it to our servicemembers to have a debate and vote about whether or not it's in our national interest to engage in another unnecessary war in the Middle East.
The racist photo from Governor Northam's 1984 yearbook is horrible. This causes pain in a state and a country where centuries of racism have already left an open wound, i hope the Governor — whose career as an Army officer, pediatrician and public official has always manifested a commitment to justice and equality for all — now takes the time to listen to those he has hurt and reflect on how to move forward.
For too long, Congress has given presidents a blank check to wage war. We've let the 9/11 and Iraq War authorizations get stretched to justify wars against multiple terrorist groups in over a dozen countries, from Niger to the Philippines, our proposal finally repeals those authorizations and makes Congress do its job by weighing in on where, when and with who we are at war.
The gun laws in our country have done little to stem senseless gun violence, we have the power to make critical improvements, through universal background checks and other commonsense legislation, that will make it less likely that dangerous individuals will get a weapon in their hands and use it against others.
I'll tell you what offends me about this. We've already lost American service members lives in this operation and we've done it without Congress being willing to do the job of having a vote. If we're going to ask people to risk their lives, then Congress ought to do our job and put our thumb print on this mission and say, it is in the national interest.
We have the availability of overwhelming air power, and we have boots on the ground that are ready and eager to fight -- the Peshmerga -- and they lack sufficient tools and equipment to do so. we cannot police a region that won't police itself, and so the ground troops need to be from the region, but the United States's strong support, via the air campaign, via training and equipping, helping guide the air campaign to make it effective -- that's what we should do.