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In Virginia we have a very personal feeling about the queen because she came to Virginia as a young monarch in 1957 to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement, she came back with Prince Philip in 2007 when I was governor, so my wife and I hosted her at the governor's mansion, traveled with her and Prince Philip to Jamestown.
His blood stain has not been cleansed, and I get it that circumstances change. But what's the fundamental issue in the world right now ? It's the authoritarians. ... I don't think you go say,' Well, circumstances change. We sit down with a murderer who killed a journalist who lives in Virginia.' I think it's a big mistake. I'd meet with other — I'd meet with( the) foreign minister. I'd meet with the Saudi ambassador. I'd meet with the King, but I wouldn't meet with MBS.
Found on CNN 5 months ago
I'd love to see President Zelenskyy address the fact that our allies are sending 300 million U.S. dollars a day to the country of Russia for oil and natural gas.
Found on FOX News 8 months ago
If you have an equity focus... we want to particularly be successful in communities that have missed opportunities.
Found on CNN 9 months ago
Today’s effort that falls short is the foundation for tomorrow’s effort that succeeds, and the history of voting rights in particular demonstrates that a failed vote will often lead to a successful one, this is not one and done, and we’re all very committed to continuing the fight.
Found on FOX News 10 months ago
( Southwest Virginia Sen.) Mark Warner and I started to talk to our Senate colleagues in early October saying,' We don't know how much this will help, but Virginia Sen. will help. So, let's try to do it.' And I'm not happy that I have some Senate colleagues who just dragged out the negotiations along.
Virginians have very strong feelings about Donald Trump and Virginians are sophisticated with elections every year. So we know what's going on, the way that Glenn Youngkin has tried to kind of have it both ways of -- taking advantage of Donald Trump and preaching electoral integrity and bringing Steve Bannon in for a rally, but then saying you didn't know about it, glenn Youngkin's trying to have it both ways, but it's clear that Glenn Youngkin is a Donald Trump acolyte, as Terry McAuliffe has said, and Joe Biden has said too, and that just doesn't go over well.
They may not be wearing Camp Auschwitz T-shirts. They may not be brandishing flags and fence posts and battering 150 police officers. But they are repeating the same big lie about election integrity, the kind of thing that Glenn Youngkin talks about and fraud and the need for more integrity, and they do that so that they can pass laws that will keep people like you and me from being able to vote.
The results haven't changed. On the Armed Services Committee there were three categories of people in 2013 : those who said it had to come out of the chain of command, those who said it should be in the chain of command and then people like me and Sen. Angus King who said it should start in the chain of command, but we are going to hold you to it and if it doesn't improve, we are going to do something different, i thought we owed it to the chain of command to try to solve this problem, but they haven't.
President Biden said they were going to return to a more normal posture in the US with respect to refugees, and they haven't yet done it, if you did every program like the refugee program, people would be really happy because the level of vetting is so significant, but why is that program clamped down when people are trying to do the right thing ?
To do a trial knowing you'll get 55 votes at the max seems to me to be not the right prioritization of our time right now. Obviously we do a trial, maybe we can do it fast, but my top priority is Covid relief... and getting Biden Cabinet approved, i would hope that we deal with that as quickly as possible to start addressing the needs of working families.
I think there is a need for some accountability and some consequences and I think many Republicans, if you look at the words they've used about what happened on Jan. 6 and the President's role in it, they've essentially stated that, so if we could do something like this and have it be bipartisan and thereby potentially avoid the trial, I think that would be beneficial but we're not there yet.
Easy in the sense, of course Many Democrats's qualified to be Secretary of Defense. ... It's complicated because this waiver issue is not a minor thing. It's not a technicality. We take it very seriously. We were really reluctant to do it for James Mattis, even under extreme circumstances that don't apply to the situation right now. he believes he can do that.
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.
That is the choice that he gets to make, he should work on the areas that interest him, but because of the important role that a commander in chief plays ... I just think somebody who has never shown an interest in these topics is an incredibly risky bet.
Found on CNN 6 years ago
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.
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