Mr. President,

I would like to speak for a few minutes about a bipartisan amendment I have offered to the NDAA, the Due Process Guarantee Act.

Alexander Hamilton, writing in Federalist 84, called arbitrary imprisonment one of the “favorite and most formidable instruments” of tyrants.
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Mr./Madam President,

Last week, the Trump administration proposed new rules to finally bring federal policy back in line with federal law. This should not be controversial in a republic committed to the rule of law.

But this new policy touches the question of abortion, which tempts all three branches of our federal government to turn truth, justice, and the law inside out in the service of violence.

President Trump is resisting those temptations, and affirming that the law should do what it says.
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Mr. President, later today this body will vote to confirm my friend Jim Bridenstine to be the next NASA administrator.
In that position, he will be in charge of rebuilding a space program that matches the pioneering spirit and determination of the American people.
I have known Congressman Bridenstine for many years, and I know that he is just the man for this important undertaking.
Let us review his record. It will show that Jim Bridenstine’s service to our country is matched only by his eagerness to press the boundaries of sky and space.
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Good afternoon, thank you all for being here.

And thanks to the Federalist Society for organizing this conference on restoring Article I of the Constitution, which is a subject near and dear to my heart.

Article I, of course, is the section of the Constitution that enumerates the powers of Congress.
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Mr. President, I’d like to speak for a few minutes about Ryan Nelson, who has been nominated as solicitor for the Department of the Interior.

Ryan is a fantastic choice for this position at Interior. As a native of Idaho Falls, he is a fellow Westerner who understands the issues confronting the region.
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Mr. President,

Two hundred years ago this month, a man was born into slavery in a cabin not far from here in Maryland.

The child knew his mother only briefly; they were cruelly separated when he was young. He knew his father only by the rumors.
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Mr. President,

There is good news. There is great news. And then there is the story of Lucas Warren of Dalton, Georgia.

I do not know Lucas. For he is only 18 months old – and so has the good sense not to consort with politicians. But like millions of Americans who have not met Lucas, I will never forget him.
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Mr. President,

Right now, the United States is one of just seven countries in the whole world that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

And we are not in good company.

Of the other six countries that allow elective abortions at that late stage, half are authoritarian communist countries with horrible records on human rights.
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