I have read the accounts—so have many of you.

A young mother from Honduras. Two young sisters from Guatemala. A six-year old child from El Salvador.

They are all told by the local cartel that—for a price—a better life awaits them in America. They are told, as evidenced by those chanting “Biden!” at the border, that this new president has opened the borders, and amnesty is imminent. So “get in while you can.”
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The stated mission of the Department of Health and Human Services “is to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans.” The HHS Secretary is thus charged with overseeing all government healthcare and social services, and protecting the health and rights of the American people. It’s a worthy goal, and an important job.

Unfortunately, the history of the nominee before us, Mr. Xavier Becerra, poses grave concerns for carrying out this very goal, and for overseeing an agency with such vast, far-reaching responsibilities.
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Mr. President, the federal government has become too big and too expensive. It's been this way for quite a long time. It's not without its impact.

You know, it's been borrowing and spending far too much money and doing too many things even before the covid-19 global pandemic. This emergency has really shown how badly we need to return to some semblance of federalism; some semblance of federal restraint with respect to what it does and particularly what it spends.
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Madam President,

The whole point of American foreign aid is to assist countries in times of need, and in support of a common interest between them and us.

And yet, for many years our foreign aid dollars have been used to impose violent cultural imperialism… by promoting and providing for the practice of abortion.
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Mr. President,

Some of our nation’s finest answered the call of duty here in our nation’s Capitol over the past weeks to assist with a peaceful transition of power.

These dedicated men and women in the National Guard have taken an oath to protect that bedrock document of our Founding, the Constitution – and indeed they have.
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Mr. President,

This past week, we marked the anniversary of a deadly day in American history that has resulted in the loss of millions of innocent American lives: the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Since January 22, 1973, more than 60 million unborn children have been lost to the scourge of abortion.
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Mr. President, at the time I prepared my remarks for today—it seems like a lifetime ago; a lot has changed in last few hours. So I’m going to deliver the same remarks, but it has a little bit of a different feel than it would have just a few hours ago.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family members of those who have been injured or killed today. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to the Capitol Hill Police who valiantly defended our building and our lives.
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Mr./Madam President,

I rise today to honor my friend, Gary Herbert, Governor of the State of Utah for the last 12 years, who after a long career in public service is embarking on a well-earned retirement.
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Señor/Señora Presidente,

Reservando el derecho de objetar…

Quiero agradecer el caballero de New Jersey por traer este tema al Senado hoy. Los programas culturales pueden representar una fracción pequeñísima de los gastos federales, pero son magnificados muchas veces por su impacto substantivo y simbólico.
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Reserving the right to object…

I want to thank the gentleman from New Jersey for bringing this issue to the floor today. Cultural programs may represent a tiny fraction of federal spending, but they are magnified many times over by their symbolic and substantive impact.
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