Mr./Madam President, I rise again today to speak about the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act – an important and bipartisan piece of legislation, which passed the House in July by an overwhelming vote of 365-65.

As I have explained in this chamber before, the concept of the bill is simple. Our current method for allocating green cards caps the total number of green cards that nationals of a given country can receive. In practice, this results in de facto country-of-origin discrimination. Because immigrants from countries with large populations are restricted to receiving the same number of visas as immigrants from smaller countries, their wait times have ballooned, in some cases stretching on for literally decades.
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Good morning. Thank you for coming out today. And thank you to the National League of Cities for hosting this event today and for your consistent advocacy for cities across America.

It’s always refreshing to get “off campus”, as we like to say. Sometimes you have to get away from the halls of Congress to find people who think creatively about policy. And I am especially excited for the invitation to speak about today’s topic.
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Mr./Madam President, I rise today to speak about the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act – an important and bipartisan piece of legislation on which I have been proud to partner with Senator Harris.

The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act has been a priority of mine for many years. During that time, it has been the subject of strong debate and scrutiny both on and off the Hill, and, like most bills, its path to becoming law has not always been straight or clear of obstacles.
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Budget Speech

Jul 29 2019

Mr. President, there is a quote that's long been attributed to St. Augustine, who during his conversion to Christianity famously uttered a prayer asking, “Lord, help me be chaste, grant me chastity, but not yet.”
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Mr./Madam President, I rise today to speak about the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act – an important and bipartisan piece of legislation on which I have been proud to partner with Senator Harris.

There is no question that immigration is one of, if not the most politically fraught issues in Congress right now. More often than not, we cannot even agree on what the problems are in our immigration system, let alone how to solve them.
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NDAA

Jun 26 2019

Mr./Madam President,

It is one of Congress’s main duties – arguably, its most important duty – to provide for the common defense.

And that sometimes means providing extra funds for unforeseen costs and emergencies in times of war.
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Mr./Madam President:

President Trump was famous for many things even before he was elected. One of those things was the catch-phrase “you’re fired,” which he popularized on his reality T.V. show, “The Apprentice.” This is a relatively commonplace phrase, but it’s not surprising that it would have so much appeal for a television audience.
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Golden Spike

May 09 2019

On May 10, 1869, a golden spike was driven into the last link joining the rails of the First Continental Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah. Made of 17 carat gold, and driven into a pre-drilled hole in the last ceremonial tie, it bore this inscription: “May God continue the unity of our Country, as this Railroad unites the two great Oceans of the world.”

And indeed it did. With the joining of the Union Pacific Railroad, stretching from the Missouri River near the Iowa-Nebraska border, and the Central Pacific railroad, stretching from Sacramento, California—East met West. The Unites States became truly united. As the spike was struck, a telegraph was sent around the nation, and bells rang out from coast to coast.
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Beijing's Bank

May 07 2019

Mr./Madam President,

Many Americans might be surprised to learn that some of their tax dollars are going directly to Chinese companies. And that some of those dollars even go to corporations owned by the Chinese government, like Chinese banks, Chinese development agencies, and Chinese microprocessor factories.
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