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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I'd like to start by thanking the National Association of Evangelicals for inviting me to speak.

It is heartening to see so many young Christians who are engaged with their faith as well as public controversies-and so early in the morning, too.

This conference is a unique opportunity for you to learn about the serious challenges facing our country, and how Christians can respond to them.
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Mr. President, today hundreds of thousands of Americans from all walks of life will participate in the 45th annual March for Life.

Why do these citizens march, year after year?

It certainly isn't for their health. Or for the media coverage.

No, these Americans march on behalf of those who cannot.
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Mr. President,

Our Founding Fathers knew what it was like to live in a dangerous world.

When America was founded it was threatened by foreign adversaries. Its military might was feeble compared to the great powers of that time.

And yet, the Founders insisted on a Constitution that protected Americans’ civil liberties.
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Mr. President, I rise today to honor the life of a remarkable man: Thomas S. Monson, the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

On Tuesday night, at age 90, President Monson was called home by his Heavenly Father.

I expect his reunion with his wife Frances was a joyous occasion, and I am confident that reunion provides comfort to his three children and eight grandchildren.
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Mr. President,

Earlier today the FCC voted to reverse a major impediment to a free and open Internet: The Title Two Internet regulations that were imposed under President Obama in 2015.

These regulations are commonly called “Net Neutrality,” so for the sake of convenience that is what I’ll call them.
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Mr. President, as we speak our brothers and sisters in Florida, Puerto Rico, and Texas are recovering from a string of devastating hurricanes.

Over one hundred people have lost their lives because of these storms. Many more are struggling to get by day to day.
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We are here to talk about executive abuses of the Antiquities Act.

All told, presidents have used this law to cordon off tens of millions of acres of public land from recreation and economic activity—and they have done this with shockingly little regard for the actual Americans who work and live near these areas.
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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 [QUOTE] “favorite and most formidable instruments” of tyrants.
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