Speeches

Ending H-1B Visa Fraud

Oct 17, 2019

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.

Modernizing Drone Regulation

Oct 17, 2019

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.

Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act

Sep 19, 2019

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.

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.”

High Skilled Immigrant Visa Live UC Remarks

Jun 27, 2019

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.