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  • A House of Games

    by Representative John A. Yarmuth

    Posted on 2015-01-12

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    YARMUTH asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. YARMUTH. Mr. Speaker, there are a lot of games being played at this time of year. Tonight, we are going to have a national championship game for the NCAA national football championship, playoff games for the NFL championship. We have basketball games being played and hockey games. The American people don't need games being played in the House of Representatives, but that is exactly what we are seeing this week.

    The Republican majority is holding hostage the security of this Nation--holding the Department of Homeland Security's budget hostage-- so they can advance some ideological provisions on immigration reform.

    This is nothing but a big pout on the part of the Republican majority because they are upset with the President's executive action. If they want to undo what the President has done and proceed toward a sane immigration policy, we have an entire body of Democrats and Republicans who is waiting to do that. I was part of the bipartisan group last year that worked for the entire Congress in trying to get that done. I know it is possible.

    No more games, Mr. Speaker. We need action--we need sane action--and not holding our national security hostage.


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