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  • American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015


    A picture of Representative Bob Goodlatte

    Representative Bob Goodlatte

    From: VA District 6

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-11-19

    GOODLATTE. Mr. Speaker, pursuant to House Resolution 531, I call up the bill (H.R. 4038) to require that supplemental certifications and background investigations be completed prior to the admission...



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    Representative John Conyers Jr.

    From: MI District 13

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    CONYERS. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume. Mr. Speaker and Members, the so-called American SAFE Act purports to make us safer. But as the administration has so correctly observed,...



    A picture of Representative Michael T. McCaul

    Representative Michael T. McCaul

    From: TX District 10

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-11-19

    McCAUL. Mr. Speaker, I want to first thank the gentleman from Virginia, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, for his work on this legislation. I rise today to urge my colleagues to support the...



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    Representative Zoe Lofgren

    From: CA District 19

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    LOFGREN. Mr. Speaker, all of us watched with horror the events in Paris. November 13 was France's September 11. And all of us have paused to consider what further should be done to make sure that America...



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    Representative Richard Hudson

    From: NC District 8

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-11-19

    HUDSON. Mr. Speaker, America is a compassionate country. We are a good country. We have a long history of accepting refugees, people fleeing oppression and violence. But we also have an obligation...



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    Representative Trey Gowdy

    From: SC District 4

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-11-19

    GOWDY. Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time. Mr. CONYERS. Mr. Speaker, I yield 2 minutes to the gentleman from New York (Mr. Nadler), a distinguished member of the House Judiciary Committee. ...



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    Representative Jerrold Nadler

    From: NY District 10

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    NADLER. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this irresponsible bill that would effectively block the settlement of Syrian refugees in the United States for years. The shocking and tragic events in...



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    Representative Kevin McCarthy

    From: CA District 23

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-11-19

    McCARTHY. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding, and I thank those who have worked on the bill, Congressman Richard Hudson, Chairman Mike McCaul, a number of other committee chairmen, Chairman...



    A picture of Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

    Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

    From: TX District 18

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, I have been on the Homeland Security Committee since the heinous and vile acts of 9/11. I have often said that I was at Ground Zero, and I had the misery of seeing the recovery...



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    Representative Harold Rogers

    From: KY District 5

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-11-19

    ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding. Mr. Speaker, I rise today first to reaffirm our solidarity with the people of France, our brethren in Beirut, and the families of...



    A picture of Representative Bennie G. Thompson

    Representative Bennie G. Thompson

    From: MS District 2

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    THOMPSON of Mississippi. Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the generosity from my colleague from Michigan on the time. Mr. Speaker, we live in uncertain and dangerous times with ever- evolving terrorist threats....



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    Representative Ted Poe

    From: TX District 2

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-11-19

    POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman from South Carolina for the time. Mr. Speaker, ISIS is at war with the United States. The question is: Is America at war with ISIS? I am not so sure,...



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    Representative Jim McDermott

    From: WA District 7

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    McDERMOTT asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. McDERMOTT. Mr. Speaker, this bill is nothing but a PR piece that could have been written by Joseph Goebbels, who said,...



    A picture of Representative Jeb Hensarling

    Representative Jeb Hensarling

    From: TX District 5

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-11-19

    HENSARLING. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding and for all of his work to make our Nation more secure. Mr. Speaker, I do rise in support today of the safety and security of the American...



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    Senator Nancy Pelosi

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    Date: 2015-11-19

    PELOSI. I thank the gentleman for yielding and for his great service to our country in promoting our values and strengthening our Nation. Mr. Speaker, I come to the floor in a very prayerful way today...



    A picture of Representative Brad Ashford

    Representative Brad Ashford

    From: NE District 2

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    ASHFORD. Mr. Speaker, in my view, H.R. 4038 is, in fact, a commonsense approach to addressing the legitimate security concerns that my constituents and the American people have expressed to me and are...



    A picture of Representative Gregory W. Meeks

    Representative Gregory W. Meeks

    From: NY District 5

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    MEEKS. Mr. Speaker, I think it is without question that we have the strongest, the most stringent, and the toughest refugee system in the entire world. I don't think anybody can dispute that. Yet, we...



    A picture of Representative Dana Rohrabacher

    Representative Dana Rohrabacher

    From: CA District 48

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-11-19

    ROHRABACHER. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 4038. This legislation will give us a pause to ensure that a benevolent safe haven in America is not used by terrorists to murder a large number of...



    A picture of Representative Brad Sherman

    Representative Brad Sherman

    From: CA District 30

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    SHERMAN. Mr. Speaker, we want to vote for a bill to reflect the angst of our constituents. If you read this bill, you can't vote for it. It forces our three security leaders--the Director of the FBI,...



    A picture of Representative Steven M. Palazzo

    Representative Steven M. Palazzo

    From: MS District 4

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-11-19

    PALAZZO. Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my friend from South Carolina for the time. Mr. Speaker, we are under attack. Across the globe and here at home, we are being targeted. We are at war. The enemy...



    A picture of Representative Ted Lieu

    Representative Ted Lieu

    From: CA District 33

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    LIEU of California. Mr. Speaker, I am Congressman Ted Lieu. I am a veteran, and I oppose the Republican legislation that would upend America's refugee program for Syrians and Iraqis. It is the wrong...



    A picture of Representative Jeff Duncan

    Representative Jeff Duncan

    From: SC District 3

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-11-19

    DUNCAN of South Carolina. Mr. Speaker, as a Christian, I have compassion and sympathy for the refugees in Syria. In fact, I visited with many of them in a refugee camp in Jordan, a camp that held about...



    A picture of Representative Earl Blumenauer

    Representative Earl Blumenauer

    From: OR District 3

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    BLUMENAUER. Mr. Speaker, my Republican friends, unlike the French who had the vision and courage not to scapegoat desperate Syrian refugees fleeing the barbarians that attacked them in Paris, this is...



    A picture of Representative Brendan F. Boyle

    Representative Brendan F. Boyle

    From: PA District 13

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    BOYLE of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, this bill is a great way for Congress to appear as if it is acting and achieving something without actually doing anything. Mr. Speaker, I am proud to be a member...



    A picture of Representative Xavier Becerra

    Representative Xavier Becerra

    From: CA District 34

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    BECERRA. Mr. Speaker, the safety of our fellow Americans, and America itself, is and must be our number one priority, our number one responsibility here in this Chamber. The people of America have a...



    A picture of Representative Steve Cohen

    Representative Steve Cohen

    From: TN District 9

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    COHEN. Mr. Speaker, this bill is here without having gone through committee. It is not our normal process. It is considered an emergency. It is not an emergency. Refugees will not get in this country...



    A picture of Representative Lois Frankel

    Representative Lois Frankel

    From: FL District 22

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    FRANKEL of Florida. Mr. Speaker, our folks back home are understandably frightened, and there is no question that ISIL must be destroyed and that the safety of Americans must be our first priority. But...



    A picture of Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson

    Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson

    From: TX District 30

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I would like to express my opposition to H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act. As a result of horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, France and Beirut,...



    A picture of Representative Betty McCollum

    Representative Betty McCollum

    From: MN District 4

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    McCOLLUM. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to HR. 4038. In the aftermath of last week's barbaric ISIL terrorist attack in Paris the Republican leadership of the U.S. House has decided that the best...



    A picture of Representative Suzanne Bonamici

    Representative Suzanne Bonamici

    From: OR District 1

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    BONAMICI. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015, legislation that was introduced just 48 hours ago with no consideration...



    A picture of Representative Danny K. Davis

    Representative Danny K. Davis

    From: IL District 7

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    DAVIS of Illinois. Mr. Speaker, I rise before you with the words that are inscribed on our Statue of Liberty that reflects our history of a nation of what America is, should be, and to become to many...



    A picture of Representative Sander M. Levin

    Representative Sander M. Levin

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    Date: 2015-11-19

    LEVIN. Mr. Speaker, the entire goal of terrorists--in their cowardly acts of violence against innocent and unsuspecting civilians-- is to cause death, chaos, bring intense fear and intimidate the global...



    A picture of Representative Michael M. Honda

    Representative Michael M. Honda

    From: CA District 17

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    HONDA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition to the American SAFE Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038). This ill-advised, short-sighted, closed-minded bill would immediately block all refugees from Syria...



    A picture of Representative F. James Sensenbrenner Jr.

    Representative F. James Sensenbrenner Jr.

    From: WI District 5

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-11-19

    SENSENBRENNER. Mr. Speaker, I demand a recorded vote. A recorded vote was ordered. The SPEAKER pro tempore. This will be a 5-minute vote. The vote was taken by electronic device, and there were--ayes...



    A picture of Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman

    Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman

    From: NJ District 12

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    WATSON COLEMAN. Mr. Speaker, I was, unfortunately, unable to vote today due to a personal matter. Had I been present I would have voted the following ways: rollcall 641--H.R. 3189, the FORM Act of 2015-- ``nay;''...



    A picture of Representative Mark Takai

    Representative Mark Takai

    From: HI District 1

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    TAKAI. Mr. Speaker, on Thursday, November 19, I was absent from the House due to illness. Due to my absence, I am not recorded on any legislative measures for the day. I would like to reflect how I would...



    A picture of Representative C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger

    Representative C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger

    From: MD District 2

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    RUPPERSBERGER. Mr. Speaker, I was not able to vote today for medical reasons. Had I been present on rollcall vote 638, I would have voted ``no.'' Had I been present on rollcall vote 639, I would have...



    A picture of Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard

    Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard

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    Date: 2015-11-19

    ROYBAL-ALLARD of california in the house of representatives Thursday, November 19, 2015 Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD. Mr. Speaker, I stand...



    A picture of Representative C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger

    Representative C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger

    From: MD District 2

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-19

    RUPPERSBERGER of maryland in the house of representatives Thursday, November 19, 2015 Mr. RUPPERSBERGER. Mr. Speaker, as a...