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  • Border Security

    by Representative Martha McSally

    Posted on 2015-02-11

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    McSALLY. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the subject of my Special Order.



    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentlewoman from Arizona? There was no objection.

    Ms. McSALLY. Mr. Speaker, I come before this body today, again, to talk about the very important issue of border security.

    My district is Arizona's Second Congressional District. I represent about 85 miles of the southern border. We have border residents and ranchers who every day are dealing with transnational criminal organizations that are trafficking drugs and people and weapons and money through their property, putting their lives at risk, often having them have to make difficult decisions, potentially life-and-death decisions.

    As we stand today, this administration has done nothing to secure our border. This is a national security threat. It is a public safety threat. The people of southern Arizona need to be heard, and that is why I am organizing some time to address this issue.

    I appreciate one of my colleagues, the gentleman from California (Mr. Valadao), joining this conversation. This is a serious issue. We do have a bill, Secure Our Borders First Act. I am a cosponsor of the bill, and I believe it is an important bill that should unite this body to move forward and address this issue. I don't want to play politics with it.

    I yield to the gentleman from California (Mr. Valadao).

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