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  • Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017—Motion to Proceed

    by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

    Posted on 2016-07-11

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    WHITEHOUSE. Madam President, I see that Senator Cardin has arrived, so I will yield to him in one moment. But while Senator Cornyn is still on the floor, I want to express the [[Page S4930]] sorrow and sympathy of the law enforcement community in Rhode Island for the loss Dallas has sustained.

    As anybody who has served in law enforcement knows, the two worst words an officer can hear are ``officer down.'' They don't know who it is, but they know it is one of theirs, and it is a sign of a casualty among the brotherhood and sisterhood of the police department. Those Dallas police officers had to hear the same words over and over again on that deadly night: Officer down. Officer down. Officer down.

    I think it has shocked the entire country, and I have certainly seen people come from all around the United States when we have lost police officers in Rhode Island. They come and stand in the freezing cold outside of churches where a funeral is going on. They come in groups wearing bands. They come to show their respect. It is not just the men and women of law enforcement in Dallas and in Texas who feel this, everyone across the country does. I wanted to express that to the people of Dallas, the law enforcement community of Dallas, and our friend Senator Cornyn of Texas.

    With that, I will now yield to Senator Cardin, who will speak on a different subject.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Maryland.

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