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  • Providing for Consideration of H.R. 161, Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, and Providing for Consideration of H.R. 36, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

    by Representative John P. Sarbanes

    Posted on 2015-01-21

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    SARBANES. I thank the gentleman for yielding.



    Mr. Speaker, I urge a ``no'' vote on ordering the previous question, so that we can consider the constitutional amendment, the Democracy for All amendment, that would rein in the excesses that have been unleashed by Big Money on our political system. That occurred 5 years ago in the Citizens United decision.

    We have an opportunity, acting on behalf of the millions of Americans who feel their voices are drowned out, to push back on the influence of Big Money in this town and on this Chamber.

    It seems, Mr. Speaker, that every week we get another example of how Big Money is influencing policy here in Washington. Last week, it was the influence of Wall Street leaning on the institution to pass legislation that would get them out from reasonable regulation. This week, it is the energy industry leaning on the institution with respect to this Keystone bill that we are going to see--example after example of how Big Money has undue influence here in Washington.

    It is time that we fought on behalf of the American people and made sure that their voices are the ones being heard, not the voice and the megaphone of Big Money.

    Let's vote against ordering the previous question. Let's consider the amendment to the Constitution that would allow us to push back on the undue influence of Big Money here in Washington.

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