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  • Providing for Consideration of H.R. 2130, Red River Private Property Protection Act, and Providing for Consideration of Motions to Suspend the Rules

    by Representative James P. McGovern

    Posted on 2015-12-09

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    McGOVERN. Mr. Speaker, let me thank the gentlewoman from Connecticut (Ms. Esty) for raising an important issue, for forcing us to talk about something that the Republican leadership is working overtime to prevent us from having a vote on.



    Only in this Republican-controlled House of Representatives would the idea of prohibiting terror suspects from getting weapons be considered controversial. It is stunning.

    Let me say to the Republican leadership, who are, again, preventing us from being able to deliberate on this issue, you take my breath away. I cannot believe that you will not allow us to have a vote on the floor on this important issue. You are on the wrong side of history. You are certainly on the wrong side of public opinion.

    The vast majority of Americans--Democrats, Republicans, Independents--all think we ought to close this loophole, everybody but the leadership of this House, which is beholden to one special interest.

    Terror suspects can't fly on airplanes. I fly back and forth from Boston to Washington every week. I am glad that terror suspects can't fly on airplanes. I feel more safe. The people I fly with feel more safe.

    Why would it be somehow acceptable, then, to allow those same people who cannot fly to be able to go out and buy weapons, highly sophisticated weapons, weapons that are used by terrorists to kill civilians? Why would that be acceptable? We ought to have a vote on this. Let us vote. Let us deliberate on this important issue.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentlewoman has expired.

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