Floor Speeches

Sessions on Obama's deportation policy: ‘This is open borders’

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said President Obama’s administration has failed to enforce U.S. immigration laws and therefore have created an “open borders” situation.

“This is open borders,” Sessions said on the Senate floor Thursday. “If you get passed the border and into the interior … then you can just stay. This cannot be the policy of the United States of America.”

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HELP leaders block bill requiring background checks in schools

Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) tried to pass a bill that would have required background checks on all school employees, but Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) objected to their unanimous consent request.

The Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act, S. 1596, would require schools to conduct background checks on all school employees in order for the school to get federal education funding.

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Reid again threatens Friday work

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that the Senate needed to complete work on two of President Obama’s nominees before leaving for a two-week Easter recess. 

“There are two votes we need to have before we leave here this week,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “We have to finish these two matters before we leave for the week.”

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Sanders: Kochs, Adelson are turning US into oligarchy

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Wednesday that billionaires are trying to turn the United States into an oligarchy by influencing elections and policy with their money.

“I do not believe democracy is about a handful of billionaires, such as the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson, being in a position where they can spend as much money as they want on any political race in this country,” Sanders said. “That’s not democracy … it is oligarchy.”

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Coats’ bill stops US recognition of Russian claims on Crimea

Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) introduced a bill Wednesday that would ensure the United States doesn’t recognize Russia’s sovereignty over Crimea and its resources.

“The American response must be much greater than a verbal slap if we want Putin to understand his actions in Ukraine are unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” Coats said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “Congress must refuse to recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea.”

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Reid: Are GOP ‘repulsed’ by equal pay for women?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) predicted that Republicans would block the Senate from considering legislation aimed at ensuring equal pay for women.

“For reasons known only to them, Senate Republicans do not appear to be interested in closing the wage gap for working women,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said. “Are Republicans in the Senate so repulsed by equal pay for hard-working American women that they can’t even stomach the thought of debating the issue?”

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