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  1. Mr. President, I must rise against this piece of legislation. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a major part of the effort to prevent the crisis from 2008 from happening again- protecting the consumer against banks that become too big to fail. The big banks always have their lobbies, their high-powered Wall Street laywers, and their money. But the average middle class consumer? The teacher making $48,000 a year in Phoenix does not have a lobbyist 3,000 miles away, in Washington D.C. The union worker on the line does not have the ability to hire lawyers that match Wall Street's. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is an important, inexpensive body that protects consumers. Let's go through the numbers, shall we? I will enter the following fact sheet onto the Senate Record. Highlights? 29 million consumers, which is around 9% of the general U.S. population, almost all of whom are middle class and working class Americans, who have received much needed relief from predatory and illegal shark lenders. Allowing people to restore their lives, and the most important three digit number in this country- their credit score. And far from being unaccountable, this is one of the most transparent agencies in government. An agency that is barely a decade old, having testified over 60 times in Congress, and having town halls in over 40 cities, open to the public, from across the country, shows that they are getting out in front of the American people. The only thing 'common-sense' about this legislation is that it should not get anywhere near the President's desk. I yield the floor.
  2. Señor Presidente, I must strongly object to the passage of this legislation. This would be an outright dangerous piece of legislation, driven by, unfortunately, the hard, Trumpist right whose sole purpose would be to fundamentally remake, and reduce, the American immigration system. This ls legislation that the American people cannot stand for, and it is why I object to this bill. As a U.S. Senator from a border state, I can agree with the concerns of the Senator from Maine. An artificial limit of 50,000 refugees a year will severely hurt the American people from being able to help fleeing people, those who are fleeing war zones and other terribly dangerous situations in their own home countries, like cartels. America is not a country that turns it back on those in need- 100,000 is a much more reasonable number, and I will certainly support an amendment to that effect. While we talk about the point system here, which I strongly disagree with, we also must talk about the most dangerous part of this legislation, the section that the bill's sponsor didn't even talk about- the goal of this legislation to straight up reduce immigration entirely by 50%. This is bad for the American economy. While birthrates are going down, encouraging young entrepreneurs to enter the country is a good thing. Encouraging more college educated people, not less, to enter the country is a good thing. And even unskilled laborers, who come in and are hardworking- who do the tough, non-glory jobs that need being done, like cleaning our schools, or making lunches for our students, or even ensuring that fruit gets picked so it can be eaten, are contributing to the economy. Let's uphold the dignity of work, in that regard. Ironically, the elimination of the diversity visa even goes against the bill's desired goals of bringing in more skilled immigrants. Supporters of this legislation simply see the word 'diversity visa', key in on the first, and think that it's some waste of time. But these people coming in are educated, and via self-selection, are some of the people most likely to come in and be working professionals, as well as coming in with an education. This legislation is bad for the American economy, bad for the American people, and that is why I implore my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to vote this terrible legislation down. I yield the floor.
  3. Mr. President, I object to passage by unanimous consent. I yield the floor.
  4. I will use four dice in this game.
  5. Vice Admiral Shawshank, Thank you for joining us today. I look forward to productive hearings. What do you believe is the biggest challenge right now for the Department of Defense?
  6. Wilder

    LOA

    Unfortunately, second consecutive weekend out of town. I'll be back on Monday.
  7. Wilder

    @SenGomez

    So Republicans under President Trump tripled the deficit, and just now want to call the national debt a threat to national security? If only they remembered this in late 2017... #GOPHypocrisy
  8. Wilder

    @SenGomez

    Official Twitter Account of U.S. Senator Alejandro Gomez(D-Tucson) of Arizona.
  9. Thank you to the Senate for confirming me! I look forward to working on advancing the President's agenda throughout the world.
  10. Congratulations to Attorney General Muldowney on his confirmation! He will do an excellent job at the Department of Justice.
  11. Senator Jones, This Administration looks to build upon successes of its predecessors, but will change course where is necessary. While I must confess to not knowing what 'victories' foreign policy wise the President's predecessor had with Russia, nor was there any concrete breakthroughs with North Korea, President Tillman's foreign policy will not be based simply on partisanship and scoring political points, but on facts and logic and doing what is right for the United States of America and her interests.
  12. Senator Pinnacle, President El-Sisi does indeed intend to secure a third term. Like in all nations, we support respecting the constitution that in place. I must be careful with my words, Senator, if I am to be placed in this position of trust, so I do not want to needlessly speculate, but to answer your question, it is extremely difficult to say with precision what will happen there. But the United States will certainly keep an eye on what is happening in Egypt, and react as necessary.
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