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Agriculture Appropriations Act, 2012

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Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Chairman, I believe we are broke, but we're morally broke, that's how we're broke. Let's be straight here. What's our vision for America? That's got to be the barometer. What do we want this country to be in the future? We can say we certainly don't want it to be fiscally broke, but no one comes to this well with clean hands. This is something we should be sitting down and talki... Read more »

Pascrell-LaTourette Amendment to Restore Fire Grant Funding

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Mr. PASCRELL. First, I want to thank Mr. LaTourette for, as usual, taking on a very, very exquisite subject here and not coming late to the fight. So I am proud to rise in strong support of this bipartisan amendment. I want to thank my good friend from Ohio for his leadership and willingness to work across the aisle on this important issue. To those who say that the Federal Government bears no re... Read more »

Increasing Statutory Limit on the Public Debt

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Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, we better not forget how we got here in the first place. The President, when he raised his hand in January of 2009, inherited a $10.6 trillion debt. Let us not forget history. I know this is like a Kabuki dance today. You're not only not sincere about this, but this is all process. The American people, the folks in my district, are not interested in process. They're int... Read more »

Offshore Drilling

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Mr. PASCRELL. Madam Chair, I rise today in strong opposition to the rule and the underlying bill. Look, we have preserved millions of acres in Alaska. We want to preserve the shores of New Jersey. Now if you don't understand that, there are even more major problems. Since last night, my friends on the other side have voted down no fewer than four amendments dealing with the safety of drilling. Yo... Read more »

Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012

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Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume. If the Republican budget is a doubling down on the policies that brought us to the brink, which is contained in this budget, my brother from New Jersey presents a budget which I think quadruples down on the economic policies and lack of optimism in the American people. The budget believes we cannot, as President Kennedy said a... Read more »

Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act Of 2011

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Mr. PASCRELL. Madam Speaker, you know, there is an old western song: "I'm looking for love in all the wrong places.'' Remember that song? It's not too old. Not too old. We're looking for revenue in all the wrong places; not only in reference to what we did in cutting indiscriminately $60 billion which mostly affects the middle class, and I think very dangerously. So this provision was in the heal... Read more »

Gun Violence

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Mr. PASCRELL. I appreciate the gentle lady for yielding. Madam Speaker, it is good to see you in the seat this evening. I support the Second Amendment. I was lucky enough to come into this Congress with my friend from New York, Carolyn McCarthy. She has been a champion for the issue against gun violence. I am proud to be here tonight supporting her legislation, H.R. 308, the Large Capacity Ammuni... Read more »

Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

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Mr. PASCRELL. We used to argue at one time on this floor whether or not to help communities to support the police department. We argued here on this floor as to whether this was a Federal issue, whether the Federal Government had any responsibility in terms of firefighters--I remember the debates--and police officers, and we made a decision on a bipartisan basis that it was a responsibility becau... Read more »

Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act

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Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Chairman, as a former mayor, I have always believed that our Nation's first responders constitute both our first and our last line of defense for the American people. This continuing resolution before us today fails our first responders. Regrettably, we are treating these public safety officers as being non-security, discretionary spending and have subjected them to drastic cuts... Read more »

Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

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Mr. PASCRELL. To zero out one of the most effective and efficient programs in the Federal Government--and all objective observers have come to that conclusion. And yes, we do have to cut. That's why we're here. But we don't have to cut what is an essential service when we know what the results of this legislation have brought. I have been on Homeland Security from day one. I think I know it. But ... Read more »

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