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Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2012

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Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Chairman, I stand today with my colleague from New York (Mr. Grimm) to support the working men and women of this great Nation. You might take a quick look at section 517 of this legislation, the appropriations bill, and think it doesn't stop the Department of Defense from using a project labor agreement. But you must know, in reality, this confusing language is carefully hiding ...

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012

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Mr. PASCRELL. Madam Speaker, this bill takes steps backwards from offering full protections for women and children who suffer unspeakable abuse. I'm not questioning the intentions, Madam Speaker, of those on the other side; that's not my purpose here. But who are we excluding today? You're either a unifier on the floor or you are a divider. Instead of passing the bipartisan Senate bill that provi...

COPS Program Funding

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Pascrell (D-NJ): Thank you, Mr. Dicks. I want to thank Mr. Dicks for his leadership on this issue. I want to thank Mr. Rogers for his open-mindedness, as usual, hopefully, as we go into this discussion. As Co-Chair of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, I want to call everyone's attention to one of the glaring differences between the bill the Senate passed earlier this week and the one reported by ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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