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Campus Fire Safety Month

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Mr. PASCRELL. Madam Speaker, I thank the gentleman from Colorado and the ranking member. I rise today in strong support of H. Res. 167, which recognizes the goals and ideals of the Campus Fire Safety Month. We just marked the start of a new school year for many college students across this great Nation. This is an opportunity to teach students about the dangers that fires pose both on and off the...

Health Care Reform Special Order

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Mr. PASCRELL. This is a golden opportunity right after we've heard what we've just heard. We are empathetic, but we want to dispel the misinformation. As to the gentleman who just spoke before me, I don't know what plan he is referring to. So this is what has been propagated from the other side about the health care system envisioned in America's Affordable Health Choices Act. I'm going to addres...

Dispelling Misinformation About Health Care Reform

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Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to dispel misinformation that has been propagated about the health care system. I've heard many of my colleagues across the aisle claim that the Democrats' health care proposal will result in rationing. Let's address it. How many millions of people have put off getting checkups, have avoided doing necessary followups, have delayed needed care or have failed...

The "Birther Bill"

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Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 1503, the so-called "Birther Bill.'' You ought to read it. H.R. 1503 is predicated on the vicious and false rumor that circulates among fringe elements of our society that Barack Obama is not a citizen of the United States and his Presidency is, therefore, illegitimate. I bring you a copy--and I hold it up--of his birth certificate wh...

State of Our Economy

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Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, on a day after the President addressed this country on the need for regulatory reform in the financial sector, I stand before you to discuss the state of the economy. Unfortunately, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle fail to comprehend the inextricable connection between the economy and the need for comprehensive health care reform. We must remember that the e...

Expressing Sense Of the House Regarding September 11, 2001

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Mr. PASCRELL. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I rise today as this Congress commemorates perhaps the most horrific day in our Nation's history, that day being September 11, 2001. So many of us in New Jersey and New York lost our friends, our loved ones, acquaintances and people we never met before. It's difficult to believe that it was almost 8 years to the day when our Nation was attacked by foreign te...

Health Care One Minute

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Mr. PASCRELL. I have a quote from Republican Chief Justice Earl Warren, no longer with us. He said, Many people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things government does for others as socialism. He said it. It is a message to everybody in this House. The fearmongering that's gone on in the last 2 months does not bring us any closer to r...

One Minute Speech on Heath Care Reform

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Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise to express how important it is that we pass comprehensive health reform this year that expands health insurance coverage, reins in spending, and is fiscally responsible. The health reform package that the committees will consider this week shows a genuine commitment to reversing the current unsustainable trends, to providing stability for hardworking Americans, a...

Expressing Condolences to the Victims of the Abruzzo Earthquake

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Mr. PASCRELL. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Mr. Speaker, just a short while ago I returned from Afghanistan. The fifth largest contingency in NATO is from Italy, so we have many reminders through history and specifically now of what our relationship is between the United States and Italy. So we rise to support this resolution, H. Res. 430, expressing our deepest sympathies to the citizens of Italy. Th...

Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act of 2009

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Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, this is truly bizarre. We're talking about life-and-death issues--and I know technically you can speak about anything. But we're talking about life-and-death issues. We have seen witnesses disappear, go underground so that law enforcement cannot protect us. Yet the gentleman, my good friend from Georgia, gets up and talks about something which has absolutely nothing to ...

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