How can the States Fix the Federal Government

How can the States Fix the Federal Government

A Convention of States and Article V of the Constitution.

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Washington is gigantic, corrupt, and unaccountable. Can it be fixed? Learn more about the Convention of States and Article V of the Constitution. Jim DeMint, former Senator from South Carolina, explains.

The federal government has become a lumbering giant. With each passing year, it gets bigger and scarier. In 1965, Washington was 761 billion dollars big. In 2016… it was 3.5 trillion ? five times the size.

If the government spent only the money it collected in taxes, that would be one thing. But it always spends more­­?which is why we’re $20 trillion dollars in debt. That’s 13 zeroes. Count ’em: Thirteen.

But the crazy spending isn’t even the worst of it. Washington is involved in every part of our lives.

Think about anything you do, from driving your car to buying your groceries to mowing your lawn. Whatever it is?your education, your job, your health? the government has its hands on your shoulder, if not on your throat.

As a congressman and senator for 14 years, I know this only too well.

So, how do we cut this giant down to size? Is it even possible?

Yes. And the amazing thing is, the answer is right in front of us.

The Founding Fathers, in their wisdom, foresaw the situation we find ourselves in today. They wrote into the Constitution a way to repair Washington…not from the inside, because that will never happen but from the outside, where it might. It’s right there in Article 5. Most people are familiar with the first part: “The Congress, whenever two-thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution…”

All 27 Amendments we have now started this way. Congress proposed them and at least three-quarters of the states ratified them.

But is this the only way to amend the Constitution?

Well, let’s read the next clause: It says that Congress, “?on the application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments…”

Did you catch that?

Congress must call a convention to amend the Constitution if two-thirds of the states?that’s 34 states?demand it.

The time has come to demand it.

The time has come to propose amendments that will restore meaningful limits on federal power and authority.

The time has come for a convention of states.

Here’s how it would work: Once the 34 states call a convention, all 50 states send a delegate to represent their interests. For any constitutional amendments proposed, each state gets one vote. And an amendment only passes out of the convention and to the states for ratification if a majority of the states’ delegates vote in the affirmative. In this scenario, Congress has no say. It is completely in the hands of the states, which means it’s a whole lot closer to the hands of the people.

We’ve never once amended the Constitution this way?but that doesn’t mean we can’t.

But, you might ask, doesn’t this open the door to rewriting the entire Constitution?

Antonin Scalia, the late Supreme Court justice, acknowledged this risk but regarded it as a “minimal” and “reasonable” one. Why? Because to be ratified, a proposed amendment would need the approval of 38 states. That’s a high bar. Thirty-eight states would never agree to something radical like abolishing freedom of speech. “The Founders,” Scalia said, “knew the Congress would be unwilling to give attention to many issues the people are concerned with, particularly those involving restrictions on the federal government’s own power… [so] they provided the convention [of states] as a remedy.”

This should not be a partisan, left/right, Democrat/Republican issue. This should be a “who controls your life” issue: you or the government?

Today, politicians can turn your life upside down on a whim, kind of like King George in 1775. Being at the mercy of distant, disconnected rulers was why the American Revolution was fought in the first place!

But we don’t need a revolution. We have Article Five.

So, what amendments might a Convention of States propose to limit Washington’s power?

Term limits, for one.

No one should be in Congress for 20 or 30 years. The only people who disagree have been in Congress for 20 or 30 years.

And how about a limit on taxes, spending, and borrowing? Since you began this video, the national debt has gone up $8.4 million dollars.

Here’s one more idea: A constitutional amendment that Congress can’t exempt itself from the laws it passes?something it’s done dozens of times, from insider trading to Obamacare.

Now, I don’t believe a Convention of States will solve all of America’s problems. But the Founders put it in the Constitution for a reason. They knew a time would come when Washington would become so big, and so intrusive, that only we the people could cut it down to size.

That time is now.

I’m Jim DeMint for Prager University.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center ☠ A Hate Group ☠

The Southern Poverty Law Center ? A Hate Group ?

The “Anti-Hate” Group That Is a Hate Group

SPLC a Hate Group at HoaxAndChange.com

Shutting down people you don’t agree with is about as un-American as you can get.

Rigorous debate, honest discussion, open exchange of ideas?that’s the American way.

But free thinking and speech are threatened today by a group with a sweet-sounding name that conceals a nefarious purpose. This group is called the Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC.

Originally founded as a civil-rights law firm in 1971, the SPLC reinvented itself in the mid-’80s as a political attack group. Every year now it produces a new list of people and charities it claims are “extremists” and “haters.”

Aided by glowing coverage from the establishment media, the SPLC’s hate list has become a weapon for taking individuals and groups they disagree with and tarring them with ugly associations.

The SPLC employs a two-pronged strategy:

First,  find a handful of crazies with barely any followers, no address, and no staff, and blow them up into a dangerous movement? proof that there are neo-Nazis lurking everywhere. On their notorious “Hate Map,” the SPLC lists 917 separate hate groups in the U.S.! No one has even heard of more than a handful of them.

The second strategy of the SPLC is to undermine legitimate political voices that they oppose by associating them with extremists like the KKK.

Take the charity known as the Alliance Defending Freedom. The SPLC lists them as a “hate group.” Is that fair? Well, the ADF has a network of 3,000 attorneys from all across the U.S. who’ve donated more than a million volunteer hours in defense of religious liberty. They’ve had a role in 49 victories at the U.S. Supreme Court. Putting the Alliance Defending Freedom on a list with 130 Ku Klux Klan chapters is not only wrong, it’s malicious.

According to the SPLC, one of the most influential social scientists in the U.S.? Charles Murray?is a, quote, “white nationalist.” Ayaan Hirsi Ali, perhaps the most eloquent spokesperson for the rights of Muslim women, is, to the SPLC, a “toxic… anti-Muslim extremist.”

Scores of other individuals and charities active in mainstream conservative or religious causes have likewise been branded by the Southern Poverty Law Center as threats to society.

Mind you, it is entirely fair to disagree with any of those folks. But it is utterly unfair to call them haters or extremists. The largest category listed by the SPLC as extremists?with 623 entries?covers groups like the Tea Party organizations that are wary of centralized government. Last time we checked, favoring smaller government was a mainstream and perfectly honorable American tradition.

What is not honorable is the course prescribed by a leader of the SPLC, Mark Potok, who was caught on video proclaiming the organization’s true intentions. He told a group of supporters, quote, “the press will describe us as ‘monitoring hate groups’?. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.”

Portraying someone with political views different from your own as a public menace is bullying.

And it’s a dangerous game. Instead of reducing hate and violence, the SPLC’s name-calling directly incites it.

In March 2017, Charles Murray was trying to discuss his acclaimed book Coming Apart at Middlebury College when he was violently attacked by protesters inflamed by the SPLC’s labeling of him as a racist. A professor escorting Murray ended up in the hospital.

In 2012, a gunman attempted mass murder at the Family Research Council, and failed only because the first man he shot managed to disarm him. The attacker told the police he acted because the SPLC had listed the Family Research Council as a hate group.

It’s a vicious irony: while promoting itself as a monitor of “hate groups,” the SPLC has, in practice, become a fomenter of hate.

Yet the group rolls on, bigger than ever. What keeps them going?

For one thing, the establishment media constantly quote them.

Scare stories about right-wing storm-troopers are a sure way to attract eyeballs, and fit nicely with the media’s own preconceptions of the “dangerous reactionaries” lurking out there in middle America.

Second, alarmism is a great fundraising technique. Convincing people there are fascists everywhere has turned the SPLC into a cash machine. Last year, the group hustled $50 million dollars out of frightened liberal donors, adding to the $368 million dollars of assets they were already sitting on.

So, the next time you see the Southern Poverty Law Center quoted in the news, just remember: the masterminds behind the SPLC aren’t eliminating hate. They are fueling it.

I’m Karl Zinsmeister for Prager University.

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President Trump Gives Remarks on Tax Reform to American Truckers

President Trump Gives Remarks on Tax Reform to American Truckers

in Harrisburg, PA

The American Trucking Association. 

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The current tax code is a disaster and needs to be reformed for all Americans. President Donald J. Trump is committed to bringing historic tax relief to the American people based on four key ideas ? cutting taxes for every day Americans, simplifying the tax code, giving business the competitive edge, and investing in America. Today, President Trump is traveling to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to deliver this message on tax reform to the American Trucking Association.

 

The American Trucking Associations, founded in 1933, is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry.

 


Trucking Leaders Join President Trump in Calling for Tax Reform
 

Reducing Rates Will Allow Industry to Expand, Add Jobs

 

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ? Today, leaders with the American Trucking Associations joined President Trump in calling on Congress to quickly act on comprehensive tax reform as a way of growing the economy and creating jobs.

 

“While trucking sustains the vitality of the U.S. economy, we also carry a heavy tax burden, paying the highest corporate tax rate of any transportation mode,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “That is why we joined President Trump at today’s event, in support of his plan to reform our tax code. We urge Congress to follow the President’s lead and pass tax reform by year’s end.

 

“Hearing the President specifically call out the benefits of tax reform for ATA’s members and the trucking industry underscores the need for this effort. We urge Congress to work with the President to achieve the goal of reducing the rates families and small businesses pay in taxes,” he said.

 

Spear was joined at the event in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, by several ATA members, in support of the tax reform effort.

 

“Few industries are as connected to every facet of the American economy as trucking. From that vantage point, we can see clearly what the President’s tax reform plan would do to drive our economy,” said ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc., Dayton, Ohio. “Every day, we proudly do our job to move America forward. We join the President in calling on Congress to do the same.

 

“Lower rates equals money that can be used to hire and pay drivers ? the top job in 29 states. It can be used to purchase new, safer equipment, or hire highly skilled technicians to maintain it,” Spear said. “By easing the tax burden on the truckers that literally move our economy, Congress will enable us to invest in our employees, equipment and the growth of our companies. Higher tax rates mean higher transportation costs, which make everyday goods more expensive ? hurting lower-income Americans the most. By contrast, the benefits of lowered rates will reverberate up and down the supply chain, from the manufacturer to the small business and individual household.”

 

“Passing tax reform would help me as the owner of a small family-owned business, by not only helping us add drivers and trucks, but in allowing this business to stay in my family by eliminating the estate tax,” said ATA member Calvin Ewell, president of H.R. Ewell Inc., East Earl, Pennsylvania. “Trucking is a low-single-digit-margin  business, and family-owned companies aren’t flush with cash, but they have millions in capital tied up in trucks and facilities, so eliminating this tax will preserve our small family trucking businesses as a small family business.”

 

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on FacebookTrucking Moves America Forward

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President Trump – Remarks on Las Vegas Mass Murder

President Trump – Remarks on Las Vegas Mass Murder

It was an act of pure evil

Remarks at Las Vegas Mass Murder

Thank you.

My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief.

Last night a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more.

It was an act of pure evil.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops.

I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts and for helping to save the lives of so many. The speed with which they acted is miraculous and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired, is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about.

Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one, a parent, a child, a brother or sister. We cannot fathom their pain, we cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims, we are praying for you and we are here for you. And we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.

 
 
Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward.

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

 

In memory of the fallen, I have directed that our great flag be flown at half-staff. I will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims. In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one. And it always has.

 

We call upon the bonds that unite us, our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity. Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence, and though we feel such great anger, at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today. And always will. Forever.

In times such as these, I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness. The answers do not come easy. But we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope.

Melania and I are praying for every American who has been hurt, wounded or lost the ones they loved so dearly in this terrible, terrible attack. We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace, and we pray for the day when evil is banished and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.President Donald John Trump

May God bless the souls of the lives that are lost, may God give us the grace of healing and may God provide the grieving families with strength to carry on. Thank you. God bless America.

Thank you.

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Steve Scalise full address to Congress since his Attempted Murder

US Representative Steve Scalise full address to Congress since his Attempted Murder

Attest to the Power of Prayer, Thanks God, and Capitol Police

Steve Scalise Address to Congress after shooting

Transcript

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the gentleman is recognized for as much

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time as he may consume

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Wow Thank You mr. speaker

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you have no idea how great this feels to

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be back here at work in the people’s

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house

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[Applause]

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as you can imagine these last three and

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a half months have been pretty

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challenging times for me and my family

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but if you look at the outpouring of

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love of warmth of prayer my gosh

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Jennifer and I have been overwhelmed

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with all of that outpouring and it’s

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given us the strength to get through all

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of this and to get to this point today

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and it starts with God

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[Applause]

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when I was laying out on that ball field

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the first thing I did once I was down

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and I couldn’t move anymore as I just

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started to pray and I will tell you it

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gave me an unbelievable sense of calm

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knowing that at that point it was in

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God’s hands but I prayed for very

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specific things and I’ll tell you pretty

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much every one of those prayers was

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answered and and there were some pretty

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challenging prayers I was putting in

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God’s hands

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but he he really did deliver for me and

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my family and it just gives you that

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renewed faith in understanding that the

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power of prayer is something that you

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just cannot underestimate

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[Applause]

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so I am definitely a living example that

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miracles really do happen the first

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place I want to go to to thank true

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angels along the way starts with the

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United States Capitol Police

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[Music]

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when I was elected Majority Whip as you

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know the elected leadership has a

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security detail and if anybody ever

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wondered why we’re signed security

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detail

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I surely found out that day and let me

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tell you I want to specifically mention

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crystal Greiner and David Bailey

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[Applause]

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crystal and David were signed to my

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security detail that morning and day in

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and day out they’re they’re part of our

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family Jennifer I truly do treat him as

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part of our family because they’re with

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us everywhere we go and on that day it

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was no different On June 14th

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they came 6 – 30 in the morning we arrived

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at the baseball field just to play in

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practice for a game of charity baseball

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and nobody would have suspected what

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ensued and yet as soon as those shots

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were fired I’ll tell you when I was

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laying on the ground one of the things I

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prayed for is that David and Krystle

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would be successful in carrying out

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their duties and both David and Krystal

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are incredibly well trained incredibly

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for professional but when I was laying

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there not long after the first couple of

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shots were fired

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I could hear a different caliber weapon

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and that told me that they had

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immediately engaged the shooter and let

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me tell you if they didn’t act so

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quickly and even after being shot both

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themselves continued to engage the

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shooter and ultimately got him down

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which not only saved my life but saved

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the life of a lot of other people that

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are here in this chamber today Krystle

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couldn’t be with us today but David

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Bailey is with us David you are my hero

David Bailey US Capitol Police

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you saved my life and everything thank

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you so much

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Tiger blood I also think those thanks to

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a lot of the people that run the field

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with me right after the shooter was down

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a lot of my colleagues came and ran to

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come check on me and one I want to

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mention in particular is one of those

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things that Jennifer and I call the the

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little miracles that happened that day

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and throughout the next few months of

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our recovery happen to have Brad

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Wenstrup on the field that day and he

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was one of the first to come to my side

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and as you know Brad’s not only a doctor

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but he’s a decorated Army Ranger who

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served in combat in one of his roles and

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missions was to take care of people that

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were wounded before they went off on the

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helicopter to go get prepared who would

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have thought that God would have put

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Brad out there on that field with me

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because the tourniquet he applied many

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will tell you saved my life so that I

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can actually make it to the hospital in

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time with all the blood loss so Brad

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where you at

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[Applause]

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once I arrived at MedStar Hospital I was

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a little bit out of it at that point but

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luckily I ended up in the trusted hands

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of dr. Jack Sava and his great team over

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at MedStar they gave me a second chance

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at life and through many many surgeries

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where my life was truly in the balance a

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few of those they did a wonderful job at

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making sure that I was well taken care

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of and ultimately made it through that

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point so I could get to dr. golden and

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his team who actually put me back

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together again which was quite a task to

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the point where I’m actually able to

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relearn how to walk again

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so I doctored dr. Sava dr. golden thank

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you for being here and thanks for your

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team

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above all else I want to thank my lovely

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wife Jennifer

Jennifer Scalise

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[Applause]

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those you know or know how strong

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Jennifer is she’s an incredibly warm and

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loving wife and she’s an incredible

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mother to our children and somehow

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through the late nights and the

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surgeries and all the other things she

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managed to hold our family together to

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make sure that Harrison and Madison were

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cared for as well and still to this day

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she’s not only by my side but she’s also

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serving as a great mother I am lucky to

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have you thanks for being here love you

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sweetheart

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[Applause]

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and while it’s been a challenge in time

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for my family the thing that really

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overwhelmed us from the start was the

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outpouring of love and warmth and

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prayers from Southeast Louisiana the

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district that I represent we saw blood

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drives at st. Catherine we saw prayer

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groups at First United Methodist Church

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in Slidell but what we also saw were

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prayer groups and well-wishes being

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given from people that we’d never met

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before throughout all of your districts

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and you shared it with me and it was one

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of those things that was hard for us to

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completely comprehend that you had

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people from all walks of life that had

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never met me before and yet they saw

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what had happened and they just wanted

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to offer prayers and let me tell you –

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each and every one of you and please

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convey it to your constituents and I

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sure convey it to my constituents back

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home that warmth and love gave us just

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incredible strength that you can’t

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imagine during some really really

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difficult times and so that is one more

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example of the power of prayer something

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else I saw firsthand wasn’t a surprise

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to me but it was the outpouring of love

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from you my colleagues both Republican

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and Democrat I know right after the

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shooting we were practicing on the

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Republican side the Democrats were

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practicing too and my colleague and

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friend and sometimes archrival in

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baseball from back home in New Orleans

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unfortunately the star of the game too

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many times Cedric Richmond somehow

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figured out which hospital I was sent to

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and got there probably the first person

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there on the scene in his baseball

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uniform to check on me so many others of

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you again both Republican and Democrat

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reached out in ways that I can’t express

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the gratitude and how much it means to

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me Jennifer and our whole family it

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really does show the warm side of

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Congress that very few people get to see

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and so I want to thank each and every

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one of you for that you don’t know how

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much it meant to me and when I come back

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into this chamber here today it just

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seeing the faces of all of you

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it just means more to me than you can

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imagine so thanks for all of that love

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and support

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Oh

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a lot of people ask did this event

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change you and I think those even know

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me no I’m a I’m an optimistic person I’m

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you know just a fun-loving person I’m

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from south Louisiana and we believe you

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work hard and you play hard and Jawad

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2 – v is an event like this gonna really

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change that and and the first thing I

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can tell you is yes it changed me but

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not in the ways you might think it’s

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it’s only strengthened my faith in God

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and it’s really crystallized what what

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shows up as the goodness in people I got

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to see that goodness in people and so

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while some people might focus on a

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tragic event and an evil act to me all I

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remember are the thousands of acts of

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kindness and love and warmth that came

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out of this and kept me going through

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all of it and again just re-emphasize

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just how wonderful most people are and

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how how much compassion there is out

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there and finally I want to talk about

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something that I guess hit me and

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probably struck me more than anything

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that I was not expecting and that was

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the outpouring of love and support from

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world leaders people I’ve met and have

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known Benjamin Netanyahu and I have had

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some incredible conversations from the

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hospital the Theresa Mamie reached out

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the King Abdullah of Jordan who so many

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of us have met reached out but other

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world leaders also reached out people I

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had never met before and that touched me

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in a different way because each and

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every one of us we come here and we

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fight for the things that we believe in

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I have passionate beliefs for some

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reason some of you don’t agree with all

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of those

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but it’s so important that we come up

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here we are the people’s house this is

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the place where these ideas are supposed

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to be debated and we fight through those

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issues but ultimately we come together

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on whatever the board shows is 218 if

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you can put the majority together

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that’s what rules the day it’s so

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important that is we’re having those

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political battles we don’t make them

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personal because one of the things I saw

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and I guess this is the thing that that

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really kept coming back to me as I tried

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to to make sense of all this and

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comprehend the outpouring of love that I

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saw it kept coming back to those world

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leaders you know why would leaders from

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around the world that I’d never met

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before reach out and say Steve we hope

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you can get back to work we hope you can

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come through this and what it says is

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sure they cared about my well-being but

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more than that they saw this as an

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attack on all of us they saw this as an

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attack on the institution of the United

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States Congress and our government and

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they really count on us to be successful

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look we all know the United States is

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the leader of the free world it’s

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something that we’ve frankly had the

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honor as a country to hold as a

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distinction for generations and yet when

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you look at that title what it really

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means is that there are people all

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around the world that want freedom maybe

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that have freedom but they know the

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United States being strong is critical

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to the rest of the world having the

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opportunity for freedom

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but that’s why I’m so excited to be back

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because as we’re fighting through the

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issues of the day let’s just keep in

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mind that we rise above the challenges

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of the day and understand that it’s not

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just us in our constituents in the

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country the United States that’s

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counting on us being successful people

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all around the world that believe in

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freedom are counting on us as well and

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we will deliver form that’s why I am so

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honored to be back here in the house

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serving with you god bless each and

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everyone of you and God bless the

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The United States of America

Rep Steve Scalise welcome back to congress

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  1. speaker with that I yield back the

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balance of my time

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