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Nov 12, 2014 2:00pm EST
20 years. it was inaugurated in the administration of george h.w. bush at the time there was a democratic congress. so it's a bipartisan result. and it follows the example the other successful federal programs by enabling american families to help themselves. we follow the same model when we deal with federal grants and loans for colleges. last year the presiding officer will remember we had an agreement in this body on huge changes to the state of the union program -- student loan program. president obama became involved in it, secretary arne duncan, a bipartisan group on both sides of the aisle, the republican house of representatives came long and we basically created new rules for the $100 billion of loans that the federal government gives to -- or makes to students every year so they can continue their education. we put a market-based pricing system on it, it was revenue neutral to the taxpayers, and it had the effect in that year of lowering the interest rates on student loans to undergraduates by about one half of -- cutting it nearly in half. we followed that model ever
Sep 8, 2014 2:00pm EDT
isis is now our enemy. this makes no sense. indeed, it's a dangerous cycle reminiscens of george orwell's " 1984." he wrote "at this moment in 1984, oceana was at war with asia and in alliance with east asia. actually it was only four years since oceana had been at war with east asia and a alliance with east asia. but officially change of partners had never happened. they were at war with oceana and there are had always been at war with asia. the enemy of the moment, and any past or future agreement with him was impossible. this administration seems to have no sense of past or future. all of those familiar with the terrible human carnage inflicted by the civil yar in syria pray for its end. but the goal of our action in isis should not be to end it by supporting assad. the enemy of my enemy is not always my friend. and sometimes the goal is the destruction of the enemy who poses an imminent threat to our national security, not the enabler of yet another enemy of america. it should also are cleared that any action we take against isis should in no way be contingent on political re
Mar 10, 2015 10:30am EDT
have done when the president was not barack obama but george bush, and i cannot imagine that i would have tried to undercut the president of the united states representing this country in trying on matters of war and peace to keep peace. we can disagree about the specifics, but we still have to honor the institution of the presidency. and when it becomes matters of war and peace then we've got to unify. and that's why i'm so saddened that we've come to the point at which we appear to be so divided mr. president, i yield the floor. ms. stabenow: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. ms. stabenow: thank you, mr. president. i want to thank my friend from florida for his comments and echo tows this morning. mr. president, to you, to the members of the senate, it was 70 years ago this year, right here in this very chamber the republican senator from michigan arthur vandenberg gave a speech which has been called the speech heard around the world. here is how senator vandenberg opened that speech: "mr. president, there are critical moments in the life of every nat
Feb 9, 2015 3:00pm EST
presidency of george bush. it happened after 9/11. we consolidated 22 different agencies into something that's more workable. jeh johnson has done a very, very good job. border protection, coast guard -- they have responsibilities for preventing cyber attacks. there's rarely a day goes by that there isn't some cyber attack. just which one is big that day. we had sony play out anthem just a few days ago. republicans are hellbent on playing chicken with our national security. jeh johnson said yesterday he would have to furlough as many as 30,000 people -- 30,000 people -- if they decided -- "they," the republicans -- continued to be a continuing resolution, which would be at last year's numbers. it would prevent the department of homeland security from funding any new grants. these are helps that grants that help our country. grants for dogs sniffing out all kinds of bad things, madam president. these grants fund counterterrorism task force units. a real big one is waiting to be established in arizona and las vegas. we have an urban initiative. 50 million people come to las vegas every ye
Jan 20, 2015 10:00am EST
" which george lopez has produced and directed and starred in that i saw last week. i won't give away the whole story, but i can tell you this -- oscar vazquez and three other students at carl hayden high school entered into an underwater robotics competition. they competed with colleges like m.i.t. and they won. their high school team won the under water robotics competition. talented young man. oscar said i'm going to arizona state university without any government assistance, graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and after he got his degree, he had a wife and a baby and he said now i've got to get right with america. i've got to resolve this issue of being undocumented. that means oscar decided to move back to mexico. he was living in mexico. the law required him to stay there for ten years. that's how the law is written petitioning the united states for a chance to come back in. eventually, he was given a waiver. he came back to the united states and i'll tell you what he did. oscar vazquez came back, became a citizen of the united states of america and the first thing
Sep 6, 2017 9:59am EDT
in 1982 and 1984. likewise, president george w. bush's tax cuts in 2001 sand 2003 provided that quick-sugar high but ultimately had little impact on economic growth. instead, the bush tax cuts produced large deficits of trillions of trillions of dollars, moving us from a budget surplus on an annual basis that he inherited when president obama came in the deficits were approaching $1 trillion a year. fourth, paying for tax cuts with deficit spend something a really -- spending is a really, really bad idea. it will make reaching any responsible fiscal goal that much more difficult. also studies show that tax cuts that add to the deficits are worse for growth over the long term than those that are paid for. and actually can reduce growth over time. so any lawmaker who says they support not paying for tax cuts should also have to explain why they think adding to our national debt, a national debt that already stands at a record high, a national debt that's already at $20 trillion, a national debt that when interest rates will go up, which they will, will end up sucking out $106 billion a
Mar 24, 2015 9:30am EDT
. look at their record. when george w. bush got elected he had a surplus. it took him 15 minutes to blow it. wars two wars on the credit card. tax cuts to the rich on the credit card. this budget continues that legacy of shame. shame, hurting our seniors hurting our children, hurting our middle class all at the expense of the wealthy few. we see that president obama has cut this deficit by more than half. we're on the right track. let's not walk away from policies that work. and i want to say the ranking member, senator sanders i strongly am supporting your amendment on infrastructure because to be a great nation, we have to move people. we have to move goods. this is a global marketplace. the ships are coming in to california 40% of the imports. then they go on, they are transferred to trucks. they go on roads that are full of potholes, that are a mess. they have rail crossings that are dangerous and so on. so i'll conclude in 20 more seconds if i might. 20 seconds additional. i'll conclude. i want to thank our ranking member on the budget because he talks from the heart the soul a
Mar 9, 2015 2:00pm EDT
the height of our disagreements with president george w. bush, senate democrats in which considered sending a letter to saddam hussein or other iraqi leaders at the time. it would be an embarrassment to the commander in chief george w. bush. so i say to my republican colleagues, do you so dislike president obama you would take this extraordinary step? obviously so. barack obama is the president. this is an extraordinary step, and why it was taken i really don't understand other than the dislike of the president. barack obama is president. i've agreed with him on certain things and i've disagreed with him on certain things. but he is my president and he's all of our president. it's time for republicans to accept that the citizens of our country twice elected president obama by large margins as president of the united states. obviously. republicans don't know how to do anything other than juvenile political attacks against the president. congressional republicans don't know how to get things done. they don't know how to govern. and if you don't believe what i just said, look at the pr
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