Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sessions Asks: Who Runs Congress?

Elected Representatives or Lobbyists?
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama)
Thursday, April 14, US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) said on the floor of the Senate: “It’s time for us to represent the national interest. The time for the special interests is over on this subject. Congress has spoken repeatedly. The American people are getting tired of this. I’m getting tired of this. Who runs this place? Elected representatives or some high-paid lobbyists somewhere?” Sen. Sessions made his passionate remarks after lobbyists began sending out letters urging Senators to defeat an amendment that Sessions has sponsored.”


Sen. Sessions amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act would ensure implementation of the biometric entry-exit system at all airports that serve as ports of entry and exit.


Sen. Sessions said, “Ending this failure has bipartisan support… The Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest held a hearing on January 20 of this year… All the Democratic members – the three that were at that subcommittee hearing – all said they favored this. There’s no real opposition to it.”

Sen. Sessions continued, “If Congress would like to know, if people in the Senate would like to know why the American people are not happy with the performance of Congress, this is a very good example. Congress promises to fix a problem, even claims we voted for and even claimed we passed laws to fix a problem, and then it sits by while nothing happens and two decades go by. Why? Well, the special interests speak up. We’ve got lobbyists sending out letters saying oppose the Sessions amendment. It’s time for us to represent the national interest. The time for the special interests is over on this subject. Congress has spoken repeatedly. The American people are getting tired of this. I’m getting tired of this. Who runs this place? Elected representatives or some high-paid lobbyists somewhere?”

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