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Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2008

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2008 -- (Senate - October 03, 2007)


Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, I am extremely pleased the Senate is about to adopt Senator GRAHAM's border security amendment to this bill, and I am proud to be a cosponsor.

We got the message earlier this year: Americans want a strong and secure border. Now we will be sending them a $3 billion down payment on it.

The border is our first line of defense. The Graham amendment is intended to make sure we don't lose sight of that, and our adoption of it proves we haven't.

Thanks to this amendment, we'll soon have thousands more agents patrolling the border; Three hundred miles of vehicle barriers; and 105 ground-based radar cameras.

We will finish hundreds of miles of fencing we already promised to build, and we will have the funds to remove and detain potentially dangerous illegal immigrants for overstaying their visas and illegally reentering the country.

To Republicans, it is simple: There is no defense without a strong border first. I think most Americans agree.

I yield the floor.


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