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Public Statements

Providing for Consideration of S. 47, Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Unknown


Mr. AL GREEN of Texas. I thank you so much for the time.

Isn't it ironic that today, the Supreme Court of the United States of America is considering section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in terms of whether it will continue to apply to the United States of America and those specific States and areas that are included therein. This is being done at the same time we are considering the Violence Against Women Act, which in my opinion should be called a Family Violence Act. I say this because we cannot exclude people because of their sexual orientation.

This is my watch. I have a duty to stand up for those who are being left out or left behind. This act should include the LGBT community, and any substitute that would remove the LGBT community is a substitute that I cannot support.

Isn't it ironic that today, the Supreme Court is considering section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, and we just had a statue of Rosa Parks made available to the public in Statuary Hall? Friends, it's time for us to come up to the standards of this time, and let's bring all of our people with us. The LGBT community merits our consideration. I will not vote for the substitute. I support the LGBT community.


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