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Security First

Location: Washington, DC

SECURITY FIRST -- (House of Representatives - July 25, 2006)

(Mrs. BLACKBURN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)

Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Speaker, this past weekend I spent time traveling through my district and talking with people from all across the political spectrum. And I consistently heard quotes like this: ``Let's secure the border. Let's have security first. Let's stop illegal entry into this country.''

Mr. Speaker, I want all of these folks to know that we hear them. We hear them loud and clear. And this House majority is fighting those who would grant amnesty to individuals who have broken our laws.

Our majority leader, Mr. Boehner, has written an op-ed today in the Philadelphia Enquirer. I want to thank him for that.

He is absolutely right when he says, and I quote, ``Congress has compromised on this issue too long.''

We are standing firm for a security first bill, Mr. Speaker.

I look forward to the field hearings that we are going to have across this country in August. The hearings will show those opposed to a security first bill that the American people are on our side in this issue.

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