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Trade and Globalization Assistance Act of 2007

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

TRADE AND GLOBALIZATION ASSISTANCE ACT OF 2007 -- (House of Representatives - October 31, 2007)


Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, to the gentleman from Texas, he obviously didn't read the bill. I recommend that you read the bills before you get up on the floor and make a fool of yourself.

It says right here, section 114, ``No benefit allowances, training, or other employment services may be provided under this chapter to a worker who is an alien unless the alien is an individual lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the United States, is lawfully present in the United States, or is permanently residing in the United States under color of the law.''

You stoop to conquer. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Every time you get in the corner, you've got to bring up illegal aliens. It says it in the law.

By the way, any law that I know of dealing with people who are out of work deals only with those people who are here legally. Get it? It's easy. It's simple. There are only three words here with more than three syllables. You've got to understand that, instead of coming to this floor and embarrassing yourselves.

We know that the dramatically accelerated pace of globalization is one of the more major phenomena of this era. We accept this. But we also believe that we must help shape globalization and mitigate its negative side effects so that American workers are no longer left behind. Dislocated workers put out of their jobs as a result of trade decisions must be protected. We need to first stop the hemorrhaging of the jobs. Just this morning, we had a 39-0 vote. How dare someone come to the floor and twist the record.

I want his words examined, the gentleman from Texas. I want his words examined. You can't come to the floor and say whatever you want. This is not covered speech.


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