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Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


You see, the problem I have is that 2 hours ago, 3 hours ago, there was great debate about the States who took on the Federal Government over a question of the constitutionality of ObamaCare; and there was a decision that was rendered, and that's going to go to appeal, and everybody is happy because they agree with the decision.

In Arizona, Arizona decided to pass SB 1070. It went to Federal court. Judge Bolton decided that some sections were constitutional, some were unconstitutional, and we are now going through the process of the Ninth Circuit and probably to the Supreme Court.

So what's good for the goose is good for the gander. So I would tell you, why don't you let the process occur, and that way we'll know whether or not Arizona has the power to deal with immigration and whether or not the States can deal with the constitutional issue of ObamaCare.

Mr. POE of Texas. This issue is an issue of public safety, which is the first obligation of the Federal Government, to protect the people, to protect the homeland. And that is why it's important the Federal Government get out of the way of the State of Arizona trying to protect the good citizens there in Arizona from the drug cartels that are coming into their State.


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