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Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2012

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. KINGSTON. I rise in support of the Cole amendment, and the reason why I do is twofold.

Number one, I do think there are some questions about what are the motives. Why should you have to tell the Federal Government absolutely everything in our society today when you're just bidding on a contract? I see some good in it, and the gentleman mentioned the L.A. Times article. I think it makes some good points. But I also see how there is a double-edged sword, that there's too much information that's out there.

But the other thing is this is a major change and a possible encroachment on your constitutional right of First Amendment freedom of speech as to whom you give.

So if we are going to make this the law of the land, public policy, it really should go through the legislative process--hearings and testimony--and let everybody have something to say about it instead of just one more Executive order from the administration.

So I think we should adopt the Cole amendment.


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