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Sequester is Not the Answer

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Ms. JACKSON LEE. Madam Speaker, I join with my colleagues to say that sequester is not the answer. When I begin to look at my district and I see high school students and middle school students and elementary school students, I say sequester is not the answer.

Yes, we can look reasonably at how we improve reducing the debt, but not on the backs of seniors, not eliminating the social network.

And then, with respect to our children, do we tell them we close the doors on summer jobs, we close the doors on the best teachers, innovative teaching, science labs? Absolutely not.

So I join with the President to say that it's an inflicted wound we gave. Let's be better. Let's be adults.

And, finally, Madam Speaker, let's do our job on gun safety. Let's ensure universal background checks. Let's have registration of those guns that are owned by gun owners like we register a car. And let's make sure that, as my legislation introduced, that we secure the guns in our homes so that children or those who are disturbed cannot access your guns because you left them around.

I am not interested in coming into your home and taking your guns, but you have a responsibility to be able to secure them. That law was passed in the State of Texas, a State that prizes its guns.

Let's be a group, a Congress that can work together. We can do this.

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