WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) delivered floor remarks regarding the radical Democratic agenda.
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Madam President, it seems that for the past month
Senate Republicans have watched as our Democratic colleagues send up
one partisan test balloon after another.
They threatened a battle over a so-called equal pay bill, which
turned out to be chum in the water for the trial lawyers but really not
much else. Then they, once again, threatened the Second Amendment, but
they couldn't find a friend across party lines to join them in that
fight. So that trial balloon was popped.
And who could forget their promise to bring the improperly named
Equality Act to the floor for a vote? Well, that balloon didn't take
flight either. And, yesterday, the Democrats' democracy-destroying
election takeover bill almost survived, but it too came crashing back
to Earth after failing to clear a procedural hurdle.
Still, they have made the most of their time over the past month,
holding up their string of failures as evidence that it is the
filibuster and not the radically partisan nature of their agenda that
is thwarting their progress.
As the Republican leader said at the beginning of this month, it was
an agenda that was designed to fail. It failed to bring them the power
that they are craving to have over the lives of millions of Americans.
It failed to kill the filibuster, and it certainly failed the millions
of Americans who have been forced to watch, dumbfounded, as this circus
played out in realtime on their television screens.
It was a complete waste of our time. It is what one of my Tennesseans
said this weekend, talking about these trial balloons, talking about
this lurch to the left--and Madam President, this was a friend of mine
who is a Democrat--as he said, it was a complete waste of our time, the
American people's time. He added: It was a complete waste of my dime--
for the tax dollars that he sends to Washington, DC. He went on to say:
Think about the problems you could have solved if you had been focused
on making some progress instead of creating chaos.
Yesterday, the Commerce Committee held a hearing on achieving
broadband resiliency. As you well know, this is one of the most
important infrastructure problems that not only faces our committee but
also faces this body. We had a great discussion, and I thanked Chairman
Lujan for that hearing. But I can't help but wonder how much more
progress we would have been able to make on this issue if the 14
million unserved rural Americans--yes, unserved; they have nothing--
think about the progress we could have made if those 14 million
unserved Americans had taken precedence in the minds and in the agenda
of our friends across the aisle. It would have been great to focus on
Speaking of infrastructure, perhaps we could have focused more energy
on giving the needed authority to our local officials so they can fix
crumbling roads and bridges and getting regulations out of their way so
they can go to work helping people get to work and helping children get
back to school. Certainly, I know a few officials in Memphis who would
love to see us start thinking long term about practical infrastructure
support that doesn't include the Green New Deal fantasies that are
favored by this White House.
The American people have noticed this lack of focus and this
freewheeling attitude when it comes to spending taxpayers' money. When
they look around, they see real need. There are businesses and families
who are still struggling to pull themselves out of the ashes of the
pandemic. Policies that are favored by the Democrats would be policies
that would bankrupt their businesses, that would drive up the debt, and
that would cause massive inflation. Tennesseans know these policies are
not going to help them. What it does do is to frustrate them. Neither
will the Democrats' continued failure to manage President Biden's
In April, Customs and Border Protection apprehended 178,000 people
attempting to illegally cross our border. Fourteen thousand of these
were unaccompanied alien children. It is a record year for drug
runners, for the cartels, for bootleggers, for human traffickers, and
for sex traffickers. We caught the Department of Health and Human
Services actually finishing the work of the cartels, trafficking many
of those unaccompanied minors through the Chattanooga Airport without
the knowledge or the involvement of local officials.
Meanwhile, my Democratic colleagues are treating this humanitarian
crisis as if it is nothing more than a logistics challenge. But perhaps
if we had spent more time on this in the past month, we could have
convinced them that until they get this crisis under control, they
would have to admit, in this country right now, every town is a border
town; every State, a border State. Just ask your local law enforcement.
They will tell you. Perhaps they didn't want to put the time there
because they had been busy putting a show on for the cameras and their
friends on the left.
Tennesseans noticed what went on here this month. They are not happy
about it. They have been reaching out. They don't have the luxury of
playing political games. They don't have the spare resources to gamble
on woke politics. They are trying to keep the doors of their businesses
and their churches and their schools and their factories open.
We did a lot of talking this month, but the friends on the left chose
not to take action to solve problems. I would encourage them to do a
little soul-searching over the next couple of weeks and address the
agenda that the American people would seek to have addressed.
I yield the floor.