Follow up to earlier post today regarding Senator Lee’s effort to have rational immigration reform
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Lee Statement On Failure To Pass Congressional Approval Amendment
WASHINGTON – Following the vote on Senator Mike Lee’s amendment to the immigration bill to require congressional approval of the border security plan, Sen. Lee issued this statement:
“Cutting out Congress means cutting out the American people. Congressional approval of the border security plan would have given the American people a strong voice in determining whether or not they believe the border is secure. After all, it is the American people who will have to deal with the consequences of a dangerous and unsecured border. They will have to deal with cross-border violence. They will have to deal with the heartbreaking stories of human trafficking. They will have to deal with the drugs that are imported into their communities. They will have to deal with the economic effects and the added costs of public services.
“The failure of my amendment means their voices have been silenced and the unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats will determine for themselves whether or not border security goals have been met. It is yet another indication that the supporters of this bill are not serious about fixing our broken immigration system or securing the border.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 17, 2013
Lee, Fleming Laud Passage of Religious Liberties Protections for Service Members
WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Mike Lee praised the passage of strong religious liberty protections for members of the armed services in the Senate Armed Services Committee-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment clarifies that expressions of belief that do not have an adverse impact on military readiness, good order, and discipline are to be accommodated by the Armed Services. It was adopted on a bipartisan vote as part of the National Defense Authorization Act “mark up” late last week and was cosponsored by Senators Ted Cruz and David Vitter. Representative John Fleming of Louisiana offered a similar amendment in the House Armed Services Committee that was adopted earlier in June.
“For many of our men and women in uniform, their faith and religious beliefs are what sustain them through the enormous pressures and stresses of the battlefield,” said Lee. “If an environment is created where those service members feel that expressing their religion could be found in violation of military policy and grounds for reprimand, it will have an unsettlingly negative effect on our military. Our servicemen and women put their lives on the line everyday in order to protect our constitutionally guaranteed rights, including the expression of our beliefs. Congress must ensure that we are protecting them as well. “
“The First Amendment rights of our military members must be protected, and I am delighted that Republicans and Democrats on the Armed Services Committees of both the House and Senate have voted to ensure those protections,” said Fleming. “These bipartisan votes strongly reaffirm the vision of our Founding Fathers that free speech, including that which expresses one’s religious beliefs, must not be compromised. Even when there is conflict in ideas, more speech is always preferable to limitation of speech.”