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'Present': Kuster, Shea-Porter cop out

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July 22. 2018 11:44PM




Let us take a moment to salute the courage of New Hampshire Reps. Anne Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter.

On one of the most controversial issues of the day, our representatives in Washington bravely stood up and voted “present.”

Last week, the U.S. House passed a resolution honoring the men and women of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Speaker Paul Ryan had originally planned to bring forward a bill to abolish ICE, calling the bluff of Democrats pandering to liberals who want to stop enforcing immigration laws entirely.

Kuster and Shea-Porter could have stood up to the radicals within their party by voting for the resolution. They could have joined the radicals by voting against it. They did neither.

Democratic leadership called the vote a stunt and argued Congress had more important things to do.

Surely, a post office in Oklahoma needs renaming!

Kuster and Shea-Porter are reserving their fire for the important issues, such as the resolution they cosponsored honoring David Ortiz and wishing him well in retirement. When will Paul Ryan bring H. Con. Res. 65 to the floor?

How about designating March 21 as “Rosie the Riveter Day”? Kuster and Shea-Porter didn’t shy away from that hot-button issue.

Given the chance to show their support for those doing a tough and dangerous job, Kuster and Shea-Porter copped out.


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