Best Quotes from Blake Farenthold

Human trafficking robs victims of their basic human rights, and it occurs right under our noses. Many efforts have been focused in other regions of the world, but this is a major problem here at home.

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The purpose of the criminal justice system is both to rehabilitate and to punish. If we can rehabilitate somebody, that’s a huge, huge win.

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I think that we’re so generous in some of our social problems that people are unwilling to get a job outside in the heat. Rather than get 15 dollars to go get roofing, they’d rather get 9 or 10 dollars in benefits.

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We can’t get serious about immigration reform until we stop people from crossing the border illegally.

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I’m a Texan – my idea of gun control is hitting what you aim at and nothing else.

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Companies that are hosting Web sites or do a lot of teleconferencing need a lot of bandwidth going both ways.

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Sometimes you’ve got to make a hard decision, and there’s a real reluctance to make hard decisions in Washington.

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I cannot ignore this reality, and I encourage my all colleagues to join me in this fight to end modern day slavery in our own backyard.

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I serve and answer to the Texans I represent – not the Hollywood elite.

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One of the problems the Republican Party has had is that we’re too fast to compromise. You can compromise on the little stuff, but you can’t compromise on your core principles.

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Census data influences decisions made from Main Street to Wall Street, in Congress and with the Federal Reserve. Not to mention, the American people who look to, and trust, the data the government releases on our nation’s unemployment, state of our economy, and health insurance coverage.

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My subcommittee will be thoroughly investigating this issue and demanding answers from Census officials on allegations that the Census Bureau is changing the wording of survey questions used to determine our nation’s annual report on health insurance coverage.

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I’ve been through several of his campaigns, and I can tell you nobody can out-campaign Rick Perry.

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I went in with the youthful vigor that I could single-handedly change the world. But you fast come to the realization that you’re 1/435th of one-half of one-third of the government.

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Nobody in the Washington regulatory bureaucracy gets fired for saying no.

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In an urban area, you’re not going to be an hour away from another post office.

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If you are just using the service to look at Web sites and download e-mail, then a DSL line may be cheaper. It is when you have more data going out that wireless can make a difference.

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You’ve got to do the same sort of outreach to Hispanics that you do to any other group. They want to see their congressman.

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Nobody likes to make a hard decision, because you’re running every two years.

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Every member of Congress has highways in their district.

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I actually enjoy having the Capitol view. We started referring to it as the trillion dollar view.

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I think there’s no problem getting through the House a pathway to legal status. A pathway to citizenship is going to be tougher, but I think it is potentially doable, if we can show the American people that the border is secure.

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My constituents feel betrayed by the promise that Reagan made, that if we grant amnesty, we’ll then secure the border. We obviously didn’t do that.

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I’m committed to voting to repeal Obamacare or defending it as much as possible.

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My message on immigration is that the people who want to come to this country, by and large, even those who have done it illegally, are coming for the right reasons, not to take advantage of our welfare system.

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I think a fair amount of my votes were ‘not-for-Ortiz,’ votes and I’m going to have to work hard to earn the ‘for Blake’ votes.

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As a government watchdog, I’m always looking for ways to make government smaller, more efficient, and fairer.

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It’s Congress’ job to keep an eye on the other agencies and the workings of the entire government. It is our constitutional duty.

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I understand that, for some, everything is political.

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In cutting government, we cut a huge variety of programs, a lot of which I would have liked to see increase, and a lot of which I’d like to see decreased more.

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I will support a path to citizenship if it does not fall within the definition of amnesty, and we’ve got to define what amnesty is in this country.

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What message do we send to America if we impeach Obama and he gets away?

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It’s said that you can tell a lot about someone by who opposes them. In the case of liberal pundit Bill Maher – a man who called America’s actions cowardly in the wake of 9/11 and who mocked WWII veterans who wanted to visit the monument built in their honor – I wear his disapproval of me as a badge of honor.

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It’s about going to where your voters are.

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I am running on the fact that I am doing a good job listening to people.

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I’m doing a good job in Washington.

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Congress has the constitutional authority to investigate the other agencies of government. We are the watchdogs of the taxpayer’s money, and we have the right to know how that money is being spent and to conduct oversight over the government.

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We have testimony saying, and I think common sense also dictates, that in a failed state like Syria, you don’t have any government information, police reports to rely on to vet somebody. So there’s no way to do a background check from somebody coming out of Syria. There’s no way we can find out whether they’re safe or not.

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You turn on the TV, and you hear all these guys: ‘Republican Party in disarray. Turmoil in Washington.’ I don’t think that’s the case.

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My deal is you start as far to the right as you can get, and go to the conference committee with the Senate, and hopefully end up with something you can live with.

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I think there are several departments we could completely get rid of, and we wouldn’t miss it.

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‘Those people’ is a bad word.

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Drug testing for recipients of various welfare programs – I really think that’s something that needs to be considered.

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Everybody wants to help folks out. But we’ve got a system where you can stay on unemployment for an awfully long time. And I think we need to create a system of decreasing benefits over time to encourage you to get a job.

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I think anybody who’s had an alcoholic in their life, or somebody with a drug problem, realizes that until things get bad enough, there’s no incentive to change.

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I took an oath to protect the Constitution, and protecting the Constitution means not letting the president bypass the separation of powers.

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Immigration specifically was laid out in the Congress, giving the power of Congress to create a uniform system of naturalization.

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The American people should not be footing the bill for federal employees who stonewall Congress or rewarding government officials’ bad behavior.

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I believe that the kids are innocent victims in this. We spent money educating them. Many of them don’t speak a word of Spanish, and we’re thinking of deporting them. That doesn’t make sense.

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I did vote to defund the Obama program that defers deporting the so-called DREAMers, because that was the president’s decision, and the president shouldn’t unilaterally get to decide what laws to enforce or not enforce.

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The pro-immigration people are really having a fit saying that I don’t care about the children.

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Hillary Clinton and her media machine try to dismiss, but anybody who understands anything about how email works – and this is millennials in particular, who grew up on the Internet – know that you’re an idiot to keep sensitive information on a server in your house.

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