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We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

Tags: Both, Men  ✍ Author: Abraham Lincoln

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.

Tags: Except, Facts  ✍ Author: Mark Twain

There is no distinctly American criminal class - except Congress.

Tags: American, Except  ✍ Author: Mark Twain

Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

Tags: Idiot, Repeat  ✍ Author: Mark Twain

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.

Tags: Idiot, Politics  ✍ Author: Mark Twain

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.

Tags: Run, Times  ✍ Author: Ronald Reagan

Well, it's not a pleasant experience. And it's a terribly political process, because that thing was initiated by the Congress and by, you know, our adversaries in the Congress.

Tags: Experience, Political  ✍ Author: Bruce Babbitt

Well, what I tried to do is simply to get out on the land. And when I came to Washington, I think one of the mistakes we made early on was kind of having an ideological dispute up in the Congress.

Tags: Mistakes, Simply  ✍ Author: Bruce Babbitt

During my first term in Congress, I signed a pledge that I will take no more earmarks and I've been faithful to that pledge.

Tags: Faithful, Pledge  ✍ Author: Michele Bachmann

Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn't even get out of committee.

Tags: Rights, Today  ✍ Author: F. Lee Bailey

When I first ran for Congress in 1998, people counted me out.

Tags: Counted, Ran  ✍ Author: Tammy Baldwin

The argument has been made in Congress that it is slippery slope if you allow therapeutic, what people people are calling therapeutic cloning, then you will get reproductive cloning.

Tags: Argument, Calling  ✍ Author: David Baltimore

Each year thousands of embryos, no bigger than the head of a pin, are created in the process of in vitro fertilization, with the support of Congress, by the way.

Tags: Support, Year  ✍ Author: Lois Capps

I ran for Congress not because I was having a mid-life crisis. I left the private sector because I saw a looming financial crisis that was coming to this country. It's unsustainable.

Tags: Country, Crisis  ✍ Author: Steve Daines

I've reached out to other mayors throughout the United States to form an Olympic Task Force of Mayors, and to community leaders, Congress, and businesspeople. As thousands of people around the country join the movement, it gets more and more exciting.

Tags: Community, Country  ✍ Author: Richard M. Daley

Sometimes running for Congress is a four-year strategy in terms of getting out there and building a network.

Tags: Getting, Sometimes  ✍ Author: Artur Davis

I would not have a woman go to Congress merely because she is a woman.

Tags: She, Woman  ✍ Author: Crystal Eastman

We have to remind the people: Congress has the constitutional obligation and public responsibility to oversee these issues and the Department of Justice's operations.

Tags: Justice, Public  ✍ Author: Kenneth Edmonds

I was eleventh-grade class president. That was the first elective office I held until I came into Congress.

Tags: President, Until  ✍ Author: Donna Edwards

I'm a competitive person.

Tags: Honor, Lifetime  ✍ Author: Bob Ehrlich

What five members of the Supreme Court say the law is may be something vastly different from what Congress intended the law to be.

Tags: Law, May  ✍ Author: Benjamin Franklin Fairless

The Republican Party is in charge. They've been charge of the Congress and spending for 10 years.

Tags: Party, Republican  ✍ Author: Chaka Fattah
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There's not an appropriations bill in the last 10 years that the-that Democrats passed in the Congress. We haven't spent any money of your taxes in the last decade.

Tags: Last, Money  ✍ Author: Chaka Fattah

If a trip is worth taking, members of Congress should be prepared to justify paying for it out of their office accounts.

Tags: Office, Worth  ✍ Author: Russ Feingold

But I made one mistake which I would never repeat as a member of Congress when I was in Washington, and that was when I was elected I didn't go on trips because I was so afraid of having someone accuse me of taking junkets.

Tags: Afraid, Someone  ✍ Author: Geraldine Ferraro

I was a trial lawyer when I was elected to Congress.

Tags: Lawyer, Trial  ✍ Author: Geraldine Ferraro

No man in America ever strove more, and more successfully first to bring about a Congress in 1765, and then to support it ever afterwards than myself.

Tags: America, Support  ✍ Author: Sarah Gadon

Congress has greatly tightened the loopholes terrorists can use to harm Americans. We need to do more. We need controls immediately on what forms of ID are adequate to board planes and enter secure sites.

Tags: Harm, Secure  ✍ Author: Elton Gallegly

For me, the Congress party is now my life, the people of India are my life, and I will fight for the people of India and for this party.

Tags: Fight, Life  ✍ Author: Rahul Gandhi

I wish I could set deadlines for the Congress, but that's just not the way the Constitution is written.

Tags: Wish, Written  ✍ Author: Robert M. Gates

I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses.

Tags: Mind, Streets  ✍ Author: Victor Hugo

I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known.

Tags: Compassion, Courage  ✍ Author: Hubert H. Humphrey

I don't believe in lobbying only progressives and liberal members of Congress. I don't believe in doing interviews only with those who share my views. I want to reach a wider audience.

Tags: Audience, Liberal  ✍ Author: Bianca Jagger

Congress does investigations better than they do anything else.

Tags: Else  ✍ Author: Mitch Landrieu

What standards are upheld by the scientific community affect the community internally, and also affect its relations with society at large, including Congress.

Tags: Community, Society  ✍ Author: K. D. Lang

Sometimes Congress likes to milk an issue.

Tags: Issue, Sometimes  ✍ Author: Steve Largent

Congress had the opportunity to extend tax relief to working families without increasing the deficit. Instead, we were handed a bill that favors the wealthy and eliminates deductions that benefit the middle class.

Tags: Tax, Working  ✍ Author: Rick Larsen

As the first Member of Congress from western Washington to serve on the House Agriculture Committee in over 50 years, I am proud to represent the needs of our agriculture community.

Tags: House, Proud  ✍ Author: Rick Larsen

I have been up to see the Congress and they do not seem to be able to do anything except to eat peanuts and chew tobacco, while my army is starving.

Tags: Able, While  ✍ Author: Robert E. Lee

Pentagon dollars are essentially seen as a different kind of funding that doesn't have to stand for itself and make an argument for itself in the house of Congress.

Tags: House, Stand  ✍ Author: Rachel Maddow

If Congress doesn't raise taxes, you cannot get a private investment account without forgoing a portion, possibly all, of your guaranteed benefit check.

Tags: Cannot, Investment  ✍ Author: Grace Napolitano

The intelligence community, for the most part, has no accountability at all; to the Congress, to us the American people, and so they feel that they above the law.

Tags: American, Law  ✍ Author: Gloria Naylor

The tax relief that this Congress has given now in terms of four tax cuts has overwhelmingly gone to the people at the very top of the income scale in America.

Tags: America, Gone  ✍ Author: Richard Neal

I said what I said before Congress because I meant every word of it.

Tags: Said, Word  ✍ Author: Rafael Palmeiro

When I testified in front of Congress, I know that I was testifying under oath and I told the truth.

Tags: Front, Truth  ✍ Author: Rafael Palmeiro

It was the Congress that imposed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' it was certainly my position, my recommendation to get us out of an even worse outcome that could have occurred.

Tags: Ask, Tell  ✍ Author: Colin Powell

I would like to see this group in this Congress be starting the process to get ourselves on long term fiscal strong footing.

Tags: Group, Strong  ✍ Author: Ben Quayle

We're half the people; we should be half the Congress.

Tags: Half  ✍ Author: Jeanette Rankin

The weak economy, widening income inequality, gridlock in Congress and a presidential election: Those were perhaps the dominant economic and political themes of 2012.

Tags: Election, Political  ✍ Author: Steven Rattner

I was sent there by the Free Congress Committee, headed by Paul Weyrich. Fred Smith and I were sent down as observers, with reporters' credentials, so we could witness the events.

Tags: Events, Free  ✍ Author: Dixie Lee Ray

Too many critics mistake the deliberations of the Congress for its decisions.

Tags: Decisions, Mistake  ✍ Author: Sam Rayburn

If I studied all my life, I couldn't think up half the number of funny things passed in one session of congress.

Tags: Funny, Life  ✍ Author: Will Rogers

It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose.

Tags: Duty, President  ✍ Author: Franklin D. Roosevelt

I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also.

Tags: Goes, While  ✍ Author: Theodore Roosevelt

I'm more concerned about members of Congress being drug-free than I am about members of the Yankees or Giants.

Tags: Concerned, Yankees  ✍ Author: Pat Sajak

You know, I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth that's not the case. The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress.

Tags: Real, Truth  ✍ Author: Bernie Sanders

Amendments occupy a great deal of most legislators' time, particularly those lawmakers in the minority. Members of Congress do author major bills, but more commonly they make minor adjustments to the bigger bill.

Tags: Great, Time  ✍ Author: Matt Taibbi

In the United States, large corporations control some members of Congress. All this does is delay the corporation's funeral at our expense.

Tags: Control, United  ✍ Author: Al-Waleed bin Talal

I ran for Congress, just once.

Tags: Once, Ran  ✍ Author: Shirley Temple

The new Congress needs to move quickly to strengthen the Army and Marines - not to send more troops to Iraq - but to rebuild our capacity to meet national security threats globally.

Tags: Move, Security  ✍ Author: Mark Udall

There is no getting around it; Congress is failing the American people.

Tags: American, Getting  ✍ Author: Mark Udall

A majority of senators should be able to adopt rules at the beginning of each Congress.

Tags: Able, Beginning  ✍ Author: Tom Udall

I have served in the Congress during two wars and I have seen the impacts on our military, on their families and on our national deficit.

Tags: Military, Seen  ✍ Author: Tom Udall

It was a terrible day for baseball, it was a worse day for Congress.

Tags: Baseball, Worse  ✍ Author: Fay Vincent

No issue is more important to this Congress than securing our borders and protecting our homeland, and I guarantee it is very important to our constituents.

Tags: Guarantee, Issue  ✍ Author: Ginny Brown-Waite

I probably hold more town halls than any member of Congress.

Tags: Hold, Town  ✍ Author: Joe Walsh

Republicans in Congress boosted the economy by cutting taxes and ending programs that don't work.

Tags: Economy, Work  ✍ Author: Zach Wamp

Congress's definition of torture in those laws - the infliction of severe mental or physical pain - leaves room for interrogation methods that go beyond polite conversation.

Tags: Pain, Room  ✍ Author: John Yoo

From early on, everything I did was calculated to being elected to Congress.

Tags: Early, Elected  ✍ Author: Carl Albert

I think that Congress' ability to reason is fully equal to that of the judiciary.

Tags: Ability, Reason  ✍ Author: Samuel Alito

Those of us who are pro-life should demand more from Congress.

Tags: Demand  ✍ Author: Justin Amash

Most of what we report from Congress they don't care about unless it affects them directly.

Tags: Care, Unless  ✍ Author: Roone Arledge

The failed stimulus, along with Obamacare's long list of failures, show what happens when Congress passes laws in a rush.

Tags: Happens, Show  ✍ Author: John Barrasso

What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary?

Tags: Making, Necessary  ✍ Author: Marion Barry

People don't want Congress dictating what light fixtures they can use.

Tags: Light  ✍ Author: Joe Barton

What is required from members of Congress and the public alike is a new spirit of devotion to the national welfare beyond party or self-interest.

Tags: Public, Spirit  ✍ Author: Evan Bayh

Of course, the genesis of a good portion of the gridlock in Congress does not reside in Congress itself. Ultimate reform will require each of us, as voters and Americans, to take a long look in the mirror, because in many ways, our representatives in Washington reflect the people who have sent them there.

Tags: Good, Mirror  ✍ Author: Evan Bayh

But in this Congress, accountability is just a catch phrase, usually directed elsewhere. Demands to personal responsibility or corporate accountability abound, but rarely congressional accountability or fiscal responsibility.

Tags: Catch, Personal  ✍ Author: Melissa Bean

As a regent, I hope to bring that important perspective of a typical family visitor in combination with my background as a Member of Congress and a proponent of the Smithsonian's efforts to reach all Americans.

Tags: Family, Hope  ✍ Author: Xavier Becerra

I come home every weekend and I still can't believe I represent Las Vegas in Congress. It's such a kick.

Tags: Home, Weekend  ✍ Author: Shelley Berkley

I have a reputation for being the hardest working person in Congress.

Tags: Reputation, Working  ✍ Author: Shelley Berkley

You can lead a man to Congress, but you can't make him think.

Tags: Funny, Him  ✍ Author: Milton Berle

The atmosphere is different in Congress after September 11. Terrorism is no longer an abstract issue, but a real, tangible threat.

Tags: After, Real  ✍ Author: Howard Berman

Our mission, as set forth by the Congress is a critical one: to preserve price stability, to foster maximum sustainable growth in output and employment, and to promote a stable and efficient financial system that serves all Americans well and fairly.

Tags: Financial, Growth  ✍ Author: Ben Bernanke

I generally leave the details of fiscal programs to the Administration and Congress. That's really their area of authority and responsibility, and I don't think it's appropriate for me to second guess.

Tags: Leave, Second  ✍ Author: Ben Bernanke

As parties began to develop around the turn of the 19th century, you had party nominees for President nominated in caucuses made up of party members in Congress.

Tags: President, Turn  ✍ Author: Michael Beschloss

Thanks to farm subsidies, the fine collaboration between agribusiness and Congress, soy, corn and cattle became king. And chicken soon joined them on the throne. It was during this period that the cycle of dietary and planetary destruction began, the thing we're only realizing just now.

Tags: Between, Fine  ✍ Author: H. G. Bissinger

Hey, well, I've been a pretty conservative member of congress.

Tags: Hey, Pretty  ✍ Author: Roy Blunt

For years, my colleagues and I - primarily Republicans but also some Democrats - have introduced legislation and written to the FCC asking the commission to cease attempts to regulate the Internet unless given the clear authority to do so by Congress.

Tags: Unless, Written  ✍ Author: Mary Bono

I feel kind of like the black sheep in Congress, but here I am.

Tags: Black, Here  ✍ Author: Sonny Bono

The notion that Congress can change the meaning given a constitutional provision by the Court is subversive of the function of judicial review; and it is not the less so because the Court promises to allow it only when the Constitution is moved to the left.

Tags: Change, Less  ✍ Author: Robert Bork

As a member of Congress, I believe it is the responsibility of those elected to represent the people at every level of government to ensure that our government works to ensure that every person who wants gainful employment has it.

Tags: Government, Wants  ✍ Author: Leonard Boswell

It is time for Congress to provide relief for tobacco farmers. Since the 1930's tobacco production has been regulated by a quota system, which required farmers to purchase quota in order to grow tobacco.

Tags: Since, Time  ✍ Author: Allen Boyd

I put myself and all the members of Congress in the same boat of things that could have been done better.

Tags: Done, Put  ✍ Author: John Breaux

Congress acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment.

Tags: Physical, Society  ✍ Author: William J. Brennan, Jr.

Appellant constituted a legitimate class of one, and this provides a basis for Congress's decision to proceed with dispatch with respect to his materials.

Tags: Decision, Respect  ✍ Author: William J. Brennan, Jr.

I fundamentally believe in term limits, for Congress, presidents, and board members.

Tags: Board, Limits  ✍ Author: Paget Brewster

The Constitution I uphold and defend is the one I carry in my pocket all the time, the U.S. Constitution. I don't know what Constitution that other members of Congress uphold, but it's not this one. I think the only Constitution that Barack Obama upholds is the Soviet constitution, not this one.

Tags: Carry, Time  ✍ Author: Paul Broun

This drug coverage program was clearly designed by Republicans in Congress to serve the interests of the drug and insurance industries. America's seniors were an afterthought.

Tags: America, Serve  ✍ Author: Sherrod Brown

What I find is most people have a civics book understanding for how Congress works and how a bill moves.

Tags: Book, Works  ✍ Author: Sam Brownback
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