Today Brooke and I would like to wish the Reverend Billy Graham a happy 95th birthday. Rev. Graham has reached billions of people worldwide and has certainly touched the state of North Carolina with his kindness, wisdom and love. We are a more compassionate nation because of Rev. Graham’s life’s work and it is my hope his teachings continue to resonate and have an impact for years to come.
Today marks a solemn day for our nation as we remember with great sadness the many precious lives we lost in the attacks of September 11, 2001. The perpetrators of those senseless acts of violence sought to challenge our freedoms and tear down our way of life, but were instead met with the strength of our resolve, our capacity to care, and commitment to each other.
This anniversary, we must tragically open our hearts for four more souls. Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods were taken from us during the attack on our embassy in Benghazi last year and we will never forget their bravery and service to our nation.
We will never forget those who died and the survivors, but let us also always remember the heroes and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our safety and freedoms since that fateful morning.
If you're one of the 11 million students in the purple block, wouldn't you much rather be under our bill where 100% of undergrads see relief?
We live in a country that has built on the hard work, determination, and sacrifice of the generations that came before us so let us never waiver in our commitment to pass on a hopeful future. Let us also never forget that this celebration would not be possible without those who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces. We thank them for their selfless service and pray for them and their families.
God bless you all and may God bless the United States of America. Happy Fourth of July.
Passing a stop-gap measure year after year is not a solution, especially for students and families. Our solution here.
Student Loan debt now surpasses auto and credit card debt - something families and students cannot afford. Our plan gives some relief, saving students $8.8 billion in 2013 alone. Read it here.
For too long, parents, teachers and students have suffered under the continuous overreach of federal bureaucrats who have wrestled education away from state and local communities in order centralize decision-making in Washington, DC. I do not believe that the best way to help our students and teachers succeed is to impose a one-size-fits-all, top-down approach. It's time to return control back to state and local communities - the ones who are best suited to address their own needs and effect change. Read more here.
I oppose the Manchin-Toomey amendment and will vote against it. I supported having a debate on the issue of violent crime, but as I made clear from the outset, I will oppose any legislation that chips away at our Constitutional rights. After reviewing the current text of the Manchin-Toomey proposal, I have numerous Second Amendment, due process and privacy concerns that make the legislation too problematic for it to ever become law.