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  1. Decisive action has been taken on the home front with passage of the USA Patriot Act, which has strengthened the hand of law enforcement agencies to stop terrorists before they can act.
  2. Well, one thing that has happened is they have had a presidential election in Egypt which has represented progress. Now, we were not happy with everything that happened with the parliamentary elections, and it was not exactly a perfect presidential election in Egypt.
  3. But my friends, these people in Egypt have stood by us in a tough, tough neighborhood.
  4. It is false to suggest that medical breakthroughs come only through government research.
  5. The choice is not between conducting the stem cell research or not conducting it. That is not the choice.
  6. Legislation to create a new 10 percent tax bracket, reduce the marriage penalty, cut the tax rate on dividends and capital gains, and increase the child tax credit have been essential elements in this economic expansion.
  7. Illegal immigration is not just a matter of interest in states along our border with Mexico. It is having an effect on local economies, schools, health care delivery, and public safety all across the country.
  8. Several other aerospace and defense firms have announced plans to build facilities in north Mississippi in recent weeks. They join an impressive group of high-tech companies already doing business in our region.
  9. It is no coincidence that our country has not been attacked since 9–11. Our initiatives to protect the homeland and aggressively take the fight to the terrorists have been factors in that success.
  10. The private sector can go forward, if it must, with destruction of embryos for questionable and ethically challenged science. But spend the people’s money on proven blood cord, bone marrow, germ cell, and adult cell research.
  11. Over the past two years, the House has passed more than 50 measures focused on stimulating the economy and expanding opportunities for American workers. The tax relief provisions in this package have been an important part of our pro-growth agenda.
  12. Since 2001, the Patriot Act has provided the means to detect and disrupt terrorist threats against the U.S. Prior to enactment of the law, major legal barriers prevented intelligence, national defense, and law enforcement agencies from working together and sharing information.
  13. Since other countries and terrorist organizations are working to secure information that could threaten national security, more funding is provided in the bill to increase counter-intelligence activities.
  14. More Americans are working today than at any time in history.
  15. The issues surrounding illegal immigration are wide-ranging and complex, but there is no question about the need to secure our borders.
  16. And while the U.S. can never be 100 percent safe from a future strike, our government is working around the clock on measures to protect the American people.
  17. Embryonic stem cell research is legal in America, and nothing in the administration’s current policy affects that legality; 400 lines are currently being used to conduct embryonic stem cell research, both in the private sector and by the Federal Government.
  18. Talk about national interests: When we went in with Operation Iraqi Freedom, some of our allies, Turkey, for example, would not let us through. How much trouble did that cause us, because we were not able to go into Iraq through Turkey?
  19. We do foreign assistance for altruistic reasons, certainly for humanitarian reasons, of course. But the main reason we do foreign assistance is we do it in the American national interest.
  20. One of the first items of Congressional business in 2006 will be an effort to renew the USA Patriot Act.

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