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  1. ASHCROFT WARNS AGAINST DEBT GRANDSTANDING: "OUR COUNTRY WAS ATTACKED" Q1 2003 | Press Release #1 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Jeff Ashcroft (R-VA) warned against senatorial grandstanding on raising the debt limit, calling for extraordinary measures in light of the war in Iraq. He called on the Senate to pass the debt limit increase and focus on tackling the deficit once the job is done overseas. He made the following remarks on the Senate floor: "I'm a conservative. I believe in balanced books. But I have to ask, what on earth are my colleagues thinking, politicizing the debt while we are at war? It was not even two years ago when I joined my colleagues in one of the first major acts as a United Senator to vote in favor of the decision to send our boys to war, following the dastardly attacks on our country on September 11th, 2001. When we voted in favor, we were committing to the long haul. At the very least, surely we were not going let our debts lapse, less than two years later, while American fighting men and women are on the ground, under fire, in another country. Let's not forget, Mr President, how privileged we are to sit here and grandstand about dollars and cents while others are risking their lives on the other side of the world." -Romain D'Amato, Press Secretary
  2. Mr President, I cannot support any effort that would impose federal mandates on what values parents ought to teach their children. I understand the sentiments behind the proposal and heck, I think it's a good thing. But who am I tell parents what they ought to teach their kids about sex, morality, and abstinence any more than I could tell them what they ought to teach their kids about religion, about right and wrong. Government has no right in this matter. I yield.
  3. Mr. President, Well, I’m glad my colleagues have gotten their grandstanding out of their systems. I won’t provoke them further by reminding them that it was, in fact, my friend Speaker Gingrich who was the driving force behind that balanced budget and that the former President did little more than sign it. I would also remind that between then and now, our country was attacked by a foreign enemy, but I digress. Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, let’s pass this resolution. Let’s show our troops in Baghdad that we’ve got their backs. I yield.
  4. Senator Ashcroft on the Fowler censure resolution: The only times that the Senate has censured one of our own members have been for corruption, leaking state secrets, or fighting on the Senate floor. No matter how insensitive Senator Fowler’s comments may have been, they hardly meet the threshold set by precedent. We should save this tool for cases of gross misconduct or abuse of power, nothing less.
  5. Mr President, I'm not drawing an equivalency between 10 million dollars and 2.1 trillion. But if it really takes the bureaucracy 10 million dollars to come up with a curriculum, surely that is a suggestion that perhaps our administrative state has some very serious efficiency issues – and that perhaps they can use existing appropriations more effectively in order to come up with the senator's proposed curriculum. I will say, however, that I am inclined to support the amendment, provided that it include a provision protecting the right of parents to make the final decision as to whether and how their child is taught about these issues. The topics at hand are highly intimate and personal, they go to the heart of people's values, and parents deserve to decide what values are instilled in their kids at school. I therefore propose the following amendment: I yield.
  6. Mr President, Do we have any evidence to suggest that developing a curriculum costs... 10 million dollars? And does the gentleman from Indiana not think it inconsistent to shame Republican senators for their supposed fiscal profligacy while simultaneously calling on the chamber to throw money at the Department of Education for a... 10 million dollar curriculum? I yield.
  7. Mr President, I'm a conservative. I believe in balanced books. But I have to ask, what on earth are my colleagues thinking, politicizing the debt while we are at war? It was not even two years ago when I joined my colleagues in one of the first major acts as a United Senator to vote in favor of the decision to send our boys to war, following the dastardly attacks on our country on September 11th, 2001. When we voted in favor, we were committing to the long haul. At the very least, surely we were not going let our debts lapse, less than two years later, while American fighting men and women are on the ground, under fire, in another country. Let's not forget, Mr President, how privileged we are to sit here and grandstand about dollars and cents while others are risking their lives on the other side of the world. So I say this: let's pay our bills, whatever the cost. Let's get our armed forces the resources they need to finish the job. Let's keep the lights on at home. And when the job is done and our boys are home, then we can talk about balancing this budget. I yield.
  8. "Evening Ms. Fowler, it's very nice to see you. How are you this evening? Quite the brouhaha on the Hill."
  9. Voting Record Jefferson Ashcroft (R-VA) Aye Nay Abstain Sponsor Co-Sponsor
  10. Press Office Jefferson C. Ashcroft United States Senator from Virginia
  11. Senator Ashcroft enters the bar and orders a Kentucky bourbon.
  12. Name: Jefferson Crawford Ashcroft III Date of Birth: January 19, 1964 Place of Birth: Washington, D.C. Place of Residence: Alexandria, VA Party: Republican, Establishment Seat and Class: Virginia, Class 1 Avatar: Josh Hawley Family Info Spouse: Sarah Madison (m. 1995) Children: Hugh (b. 1997), Alexandra (b. 2000) Educational History Harvard University (BA, JD) St Albans School Occupational History U.S. Senator from Virginia (2001-present) U.S. Representative for Virginia's 1st Congressional District (1997-2001) Legal Counsel, Rep. Herbert H. Bateman (1994-1996) Attorney, Private Practice (1990-1994) Biography Jefferson "Jeff" Ashcroft was born in Washington, D.C. in 1964, a member of the Ashcroft family, prominent in Virginia politics. His father was a Republican congressman from Virginia with close ties to the Reagan Administration. Ashcroft was raised as a conservative Republican and attended the prestigious St Albans School in Washington. Upon graduating, he was admitted to Harvard's class of 1986 with a letter of recommendation from Harvard alumnus and then-Treasury Secretary Donald Regan, for whom he had interned in his senior year. At Harvard, Ashcroft concentrated in history. He was a member of the Owl Club and was described as an above-average student. In his junior spring, he studied abroad at Tsinghua University in Beijing and spent his summers interning with Senator John Warner of Virginia. In his senior year, he wrote an undergraduate thesis on the Nullification Crisis, taking a favorable view of John C. Calhoun's states' rights position. He graduated magna cum laude with an offer to attend Harvard Law School the next fall. He received his JD from Harvard Law and was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1989. Ashcroft spent his first four years out of law school working as an attorney in Alexandria, Virginia. In 1994, he joined the staff of Rep. Herbert Bateman of Virginia's 1st congressional district, a family friend, as his office's legal counsel. In 1996, Bateman announced his intention to retire from Congress and endorsed Ashcroft to succeed him in the reliable Republican seat. Ashcroft stood for the Republican nomination unopposed and was elected to Congress that year, one of the youngest members taking up office. In the House, Ashcroft was a reliable Republican vote. He voted in favor of impeaching President Bill Clinton in 1998 following the Lewinsky scandal. In 2000, Ashcroft announced his intention to challenge then-Senator Chuck Robb. He won the Republican primary, narrowly defeating former governor George Allen, and went on to defeat Robb by very slim margins, with the help of aggressive campaigning alongside George Bush. He took up office in 2001. He voted in favor of the Iraq War.
  13. Regret that it came to this, but signing out.
  14. WOOD CLEANS HOUSE ON SUPER TUESDAY Q1 2020 | Press Release #8 SAN DIEGO, CA – Republican Presidential frontrunner Florian Wood (R-SC) celebrated with supporters in San Diego, California after a near-sweep of Super Tuesday primaries propelled the South Carolinian into a clear lead in delegates, taking every state up for grabs save Vermont. Wood said that it was still to early to be speaking of a presumptive nominee, but said he is "more optimistic than ever" about the prospects of his candidacy. "What started with an unknown first-term senator, a handful of supporters, and some big ideas about how to turn this country around has become a true political movement that is taking this country by storm. Our message is simple, but powerful – that age-old American values can solve 21st century problems and save the American Dream. I am so grateful to everyone who turned out to show their support, everyone who hit the campaign trail knocking on doors, making phone calls, or just telling their friends about our message. It is still too early to be talking about a presumptive nominee, there's a lot of work to be done and votes to win, but if anybody had any doubts as to who's the frontrunner, I hope this evening clears things up." -James Blake, Press Secretary
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