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Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

Representing the 1st District of New Hampshire

In Speech on House Floor, Shea-Porter asks “Why?”

July 18, 2018
Press Release
“Why won't they? Why won't they let us investigate? Why won't they let us have a vote? America and the world is watching. They're wondering how long it will take for this Republican Congress to act. When will it be too much?”

WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) took to the Floor this morning to ask her Republican colleagues why they have refused to act to protect our democracy.

Shea-Porter asked her colleagues and the American people to consider why President Trump refuses to simply state that Russia attacked our elections and continues to engage in cyberattacks against the United States. Why, she asked, are House Republicans refusing to bring critical legislation to the Floor to protect Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation?

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to call this body to action,” said Shea-Porter on the House Floor. “Two days ago, we watched—the world watched—in horror in Finland as our president took Putin’s side instead of our intelligence community's side. Our intelligence community told us, told him, that Russia attacked our democracy and attacked our elections. For whatever reason, President Trump seems unable to clearly state that he agrees with the intelligence.”

“Just yesterday, when he said he misspoke, he then shifted and went back to, ‘it could be others.’ Why? We have to ask ourselves why,” continued Shea-Porter.

“The Republican Majority has been determined to do absolutely nothing in response when it's clear that there's much we can and must do. Why?”

“They have declined to pass additional legislation to serve as a deterrent to Russia and that would sanction Russia if they attacked our elections again. Why? Especially when we have been warned Russia intends to interfere with our elections in just a few months.”

“They had this whole Congress but still Republicans have not passed any legislation to strengthen our election security system to mitigate this threat. Instead, Congressional Republicans are trying to cut—this is unbelievable—trying to cut election security grants by hundreds of millions of dollars. Why? Don't they at least want to protect us going into the future?”

“They have blocked votes to force the president to release his tax returns so we can know if his business deals are affecting his decisions in the office of the presidency. Why?”

“And most importantly, they have consistently refused to vote to protect Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. Why?”

“Speaker Ryan controls the Floor. Republicans are the ones who put all of the legislation on the Floor. They could do this now, but they refuse to, even though they have the power.”

“Why won't they? Why won't they let us investigate? Why won't they let us have a vote? America and the world are watching. They're wondering how long it will take for this Republican Congress to act. When will it be too much? We've heard some Republican heroes like John McCain and others who have said this was the most horrific performance and that we must, must talk about this. And yet we don't. Why? I yield back.”

To watch the video of her Floor speech, click here.