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  • Rep. Brat Introducing Protect Kids and Parents Act to Keep Illegal Immigrant Families Together
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Brat released the following statement: “Since I came to Congress, I have advocated for immigration laws that would secure our homeland and preserve the rule of law. The goal is to protect us from the criminal elements who seek to cross our borders and engage in drug or gang activity and often human trafficking. Fixing our broken system will also allow us to stand up for the American worker and turn off the magnet causing a surge of migrants illegally crossing into ... Read more

  • Rep. Brat Reacts to Immigration Reform Bill Failure
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Brat released a statement following the failed vote on the Goodlatte compromise immigration reform bill (H.R. 4760) in the U.S. House of Representatives: “History has proven that amnesty without real border security begets more amnesty. We need to make sure we turn off the magnet drawing illegal immigrants to illegally cross our borders – otherwise, we’ll be back to where we are today in the next 5 or 10 years. We need a permanent solution. The only bill strong eno... Read more

  • Rep. Brat Releases Statement on House Farm Bill Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Jobs, Taxes, and Economic Growth, National Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dave Brat released the following statement following his NO vote on H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act or 2018 Farm Bill, which failed to receive enough votes to pass the House: “Our farmers and ranchers feed the United States and the world. Since the beginning of time, weather and disease threaten crops and animals. And so, it is in the interest of all Americans to make sure our food supply is secure. Food security is national security. “While the 2018 Farm... Read more

  • FoxNews.com: NAFTA-linked visas for Canada and Mexico need a closer look before Congress passes NAFTA 2.0
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Jobs, Taxes, and Economic Growth

    The following op-ed appeared at FoxNews.com on April 30th, 2018. Very soon, Mexican and Canadian officials are going to push the Trump administration to approve and finalize a “NAFTA 2.0,” which is supposedly a renegotiation of the original 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement. The administration’s primary representative in this effort is the U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer. While we are being told by Ambassador Lighthizer and others that this will be a good deal for ... Read more

  • COLUMN: Let's keep our promises
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 29, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Congressional Ethics, Healthcare, Immigration, Budget and Fiscal Issues

    The following op-ed appeared in the April 29, 2018 edition of Richmond Times-Dispatch. What voters hate more than anything are politicians who say one thing on the campaign trail, and then abandon those promises when they get into office — especially on big-ticket items. That’s why it was disappointing to see Gov. Ralph Northam go back on his word to Virginians about sanctuary cities. A 2017 Harvard-Harris poll showed that 80 percent of voters say, “Cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crim... Read more

  • Rep. Brat Reacts to Va. Gov. Northam’s Veto of Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities
    Posted in Press Releases on April 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dave Brat, a former economics professor, reacted to the news Virginia Governor Ralph Northam vetoed a bill banning sanctuary cities, which passed both of the state’s legislative chambers. The bill was a single sentence: “No locality shall adopt any ordinance, procedure, or policy that restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws.” Rep. Brat released the following statement: “Public safety should be an easy priority for Americans to rally around. Lax enforc... Read more

  • Rep. Brat Votes No On Omnibus Spending Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Jobs, Taxes, and Economic Growth, National Security, Budget and Fiscal Issues

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, Rep. Dave Brat voted no on the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. In reaction, he released the following statement: “Republicans spent all year calling for spending to remain constant – the only exception was a small increase in defense spending to get our military back up to par. We were hoping to stick together and find a way to pass our spending bills with 218 Republican votes in the House. But, as usual, we needed nine Democrat votes in the Senate, so s... Read more

  • Rep. Brat Statement on White House Immigration Framework
    Posted in Press Releases on January 29, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Brat released the following statement after the White House released their Framework on Immigration Reform and Border Security. “The White House amnesty plan may capture the wishes of the Washington establishment, but it does not represent the promises President Trump made to the American people. Giving amnesty beyond DACA recipients opens us up to fraud and corruption, as those who never signed up for the program attempt to become eligible. If you ask voters in states like Ohi... Read more

  • Rep. Brat Votes for Government Funding Bill and CHIP Reauthorization
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Immigration, Budget and Fiscal Issues

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) issued the following statement after the House voted to pass legislation to fund the federal government through February 16, 2018 and authorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. “Conservatives negotiated in good faith throughout conversations on this spending bill to do the right thing and keep our promises to the American people. The bill we passed today will ensure our troops are paid and the federal government remains open. It al... Read more

  • Rep. Brat Statement on Halting Unlawful Executive Overreach on Immigration
    Posted in Press Releases on September 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) made the following statement responding to Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcement that the White House is rescinding the Obama Administration’s unlawful DACA program: “What makes our country great is that we were founded on the rule of law and the balance of power between three branches of government. If we allow DACA to continue, the legislative process simply becomes a pretense. Even President Obama admitted a policy like DACA would be both unwise and u... Read more

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