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Thank you very much Mr Speaker a very Good morning to you and good morning House of Representatives I'm Aaron Bean I'm one of the new guys and uh aside From a motion to adjourn earlier this Week this right now is the very first Time I am speaking on this floor and I Want to say what an honor it is to be With you all uh in this body that was Republican Congressman Aaron Bean not Just one of the new guys in Congress He's also representing a brand new District the fourth district of Florida This podcast is all about what's new new Members and their first speeches in the New Congress so stay put don't motion to Adjourn and enjoy this new episode of C-span's podcast the weekly The 118th Congress has over 70 new Members from the first week of first Speeches in the house we saw new faces Heard new story lines and got New Perspectives like from Brandon Williams Republican of New York I'm honored to Speak here on the house floor for the First time I'm the first nuclear submarine veteran To serve in the United States House of Representatives in the last 50 years and Only the second in our nation's history One particular submarine Patrol we Pulled into Pearl Harbor to take World War II veterans out to sea with us for The day
By Naval tradition we stood at attention And saluted the USS Arizona as we passed By One part of the experience we shared With these veterans was to demonstrate The tremendous pressure of the ocean In the control room with the periscopes We would tie a string from one side of The hole to the other about the width of This Rostrum behind me Our submarine's hole is made of high Strength steel to keep the water out and The crew safe On the surface this string Would be taught like a guitar string and Would sit about a foot off the deck But as we submerged our boat The pressure of the sea would compress The whole and that string would begin to Droop And by the time we reached many hundreds Of feet below the ocean That string would lay flat on the deck The incredible pressure of the ocean Visible for everyone to see Monica De La Cruz is the first ever Republican to represent the 15th District of Texas in the predominantly Latino Rio Grande Valley being here as a Single mother and the granddaughter of a Mexican Farm worker shows that all Things are possible in America through Faith and hard work that's why I am Proud that my first vote is to protect
Small businesses in South Texas or from The IRS overreach which Disproportionately hurts low-income Americans and communities like mine the Last thing we need are 87 000 IRS agents Harassing South Texans Democratic Congressman Daniel Goldman is a former Assistant U.S attorney for the southern District of New York he served as a Democratic Council for the first Impeachment trial of president Donald Trump The focus of his first speech as a Congressman the Republicans proposed Select subcommittee on the weaponization Of the federal government and just two Sentences into Daniel Goldman's Congressional career Donald Trump had a Cameo the primary purpose of this Special subcommittee is to interfere With the special counsel's ongoing Investigation into a conspiracy to Overturn the 2020 election this is a Shocking abuse of power But it's not just the usual efforts by Members on the other side of the aisle To once again do Donald Trump's dirty Work this time they're trying to protect Themselves one of them a member from Pennsylvania had his cell phone seized Pursuant to a court order finding Probable cause that he committed a crime Yet he has indicated that he wants to be On this subcommittee
So that he can undermine a criminal Investigation into himself My Republican counterparts can dress up The subcommittee with a menacing name But let's call it what it really is the Republican committee to obstruct Justice The American people don't want that they Don't want yet another front of the Republican war on democracy and the rule Of law speaking in support of the Weaponization committee in his first Speech as a new member Ryan zinke yes You've heard that name before Representative zinke is actually new Again the Republican from Montana is a Returning member he also wasn't President Trump's cabinet I proudly Served as a 52nd Secretary of interior And despite the Deep Stakes repeatedly Attempts to stop me I stand before you As a duly elected member of the United States Congress and tell you that a deep State exists and it is perhaps the Strongest covert weapon the left has Against the American people there is no Doubt the federal government deep state Coordinates with liberal activists and Uses politicians and willing media to Carry their water the Deep State runs Secret messaging campaigns with one goal In mind to increase its power to censor And persuade the American people dark Money groups funded by liberal Billionaires and foreign investors
Funnel money to Shell organizations and Repeatedly attempt to destroy the American West in many cases they want to Wipe out the American Cowboy completely Those two new members were on opposite Sides of the new weaponization committee Two new members on opposite sides gave First speeches with opposite opinions on Another hot button issue that's hardly New abortion here's Florida Democrat Maxwell Alejandro Frost at 25 years old The youngest member of Congress and the First member of gen Z ever elected to Congress the topic a resolution Condemning attacks on pro-life Facilities is first speech included a Reference to Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis it's a one-sided resolution Meant to Fan the Flames of anti-abortion And anti-freedom sentiment in this Country see my district in Central Florida sees these sentiments in action As our governor has passed an abortion Ban and looks to go even further and has Some as someone whose birth mother made The Brave and difficult decision to put Me up for adoption I recognized that That decision was deeply personal and Can often mark one of the most Vulnerable points in a person's life no One should take advantage of that and The federal government should actually Protect it Harriet Hageman Republican of Wyoming unseated fellow Republican Liz
Cheney in a race that got national Attention and was largely shaped by Pro And anti-trump forces congresswoman Higgeman's first speech was in support Of the abortion resolution I rise today To condemn intimidation tactics of Pro-abortion activists since the very Day the Dobbs versus Jackson decision Was illegally leaked acts of violence Against pregnancy centers places of Worship and other pro-life institutions Have skyrocketed cases of vandalism Harassment firebombings and physical Assaults have been reported all across The country in communities big and small In addition to the actual acts these Violent acts amount to intimidation of Those individuals that need the services Provided by these pro-life faith-based Organizations not only has President Biden and his administration failed to Condemn these attacks but his department Of justice has also refused to take any Action to identify and prosecute those That have committed these crimes two Other new members making first speeches On opposite sides of the abortion debate First Republican freshman Congressman Nathaniel Moran Madam speaker I'm Honored to stand here today on the house Floor of Representatives to serve as the Voice of East Texans in Congress as a Man of faith and father of four children I rise today for the very first time in
Congress as a member of Congress to Stand for the sanctity of life and in Full support of children Nationwide and On the other side Morgan McGarvey a new Democratic congressman from Kentucky Last night the House Republicans first Order of business was to make it even Harder for women to receive abortions And for Health Care Professionals to Provide them These decisions are best left between a Woman and her doctor But House Republicans have sent a clear Message that more legislative attacks Against women's rights are on the Horizon I proudly voted against yesterday's Attack on women and their doctors and I Will continue fighting for Reproductive Rights and one more new Democratic Member on this issue Colorado Congresswoman Brittany Pedersen but I Came to Congress to make a meaningful Difference in people people's lives and Fight against extremism just like this The people of Colorado's Seventh District sent me here to ensure that These personal decisions are kept Between women their doctors their Families Not members of Congress Just like I did in the state senate I Will not stop fighting until all Americans have control over their own
Bodies meantime new Republican California Congressman Kevin Kiley Showed his literary chops while talking About his State's weather he cited a Famous award-winning American writer Mr Speaker California now finds itself in Both a flood emergency and a drought Emergency at the same time That absurdity underscores a fundamental Failure of governance citizens are told To take shorter showers farmers are told To follow their fields all the while They watch water flow abundantly into The ocean an estimated 8 billion gallons Of water from these storms will flow Into the ocean in the Los Angeles Basin Alone Cycles of wetness and dryness are Nothing new to our state Joan Didion in 1977 wrote California Summers were Characterized by the coughing and the Pipes that meant the well was dry and California Winters by all-night watches On Rivers about to Crest The Joan Didion reference was to her Essay holy water it appeared in this Choir magazine eight years before Congressman Kylie was born It wasn't just controversial topics that Drove first speeches by new members Some saw a chance to Rejoice even gloat Like Mike Collins the new republican From Georgia had the fortune of good Timing to give his first floor speech on
Something happy something to celebrate The Georgia Bulldogs football team Winning the college football national Championship Mr Speaker how about them Dogs it's an honor this morning to rise And deliver my first speech on the floor Of the people's house and what a special Occasion it is after last night's Resounding Victory it is clear that the Georgia Bulldogs haven't gotten tired of Winning I want to congratulate the University of Georgia especially the players who left It all on the field during practice in The games and earned another Championship last night during his first Floor remarks Michigan Republican John James also mentioned a local football Team the context nominating Kevin McCarthy for speaker on the seventh Ballot Kevin McCarthy won the gavel back As minority leader in half the time Uphill We want to talk about people who can win I'm a lions fan and and uh I I'm it is right look I'm well Acquainted with snatching defeat from The jaws of Victory y'all we need to Learn how to win We need to learn how to take a victory So why care about first speeches by a New member of Congress well one reason You never know who you spot today might One Day end up being house Speaker or
Party leader California Republican Kevin McCarthy is now speaker if you were Watching C-SPAN on January 10 2007 you Saw his first speech a quick reminder of His topic a republican plan to increase The minimum wage and provide offset tax Relief for small businesses And an included a mention of the person He would replace as Speaker 16 years Later Nancy Pelosi when I listened to The debate today and I listened to the Other side as a freshman If you look at the Republican bill It is a compromise it is a common Solution The minimum wage will be increased but What else will happen There'll be greater health care for the Workers There'll be tax relief where you can Expense off when you're buying business Equipment what happens the workers of America are more competitive in a global Economy for the 21st century and I asked My colleagues on the other side last Week on this floor I listened closely to What our speaker said Speaker Pelosi said Less work in a spirit of partnership not Partisanship Well I will tell you the Republican bill Is just that it is a partnership that Lets the power of the idea win at the End of the day on the other side Hakeem
Jeffries is now Democratic leader if you Were watching C-SPAN almost exactly 10 Years ago January 15 2013 you saw his First speech as a freshman from New York And you might have noticed that President Franklin Roosevelt made a Cameo the victims of superstorm Sandy Have been forced to languish in agony And language and uncertainty our Response has been characterized by delay Obstruction postponement obfuscation It's unacceptable given the Nature of the disaster that people at Home have experienced we have defaulted On Our obligation to provide assistance To Americans in need we're a day late And a dollar short in fact we're 78 days Late and 51 billion dollars short New York one of the original 13 colonies has Given much to The Republic over the last 236 years our sons and our daughters Have died in each and every war FDR Tremendous Statesman has helped us get Through the Great Depression and we Regularly give more to the government Than we get back in return and now our Bonus clip we'll close out the way we Began with freshman Florida Republican Aaron Bean one of the new guys so to all The members here I look forward to Working with you to tackling these Challenges and making America more Secure safer and stronger Members let's go get them
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