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Congressional Record
US House of Representatives
24 March 1995


(Ms. FURSE asked and was given permission to address the House for one minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)

MS. FURSE: Mr. Speaker, I have listened these past few days with growing disbelief to the things said by Republicans about welfare and welfare recipients. I ask my colleagues: Do you live in the same America the rest of us live in? Get out of your warm cars. Do as I do: walk. Walk on the streets of America because you will see homeless on the streets of America, and there are thousands and thousands of children who are homeless, and they are hungry, and they are cold, and they are frightened, and they live in America.

I have read so many stories about how religious so many of the new Members are, how they go to Bible study and prayer meetings, and I say to them remember what Christ said. He said: "Suffer the little children to come unto me."

I ask you, no I beg you, remember that quote and not make the little children suffer anymore. Put the children first, not this phony contract with the wealthiest of Americans.

Vote "no" on this cruel welfare bill.

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