Crisis At the Southern Border

Floor Speech

Date: Nov. 17, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. ROSE. Madam Speaker, there is no denying that the crisis at our southern border was caused by President Biden and his administration's open-border policies.

Since President Biden took office, more than 3.8 million illegal immigrants have been apprehended at our southern border. Meanwhile, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection was falling asleep during meetings while this crisis continued on his watch.

This is exactly why, around 2 weeks ago, I joined 15 of my fellow House Republicans, led by Congressman Hice, in calling on CBP Commissioner Magnus to resign. Thankfully, he did, and now our country and its national security are better off.

Already, before Republicans even officially take the majority, we are holding the Biden administration accountable.

I promise that come January 3, when the new Congress is sworn in, you can expect more accountability where that came from. President Biden's Student Loan Forgiveness Handout


Mr. ROSE. Madam Speaker, the Congressional Budget Office has confirmed what most Tennesseans already knew. President Biden's plan to give a handout to millions of college-educated Americans will be paid for with even more deficit spending than anticipated, around $400 billion in deficit spending to be exact.

This is just as shocking: The President thinks it is acceptable and legal to spend this kind of money without congressional approval. But it is neither.

We hear $10,000 per borrower thrown around a lot, but the CBO says 24 million people would receive $20,000 in debt forgiveness under the plan. That is basically a 2022 Hyundai Elantra or a Kia Soul or a brand-new Nissan Sentra.

I ask my Democrat colleagues: How are you okay with giving away the equivalent of a new car to 24 million people and asking those without student debt to foot the bill, asking Tennessee plumbers to foot the bill for Harvard-educated lawyers, asking America's blue-collar workers to give a subsidy to some of the best-educated people and best-paid people in this country?

This administration must reverse course on this wrong-headed, regressive policy.