Xavier Becerra quotes and sayings
January 26, 1958
When the game is on, I want to be on the field, but I'm willing to catch, walk, run. I just want to be there. I'll even be water boy.
I'm never gonna change the skin, right? I'm very proud of what it implies and what it has meant to me... but then again, in Congress, I hope to make my mark as a colleague and as a leader.
February 19, 1942, is the year in which Executive Order 9066 was signed, and this was the order that called for the exclusion and internment of all Japanese Americans living on the west coast during World War II.
The worst thing would be for a Canada to develop a Hollywood. This is an industry we are going to have to fight to defend. We have to compete now so productions stay here. We don't want entertainment to be like the steel industry.
As a regent, I hope to bring that important perspective of a typical family visitor in combination with my background as a Member of Congress and a proponent of the Smithsonian's efforts to reach all Americans.
I don't consider this hard work. I love it, and I think I get to make a difference. I really believe in Secretary Clinton, and I want to feel like I'm part of making a difference; I really do.
I think I've been a very good student of all aspects of being in Congress. I think I'm always working hard to get an 'A.'.
I have been chastised by a president, I have antagonized and angered presidents, and I have taken on my own leadership.
We cannot undo the past in this misguided war in Iraq.
According to the American Heart Association, the prevalence of hypertension in African Americans in the United States is among the highest in the world.
NoH8 on the Hill, NoH8 anywhere. No American, regardless of who they love, should be denied equal protection under the law. History is on our side and our march towards justice will prevail.
As of 2002, two million Latino adults had been diagnosed with diabetes.
If something is personal to you, you are much more likely to act.
Shame on me if I don't try to do more with what I have. It would be... a terrible thing to waste this opportunity to try to make a difference.
I have a lot of kids in my district who haven't been to the beach, much less Washington, D.C., and that's 20 miles away.
Diabetes occurs at twice the rate in the African American community as it does in white Americans.
Today, we have a trade regime which has led to the largest trade deficits this country has ever experienced.
It's good to know people think I'm a nice guy.
My three daughters are all going to go to college, and it's not even a question. When I was applying to college, my parents were hoping that I would just go somewhere. Today, they look at their grandkids, and they know those kids will have a chance to build this country in bigger and better ways than my parents ever had a chance.
Before we put an American in harm's way, tell us why. No one wants to see the region descend into further chaos. There's a lot of concern about getting embroiled in another Vietnam and ... about sending American troops once again to fight someone else's war.
You don't win the game if you try to hit home runs all the time.
I've learned to be pragmatic, but I don't sacrifice my principles, my values.
If we finally chose as a country to take responsibility for the wars that we believe we must engage in, and rather than borrow money to exercise that authority to go to war, we actually pay for these wars, that would save us over a trillion dollars, because that's what we have spent in Iraq and Afghanistan - all through borrowed money.
I will fight like the dickens to protect Social Security.
Twenty million more have Chronic Kidney Disease, where patients experience a gradual deterioration of kidney function, the end result of which is kidney failure.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the first use of alcohol typically begins at age 12.
We have a tax code that allows groups to use their political operations within the tax code, under the guise of a charity, to use undisclosed millions of dollars to do political campaigns.
According to Teenage Research Unlimited, 51 percent of 13-15 year olds say they will be faced with making a decision regarding alcohol in the next three months.
I hate to say it but I think it has become very obvious that our system for devising trade agreements, so very important to this country's functioning around the world, has not only broken, but it has broken completely.
It is critical that parents and other trusted adults initiate conversations with kids about underage drinking well in advance of the first time they are faced with a decision regarding alcohol.
This is precisely why you choose to run for office and get elected. You're asking the people to let you be their voice. I don't think there is a more powerful and intense experience than the opportunity to be the voice of the 307 million people living in this country.
I... now see a rare opportunity to push across the goal line much of the unfinished business of America: investing in our infrastructure and workers, universal healthcare, comprehensive immigration reform and scrubbing a tax code that's out of shape and behind the times.
My father was a construction worker most of his life. My mother, when she came from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, to the United States, never had a chance to go to college either and became a clerical worker. But they did nothing but build this country.
Having passion does not mean you have to descend into bickering and fighting.
We need to make investment to get the economy going again, to give the private sector the confidence.
Any effort to create a second class of Americans, I just can't swallow that.
If you're saying you should not be allowed in the country, you should be consistent and say that to all immigrants.
We are on pace this year to have a trade deficit that is larger than $800 billion. We have never faced that before, but we continue to put forward trade agreements like these that leave us naked to competition that is neither free nor fair.
But 18 years after the passage of the Civil Liberties Act, there still remains unfinished work to completely rectify and close this regrettable chapter in our Nation's history.
Gotta have safety at our borders. We're a sovereign nation, gotta protect our borders. Make sure the workplace doesn't become a magnet for folks to be hired without the authorization. And then let's be realistic and sensible about how we approach all those folks who made America their home, established businesses, have children who have gone on to be valedictorians at their high school - and let's do these things in a very sensible way.
The question for immigration reform is not if we'll get it done, it's when we'll get it done. It's going to get done.
African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population but comprise 32 percent of patients treated for kidney failure, giving them a kidney failure rate that is 4.2 times greater than that of white Americans.
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