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  • Murphy on Trump Administration Decision to Pull Back Troops in Syria
    October 7, 2019 | Speeches and Statements

    WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, a former national security specialist at the Pentagon, released the following statement in response to President Trump's decision to pull back U.S. troops in Syria: “I strongly oppose President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Our presence is vital to our national security. It has prevented the terrorist group ISIS from recapturing territory and averted conflict between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish forces. Our departure helps ISIS,... Read more

  • Rep. Murphy Speech at FEC Symposium on Digital Disinformation and the Threat to Democracy
    September 17, 2019 | Speeches and Statements

    Good morning. Thank you Suzanne and thank you to the hosts of this event. I’m honored to be here and to offer my perspective from Capitol Hill. There are roughly 40 election security bills pending in Congress. During the panel conversation, I’ll mention a few of these measures and their prospects for success, and what I say may surprise the more pessimistic among you. I’d like to use this time to discuss some broader themes. Let me start with the three reasons why I’ve tried to take a leading role... Read more

  • Rep. Murphy Speech at the American Academy of Dermatology Association Legislative Conference
    September 9, 2019 | Speeches and Statements

    Good afternoon. Thank you for the kind introduction, Dr. Yag-Howard. And thank you to the AADA for inviting me to speak. I’m honored to be here. I want to start by expressing my gratitude to all of you. Whether you are a dermatologist, a nurse, a patient advocate, or the manager of a dermatology practice—I know how hard you work, day in and day out, to provide your patients with the best care possible. I view one of my main roles in Congress, and on the Ways and Means Committee, as seeking to empower... Read more

  • Rep. Murphy Speech, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) Forum on Why Leading Globally Matters for Florida
    August 21, 2019 | Speeches and Statements

    Thank you for that kind introduction, President Cornwell.   As President Cornwell mentioned, he was my boss when I taught finance at Rollins.   And technically, as one of my constituents now, he’s still my boss.   He’s also someone I greatly admire and the leader of an educational institution dedicated to preparing students to become global citizens and responsible leaders.   It’s a worthy goal—and one that aligns with the mission of those in the room today.    ... Read more

  • Rep. Murphy Committee Speech on H.R. 860, the Social Security 2100 Act
    July 25, 2019 | Speeches and Statements

    Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you to the witnesses for their testimony. Social Security is the bedrock of our retirement system. It is one of the most successful government programs of all time, helping to keep millions of seniors out of poverty. It’s also important to remember that Social Security is not an entitlement; it is a benefit seniors have paid into and earned after a lifetime of hard work. There are 4.6 million people in Florida, including 125,000 people in my Orlando-area district,... Read more

  • Rep. Murphy Floor Speech on H.R. 246 Opposing the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement
    July 23, 2019 | Speeches and Statements

    Thank you Mr. Speaker. I strongly support the State of Israel.  It’s a homeland for the Jewish people and a sanctuary from anti-Semitism.  Israel is a thriving democracy and its citizens have made enormous contributions to our global society. The U.S. has no better friend than Israel.  Yes, on occasion our two governments will disagree on certain policies, as all sovereign nations do.  But our strong alliance is rooted in shared values, shared security interests, and a deep historical... Read more

  • Rep. Murphy Floor Speech on H.R. 549 Venezuela Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Act of 2019
    July 23, 2019 | Speeches and Statements

    Thank you Mr. Speaker. I support this bipartisan bill to extend Temporary Protected Status to Venezuela. There are over Four Hundred Thousand Venezuelans living in the U.S., and more than half live in Florida.  About Two Hundred Thousand of these men and women would receive TPS if this bill becomes law.  They could work legally, pay taxes, and contribute to our economy for a period of time, without living in fear of deportation. Venezuela is in crisis, and making Venezuelans in the U.S.... Read more

  • Rep. Murphy Speech, Press Conference Prior to House Vote on H.R. 582, Raise the Wage Act
    July 18, 2019 | Speeches and Statements

    Thank you. Six months ago, we stood together to announce the introduction of the Raise the Wage Act. I’m proud to say that, later today, the House will pass this bill. This will be the first time in 12 years that a chamber of Congress approves an increase to the federal minimum wage. It’s been stuck at $7.25 an hour for a decade, even though the cost of living in this country has skyrocketed. Let me be clear. We are going to secure this important victory—which is one battle in our broader fight... Read more

  • Rep. Murphy Floor Speech, Opposition to the Motion to Recommit H.R. 582, Raise the Wage Act
    July 18, 2019 | Speeches and Statements

    Thank you, Mr. Speaker. You know, there’s been an awful lot of talk recently about what it means to be a patriotic American. The fact is: the answer for each of us is deeply personal. I was not blessed to be born an American citizen. I was born in Vietnam, where my parents faced persecution by a communist government, in part for their wartime affiliation with the U.S. military. When I was a baby, we fled Vietnam by boat, running out of fuel in the South China Sea, when a U.S. Navy ship came to our... Read more

  • Rep. Murphy Floor Speech on H.R. 3494, Deepfakes Amendment on FY2020 Intelligence Authorization Act
    July 16, 2019 | Speeches and Statements

    Thank you Madam Chair, My amendment, which I am co-leading with Congresswoman Yvette Clarke of New York, involves the looming threat to American security and American democracy from the use of deepfake technology by our nation’s adversaries. As policymakers, we must understand this challenge and put in place a whole-of-government strategy to address it in a way that protects our interests and is consistent with our values. The U.S. intelligence community has an important role to play in this effort.... Read more

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