Washington, D.C. – His Holiness The Dalai Lama delivered the opening prayer today to convene the United States Senate. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
It is my pleasure to welcome to the United States Senate, His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. I know I speak for the entire Senate family when I express our gratitude for that beautiful prayer, and for his words of encouragement and blessing.
Debo Adegbile, President Obama’s nominee to lead the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, is a man who renews my faith in the American Dream. The nominee is the son of Irish and Nigerian immigrants. He grew up in poverty. Sometimes he and his mother were even homeless.
But despite these challenges, he worked his way to the top of the
“President Obama today unveiled a responsible budget that should serve as a blueprint for creating jobs, strengthening the middle class and expanding economic opportunity to all…”
“Charles and David Koch are shrewd businessmen. Their wealth is nearly unparalleled – not only in America, but in the world. The brothers inherited a small oil company from their father, and built it into a multi-national corporation that refines oil, manufactures fertilizers and chemicals, makes paper products, extracts minerals, produces glass and even owns a cattle ranch. And like most shrewd businessmen, the oil baron Koch brothers are very good at protecting and growing their prodigious fortune. There’s nothing un-American about that.
I’m deeply concerned about what’s going on in the Ukraine. I think Ukraine is in crisis and needs some help. I’m going to recommend that anything that we do be in conjunction with our allies. And President Obama said he wants to give some economic aid. I think that’s appropriate. I will be happy to help in any way.
There are plenty of issues on which Republicans and Democrats will always disagree. But, historically, Democrats and Republicans have been able to agree on one thing: Congress should do everything in its power to protect those who risked their lives to protect this country.
“The Tule Springs legislation should not move forward in the House Committee at the expense of the Southern…
Over the last few months, millions of Americans have signed up for affordable health insurance, many for the first time in years. Millions of young people have stayed on their parents’ insurance plans while they pursue higher education or start their first jobs. Millions of senior citizens have saved money on prescriptions and tens of millions of women have accessed free preventive care. And across the country, Americans who were once denied insurance because they suffered from something as scary as cancer or as simple as acne were able to buy affordable, quality health insurance they could trust.
Today the United States Senate will vote to advance bipartisan legislation that expands and improves the health care and job training available to our nation’s veterans. I thank the Senator from Vermont, Senator Sanders, for his leadership on this issue and for his dedication to America’s service members. The 19th century British statesman George Canning once asked, “When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?” Although it is clear the world is still a perilous place, at times, the United States is finally winding down more than a decade of war in Afghanistan. And our gratitude shall not sleep.