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“Imagine, Mr. Speaker, a world without balloons. How can we make sure that the injustice of there being no helium for comedians to get that high-pitched voice that we all hold near and dear to our hearts?”  

—Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) in a House floor speech backing a proposed extension of the Federal Helium Program, May 1

“We’ve had probably five or six lunches with a bunch of Republican senators standing up and looking at Rand and Mike and me and yelling at the top of their lungs—I mean really upset. And they said: ‘Why did you do this? As a result of what you did, when I go home, my constituents are yelling at me that I’ve got to stand on principle.’”  

—Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on meetings with fellow Republican senators, The New York Times, April 29

“Now look, I get it. These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be.”  

—President Barack Obama at the 2013 White House Correspondents Dinner, April 28

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