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Congressional Record entries

Entry Title Date
50Th Anniversary Of Voting Rights Act July 28, 2015
Dan Kildee, D-MI
"Mr. Speaker, August 6 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, which is a landmark piece of legislation that expanded civil rights and protected one of our most fundamental democratic rights, and that is the right of every person to have the right to vote."
Congratulating The Downtown Flint Optimist Club On Its 80Th Anniversary July 23, 2015
Dan Kildee, D-MI
"Mr. Speaker, I ask the United States House of Representatives to join me in recognizing The Downtown Flint Optimist Club on the occasion of their 80th anniversary. Optimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization made up of more than 2,500 local Clubs whose members work each day to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in children, in their communities, and in themselves. The Optimist Club of Downtown Flint was chartered in 1934. It is believed to be the second oldest Optimist Club in Michigan. Since its inception, the Optimist Club of Downtown Flint has organized several other Optimist Clubs in the Flint area. The Club currently meets at the Flint Golf Club, but historically has met in the Durant Hotel, Italia Gardens, and the Sarvis Center. The Optimist Club of Downtown Flint's mission is to foster an optimistic way of life for the improvement of individuals and society through a network of Optimists dedicated to ever-expanding service to its members, the youth, the community and the world. The Club's projects and service programs over the years are copious. To name only a few, the Optimist Club of Downtown Flint has been in partnership with Boys & Girls Club, Whaley Children's Center, The Salvation Army, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Mr. Speaker, I applaud The Downtown Flint Optimist Club and extend my deepest appreciation to them for their years of service to the community."
Congratulating The Westminster Presbyterian Church Of Bay City On Their 150Th Anniversary July 23, 2015
Dan Kildee, D-MI
"Mr. Speaker, I ask the United States House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bay City, Michigan, on the occasion of their 150th anniversary. Westminster's sacred story began on August 23, 1865, when 15 members organized a new Presbyterian Church in the Village of Wenona. On the same day a cornerstone was laid for a house of worship on two lots donated by Henry W. Sage on Catherine St. The house of worship for ``The First Presbyterian Society of the Township of Bangor'' was completed and dedicated on December 3, 1865 under the leadership of Missionary Donald B Campbell. His mission complete, Rev. Campbell left in 1868 and Rev. Elihu Turney Sanford became the first ordained minister of the new church. Westminster has been privileged to be led by a number of very capable leaders over the past 150 years, to include our current minister Rev. Matthew Schramm, who had the honor of serving as a guest chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives in the summer of 2014. In 1872, the name of the church was changed to the ``First Presbyterian Church of Wenona'', and finally in 1882 to ``Westminster Presbyterian Church.'' Also in 1882 plans were drawn for a new worship facility. Once again Henry W. Sage came forward and donated four lots on Midland St where the church is presently located. On Christmas Day in 1883, the congregation worshipped in their new semi-gothic style church. In 1958, ground was broken for a new Fellowship Hall, classrooms and a kitchen, and in 1969 the congregation endorsed a building program for the existing Sanctuary with formal dedication ceremonies in September 1970. In 2015, Westminster will begin its next 150 years with a campaign to update the facility for future generations. The congregation has been active in ministry and service for 150 years. From working in USO activities, collecting metal for scrap drives, and sending care packages to servicemen during the war years, to hosting literacy programs for children and adults, serving free hot meals to those in need, and providing quality Christian education for all ages today, Westminster is well known in Bay City for its community focus. The church is proud to have been a charter organization for the Boy Scouts for over 50 years, and to open its doors for programs ranging from job training for special needs young adults to music and theatre rehearsal, and to provide meeting space for countless community organizations. Westminster has been a proud partner with the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission in Bay City since its inception. Not only has the church been an annual supporter during each of the mission's ten years of operation, it was instrumental in the construction and opening of the men's wing of the mission in 2008. In 2015 Westminster helped sponsor the mission's annual Golf Challenge Fund Raiser, which earned a near record $73,000 to provide a place of hope and care for the needy in and around Bay City. Westminster actively supports missions in Niger, India, Zambia, Thailand, and the Middle East, while also supporting disaster relief efforts throughout the world. Both pastors and members of the congregation have assumed an active role in leading the Lake Huron Presbytery and the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly. Through partnering with quality programs and organizations, sharing fellowship and service, inspiring teaching and worship, and outwardly-focused and selfless mission, Westminster seeks to further its own legacy of hope and care in Bay City since 1865, and looks forward to the next 150 years serving God and humanity, sharing the love of Jesus through faith, hope and love, with an open and genuine spirit. Mr. Speaker, I applaud the work done by the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bay City and thank them for the service they have provided to the community. "
Pass Highway Transportation Funding July 8, 2015
Dan Kildee, D-MI
"Mr. Speaker, on July 31, the highway and transit trust fund will expire."
Marriage Equality June 24, 2015
Dan Kildee, D-MI
"Mr. Speaker, 2 years ago, I stood on the steps of the Supreme Court as the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act was struck down."