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Turkey September 19, 2014
Steve Israel, D-NY
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my grave concern for Turkey’s actions, or should I say lack thereof, vis-a-vis regional security in the Middle East. As ISIS sweeps across Iraq and Syria, we know many foreign fighters have joined their ranks. But what I find incredibly disturbing is that Turkey, a NATO ally, is one of the most active recruitment sources for ISIS. According to reports, as many as 1,000 Turks have joined the ranks of ISIS. Turkey must do more to stop its citizens from joining ISIS, and a good starting point would be to shut down the recruitment operation that has thus far been ignored. Also problematic are the dozens of oil fields and refineries that ISIS now controls across Iraq and Syria. Control of this oil has given ISIS a steady flow of funds placed around $1-$2 million per day on the black market. Turkey again needs to step up and do more to curb the flow of this oil through its territory and put a stop to ISIS’s smuggling network. I would also like to express my concern for the erosion of civil liberties and rule of law in Turkey. Intimidation of the press, private businesses, and other civil society actors has been reported. This, along with abuses of religious freedom and surface-level reforms, has made clear that Turkey’s democracy is not moving in the right direction. It’s time for the Turkish government to take a stand. It’s time to lift restrictions on the media and religion, among other key sectors of society. And it’s time to put a stop to ISIS’s financial and personnel networks that flow through Turkey."
Tribute To Mg (Ret) Joe Robles September 19, 2014
Joaquin Castro, D-TX
"In 2009, The Christian Science Monitor named Joe the “No. 1 Veteran in Business.” That same year, American Banker named him “Innovator of the Year.” In 2012, Robles was honored as “Executive of the Year” by Arizona State University and, in 2013, Bank Innovation named him one of the “10 Most Innovative CEOs in Banking in the U.S.”"
Recognizing The 50Th Anniversary Of The Land And Water Conservation Fund And The Wilderness Act Being Signed Into Law September 19, 2014
Michael Fitzpatrick, R-PA
"The parks, trails, forests, wildlife refuges, battlefields, historic sites, and working lands sustained by LWCF funding support an outdoor recreation and tourism sector that contributes a total of $1.06 trillion annually to the American economy. This program supports 9.4 million jobs that are vital to our nation’s recovery."
Cpb’S “American Graduate: Let’S Make It Happen” September 19, 2014
Earl Blumenauer, D-OR
"It’s followed by local stations joining forces with over 1,000 partners and at-risk schools in their communities to find ways of meeting the initiatives goal: A 90 percent high school graduation rate in the U.S. by the year 2020."
Honoring Pennsylvania State Trooper Joseph J. Sepp, Jr. September 19, 2014
Keith Rothfus, R-PA
"Trooper Sepp was shot while chasing a suspect at high speed in Ebensburg. He died thirty-eight hours later on November 10, 2002. More than 1,200 law enforcement officers from across the nation attended his funeral at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Windber."

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