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Recognizing Pottstown Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey R. Sparagana July 15, 2016
Ryan Costello, R-PA
"For the past 23 years, Dr. Sparagana has held a variety of teaching, administrative, and coaching positions in the Pottstown School District. He was appointed superintendent in December 2012, demonstrating outstanding leadership during what his colleagues described as “the most tumultuous period of change” in the District’s 177-year history. It was a period that saw the District revise attendance boundaries, close one elementary school and renovate four others, and realign the Middle School to include fifth grade. Innovation, a commitment to academic excellence and accountability and an incredible ability to collaborate with teachers, parents and the community were hallmarks of Dr. Sparagana’s tenure. Those traits undoubtedly contributed to Pottstown earning national accolades for its PEAK program, which ensures students start kindergarten properly prepared for a lifetime of learning. Pottstown students also benefit from a healthy living program, one of just 20 comprehensive high school programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, virtual and alternative learning academies for customized instruction and an active Foundation for Pottstown Education, which provides supplemental funding for unique educational opportunities."
Rare Pediatric Priority Review Voucher Program July 15, 2016
G. Butterfield, D-NC
"The Creating Hope Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in 2012 as part of the PDUFA reauthorization, expanded the cost-neutral Food and Drug Administration (FDA) priority review voucher (PRV) program, allowing pharmaceutical companies to expedite FDA review of more profitable drugs in return for developing treatments for rare diseases. The Creating Hope Act was reauthorized for Fiscal Year 2016 through the budget agreement passed at the end of last year, but is scheduled to expire soon. The Butterfield-McCaul bill would reauthorize the program, clear the way for more treatments to reach the people that need them most, and clarify the scope of the program to include diseases like Sickle Cell Anemia."
Adjutant General Collins Of Mississippi Announces Retirement July 8, 2016
Steven Palazzo, R-MS
"Currently overseeing the Mississippi Military Department and serving as the commander of the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard, Collins will retire his time in uniform after 35 years of loyal service to Mississippi and the United States. A Booneville, Mississippi native, General Collins was appointed as the adjutant general on January 11, 2012, by Governor Phil Bryant and is in charge of 12,275 Citizen Soldiers and Airmen."
Conference Report On S. 524, Comprehensive Addiction And Recovery Act Of 2016 July 8, 2016
Fred Upton, R-MI
"The simple truth is that we are in the midst of a real epidemic. Nearly every 12 minutes, someone in America dies of a drug overdose. The CDC reports over a quarter billion opioid prescriptions were written in the year 2012. The abuse of prescription painkillers and heroin has impacted, virtually, every single community. It is an epidemic that has no boundaries and does not discriminate. In my State of Michigan, we are seeing 10 times as many deaths today as there were 15 years ago. Sadly, the number continues to surge; but behind every statistic is a person who was loved, part of a family and community, and, yes, who was lost too soon."
Tribute To Lieutenant General Jeffery W. Talley June 28, 2016
John McCain, R-AZ
"LTG Jeffrey W. Talley served as both the Chief of the Army Reserve and the Commanding General of U.S. Army Reserve Command from 11 June 2012 to 1 June 2016. Lieutenant General Talley led the Army Reserve through one of the most tumultuous times in its history, guiding the command through the initial phases of a drawdown of forces as it simultaneously supported the war in Afghanistan and executed multiple contingency deployments in support of our Nation. Through his leadership, Lieutenant General Talley has forever changed the mission, culture, and composition of the Army Reserve. He leaves a combat-tested component that is more responsive to the Joint and Army warfighting requirements and contributes directly to our ability to fight and win our Nation’s wars."

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