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Honoring October 8Th As National Hydrogen And Fuel Cell Day October 8, 2015
Charlie Dent, R-PA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce a House resolution expressing support for today, October 8th, as National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day. Although we are just now developing and implementing new applications for hydrogen fuel cells, this technology has a long and proud history that goes back to the Apollo space missions. Fuel cells utilize hydrogen without combustion to generate electricity in a way that is clean, efficient, and quiet. Today, mobile and stationary fuel cell systems produce clean power for vehicles, forklifts, utilities, businesses, and homes. Stationary fuel cells provide resilient back-up power sources for institutions that cannot afford to lose power, such as hospitals. They are increasingly being used as primary electrical sources as well. Air Products and Chemicals, located in my district, is in the process of deploying 40 hydrogen fueling stations to support the recently announced rollout of hydrogen powered vehicles from several major auto manufacturers. I have had the opportunity both to drive and fuel these vehicles, and I can say from experience that the process is safe, easy, and surprisingly unremarkable. It’s just like driving a traditional car, except the only emission it produces is water. In closing, I am proud to stand with the innovators of this growing industry as we recognize today as National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day."
In Honor Of Mayor Joe Bennett Of Thomasville, North Carolina October 8, 2015
Richard Hudson, R-NC
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Joe Bennett, Mayor of the City of Thomasville, located in the 8th Congressional District of North Carolina. Mayor Bennett has been a tireless advocate for the people of Thomasville, and has fully earned the admiration and gratitude of his fellow North Carolinians. A native of High Point, North Carolina, Mayor Bennett served the Duke Power Company for 36 years before retiring and pursuing a career in public service. After his retirement in 1998, Mayor Bennett ran for and was elected to the Thomasville City Council, where he served two terms before being elected Mayor of the City of Thomasville in 2003. During his tenure, Mayor Bennett has made job creation and infrastructure development two of his highest priorities. After a period of rapid manufacturing and furniture building job loss in the area, Mayor Bennett was successfully able to bring jobs back to the city with the opening of a large manufacturing facility. Mayor Bennett also led a city-wide initiative, known as “Children at Play,” designed to upgrade local playgrounds in order to combat childhood obesity. I have also been told that if there was a celebration in the city of Thomasville, whether it is a large parade, a small church ceremony, or an individual’s 100th birthday celebration, Mayor Bennett was there with a smile on his face. In addition to his service as Mayor of Thomasville, Mayor Bennett has earned his title as a “civil servant” through his various charitable and volunteer roles. To highlight a few of these roles; he delivers “meals on wheels,” serves on the Economic Development Commission of Davidson County, serves on the Community General Hospital Board, and is an active member in the Rotary Club of Thomasville. Mr. Speaker, please join me today in thanking Mayor Joe Bennett for his esteemed service to the City of Thomasville and congratulating him on his well-deserved retirement."
Recognizing The 50Th Anniversary Of The Nation’S First Community Health Center October 8, 2015
Stephen Lynch, D-MA
"In the 8th Congressional District of Massachusetts we are particularly proud because the nation’s first community health center opened in December 1965 on Columbia Point in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. Drs. Jack Geiger and Count Gibson of Tufts Medical School founded the Columbia Point Health Center in order to meet the needs of the residents of an isolated public housing project, cut off from the City’s health resources. Drs. Geiger and Gibson opened a rural center shortly thereafter in the Delta region of Mississippi. From that start, the community health center program expanded throughout the country. In 1985, Columbia Point Health Center joined with the Neponset Health Center to form Harbor Health Services, Inc. And in 1990, the Columbia Point Health Center moved into a new building and was renamed Geiger Gibson Community Health Center in honor of the founders of the national movement."
Stop Sanctuary Policies And Protect Americans Act—Motion To Proceed October 8, 2015
Jeff Sessions, R-AL
"The American Medical Association has issued a report that is unequivocal about the danger and the ramifications of the use of marijuana. According to the 2014 “Monitoring the Future” study, since 2007, lifetime, past year, past month, and daily drug use among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders combined have all increased."
Homebuyers Assistance Act October 7, 2015
Brad Sherman, D-CA
"Dear Mr. Keating: Thank you for your letters of August 12th and, with the trade associations copied below, September 8th regarding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Know Before You Owe TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (the Rule). The letters request that the FFIEC articulate its policy for its member agencies’ examination and supervision of financial institutions for the initial months after the Rule becomes effective on October 3, 2015. The member agencies of the FFIEC recognize that the mortgage industry has needed to make significant systems and operational changes to adjust to the requirements of the Rule, and that implementation requires extensive coordination with third parties. We recognize that the mortgage industry has dedicated substantial resources to understand the requirements, adapt systems, and train affected personnel, and that additional technical and other questions are likely to be identified once the new forms are used in practice after the effective date. During initial examinations for compliance with the Rule, the agencies’ examiners will evaluate an institution’s compliance management system and overall efforts to come into compliance, recognizing the scope and scale of changes necessary for each supervised institution to achieve effective compliance. Examiners will expect supervised entities to make good faith efforts to comply with the Rule’s requirements in a timely manner. Specifically, examiners will consider: the institution’s implementation plan, including actions taken to update policies, procedures, and processes; its training of appropriate staff; and, its handling of early technical problems or other implementation challenges. As you may recall, this is similar to the approach the member agencies took in initial examinations for compliance with the mortgage rules that became effective at the beginning of January, 2014. Our experience at that time was that our institutions did make good faith efforts to comply and were typically successful in doing so. Again, thank you for your letter. Sincerely,"

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