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Medicare Access And Chip Reauthorization Act Of 2015 March 26, 2015
Kevin Brady, R-TX
"Mr. Speaker, I am proud to yield 1\1/2\ minutes to the gentlewoman from Tennessee (Mrs. Black), who has spent more than 40 years in health care as a nurse and as a small-business owner."
Tribute To Jillian Saboe March 26, 2015
Pete Olson, R-TX
"When people hear the word “government” or “politics” or any other words associated with the political process, their usual first reaction is either a cringe or look of disgust; some purposefully and some mindlessly. Why is it that in a country founded on individual rights and freedoms that people feel negatively toward the institutions that were created to protect them? “In your opinion, what role should government play in our lives?” Looking at this question, I can see the possibilities of three different paths one might take. One: The government should interfere less with American citizens and practices. Two: The government should interfere more with American citizens and practices. Personally, I choose path number three: The government should not be looked at or act as an item of interference. The government should be an institution that interacts with individuals and groups in need of help and protection. A teenage girl should not be frightened when she sees a cop while driving down the highway, she should feel safe. A small business owner should not fear of losing his shop while filing his taxes, he should feel untroubled. An old man should not worry about what money will go where when he passes, he should feel cared for. Although a government has the responsibility to ensure a steady economy, ensure sturdy foreign relations, and increase trade, a government should also prioritize its responsibility to take care of its citizens. When I say “take care,” I don’t mean making sure that they all get their social security checks when they reach a certain age, I mean making sure citizens receiving social security checks feel content with their situations. In my opinion, the government is allowed to be the bad guy sometimes to make sure that everything runs smoothly, but the government’s main role is to humanely support and protect its citizens at all costs. A government must be many things in order to survive. It must be strong. It must be efficient. It must be intelligent. But the most important thing a government should be is comfortable."
Honoring Roger Garza March 25, 2015
Henry Cuellar, D-TX
"As a small business owner and Atascosa County native, Mr. Garza has long-been active in local community and political affairs. Prior to his election to Pleasanton’s City Council, he was a key player in the successful redistricting of Atascosa County. This success is what prompted him to run for Pleasanton City Council eighteen years ago. During his eighteen-year tenure on the city council, Roger Garza has supported and overseen the development and completion of the Pleasanton Civic Center, the cleaning of the Atascosa River, and the approval of the construction firm for a new fire station."
Recognizing Jeanne Burton Israel March 25, 2015
Henry Cuellar, D-TX
"A San Antonio native, Jeanne moved to Atascosa County in 1982, becoming the first female Fuel and Ash Operator at San Miguel Electric Power Plant. Two years later she relocated to her current home of Pleasanton. After twelve years at San Miguel Electric, Jeanne Israel started Errand Girl Services, a courier service in Pleasanton. Her position as a small business owner propelled her into local politics and in 2000 she served as Treasurer for the Atascosa County MHMR."
Sue Poser Of Pierz March 24, 2015
Rick Nolan, D-MN
"Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize Sue Poser of Pierz, Minnesota who has been named the 2015 Quilter of the Year by Minnesota Quilter’s Inc. Not only is she an exceptional quilter, she is also the third generation owner of Gruber’s, which many people liken to a “Laura Ingalls Wilder” style shop and community hub—and award-winning quilting mecca in Genola. Her quilting business began with Poser’s grandparents and a small general store serving a town of a population of 75 and perhaps another 100 in the surrounding farms and townships. The store eventually included everything from quilting supplies to movie rentals, although it was particularly famous for its meat market and quilting parties. An often-told story in the area tells of a man who brought a bear into the meat market for procession and while negotiating, he saw a group of 50 women enjoying margaritas from the bar across the street for a quilting party. Curious to find out more about the party, he stopped in only to hear one of the spirited woman say, “We have to get back to the convent before they lock the doors at eight!” The meat market, like so many small businesses, no longer operates—though the quilting shop prospered and has expanded to other locations. Gruber’s now operates with 20 employees in Waite Park and has been voted one of the best quilt shops in the nation. Sue is the common thread that binds huge sections of the quilting community together, not only as a crafter but as an encourager helping a lot of people find success in the quilt and pattern-design industry. Some years ago, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis—but that doesn’t stop her from doing what she loves. She said, “If God gave me MS, it was to slow me down because otherwise I’d never stop.” She is such an inspiration to others. People who struggle with a recent health diagnosis or life changes often come to her for support and a ready ear to listen. In our rural areas, weekly or monthly quilting bees are still a time for women to leave their cares at home and join in the laughter, fellowship and wisdom of others—and often a potluck lunch or dinner, and yes, the occasional margarita shared with a group of nuns. Sue Poser exemplifies the embodiment of utilizing creativity and hard work to build a small business success while staying rooted to family, friends and community."

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