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Remembering Dr. Jim Sampson October 28, 2015
Ron Wyden, D-OR
"Jim was a valued and loved leader, a healer, and a family man worthy of emulation. With a full and loving heart and an ambitious mindset, Jim selflessly served Oregon and the Nation. While Jim will be remembered by those whose lives he touched, he will especially be remembered as a loving husband and partner of 47 years to Geof Beasley; dedicated father to daughter Adele; and caring brother to sisters, Miriam Tillman and Elizabeth Martin, and brother, George. I honor the esteemed life and career of Dr. Jim Sampson and thank him for his enduring legacy."
Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations The Right To Appeal Act May 20, 2015
Rand Paul, R-KY
"There is another reason the DEA would rather not admit the involvement of NSA data in their investigations. It might lead to a constitutional challenge to the very law that gave rise to the evidence. Earlier this year, federal courts said that if law enforcement agencies wanted to use NSA data in court, they had to say so beforehand and give the defendant a chance to contest the legality of the surveillance. Lawyers for Adele Daoud, who was arrested in a federal sting operation and charged, suspect that he was identified using NSA information but were never told. Surveys show most people support the NSA’s bulk surveillance program strongly when the words “terrorism” or “courts” are included in the question. When pollsters draw no connection to terrorism, the support tends to wane. What will happen when the question makes clear that the intelligence not only isn’t being used for terrorism investigations against foreign agents, but it is actively being applied to criminal investigations against Americans?"
Recognizing Royal Studios As The Recording Home Of The Billboard Hot 100 #1 Hit, Uptown Funk April 22, 2015
Steve Cohen, D-TN
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee for recording Uptown Funk, which has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for fourteen weeks and counting, marking the single as the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 of the 2010s. Additionally, Uptown Funk’s fourteenth week makes it only the Billboard’s eighth single since the chart began in 1958 to hold the top spot for at least as long and places it in a seven-way tie for the second longest #1 hit in the history of the Chart. The only single among this elite group of eight to surpass Uptown Funk has held the #1 spot for sixteen weeks. The single also leads the Hot 100’s Digital Songs, Radio Songs and Streaming Songs charts. In a raving endorsement of Uptown Funk’s popularity, First Lady Michelle Obama with cast from the show “So You Think You Can Dance” performed a choreographed dance to the song as part of her “Let’s Move!” initiative on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and at this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll. The collaboration between Uptown Funk writer Mark Ronson, singer Bruno Mars and Royal Studios has swept the music scene in America and abroad, and has given listeners around the world a taste of the soulful sound that is unique to Memphis. Uptown Funk is an example of born-and-bred Memphis musical talent. Ronson, a Grammy-winning artist and a noted producer for talents such as Adele and the late Amy Winehouse, traveled to Memphis in February 2014 looking to recruit singers for his music project. It was then that he visited Royal Studios and met owner Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, the son of Memphis music legend and producer, Willie Mitchell, and decided to record at the iconic studio. Ronson enlisted Philip Lawrence and notable Royal Studios familiars Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks, Kevin Parker, Trombone Shorty, Mystikal and Michael Chabon to work on the single. Uptown Funk also features Bruno Mars’s band member and Memphian, Kameron Whalum, who is the son of Pastor Kenneth Whalum of Olivet Baptist Church in Memphis and the nephew of Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum. The success of Uptown Funk is the latest chapter in the long and storied history of Royal Studios, one of the oldest music recording studios in the world. Housed originally in a movie theater built in 1915, Royal Studios was founded in 1957 and became the home of Hi Records and the Hi Rhythm Section. Since that time, numerous acclaimed artists have recorded there, including Willie Mitchell, Al Green, Ann Peebles, Bobby Blue Bland, Elton John, Robert Plant, Snoop Dogg and many others. The studio has also recorded for Hollywood films including Opportunity Knocks, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, The Book of Eli, Love Jones, Six Feet Under and other films and television shows. Uptown Funk marks Royal Studios’ first #1 hit since Al Green’s 1972 Let’s Stay Together and the first Billboard 100 Hit out of Memphis since the 1976 hit Disco Duck by Rick Dees. Uptown Funk continues Royal Studios’ long tradition of musical excellence and showing the world what Memphis has to offer. I ask all of my colleagues to join me in recognizing Memphis’ Royal Studios as the recording home for the Billboard-chart topping single, Uptown Funk, and the dedicated work of Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Kameron Whalum, Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell and the entire Royal Studios family in producing a single with such a soulful Memphis sound that has reached listeners worldwide. Many people have noted that Uptown Funk will be one of the hottest hits this summer. If you don’t believe them, just watch."
Honoring Adele Woods, Ceo Coos County Family Health Services April 13, 2015
Ann Kuster, D-NH
"Mr. Speaker, today I rise to honor Adele Woods from New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District, who is retiring after 33 years of service at Coos County Family Health Services."
Historical Record Of Ascc’S Upward Bound Program December 1, 2014
Eni Faleomavaega, D-AS
"Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he is speaking out about the confusion surrounding ASCC’s Upward Bound Program and is also making all letters pertaining to this matter available to the public. “On June 22, 2003, Hipa Neria, the Director of ASCC’s Upward Bound Program, called my office and requested my assistance in finding out whether or not ASCC’s grant application would be funded,” Congressman Faleomavaega said. “In response to Mr. Neria’s request, my office immediately called the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE), learned that ASCC’s grant would not be funded, and informed Mr. Neria of the USDOE’s decision.” “Upon learning of the USDOE’s decision, Mr. Neria provided my office with additional information and requested my assistance in defending and obtaining funding for ASCC’s proposal. In a letter dated June 24, 2003, Mr. Neria stated that he had been informed by his colleagues in Washington not to write, call, email or make any requests. Given the seriousness of the situation and my desire to help American Samoa’s students, I wrote a letter dated July 10, 2003 to Larry Oxendine, USDOE Director of the Federal TRIO programs which includes Upward Bound. I also faxed Dr. Adele Satele- Galeai, President of ASCC, and Mr. Neria a copy of my letter.” “In my letter, I informed the USDOE that American Samoa has a dire need for the services the Upward Bound Program provides. I agreed with Mr. Neria’s position that American Samoa’s socio-economic status, educational disparity, and unique geographical location warranted a second review of ASCC’s application. I also stated that I believed American Samoa would be credited additional points upon further review of the Needs Section and I expressed my appreciation for Mr. Oxendine’s reconsideration of ASCC’s application,” Congressman Faleomavaega said. “As a follow-up to my letter to Mr. Oxendine, my office continued its discussions with the USDOE. During these discussions, the USDOE informed my office that more than 1,218 Upward Bound applications were submitted and only 792 were funded. USDOE also informed me that only proposals with a score of 99.00 or greater were funded and ASCC’s proposal had received a score of 98.33. ASCC’s proposal had also been read and scored by three non-federal readers, as required by federal law.” “Although I was informed in July that the review process could not be reopened, additional funds became available about three weeks ago at which time the USDOE reviewed the remaining proposals that had not been funded. Of the applications remaining, 17 had higher scores than ASCC’s application and all 17 received funding. An additional 17 applications had scores equal to ASCC’s application but the USDOE only had money to fund one of the 17. Mr. Oxendine chose to fund ASCC’s application based on the fact that we are an underserved area.” “In a letter dated October 8, 2003, Mr. Oxendine stated that my letter and the information received from my staff and President Satele-Galea’i was very helpful in making the decision to fund ASCC out of the group of 17 applications with the next highest score. He also said that he was pleased to inform me that ASCC’s program would be funded at $220,000 for the 2003-2004 project period and, subject to future appropriations, USDOE would be making funding available at this level for three additional years.” “Mr. Oxendine also apologized for the delay in informing my office of his decision. In fact, he said he announced his decision at a national TRIO conference in San Diego on Monday September 29, 2003 and he was unaware that my office had not yet been informed.” “Again, I apologize for the confusion,” Mr. Oxendine said in his letter, “ `but I am sure you will agree that the final outcome of our mutual efforts was highly successful.’ Like Mr. Oxendine, I do agree that our efforts were highly successful and I want to especially thank Mr. Neria and Dr. Satele-Galea’i for working closely with my office to favorably resolve this issue. “I also want to thank Chairman Boehner of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce for releasing a statement saying that `Congressman Faleomavaega worked hard to restore ASCC’s Upward Bound funding, and I cannot take credit for his actions.’ I appreciate the Chairman’s willingness to step forward and set the record straight about this matter,” Congressman Faleomavaega said. “Chairman Boehner is a friend of mine and he should be commended for letting the people of American Samoa know that he did not restore ASCC’s Upward Bound funding. In fact, the Chairman knew nothing about our Upward Bound funding until he read a fabricated story published in the Samoa News on October 1, 2003 which made claims that he worked with Mrs. Amata Radewagen to resolve this issue.” “Again, I thank Chairman Boehner for letting our people know the truth. Neither Congresswoman Deborah Pryce nor the House Republican Conference brought this matter to Chairman Boehner’s attention. Furthermore, the USDOE informed my office that it received no letters from Congresswoman Deborah Pryce or the House Republican Conference regarding ASCC’s Upward Bound Program funding. Other than the calls my office made, the USDOE received only one phone call in late July from a caller identifying herself as working for the House Republican Conference. Mr. Oxendine spoke to this caller only once and never heard from the caller again until after September 29, 2003. After September 29, 2003, USDOE received one more call from this same caller saying she had heard through the grapevine that an announcement had been made in San Diego and she wanted to verify the accuracy of this report.” “While I would be more than happy to credit anyone who helped to restore ASCC’s funding, I am pleased that the USDOE and Chairman Boehner have cleared up the confusion surrounding ASCC’s Upward Bound Program. At this time, I want to thank the USDOE and Mr. Oxendine for supporting and funding the Upward Bound grant proposal submitted by ASCC. After working with Dr. Satele-Galea’i and Mr. Neria for the past several months, I also want to thank them for their hard work.” “Most of all, I want to wish our students the very best. Upward Bound is an important college preparatory program and I am hopeful that our students will take advantage of the opportunities this program provides. As always, I am also hopeful that our young people will pursue their four year college degrees and return to American Samoa to live and serve,” the Congressman concluded."

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