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Honoring Judge Roger L. Gregory Of The United States Court Of Appeals For The Fourth Circuit July 8, 2016
Robert Scott, D-VA
"During the past 15 years on the bench, Judge Gregory has developed a reputation as a distinguished and brilliant jurist. He is seen as a leader in forging consensus in the Fourth Circuit and providing legal analysis that has helped to evolve the thinking of the court. Judge Gregory was on the panel of judges that heard two groundbreaking cases that were eventually heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2014, Judge Gregory was part of the Fourth Circuit’s unanimous ruling in King v. Burwell to conclude that the government’s interpretation of the final rule implementing the premium tax credit provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act should be given deference. On July 28, 2014, Judge Gregory was part of the Fourth Circuit’s majority decision that ruled 2-1 in Bostic v. Schaefer to strike down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage as “impermissibly infring[ing] on its citizens’ fundamental right to marry.” The Supreme Court eventually affirmed the ruling in King v. Burwell and denied a writ of certiorari in Bostic v. Schaefer, letting that decision stand."
Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Conference Report June 28, 2016
Barbara Mikulski, D-MD
"The Republican conference report also doesn’t treat Zika like the emergency it is. The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus a public health emergency on February 1. And Zika meets the Budget Act criteria for emergency spending: It is urgent, unforeseen, and temporary. Yet Republicans insisted that we cut $750 million to pay for the response to Zika, including $543 million from the Affordable Care Act, $100 million from the Department of Health and Human Services, HHS, nonrecurring expense fund, and $107 million from Ebola response funds."
Zika Virus And Va-Milcon Funding Bill June 28, 2016
Harry Reid, D-NV
"Republicans were eager to inject politics in this legislation, even rescinding $543 million from the Affordable Care Act, making the bill rescindable. For these and other reasons, we are going to vote against cloture."
Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Conference Report—Continued June 28, 2016
Robert Menendez, D-NJ
"During the debate on the Affordable Care Act, I was able to successfully ensure that additional funding was included to help the territories. This funding amounted to more than $7 billion in total, of which $6.3 billion went to Puerto Rico and has helped to keep the program solvent. But that is about to expire at the end of fiscal year 2019. While this may seem way out into the future, there is a good chance that the funding will run out sooner rather than later, and some estimates have the funding being used for other health expenses by this time next year. I want to add that those estimates were made before we knew of the gravity of the Zika virus and what it is imposing upon the people of Puerto Rico. It is a topic I want to momentarily discuss further."
Zika Virus Funding June 23, 2016
Harry Reid, D-NV
"They cut a half a billion dollars from the Affordable Care Act—ObamaCare. The Republicans have tried 67 times to defund ObamaCare—67 times—and that has failed, but the stripping of Ebola money and ObamaCare money—it gets worse than that."

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