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Entry Title Date
Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Conference Report—Continued June 28, 2016
Maria Cantwell, D-WA
"When I think about the pressure being applied in the halls here, where one individual said, “you can see the pressure running through the halls of the Capitol”—we don’t see Puerto Ricans running through the halls of the Capitol. What we see are people who have been struggling with this issue and trying to get the best deal possible. But the best thing we could do for them is give them bankruptcy authority and a clear path that allows them to restructure their debt. That is all we have to do. Then everybody is in on restructuring the $72 billion of debt. They can then move on, and next January, we can have a realistic conversation in the Senate. Nothing precludes us from having it. What are we going to do about the 45 percent poverty rate? We will not have added another 10 percent to that. We will not have added to the unemployment rate, which is now higher than the 12 percent. We will still have very, very tough and thorny questions to deal with, but we can have a path for the $72 billion of debt to be successfully restructured with a plan that protects the interests of the U.S. taxpayers."
20Th Anniversary Of Khobar Towers Bombing June 27, 2016
Harry Reid, D-NV
"A member of my U.S. Capitol Police security detail, Special Agent Steve Sterling, was in an adjacent building when the attack took place. Steve, an airman first class at the time, was in the lobby of his building, making a call to the United States, when the blast erupted. He was thrown from his seat, but protected from further damage by the plywood boards surrounding the phone booth. Every other person in the lobby of his building was cut and bleeding from the debris and broken shards of glass. Later, Steve learned that four of his coworkers, whom he had just left only moments prior, were severely injured."
We Are All Emily Doe June 21, 2016
Ann Kuster, D-NH
"Several years later, I was working as a legislative assistant right here on Capitol Hill, and I was assaulted again, this time by a distinguished guest of the United States Congress. I was 23 years old. And as Judge Poe referenced tonight, I did not say a word to anyone. And, in fact, until I wrote these words to share with you tonight, I had never told anyone this story. My family didn’t know, my husband, my children, my friends. I was 23."
Amelia Boynton Robinson Post Office Building June 21, 2016
Terri Sewell, D-AL
"In closing, I am reminded of the words that Amelia Boynton Robinson said during her visit to this Capitol at the State of the Union in 2015. As Members of Congress and Cabinet members took pictures with her in the Halls of this Capitol, they said to Mrs. Robinson: “I stand on your shoulders. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you.”"
Gun Violence June 21, 2016
Harry Reid, D-NV
"Here in the Capitol, Senator Murphy stood on the floor of the Senate for 15 hours demanding that Congress act to stop gun violence. In Florida, families and friends of victims stood grieving at graveside services for their murdered loved ones."

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