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Tribute To Abdul-Rahman “Peter” Kassig November 19, 2014
Joe Donnelly, D-IN
"It is still really hard to believe all of this is happening … as I am sure you know by now, things have been getting pretty intense. We have been held together, us foreigners … and now about half the people have gone home … I hope that this all has a happy ending but it may very well be coming down to the wire here, if in fact that is the case then I figured it was time to say a few things that need saying before I have to go. The first thing I want to say is thank you. Both to you and mom for everything you have both done for me as parents; for everything you have taught me, shown me, and experienced with me. I cannot imagine the strength and commitment it has taken to raise a son like me but your love and patience are things I am so deeply grateful for. Secondly, I want you to know about things here and what I’ve been through straight from me so you don’t have to wonder, guess, or imagine (often this is worse than the reality). All in all I am alright. Physically I am pretty underweight but I’m not starved, & I have no physical injuries, I’m a tough kid and still young so that helps. Mentally I am pretty sure this is the hardest thing a person can go through, the stress and fear are incredible but I am coping as best I can. I am not alone. I have friends, we laugh, we play chess, we play trivia to stay sharp, and we share stories and dreams of home and loved ones. I can be hard to deal with, you know me. My mind is quick and my patience thinner than most. But all in all I am holding my own. I cried a lot in the first few months, but a little less now. I worry a lot about you and mom and my friends. They tell us you have abandoned us and/or don’t care but of course we know you are doing everything you can and more. Don’t worry Dad, if I do go down, I won’t go thinking anything but what I know to be true. That you and mom love me more than the moon & the stars. I am obviously pretty scared to die but the hardest part is not knowing, wondering, hoping and wondering if I should even hope at all. I am very sad that all this has happened and for what all of you back home are going through. If I do die, I figure at least you and I can seek refuge and comfort in knowing that I went out as a result of trying to alleviate suffering and helping those in need. In terms of my faith, I pray everyday and I am not angry about my situation in that sense. I am in a dogmatically complicated situation here, but I am at peace with my belief. I wish this paper would go on forever and never run out and I could just keep talking to you. Just know I’m with you. Every stream, every lake, every field and river. In the woods and hills, in all the places you showed me. I love you."
Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 September 18, 2014
Rand Paul, R-KY
"Before I came here, I imagined that when war was discussed, everybody would be at their desk and there would be a discussion for hours on end on whether we would go to war. Now it seems to be some sort of geopolitical chess game or checkers: Let’s throw some money. What is $500 million? Which is yet another problem around here."
Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 September 16, 2014
Marcy Kaptur, D-OH
"To fail to understand their importance or their systematic exclusion from the machinations in Baghdad is to play a war game of chess with half the board empty."
Honoring Dale Elbert Jones September 15, 2014
Tom Price, R-GA
"Mr. Speaker, today I rise to honor a constituent of the Sixth District of Georgia, Private First Class (retired) Dale Elbert Jones of the U.S. Army. Mr. Jones was born on November 2, 1914 to Callie Eudora Standcuff and James William Jones. He was raised in a log farmhouse in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in northern Arkansas. Soon after graduating high school, Mr. Jones moved to Longview, TX, where a sister was living. He married Fairy Lee Pettey in 1939 and had one son. His electrical supply experience led him into a supervisor’s position on the “Big Inch Pipeline” being constructed from Longview to Bayonne, NJ. The “Big Inch” was an emergency effort in support of World War II. As WWII progressed he was drafted into service by the United States Army. After completing basic training, Mr. Jones was sent to Germany and assigned to the 309th “lightning” Division of the 78th Infantry. He received three battle stars for combat participation in the Battle of the Bulge, Central Germany, and the Rhineland. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being seriously wounded in the Rhineland. After the war, Mr. Jones built a successful career as a Sales and Marketing executive and entrepreneur in the greater east Texas area. He ultimately founded his own sales and marketing company, TICO Paint & Chemical Company. He continued to work well into his late eighties. Mr. Jones currently resides in Marietta, GA, where his son Dale L. Jones also lives. He lives independently at the Parc at Piedmont, a senior residence community. He enjoys playing a game of cards, chess, and keeping up with current events. In a few weeks, Mr. Jones will be celebrating his 100th birthday. He looks forward to dancing at his party. He has lived a remarkable life in service to his family and our nation. I know I speak for the people of the Sixth District in showing sincere gratitude for all he has done for our country and wishing him the happiest of birthdays."
Ukraine March 11, 2014
Steve King, R-IA
"I think he sees this as a giant geopolitical chess game. I would think back at the time in 1984 when then Ronald Reagan’s ambassador to the United Nations Jeane Kirkpatrick stepped down as ambassador to move on with her career."

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