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Recognizing The Retirement Of Tawny Hammond July 31, 2015
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"Each year, approximately 5,000 animals come through the shelter’s doors. Director Hammond implemented policies and programs so that no animals are euthanized for lack of space or other resources and so that all adoptable animals find loving permanent homes. She implemented new programs including shelter dog play groups and low income spay and neuter services, eliminated breed adoption restrictions, established community cat rooms, and expanded the trap-neuter-retum program, which is now the largest of its type in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She grew the volunteer program to 300 active volunteers and 150 foster families, launched the animal shelter Facebook page, which has become the County’s most popular Facebook page, and started a partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority to offer Scout programs, camps, programs and obedience classes in the shelter training room. She did all this while overseeing the total reconstruction of the shelter."
Department Of The Interior, Environment, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 July 13, 2015
Donald Beyer, D-VA
"Mr. Chair, I rise in opposition to the Goodlatte amendment. The Goodlatte amendment removes the federal backstops which ensure that states meet their responsibilities under the Clean Water Act to restore the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay is a critical part of Virginia and we are already starting to see the results of successful Bay cleanup efforts. Virginia oysters are booming—last year the harvest was up 25% and passed the 500,000 bushel-mark. That is why Virginia is committed to working with EPA and other Bay states to clean up the Chesapeake. There have been hundreds of millions of dollars invested in this effort and federal backstops play an important role to ensure that all states do their share. But this amendment puts our investments and progress at serious risk. This amendment suggests that it would preserve the rights of the states to write their own water quality plans. But the Commonwealth of Virginia already wrote its own water quality plan and the Total Maximum Daily Load submission was accepted by EPA. So in Virginia, this is simply not a problem. So to me, this amendment looks like an answer in search of a problem. A problem we do not have in Virginia. But what this amendment does do is this. It creates a BIG problem for Virginia because it would allow upstream states off the hook. It would allow upstream states to stop their cleanup with no consequences. In Virginia, we would feel—and see—real consequences. We could see increases in dirty water flowing downstream, reversing all of our hard work. If upstream states stop their cleanups, Virginia would need to double the work and more—and we would still not have a clean Bay. The fact is that this amendment would absolutely undermine the cleanup efforts already underway. It puts at risk future environmental and economic benefits that Virginia would accrue with a cleaner, healthier bay such as more abundant seafood, tourism, recreation, and improved quality of life. As the state at the bottom of the bay watershed, Virginia’s success in restoring our part of the Bay is dependent upon what the other states do, or don’t do. This amendment would ensure that other states would write the future of Virginia’s waters and the future of our Bay. That is why I am working with my colleagues Chris Van Hollen and Bobby Scott to raise awareness of the dangers of this amendment. I urge my colleagues to vote NO. It takes away our clean water future and our clean water investments. This amendment is bad for Virginia and bad for the future health of the Chesapeake Bay."
Tribute To Herbert Collins June 24, 2015
Mark Warner, D-VA
"Mr. President, I wish to pay tribute to one of my constituents. Mr. Herbert Collins, a native member of the Caroline County community, has dedicated his life to the protection and preservation of the unique history of the region and of the Commonwealth of Virginia."
National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2016 June 18, 2015
Tim Kaine, D-VA
"There are many important provisions in the NDAA that affect our national security, and my Commonwealth of Virginia is deeply connected to the American military. In addition to grand items, the NDAA also examines in some excruciating detail some very, very fine points."
Recognizing The 75Th Anniversary Of The Old Dominion Bar Association May 21, 2015
Robert Scott, D-VA
"Several months passed with no response from the Court, so Carter began reaching out to fellow African American Attorneys in the Commonwealth of Virginia, including R. H. Cooley, Jr. of Petersburg. Cooley also contacted colleagues in Norfolk, Newport News, and Portsmouth, as well as at the Howard University School of Law, to discuss the need to organize a bar association in Virginia specifically for African American attorneys."

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