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Entry Title Date
Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Conference Report—Continued June 28, 2016
Robert Menendez, D-NJ
"Absolutely. The Senator from Vermont is right. I have called this legislation the ultimate neocolonialism we as a Congress would be passing. It treats the citizens of Puerto Rico like subjects, not citizens. It doesn’t allow them to have a voice. They get no one on the control board. Yet the control board can dictate budgets. It can dictate budget cuts. It can dictate what is or is not sufficient for the running of essential services. It will dictate whether the pensions get treated fairly. My colleague is correct."
Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Conference Report June 28, 2016
Bill Nelson, D-FL
"Mr. President, we have just a short time before the vote. The President made a request for emergency funding in the amount of $1.9 billion 4 months ago. This is a time when the Nation has an emergency. It doesn’t matter if it is an earthquake, a flood, a wildfire, a hurricane, or a volcano, we have always stepped forward. If you don’t believe this Zika crisis is an emergency, well, just wait. The tale tell signs are coming."
Puerto Rico June 27, 2016
Bill Nelson, D-FL
"If we pass this legislation, once we get out of this immediate crisis, then all of us must work as hard as we can to push for solutions for some of the other long-term problems Puerto Rico has. This isn’t the end; it is just the beginning. At the same time, we should not look past the achievements in this bill. At the end of the day, this is why this Senator comes down on the side of supporting this legislation. It provides for an orderly process for Puerto Rico to adjust all of its debts, including its general obligation bonds. Those are the bonds held by the hedge funds that are asking for injunctive relief, that they be the ones to get the money first, looking to squeeze the life out of the territory. They are the ones that ran all those ads saying this bill was a bailout. Have you seen those ads? Isn’t it interesting that they are the only ones who have the money to run ads saying it is a bailout. Who is paying for the ads? The hedge funds that hold the bonds because they want their money first, to the exclusion of essential services on the island. Well, this is not a bailout. It doesn’t spend any taxpayer money. But it has the hedge funds on Wall Street running scared because they know that if this passes, they won’t be able to get special treatment and they won’t be able to starve Puerto Rico of its vital resources."
Fighting Terrorism June 27, 2016
John Cornyn, R-TX
"The article also notes that military leaders have been regularly highlighting the need for more troops in the region—and quickly—but are concerned the administration will be reluctant to commit more. That is because the President has instituted an artificial troop cap for Iraq and Syria—it is about the numbers, it is not about the mission—just like he did in Afghanistan, and he doesn’t want to add to that no matter what happens."
Commerce, Justice, Science, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Continued June 23, 2016
Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND
"We are here to say no-fly, no-buy. This doesn’t do it. As we work through the Collins amendment, I suggest we continue to have those discussions, but we have a vehicle on the floor where we can have further discussions with any Senator who wants to continue to have a conversation."

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