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Entry Title Date
Highway And Transportation Funding Act Of 2015 May 23, 2015
Richard Durbin, D-IL
"I think all of us understand that the program that once was considered to be the centerpiece of America’s infrastructure and its economy has now deteriorated to the point where we are extending it for 1 month, 2 months, and 3 months at a time. Frankly, it does not serve our country and it doesn’t serve our economy. It is a reflection on the lack of leadership by those who have the authority in committees and in the House and Senate to propose a measure that becomes a long-term highway program."
Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness And Entrepreneurship Act Of 2015 May 21, 2015
Donna Edwards, D-MD
"In closing, Mr. Chairman, H.R. 2262 is an unbalanced bill that simply doesn’t adequately protect the public’s interest, whether in matters pertaining to the safety of the general public or in matters pertaining to the safety of the future consumers and customers of the industry, and incorporates prescriptive provisions on space resource utilization that are indeed premature."
Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations The Right To Appeal Act May 21, 2015
Sherrod Brown, D-OH
"We are not being unreasonable. We have played this straight. We are simply asking for the Senate to debate this important legislation. I really don’t understand how any Senator in either party, when half of the Senate has offered amendments—200 of them and counting and every day there are more amendments offered—how we can shut down debate when 200 amendments have been filed by 46 Senators. We are simply asking for votes on our amendments. I don’t care when we complete it. I don’t care if we right now defeat cloture and then come up with some kind of a UC to give us votes on 25 or 50 of these amendments with time scheduled so we can finish. I don’t care if we finish today or Friday or Saturday or Sunday or stay to Memorial Day or come back a week after Memorial Day and finish. It really doesn’t matter about the time. I know a lot of my colleagues don’t want to go home this week and have people who are angry because they know these trade agreements don’t serve the public interest, and we know there are millions of Americans who have lost jobs because of decisions we make here."
Fast-Track Authority May 21, 2015
Barbara Boxer, D-CA
"I have a very simple amendment I am fighting to get a vote on. Listen to what it is. It simply says you cannot get fast-track authority to negotiate with any country that doesn’t pay at least a $2 minimum wage. I ask the people who are watching this debate here and at home: Do you know that out of the 12 countries we are negotiating with, 7 of them have less than a $2 minimum wage?"
Affordable Care Act May 21, 2015
Christopher Murphy, D-CT
"Finally, the bill doesn’t work on its face if you believe the plaintiffs’ argument. Why? Because the insurance reforms are national. And yet the subsidies, according to the plaintiffs, are only for States that established their own exchanges. Well, the insurance reforms don’t work if everybody doesn’t have insurance in those States. You can’t say that folks who have preexisting conditions can’t be discriminated against if people in those States don’t all have insurance. That actuarially doesn’t work. So the whole bill falls apart if you believe the plaintiffs’ case."

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