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Entry Title Date
Zika Virus And Va-Milcon Funding Bill June 28, 2016
Harry Reid, D-NV
"How about the environment? Remember that what we are trying to—in addition to all of the things we have talked about—is that we want to make sure there is a way of getting rid of these pests—these mosquitoes. How do they do that? The only way we have found that is really effective is with spraying to kill these little varmints, these insects. Well, what do the Republicans do? They exempt pesticide spraying from the Clean Water Act. Why? Just because they don’t like the EPA. They don’t like the Clean Water Act. It has been around for 60 years, and they still don’t like it."
Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Conference Report—Continued June 28, 2016
Robert Menendez, D-NJ
"The EPA has identified the possibility that unexploded ordnances could contain toxins like mercury, lead, copper, magnesium, lithium, percolate, TNT, napalm, and depleted uranium, among others. A significant part of the Superfund cleanup process is identifying the responsible parties and working with them to come up with remediation plans; however, we know who the culprit is largely here. It is us. It is the U.S. Government, and we have a responsibility to the Americans living on Vieques to clean up the mess we created. Even while they were supporting the Nation and accepting what was going on and showing their patriotism, we left them with a Superfund site. This bill won’t do anything to take care of that responsibility and that cost, so it continues to tell the people of Puerto Rico: You are good enough to wear the uniform of the United States, you are good enough to serve the country, you are good enough to bleed for it, good enough to die for it, but you are not good enough to determine your own future."
Inspector General Empowerment Act Of 2016 June 21, 2016
Mark Meadows, R-NC
"At the EPA, several offices, including the EPA‘s Office of Homeland Security, intentionally interfered with the IG’s investigations. At the Chemical Safety Board—which the EPA OIG also oversees—the IG was denied access to certain documents based on a phony attorney-client privilege claim. And the Peace Corps refused to provide its inspector general access to information related to sexual assaults on the Peace Corps volunteers absent a memorandum of understanding."
Honoring Baker County Commissioner Tim Kerns For His Years Of Dedicated Service To Oregon June 21, 2016
Greg Walden, R-OR
"With federal lands making up more than 51% of Baker County, plenty of hurdles exist in the path to economic growth. Despite these hurdles, I know I can count on Tim’s work ethic and knowledge of Baker County to help work through these issues and make sure that the needs of the local communities will not be ignored by the federal government. Whether it was stopping the EPA from regulating a local cement plant out of existence and killing hundreds of jobs, or some of the ongoing problems such as the red tape cutting off Baker County miners from being a part of a rich local mining history, or attempts to limit local access to national forests, I knew I could count on Tim to provide valuable input as we craft solutions."
Commerce, Justice, Science, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 June 21, 2016
Shelley Capito, R-WV
"The continued regulatory assault on the coal industry has hastened this decline and threatened the retirement security of our miners. In 2001, the EPA finalized the mercury and air toxins rule for coal plants. Since that time, our Nation has lost more than 40,000 coal jobs, and 1,000 of those workers are West Virginians. Our State’s unemployment is among the highest in the country for this very reason. The impact of other EPA proposals, like the Clean Power Plan, which has been stayed by the Supreme Court, and the stream protection rule that is currently being finalized, would make the situation even worse in our coal communities."

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