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Entry Title Date
Recognizing The Life And Legacy Of Abner J. Mikva July 8, 2016
Jan Schakowsky, D-IL
"In November of 2014, I was proud to witness President Obama, someone Ab Mikva supported and promoted from the day he met him, award Ab with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan came to an intimate celebration afterward and spoke fondly about the days she served as Abner’s law clerk. His 90th birthday party last February showcased Abner Mikva’s enduring wit, intelligence and humanity."
Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Conference Report June 28, 2016
Barbara Mikulski, D-MD
"The Republican conference report also doesn’t treat Zika like the emergency it is. The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus a public health emergency on February 1. And Zika meets the Budget Act criteria for emergency spending: It is urgent, unforeseen, and temporary. Yet Republicans insisted that we cut $750 million to pay for the response to Zika, including $543 million from the Affordable Care Act, $100 million from the Department of Health and Human Services, HHS, nonrecurring expense fund, and $107 million from Ebola response funds."
Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Conference Report—Continued June 28, 2016
Robert Menendez, D-NJ
"Needless to say, this bombardment was of great concern to the people of Vieques, but for decades it continued unabated. It wasn’t until tragedy struck that people actually began to take notice of the plight of the island and to demand change. In February of 1999, 2 AV-8 Harrier aircraft fired 263 depleted uranium rounds onto the island, in violation of the memorandum of understanding under which the base operated. Not only are the depleted uranium rounds slightly radioactive, but they contain toxic heavy metals."
The “Merci Train” In Vermont June 27, 2016
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"The Merci Train was France’s response, a year later, thanking Americans for their support. Filled with trinkets from French citizens, crafts made by school aged children, and other items, cars from the Merci Train traveled to each State. One arrived in Vermont on February 10, 1949. Its arrival was heralded by the playing of our national anthem, as well as the French revolutionary hymn “La Marseillaise” by the Montpelier High School Band. Its contents, sincere expressions of appreciation from French families, were unpacked and distributed to Vermonters."
Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Bill June 27, 2016
Charles Grassley, R-IA
"Finally, I would like to highlight additional key provisions of this year’s appropriations bill that I championed. One provision, which is based on my oversight work and another bill that I introduced last February, would bar the use of funds to deny or impede an inspector general’s timely access to any records, documents, or other materials needed to carry out its oversight work. There is just one exception to this requirement in this bill, and it arises only if Congress passes legislation expressly limiting the inspector general’s right of access to these materials."

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