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Occurrences in the Congressional Record

Entry Title Date
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions August 5, 2015
Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND
"Mr. President, the mid-2000s housing bubble was fueled by cheap access to credit and unsound, deceptive, and sometimes fraudulent mortgage lending practices. Borrowers were offered risky, high-cost loans they could neither afford nor understand by originators who abandoned traditional underwriting process, accepted loan applications with little or no documentation, and directly profited from selling unsustainable loans wholesale. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act contains many necessary and important reforms to the mortgage origination industry to prevent future abuses. However, the law is complex and has, unintentionally, imposed onerous, one-size-fits-all rules on community banks and local financial institutions that originate mortgages to entrepreneurs and farmers."
Honoring Cynthia Martinez August 4, 2015
Mike Thompson, D-CA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today with my colleagues Representative Ron Kind, Representative Robert J. Wittman, and Representative Frank LoBiondo to recognize Cynthia Martinez upon her appointment as Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Cynthia is a twenty-one-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a dedicated advocate of the agency’s mission to conserve, protect, and enhance wildlife and habitats for the benefit of the American people. Ms. Martinez is also notably the first woman and first Latina to serve as the Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a testament to her leadership and passion for protecting our nation’s wildlife and most treasured natural habitats."
Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act Of 2015—Motion To Proceed August 4, 2015
Bernard Sanders, I-VT
"Let us be frank. Let us be honest. The current political campaign finance system is corrupt and amounts to legalized bribery. How can we in the United States tell developing countries how they can go forward in developing their democracies when our system is corrupt? Our vision for the future of this country should be a vision which is inclusive, which tells young people that if you are conservative, if you are progressive, if you are interested in public service, you can run for office without begging the rich and the powerful for campaign contributions."
Schedules That Work Act August 4, 2015
Elizabeth Warren, D-MA
"People say Washington doesn’t work, but that is wrong. Washington works great—for the right people. When the corporate lobbyists want a carve-out or giveaway, when a giant oil company wants the Keystone Pipeline or when Citibank wants to blast a hole in Dodd-Frank, Republicans fall all over themselves to make it happen. When the rightwing wants to cut off access to health care, Republicans are ready to go, but when it comes to the things that will help families, they turn their backs. This has to stop. We are not here to work for the lobbyists. We are not here to make life easier for big oil companies or for big banks. We are here to make this country work for hard-working Americans. That is our job, and it is time for this Republican Senate to start doing that job."
Hire More Heroes Act Of 2015 July 28, 2015
Barbara Boxer, D-CA
"Senator Inhofe, in your State we have listed as an example the I-40 bridge over Crooked Oak Creek. As I was saying yesterday, when I was a country supervisor a very long time ago, we found out as supervisors—and we were a very bipartisan group—that our civic center was at risk of collapse in an earthquake. In those years, we did not know that much about how to reinforce. It was just coming to light. It is a Frank Lloyd Wright building, a gorgeous building, a historic building. We were told that if we did not fix it, there was a possibility that we could be held personally liable if something happened."

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