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Honoring The Johnson-Phelps Vfw Post #5220 On Their 80Th Anniversary November 19, 2015
Daniel Lipinski, D-IL
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the Johnson-Phelps Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5220 of Oak Lawn, Illinois for celebrating 80 years of existing as a community organization. I appreciate all the hard work the Johnson-Phelps VFW has done to assist our nation’s brave foreign war veterans. The VFW’s mission is, “To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts; to serve our veterans, the military and our communities; [and] to advocate on behalf of all veterans.” The Johnson-Phelps VFW Post has excelled at fulfilling this mission by honoring the sacrifices of our veterans and admirably serving our community. The Johnson-Phelps Post was formed in 1945 by a group of veterans returning from the Second World War. The Post was named for Mr. Raymond Johnson and Mr. Leslie Phelps, both killed in action during WWII. The newly formed Post chose Mr. Johnson’s and Mr. Phelps’ names from a hat that included the names of all 23 men from the Oak Lawn area that were killed in the war. The current Post building was completed in 1951, built in large part by the Post’s own members. The Johnson-Phelps Post later merged with six other posts in the Southwest Chicagoland area, the oldest of which was chartered in 1935. The Post’s achievement and dedication to service is made possible today by Commander Richard Bukowski, Sr. Vice Commander Thomas Krone, and Jr. Vice Commander Bryant Reed. Their dedication to serving the community is shown through programs such as the well-known Voice of Democracy & Patriots Pen Scholarship Competitions. They also provide for the public by hosting and sponsoring important local events in our community. Throughout the United States, and in the Third District of Illinois, the VFW has worked tirelessly to improve our communities and support the needs of our war veterans. The VFW has repeatedly advocated for better medical care and benefits for veterans, and has been instrumental in the funding efforts for our nation’s war memorials. Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing the Johnson-Phelps VFW Post #5220 of Oak Lawn, Illinois for this significant achievement. The members of the VFW have done a tremendous job serving and representing the third district of Illinois and I wish them all the best."
Providing For Congressional Disapproval Of A Rule Submitted By The Environmental Protection Agency—Continued November 17, 2015
Thomas Carper, D-DE
"West Virginia is one of the top five coal-producing States in the country, among Wyoming, Kentucky, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. The number of people employed in the coal mining business in each of those States today—as opposed to when I my sister and I were little kids running out with Mr. Meaders to milk his cow—has come down a whole lot. But for these people, these are good-paying, life-sustaining jobs for their families."
Veterans Day November 9, 2015
Richard Durbin, D-IL
"I have been committed to this effort, and I have one program I am particularly proud to have been a part of. It is called the VA Caregivers Program. It provides the families of severely disabled Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans the support they need to keep the veterans home with their families. Thousands of veterans and their caregivers in Illinois and nationwide participate. It is a big, successful program. I recently introduced legislation to expand it so it covers all veterans."
Trade Act Of 2015 October 29, 2015
Ron Wyden, D-OR
"Finally, in my capacity as ranking member of the Finance Committee, I wish to discuss how these fiscal agreements ought to be financed in the future. Medicare and Social Security absolutely cannot become the honey pots that Congress raids whenever it needs to pay for legislation. If we go around the country—to Oregon, to Illinois, to Georgia, to the Dakotas, to Texas—and we ask typical Americans what they want their representatives in Congress to do, protecting Medicare and Social Security is right at the top of the list. I hear it in every townhall meeting. I have had more than 700 of them in my home State. And I have to believe many colleagues in South Dakota and Illinois and elsewhere hear the same thing."
Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 597, Reform Exports And Expand The American Economy Act October 26, 2015
Adam Kinzinger, R-IL
"Mr. Speaker, my district is the 16th District of Illinois, and I will tell you what, they are not worried about discharge petitions and things when people talk about regular order and internal politics and what is going on here. What they care about is the fact that it is a heavy manufacturing district, and they want to be able to go to work tomorrow. They are worried because people live with the threat of pink slips, and many people actually get pink slips."

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