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Conscience Protection Act Of 2016 July 15, 2016
Barbara Lee, D-CA
"Instead of addressing the serious issues facing American families—like combatting Zika, addressing gun violence, or creating jobs—my colleagues have chosen to put partisan politics over healthcare access."
The Small Business Start-Up Savings Accounts Act Of 2016 July 15, 2016
Terri Sewell, D-AL
"As our economy continues to strengthen, it is important that Congress provides incentives and opportunities for entrepreneurs to launch new businesses and provide much needed jobs to our economy. For these reasons, I am re-introducing The Small Business Start-up Savings Accounts Act to assist individuals in starting their own businesses."
In Recognition Of Herohomes July 8, 2016
Barbara Comstock, R-VA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise to acknowledge HeroHomes, a nonprofit organization in my district dedicated to providing veterans who have heroically served our country the satisfaction of owning their own homes, a solid foundation for a successful future, and the pride that comes with living independently. With all of the sacrifices that our veterans make preserving freedom and democracy for others, I can think of few causes that are nobler than helping these returning heroes reenter civilian life. Recently, HeroHomes was able to provide a new home for its first disabled veteran, Tony Porta. Tony was an Apache Helicopter pilot with over 2,500 hours of flight time from over 20 years of service, and had five tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfortunately, in the process of carrying out his duties, he suffered a severe spinal injury and subsequently spent over two and a half years in the hospital while also suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Tony has more than fulfilled his duty and has sacrificed much for the sake of his country, and HeroHomes was there for him in his time of need. Their altruism is beyond measure and the institution has more than lived up to its motto “building houses, jobs, and community for those who have fought for the preservation of freedom and democracy for others”."
In Honor Of The 50Th Anniversary Of The Town Of Jerome, Arizona July 1, 2016
Paul Gosar, R-AZ
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a town from my district, Jerome, Arizona. The Town of Jerome recently celebrated its 50th anniversary as a National Historic Landmark. Jerome was founded in the late 1800’s on a hill near rich supplies of minerals. The town was named after one of the founders of the United Verde Copper Company that mined those very hills, and it eventually hosted the largest copper producing mine in the Arizona Territory. When it was designated a National Historic Landmark, it was proclaimed that “this site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America.” The Town of Jerome has been beneficial to the growth of our nation in so many ways. It has provided the copper in the wiring that spread electricity across the country as well as the materials that aided our troops in both World Wars. The Town of Jerome should be recognized not only for its historical contributions, but also for its ability to adapt and survive. During the Great Depression, many mining jobs were cut. In response, the town invested in tourism and retail sales. To increase tourism, Jerome hosts music festivals, historic-home tours, and a variety of businesses, such as craft stores, art galleries, coffee houses, wineries, and restaurants. The Town of Jerome is the type of community that perseveres in difficult times and flourishes in prosperity. This is a model community that should inspire the rest of society to work hard in order to succeed. I would like to congratulate the citizens of Jerome on 50 years of preserving such a unique National Historical Landmark, and wish them years of richness and success in the future."
Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Conference Report—Continued June 28, 2016
Rob Portman, R-OH
"There is a further issue that some folks aren’t focused on yet but will be soon in a lot of ours States; that is, that there are about 20,000 of these retired coal miners who may well lose their retiree health coverage at the end of this year. So this is not down the road. This is now. This is this year. Again, these miners spent their careers in dangerous jobs. These jobs resulted in higher rates of injury, disease, cancer, and therefore they are especially dependent on these health benefits. They have earned them. It would be devastating to those families to lose those benefits."

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