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Removing United States Armed Forces From Iraq July 25, 2014
Barbara Lee, D-CA
"Dear Mr. President: We join you and with those in the international community who are expressing grave concern over the rise in sectarian violence in Iraq over the last days and weeks. The consequences of this development are particularly troubling given the extraordinary loss of American lives and expenditure of funds over ten years that was claimed to be necessary to bring democracy, stability and a respect for human rights to Iraq. We support your restraint to date in resisting the calls for a “quick” and “easy” military intervention, and for your commitment not to send combat troops back to Iraq. We also appreciate your acknowledgement that this conflict requires a political solution, and that military action alone cannot successfully lead to a resolution. We do not believe intervention could be either quick or easy. And, we doubt it would be effective in meeting either humanitarian or strategic goals, and that it could very well be counter-productive. This is a moment for urgent consultations and engagement with all parties in the region who could bring about a cease fire and launch a dialogue that could lead to a reconciliation of the conflict. Any solution to this complex crisis can only be achieved through a political settlement, and only if the process and outcome is inclusive of all segments of the Iraqi population—anything short of that cannot successfully bring stability to Iraq or the region. As you consider options for U.S. intervention, we write to urge respect for the constitutional requirements for using force abroad. The Constitution vests in Congress the power and responsibility to authorize offensive military action abroad. The use of military force in Iraq is something the Congress should fully debate and authorize. Members of Congress must consider all the facts and alternatives before we can determine whether military action would contribute to ending this most recent violence, create a climate for political stability, and protect civilians from greater harm. We stand ready to work with you to this end. Sincerely, Barbara Lee; Sam Farr; James P. Moran; Janice Hahn; Peter A. DeFazio; Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.; Michael M. Honda; Scott E. Rigell; Chellie Pingree; Betty McCollum; John Garamendi; James P. McGovern; Richard M. Nolan; Beto O’Rourke, Members of Congress. Katherine Clark; Zoe Lofgren; Earl Blumenauer; George Miller; Anna G. Eshoo; Julia Brownley; Hakeem S. Jeffries; Chris Gibson; Jackie Speier; John J. Duncan, Jr.; Judy Chu; Robert C. “Bobby” Scott; Alan Grayson; James A. Himes, Members of Congress. Michael H. Michaud; John B. Larson; Mark Pocan; Reid J. Ribble; Frank Pallone, Jr.; Karen Bass; Maxine Waters; John Conyers, Jr.; Walter B. Jones; Peter Welch; Jared Huffman; John P. Sarbanes; Ed Pastor; Grace F. Napolitano, Members of Congress. Alcee L. Hastings; John Lewis; Jose; E. Serrano; Nydia M. Valazquez; Louise McIntosh Slaughter; Andre Carson; Gloria Negrete McLeod; Jim McDermott; Keith Ellison; Lloyd Doggett; Rush Holt; Bobby L. Rush; Emanuel Cleaver; Bennie G. Thompson, Members of Congress. Lois Capps; Kurt Schrader; Jerrold Nadler; Mark Takano; Collin C. Peterson; Ann McLane Kuster; Justin Amash; Charles B. Rangel; Raul M. Grijalva; Niki Tsongas; Kathy Castor; Michael E. Capuano; Yvette D. Clarke; Matt Salmon; Kyrsten Sinema; Donald M. Payne, Jr.; Lois Frankel; Rosa L. DeLauro; Richard E. Neal; Eleanor Holmes Norton; Alan S. Lowenthal; Stephen F. Lynch, Members of Congress. Paul Broun; Cheri Bustos; Marcy Kaptur; Sheila Jackson Lee; John Tierney; Henry Waxman; James R. Langevin; Thomas Massie; Carolyn B. Maloney; Tony Cardenas; Steve Cohen; Howard Coble; Donna F. Edwards; David Cicilline, Members of Congress. Ann Kirkpatrick; Donna Christensen; William Pascrell; Luis V. Gutierrez; Robin L. Kelly; Marcia L. Fudge; Dave Loebsack; Paul D. Tonko; Mike Doyle; Jan Schakowsky, Chaka Fattah; Suzanne Bonamici; Joseph P. Kennedy, III; William R. Keating, Members of Congress."
Congratulations To The 2014 United Health Foundations Diverse Scholars July 16, 2014
Erik Paulsen, R-MN
"Karen Mendez, New York’s 17th Congressional District; Aira Domingo, New York’s 22nd Congressional District; Edgar Flores, New York’s 3rd Congressional District; Saera Fernandez, New York’s 7th Congressional District; Maya Bryant, North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District; Kane Banner, North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District; Davontae Willis, Ohio’s 3rd Congressional District; Evelyn Gutierrez, Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District; Jalane Jara, Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District; Sophia Barrios, Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District; Chiemeka Onyima, Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District; Jorge Jaramillo, South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District; Elizabeth De La Rosa, Texas’s 14th Congressional District; Emily Gao, Texas’s 14th Congressional District; Brian lbarra, Texas’s 16th Congressional District; Stephen Igwe, Texas’s 18th Congressional District; Isis Reyes, Texas’s 18th Congressional District; Joann Sorn, Texas’s 18th Congressional District; Rio Reyna Pilar, Texas’s 20th Congressional District; Duy Bui, Texas’s 24th Congressional District."
Financial Services And General Government Appropriations Act, 2015 July 15, 2014
Terri Sewell, D-AL
"Despite the security concerns shared by both the United States marshal and the chief justice, Karen Bowdre, the GSA has planned to reinstall the sculpture. Both Chief Justice Bowdre and Marshal Keely believe that the sculpture is nonessential and will pose a serious security risk if reinstalled."
Privileges Of The Floor July 7, 2014
Harry Reid, D-NV
"Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that a fellow in the office of Senator Al Franken, Karen Saxe, be granted floor privileges from July 7, 2014, to July 31, 2014."
Congratulating Karen L. Pallansch June 26, 2014
James Moran, D-VA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Karen L. Pallansch, Chief Executive Officer of Alexandria Renew Enterprises, on her election as President of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). Alexandria Renew is an independent government agency providing wastewater treatment services to the City of Alexandria and portions of Fairfax County, Virginia."

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