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Entry Title Date
Hire More Heroes Act Of 2015—Continued September 22, 2015
Bernard Sanders, I-VT
"Money rules. Well, 5 years ago the U.S. Supreme Court by a 5-to-4 decision passed the disastrous Citizens United decision which basically said to the wealthiest people in this country: You already own much of the economy; now we are going to give you the opportunity to buy the United States Government. And that is exactly what they are now attempting to do. Money rules. You have one family—the Koch brothers—who will spend $900 million in this election cycle to elect candidates who will protect the wealthy and powerful. That is more money than will be spent by either the Democratic or Republican Party. When one family is spending more money than either of the two major political parties, I think it is an example of what the Pope is talking about when he says “money rules.”"
Reauthorization Of The Export-Import Bank September 16, 2015
Maria Cantwell, D-WA
"Why are we here this morning? Because yesterday we heard news from a major manufacturer that basically talked specifically about what is going to happen. It is not that the Koch brothers are going to win or the Heritage Foundation is going to win; it is that companies such as GE and others are going to ship their jobs overseas so they can get financing for the manufactured products they make. So what happened? GE basically has said it has been forced to move 500 jobs from the U.S. to France, China, and Hungary. Why? Why are they moving jobs overseas? Because they still have a credit agency. France has one and is willing to provide export financing as a major component of wind turbines that would otherwise have been built in the United States. Altogether, GE has $11 billion in contracts that require export credit agency support. So they are going to meet customer demand."
Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act Of 2015—Motion To Proceed— Continued August 4, 2015
Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI
"This is really astonishing. Here we are, in which every State—just ask your home State university if climate change is real. You don’t have to go far. Ask the University of Kentucky, ask the University of Louisville, ask your home State university. They know. Everybody knows. The problem is the coal industry and the Koch brothers have this place locked down, and it is ridiculous."
Clean Power Plan August 4, 2015
Harry Reid, D-NV
"It has been disappointing, but not surprising, to see Republicans’ knee-jerk opposition to addressing climate change. It is all the more frustrating because they have no plan of their own, except to let the smoke keep billowing. Instead, Republicans are clamoring to show special interests such as the oil baron Koch brothers how far they are willing to go to kill commonsense protections for our air and public health because it might hurt the bottom line of their coal and energy barons."
Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act Of 2015—Motion To Proceed August 4, 2015
Bernard Sanders, I-VT
"We know, for example, that the Koch brothers, worth some $85 billion—the second wealthiest family in America—have made public that they intend to spend some $900 million on this election. This is more money than either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party will spend. One family will be spending more money than either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. How do we describe a process in which one multibillion-dollar family spends more money on a campaign than either of the two major political parties? Well, I define that process not as democracy but as oligarchy."

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