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Occurrences in the Congressional Record

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Providing For Congressional Disapproval Of A Rule Submitted By The Environmental Protection Agency November 17, 2015
Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI
"While the smoke is still clearing over Paris, we are still engaged in this big exercise in time-wasting. Why? To send a signal. To send a signal to the big coal interests, the big oil interests, the Koch brothers, and the tea partiers that “We are with you.” The American public isn’t with you. Even Republicans aren’t with you. If we look at recent polling, other than the tea party—and by the way, 70 percent in the tea party thinks global warming isn’t happening—isn’t happening. I don’t know whom they are talking to. They are not talking to fishermen in my State. They are not talking to foresters out West. They are not talking to farmers in the Midwest. It is happening. We might go further as to discussing what to do about it, but the tea party is so irresponsible that they think, in a strong majority, it is not even happening. But they are not the ones we should be listening to because 83 percent of Americans—including 60 percent of Republicans—and by the way, with the November elections coming up, 86 percent of Independents say that if nothing is done to reduce emissions, global warming will be a very or somewhat serious problem in the future. So we are now going against what 83 percent of Americans, including 61 percent of Republicans and 86 percent of Independents, would direct us to do, in order to keep the faith with the big coal and oil and Koch brothers industries that fund so much of this operation here."
Providing For Congressional Disapproval Of A Rule Submitted By The Environmental Protection Agency—Continued November 17, 2015
Jeff Merkley, D-OR
"The Clean Power Plan sets achievable standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent of 2005 levels by the year 2030—strong but achievable standards. We have the technology today, but do we have the political will? Or is this body going to be ensnared by the powerful lobbying of the Koch brothers and the fossil fuel industry, which have announced they are going to spend $1 billion in the next election to make sure their policies are the ones adopted in this room and that their policies will guide our future."
Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act Of 2015 October 20, 2015
Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI
"For decades, the Journal has been persistently publishing editorials against taking any action to prevent manmade climate change. On this, the editorial page said that by talking about civil RICO, I am trying to “forcibly silence” the denial apparatus. Forcibly silence? First of all, against the billions of the Koch brothers and the billions of ExxonMobil, fat chance that I have much “force” to use. And silence? I don’t want them silent. I want them testifying in a forum where they have to tell the truth."
Energy And Water Development And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Motion To Proceed October 6, 2015
Harry Reid, D-NV
"Mr. President, Charles and David Koch are trying to buy America. They have the money to try and do just that. Because of the Supreme Court’s wrong and disastrous Citizens United ruling, the Koch brothers‘ dark political money has infected our democracy."
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.”"

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