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Insular Areas And Freely Associated States Energy Development September 15, 2014
Donna Christensen, D-VI
"In some communities it would appear as though many have moved away when in actuality they are simply turning to candles and kerosene lamps because they simply cannot afford to turn on the lights. This presents risks to health and safety that are just unacceptable."
Recognizing The Achievements Of Harriet Thomsen November 21, 2013
Adam Smith, D-WA
"Harriet’s passion for volunteerism stem from her first visit to a nursing home in her earlier years. She noticed that most homes provided dark activity rooms and were lacking sanitary equipment. Harriet immediately took charge and published an article in her local newspaper asking for donations like paint, chairs and lamps to improve assisted living facilities. She also mobilized women at her church, addressing the concerns she had about the unfortunate conditions some elderly must endure when living in a nursing home. She became invested and took it upon herself to positively change the living situation of seniors."
In Celebration Of Diwali October 29, 2013
Michael Honda, D-CA
"Different colorful varieties of fireworks are always associated with this festival. People shoot firecrackers to drive away evil spirits. On this auspicious day, people light up diyas lamps and candles all around their house. These lamps are kept on during the night and people clean their houses to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, into their homes. Lakshmi is said to bring prosperity and happiness to people in the new year."
Recognizing Captain John Mclain For His Service With The United States Navy June 28, 2013
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to thank and commend Captain John McLain of Woodbridge, Virginia, on the occasion of his retirement after 25 years of honorable service with the United States Navy. Captain McLain graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors Degree in International Relations and English in 1987. He attended Aviation Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in March 1988. Designated a Naval Aviator in June 1989, Captain McLain was assigned to the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) Forty-Three (HSL-43), where he deployed twice to the Persian Gulf, participating in Operation Desert Shield with the USS Chancellorsville (CG 63) and as Detachment Maintenance Officer with the USS Paul F. Foster (DD 964). In April 1993, Captain McLain was assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VX-1) in Patuxent River, Maryland, where he served as Operational Test Director for all SH-60B programs. In April 1996, he reported to USS Boxer (LHD 4), in San Diego, as the Assistant Air Officer, deploying again to the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea with the 15th MEU (SOC). Following refresher training in the SH-60B, Captain McLain reported to the “Easy Riders” of HSL-37 in NAS Barber’s Point, Hawaii. He served as Officer in Charge of the LAMPS detachment aboard the USS Port Royal (CG 72) with the USS John C. Stennis Battle Group and as the squadron Maintenance Officer. Captain McLain reported to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he graduated with honors from the College of Naval Command and Staff with a Master’s degree in National Security Affairs. Following graduation, he was selected as an Associate Fellow with the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group (CNO SSG) during SSG "
In Celebration Of Ryan Rossi February 14, 2012
Janice Hahn, D-CA
"After a trip to El Salvador, meeting impoverished children with ragged breathing caused by the toxic fumes of the kerosene lamps that lit their homes, Ryan helped start a charity to replace the noxious lamps with clean, safe and affordable solar lamps."

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