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Israel’S Right To Protect Itself July 29, 2014
Chris Stewart, R-UT
"Mr. Speaker, I am happy now to yield to the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Perry), a good friend of mine, someone, once again, that I have come to respect greatly. For one thing, he is a colonel in the Army National Guard. I was only a major when I separated from the Air Force, so, of course, I salute him every time I see him. He sits on the Homeland Security and also Foreign Affairs Committees."
Honoring The Life Of Maurine Williamson Cain July 29, 2014
Ralph Hall, R-TX
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of the life of Maurine Williamson Cain of Rockwall who passed away June 19 at the age of 95. Maurine was a faithful church member; dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother; a crucial member of the Rockwall community in her role as an educator; and a dear friend of mine. The youngest of five children, Maurine was born May 27, 1919 in Forney, Texas to two loving parents—Jim and Grace Williamson. She grew up in Chisholm and Rockwall and enjoyed an active and involved family life. After Maurine graduated from Rockwall High School in 1936, her brother Clifford and his wife Elva helped Maurine with her first step into higher education. She studied two years at Texas Military College in Terrell, Texas and continued her education at East Texas State Teachers College (known today as Texas A&M University-Commerce) where she earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees. She then began her 38-year career as an educator at Scurry Rosser High School and Quinlan High School. On June 8, 1941, Maurine married Ted Cain in Holdenville, Oklahoma. The couple celebrated the birth of their son, Dewayne, as well as the births of two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren over the course of their 70-year marriage before Ted passed away in 2012. One year after their marriage, Ted left Texas to serve overseas in World War II. At home, Maurine worked at the defense plant in Garland and began teaching in a one-room school known as Locust Grove Community School. She taught all seven grades by herself and also served as school janitor, cook, and nurse. Maurine spent the last 34 years of her career in education teaching various grade levels at Rockwall Elementary School and Dobbs Elementary School before retiring in 1987."
Congratulating Padron Cigars On Their 50Th Anniversary July 29, 2014
Mario Diaz-Balart, R-FL
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the Padron family on the 50th anniversary of Padron Cigars founding. Padron Cigars is a landmark institution in the Miami community, and is well-deserving of recognition. Mr. Jose Orlando Padron arrived in Miami in 1962 from Cuba. He was thirty-six years old and soon began work as a carpenter, after receiving a small hammer from a friend. With that hammer he worked day and night in order to establish himself, and not live off government assistance. He toiled for months with the goal of opening his own cigar factory, so that he could produce cigars just like the ones he used to smoke in Cuba. After managing to save $600 he was able to open Padron Cigars on September 8, 1964 in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. Mr. Padron began by using tobacco from Connecticut. However, in order to meet demand he opened a factory in Nicaragua in 1970. Political turmoil at the time led to the burning of their factory in 1978, but it was restored in 1979. Further issues arose in 1985, which forced him to shift production to Honduras. However, today his company continues to thrive, and is back to manufacturing its award-winning cigars in Nicaragua. Padron’s cigars are continuously rated as one of the best cigars in the world, and have won yearly awards for their exceptional quality. Mr. Padron himself has been inducted into Cigar Aficionado’s Hall of Fame. On a more personal level, I have known the Padron family for many years. Jose and my father were very good friends, and the family has since become very close friends of mine. They are truly one of the most exceptional, loyal, trustworthy, and caring friends I have and I cherish our families continued friendship. It is a privilege to know Jose, his children, and the rest of the Padron family. In addition, they have been devoted to their company, their employees, and the Miami community since its inception. Today, the Padron family’s dedication has made Padron Cigars an irreplaceable company for South Florida, and their family has become a treasure for the community. Mr. Speaker, I am honored to congratulate Padron Cigars, and the entire Padron family, as they celebrate this milestone. I am certain that we can all look forward to many more years of outstanding cigars, and I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing their outstanding achievement."
Highway And Transportation Funding Act Of 2014 July 29, 2014
Barbara Mikulski, D-MD
"These are excellent Senators whose voices are heard and heard and heard, as is mine."
Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 4315, 21St Century Endangered Species Transparency Act July 29, 2014
Doug Collins, R-GA
"The problem with the Endangered Species Act, however, is that it has expanded to where now the Endangered Species is jobs. It is people. It is the people who are affected by the Endangered Species Act, and all we are saying is let’s shine a little light on it. That is a song from back when the ESA was first passed. Let’s shine a light. “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” Well, let’s shine a little bit of light on this as we go forward."

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