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Operation Christmas Child November 19, 2015
Virginia Foxx, R-NC
"Mr. Speaker, today I rise to recognize Samaritan’s Purse, an organization headquartered in Boone, North Carolina, that brings spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world."
Remembering Dr. Kevin Murphy November 19, 2015
Gwen Graham, D-FL
"Mr. Speaker, today, I rise to remember Dr. Kevin Murphy, who passed away at his home in Port St. Joe, Florida, on Thursday, November 5, at the age of 71."
The Introduction Of The Veterans Legal Support Act Of 2015 November 19, 2015
Eleanor Norton, D-DC
"Mr. Speaker, today, I introduce the Veterans Legal Support Act of 2015, a bill to allow the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide certification and support to law school clinical programs that provide pro bono legal and support services to veterans, including, among other things, assistance with disability claims and appeals and foreclosures. There are already at least 22 law schools that have clinics devoted to veterans’ legal needs, including the William & Mary Law School Veterans Benefits Clinic, which serves as a national model for this idea, as the law clinic was the first in the nation to receive a “best practice” certification from the VA. There are many other law schools, such as the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law, that are interested in starting their own VA-certified clinics."
Honoring The Achievements Of Brigadier General Frederick R. Payne, Jr., Usmc, Ret. On The Occasion Of His Passing November 19, 2015
Raul Ruiz, D-CA
"Mr. Speaker, today I rise to honor the life of Brigadier General Frederick “Fritz” R. Payne, Jr., a Marine Corps American Fighter Ace, recipient of a Congressional Gold Medal, dedicated husband to the late Dorothy Payne, and proud father and grandfather. General Payne led a life centered on service, commitment, and sacrifice. In May, I was honored to present General Payne with the Congressional Gold Medal for his dedicated service to the Marine Corps and status as the oldest living American Fighter Ace, an elite group of pilots having downed at least five enemy aircraft in battle. Time after time, General Payne risked his life to preserve the freedom of all Americans, and time after time, General Payne was successful in his mission. For this, I am grateful. In 1935, after graduating from the University of Arizona, Fritz joined the Marine Corps in an effort to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot. Not only did he achieve this dream, but after encountering fierce conflict over Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands Area, he also achieved status among the most elite fighter pilots, American Fighter Aces. Our freedom endures because of the bravery of men and women like General Payne. General Payne is survived by his two sons, Robert Payne and Dewitt Payne; daughter Elizabeth Ann Payne; and three grandchildren. His wife, Dorothy Payne, predeceased him in 2011. Mr. Speaker, General Payne’s selfless service and vast military achievements in pursuit of the preservation of our American freedoms and ideals deserves acknowledgement. On behalf of all Americans, and in particular the residents of California’s 36th Congressional District, I would like to honor the life and military service of Brigadier General Federick “Fritz” R. Payne, Jr."
American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act Of 2015 November 19, 2015
Steven Palazzo, R-MS
"Mr. Speaker, today we are going to pass a strong piece of legislation to protect the American people. The SAFE Act will ensure the highest level of scrutiny is placed on every single Syrian refugee and effectively stop this program until we can ensure Americans are protected. I believe we should do more, but this is a powerful first step to stopping dangerous terrorists from reaching our soil."

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