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Entry Title Date
Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 4498, Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act April 27, 2016
Jim McGovern, D-MA
"The letter basically says that the existing appropriations are not enough. This is what the letter says: “Without significant additional appropriations this summer, the Nation’s efforts to comprehensively respond to the disease will be severely undermined. In particular, the administration may need to suspend crucial activities, such as mosquito control and surveillance in the absence of emergency supplemental funding. State and local governments that manage mosquito control and response operations will not be able to hire needed responders to engage in mosquito mitigation efforts. Additionally, the administration’s ability to move to the next phase of vaccine development, which requires multiyear commitments from the government to encourage the private sector to prioritize Zika research and development, could be jeopardized.”"
Nomination Of Michael Missal April 19, 2016
Ron Johnson, R-WI
"I have seen the damage that acting leadership in the VA Office of Inspector General has done in my own State of Wisconsin. Numerous veterans of the Tomah VA facility suffered for years through dangerous prescription practices, whistleblower retaliation, and a culture of fear. The VA Office of Inspector General, under acting leadership, conducted a multiyear investigation of the Tomah VA facility but then swept the allegations under the rug—the secret report that was hidden from veterans, the public, and Congress."
Energy Policy Modernization Bill February 2, 2016
John Thune, R-SD
"Last year we passed a number of significant bipartisan bills, including a major reform of No Child Left Behind and a multiyear transportation bill that will strengthen our infrastructure and put Americans to work."
Supporting Transparent Regulatory And Environmental Actions In Mining Act January 12, 2016
Raúl Grijalva, D-AZ
"First, they carried out a multiyear investigation into this rule, holding no less than 12 hearings and demanding tens of thousands of pages of documents, and ultimately coming up with nothing. Then they passed a bill last Congress to block the rule. Actually, they liked it so much, they passed the bill twice. Those bills, however, went nowhere."
Proper Operation Of The Senate December 18, 2015
Orrin Hatch, R-UT
"Instead of wasting the Senate’s precious time on political show votes, the new majority leadership has focused the Senate’s consideration on measures that can actually pass, which almost always require bipartisan support. We have also made sure to fulfill Congress’s most basic fiscal management responsibilities. We passed the first bicameral budget since 2009 and the first budget that balances in 14 years. Based on that budget blueprint, the Appropriations Committee passed all 12 appropriations bills for the first time since 2009. While the minority unfortunately chose to block numerous attempts we made to pass these bills on the floor through regular order, we struck a multiyear bipartisan budget deal to last through the rest of the Obama administration. Passing this legislation warded off the threat of another shutdown or a disastrous default on our debt. We have also struck a deal on an omnibus spending bill for next year that, while imperfect, makes important progress in a number of areas, such as repealing the antiquated oil export ban to create jobs at home and ward off the influences of Vladimir Putin and other dangerous rogues abroad, increasing resources for our military at a time of great threat, strengthening the Visa Waiver Program to protect against terrorists, and provisions to bar the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to American soil."

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