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Department Of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015—Motion To Proceed—Continued February 25, 2015
Lamar Alexander, R-TN
"We spend 30 billion in taxpayer dollars a year on research and development at colleges and universities. If we could save $1 billion of that $30 billion by reducing that 42 percent to closer to 10 percent, then we could fund a 1,000 more multiyear grants to investigate cancer research, Ebola research, and vaccines, and we should do that."
Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act Of 2015 February 24, 2015
Greg Walden, R-OR
"Mr. Speaker, in our multiyear effort to update the Communications Act, one of the most common themes we have heard is the convergence of the telecommunications marketplace. No longer are companies just one service over just one medium. Both technology and consumer expectations have completely changed the game. However, the agency tasked with regulating the communications sector still exists in the outdated and siloed structure that reflects decades-old assumptions, even how they evaluate and report on the industry."
H-1B Visa Program February 24, 2015
Charles Grassley, R-IA
"With respect to replacing American workers with H-1B workers, Edison says the company “is not hiring H-1B workers to replace displaced employees.” Edison’s cynical defense is built upon a very shameless exploitation of a loophole in the H-1B laws. That loophole says that technically Edison isn’t the H-1B workers’ employer; the two foreign consulting companies are. The H-1B workers are just contracted out for extended, potentially multiyear periods from the foreign consulting companies to the American company, Edison. Thus, Edison argues that it is not subject to the requirements under the immigration laws that I spoke of earlier. They argue that because they are not the employer who petitioned directly for the H-1B workers, they—Edison—don’t have to abide by the working condition requirements or the 90-day rule."
Department Of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015—Motion To Proceed February 11, 2015
Mitch McConnell, R-KY
"Mr. President, one final and critically important matter. This morning we received the President’s proposed authorization for the use of military force against ISIL and its affiliates. It was clear from the outset that a successful military campaign to defeat ISIL would require a multiyear effort, so it is certainly in order for Congress to debate an authorization such as this."
National Aeronautics And Space Administration Authorization Act Of 2015 February 10, 2015
Donna Edwards, D-MD
"As I have said and as Ranking Member Johnson has said as well, we look forward to working on a bipartisan, multiyear authorization. Having put this one to bed, we actually now have demonstrated to ourselves and to the American public that we have the ability to get this done."

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