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Requiring Comptroller General To Assess Options For Disposition Of Plum Island Animal Disease Center In Plum Island, New York May 16, 2016
Bennie Thompson, D-MS
"On September 11, 2005, DHS announced plans to develop the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, as a state-of-the-art biocontainment laboratory to replace the Plum Island facility, an aging facility nearing the end of its lifecycle. After undertaking a multiyear site selection process, DHS selected a site in Manhattan, Kansas, for the NBAF. It is slated to begin operations in 2022."
Energy And Water Development And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 May 10, 2016
Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI
"In 2010, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia launched an investigation against a University of Virginia faculty member—a climate scientist, of course. The Attorney General served the University of Virginia with a series of civil investigative demands to produce documents related to the work of the offending UVA faculty member. Well, to its credit, UVA refused, and won a multiyear legal battle with the Attorney General that went all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court."
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."

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