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Concurrent Resolution On The Budget, Fiscal Year 2016—Continued March 25, 2015
Jon Tester, D-MT
"Sequestration has had devastating effects nationally and in my home State of Nevada. Take, for instance, sequestration’s impact on our national forests. We have 17 million acres of national forest managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Under its current structure, the Forest Service uses the same pool of funds to manage our national forests that it does to fight wildfires. In bad fire years, suppression can use over 40 percent of the U.S. Forest Service’s budget. So it is no surprise that their budget is still in disarray 2 years after sequestration cuts $200 million during the hot, dry summer that saw millions of acres of trees burn across the West."
Concurrent Resolution On The Budget, Fiscal Year 2016—Continued March 24, 2015
Kelly Ayotte, R-NH
"We passed a bipartisan bill, one on which we all worked together, and I appreciate that Senator Sanders worked very hard on that bill. The Veterans Choice Program was part of that bipartisan bill, but this program has yet to be implemented in the way this body intended. The goal was to expedite care for veterans who had been waiting longer than 30 days or who live farther than 40 miles away from the VA hospital. In my home State of New Hampshire, we don’t have a full-service veterans hospital, so too often our veterans are driving long distances—to Massachusetts or to other locations—to get the care they earned for having served and sacrificed so much for our country."
Concurrent Resolution On The Budget, Fiscal Year 2016 March 24, 2015
Ron Wyden, D-OR
"Madam President, the Senate is going to spend much of this week debating the contours and the details of the Federal budget. Our colleagues are going to offer a variety of amendments, and we will undoubtedly cast a lot of votes. Those watching are going to hear speeches that are peppered with numbers and statistics. So I would like to start out the debate by setting aside, to the extent we can, this flood of numbers and statistics, and focus on what this means to working families in my home State of Oregon and across the country."
Recognizing State Of Pennsylvania Vfw Department President Brenda Johnson March 16, 2015
Michael Fitzpatrick, R-PA
"Mr. Speaker, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States was established to serve our nation’s veterans and their families. This organization honors military service and ensures that the history of America’s veterans is preserved for future generations. With the help of its 500,000 members, the organization serves those who have been called to the highest honor by maintaining veterans’ memorials, sharing veterans’ history with the community, volunteering at veterans’ hospitals, and providing scholarships to students recognizing patriotism through art and volunteerism. One very special member, who I would like to recognize today, President Brenda Johnson, rallies the theme “LOVE FOR OUR VETERANS” in my home state of Pennsylvania. President Johnson, a resident of Falls Township, is a Life Auxiliary member of the VFW#6495 located on Haines Road in Levittown, Bucks County, PA, one of seven auxiliaries in my home district. I would like to thank President Johnson and the Ladies Auxiliary for their continued support and dedication and wish them continued success as they serve our veterans and their families."
The Battle Wages On: Securing Equal Voting Rights In The United States March 16, 2015
Alma Adams, D-NC
"In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down a major provision of the Voting Rights Act limiting Federal oversight over State voting laws. Sadly, my home State of North Carolina quickly implemented voting laws that disenfranchise voters by making cuts to early voting, reenforcing strict ID requirements, and ending some preregistration programs which did not allow young high school students to be able to register to vote."

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