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Occurrences in the Congressional Record

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Fair Investment Opportunities For Professional Experts Act February 1, 2016
John Carney, D-DE
"This legislation expands the definition of a “accredited investor,” a status reserved for investors who possess the sophistication and financial means necessary to invest in private, unregistered securities offerings."
Recognizing The Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church On 25 Years Of Worship And Fellowship February 1, 2016
Marc Veasey, D-TX
"From its humble beginnings as a small church with a single afternoon service, Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church now holds three separate services at both their east and west campuses, and is home to over 1500 members. With their expanded ministry offerings, Greater Community continues to serve the Arlington community in a variety of ways."
Puerto Rico December 18, 2015
Orrin Hatch, R-UT
"If we are going to have the debate about these issues, we are going to need to specify exactly what we are talking about, not only with regard to who will actually be impacted by the proposed bankruptcy change, but also about what the change would actually do. Yesterday, many of my friends on the other side suggested here on the floor that Republicans are simply denying tools to Puerto Rico that are currently available to municipalities in all 50 States. However, that is a misrepresentation. My colleagues are not simply demanding that Puerto Rico be given access to chapter 9 restructuring authority for fresh debt offerings. They want that authority, plus an additional allowance for Puerto Rico to retroactively apply chapter 9 to debts already issued. That is for debts issued under current conditions that explicitly do not allow for application of chapter 9, which lenders took into account when formulating the terms of their contracts with Puerto Rico."
Modern Diner December 9, 2015
David Cicilline, D-RI
"In the late 1980s, it became the first diner to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Last week’s award told the world what Rhode Island already knows—that the Modern Diner and its offerings are second to none."
Conference Report On S. 1177, Student Success Act December 9, 2015
Suzanne Bonamici, D-OR
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the Every Student Succeeds Act. This legislation represents a significant bipartisan achievement and one that is long overdue. For 14 years, our nation’s public schools have operated under a well-intentioned but flawed education law, the No Child Left Behind Act. This law set aspirational goals for student learning, and it helped call attention to persistent achievement gaps between groups of students. But No Child Left Behind’s rigid measure of academic achievement—that is, the requirement that schools demonstrate adequately yearly progress—and the law’s one-size-fits-all interventions for low-performing schools proved to be unworkable. The unfortunate consequences of No Child Left Behind’s inflexible requirements have plagued schools in northwest Oregon and in communities across the country. As states were forced to demonstrate leaps in student achievement, an era of high-stakes testing took much of the joy out of teaching and learning. The drive for higher test scores pressured many schools to narrow their curricular offerings. Schools shifted resources away from arts and music, history, and foreign languages to bolster the tested subjects. This is the day that students, teachers, school board members, and families across the country have been waiting for—Congress has finally reached an agreement to leave behind No Child Left Behind. The Every Student Succeeds Act is not perfect legislation, but reaching a bipartisan agreement requires compromise. For example, the bill eliminates or consolidates nearly 50 education programs. Although some of these programs were unfunded, merging the others creates genuine concerns about some states disinvesting in current priorities, like physical education, and spending the money elsewhere. The bill maintains the Secretary of Education’s authority to hold states accountable to the law, but it also places new restrictions on the Secretary that raise questions about the federal government’s ability to act. The Every Student Succeeds Act provides a great deal of discretion to states and school districts to improve schools where students are underperforming. Certainly returning control to states and school districts is welcome. Local school boards, superintendents, and educators are best equipped to design school improvement activities that will be effective in their communities. Yet the bill could have done more to make sure that schools make timely improvements when subgroups of students, such as English learners, students of color, low-income students, and students of disabilities, continue to lag behind their peers. Despite these concerns, the Every Student Succeeds Act represents a significant improvement for our nation’s students and schools. The bill authorizes increased funding, which is especially important because more than half of our country’s public school students now come from low-income households. The bill rejects a proposal to make Title I funding “portable,” which would have diverted funding from communities with high concentrations of poverty to affluent school districts. And the bill includes a maintenance-of-effort requirement to help make sure states are adequately funding their schools. The Every Student Succeeds Act also eliminates No Child Left Behind’s federal accountability system and directs states to design systems for identifying schools in need of additional support. Importantly, the bill puts in place meaningful requirements for the accountability systems designed by states, including a requirement that state systems give substantial consideration to academic achievement and trigger action in any school where subgroups of students are underperforming. In this way, the Every Student Succeeds Act remains true to the civil rights legacy of the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The law will continue to require states to identify achievement gaps between groups of students and target resources to schools that need more support to close achievement gaps."

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