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National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2016—Conference Report October 7, 2015
Orrin Hatch, R-UT
"Every once in a while, the Democrats are in the minority, although not very often. Over the last number of years, they had the majority around 22 times and we had it maybe 6 times. I can say this: There are Democrats on the other side who really know these rules are very important, and I hope they prevail as we move on to even more difficult problems and processes in the future and in the time to come. This is a great body. It remains great in large measure because of its rules and because of the people who serve here. We should all respect the rules, and we should all respect each other for the privilege of serving in the U.S. Senate."
Authorizing Secretary Of Veterans Affairs To Recoup Bonuses And Awards March 2, 2015
Corrine Brown, D-FL
"Secondly, I am concerned about the application of this authority to bonuses provided before the date of the enactment. I know that Chairman Miller and all of us are concerned over bonuses that may have been awarded over the last number of years to VA managers who took activities, steps to cover up the delay and wait time faced by our veterans. Even though I am unhappy with their action, I would not like to see the authority provided to the Secretary under the bill to be done away with because of a constitutional challenge to this authority. "
Legislative Session July 22, 2014
Orrin Hatch, R-UT
"It is past time to restore the Senate’s rightful place in our constitutional order. I urge my colleagues—both Democrats and Republicans—to join me, to stand and fight for the greatness of this body and start standing for the rights and the powers of the legislative branch. That is what we are here to do, in addition to enacting good laws. But you cannot enact really great laws without full and fair debate, without full and fair right to amendments. This is a great body, but it has gone downhill a long way over the last number of years. No President deserves total fealty by this body or by his or her party Members in this body."
Financial Services And General Government Appropriations Act, 2015 July 14, 2014
Bill Huizenga, R-MI
"It is up to Congress to prevent the IRS from ever slipping back into its targeting practices. The best way to do that is to force them to consolidate their resources and prioritize. Congress, itself, has been forced to do this. Our own offices, Mr. Chairman, have been forced to do this over the last number of years, and there is no reason why the IRS cannot follow suit."
Legislative Program July 11, 2014
Steny Hoyer, D-MD
"The gentleman and I have had some opportunity to discuss this over the last number of months, and I know he is very knowledgeable about this issue and sensitive to this issue, and I would hope that we could work together to see whether or not we could put a bipartisan bill on the floor sooner, rather than later."

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