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Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 2, Medicare Access And Chip Reauthorization Act Of 2015, And Providing For Proceedings During The Period From March 27, 2015, Through April 10, 2015 March 26, 2015
Michael Burgess, R-TX
"I certainly want to thank the Speaker and the minority leader and their staffs for building off of the policy work accomplished by the committees to present a political pathway forward for this bipartisan bill."
Honoring Ms. Patricia Huff March 26, 2015
Mario Diaz-Balart, R-FL
"Mr. Speaker, in recognition of Women’s History month I rise today to honor Ms. Patricia Huff, an outstanding individual in Southwest Florida. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Ms. Huff moved to the Florida Keys in 1984. She soon became involved in several community organizations, including the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, serving as its President in 2003, 2004, and 2007 to 2010. She has published the Friends’ Newsletter since 2001 and continues to serve on the Board of Directors as Vice-President. She also conducts the historic walking tours around Everglades City. Ms. Huff co-founded the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation in 2005, serving as President from 2005 to 2008, and continues as a member of the Board of Directors today. She has been a member of the Collier County Historic and Archaeological Preservation Board since 2005, and in 2009 served as Chairperson. In addition to these organizations, Ms. Huff has served as President of the Friends of Fakahatchee Strand in 2003-2004, a member of the Everglades Area Chamber of Commerce Board from 2004-2007, and currently serves on the Everglades Association. She is also co-Director (and co-founder) of the River of Grass Greenway (ROGG) Executive Committee of the Naples Pathways Coalition. ROGG has received a federal grant to fund a Master Plan and Feasibility Study for the proposed pathway from Naples to Miami. Ms. Huff is currently serving on the Project Team and Steering Committees for the study. I am privileged to know Ms. Huff, and admire her commitment to the community. In her spare time, Ms. Huff is an avid bike rider. Along with her husband Steve, they have bicycled throughout the United States and Europe every year, covering over 25,000 miles since the year 2000. She is also publisher of the “The Mullet Rapper”, a bi-weekly newsletter for the Everglades community and the primary source of information for city events. Mr. Speaker, I am honored to pay tribute to Ms. Patricia Huff for her continued service to Southwest Florida, and I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing this remarkable individual."
Concurrent Resolution On The Budget For Fiscal Year 2016 March 26, 2015
Keith Ellison, D-MN
"Dear Representative: As clergy and faith leaders of many faiths, we urge you to support The People’s Budget, introduced by the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressmen Keith Ellison and Rauul Grijalva. The Federal budget should reflect our values and shared priorities, and we believe that this proposal achieves that goal. The teachings of our respective faiths are steeped in the understanding that we have a communal responsibility to care for the most vulnerable in society. Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, ensuring that all workers receive a fair wage are not simply policy positions: they are sacred obligations. The People’s Budget would create desperately-needed, good paying jobs, repeal sequester and all Budget Control Act spending caps and end Corporate Inversions that allow U.S. companies to avoid paying taxes. The Budget’s proposals invest in veterans, women, communities of color and their families and K-12 education. It expands the Earned Income Tax Credit and unemployment insurance and enhances the social safety net. It reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and implements comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship. In short, The People’s Budget, if passed, would set our nation back on the path toward a fair and healthy economy. These priorities were among those laid out by the Washington, DC Interfaith community in releasing our own Faithful Budget, which lays out how government spending could align with these moral priorities: bit.ly/faithful-budget. The “People’s Budget” echoes many of the key proposals outlined in the Faithful Budget, so we’re proud to support it. You can read more about the “People’s Budget” here: bit.ly/peoples-budget. Our government should serve all of its citizens. By bolstering the social safety net for those who most need it and prioritizing measures that reduce the growing inequality in our nation, The People’s Budget does just that, and it deserves the support of Congress. We urge you to vote for it when it comes to the House Floor. Thank you for your consideration.http://http://"
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Orrin Hatch, R-UT
"Therefore, I am reminded of a story from our history about the industrialist Collis Potter Huntington. He was one of the so-called “Big Four” of the western railroads during the late 1800s and built the Central Pacific Railroad as part of the first transcontinental railroad. He also led and developed other interstate lines such as the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, known simply as the C&O. As Huntington furthered the C&O’s extension through the Virginia peninsula, he opened the pathway for West Virginia’s coal industry to reach the coal piers in the harbor of Hampton Roads. Seeing a need for export shipping, he started the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in 1886."
Progressive Caucus March 4, 2015
Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-NJ
"According to our polling that has been released by the Public Religion Research Institute in February, 77 percent of the country supports either a pathway to citizenship or permanent legal residency for undocumented immigrants. Only 19 percent want to enforce deportation. Citizenship is also favored over deportation in every single solitary State in this Nation, frequently by very wide margins."

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