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Entry Title Date
Supreme Court Decisions And Filling The Supreme Court Vacancy June 27, 2016
Harry Reid, D-NV
"While the Supreme Court did its job today, I must note the many other missed opportunities in the Court over the last 4 months. Due to the Republicans historic obstruction of Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination, the United States’ highest Court is often deadlocked. The Court has been unable to provide definitive rulings on some of the most important issues of our time because there are not nine Justices, but only eight, due to the Republicans’ obstruction. For the first time in the history of the country in a year right before an election, the Republicans have decided they are not going to allow a vote on a Supreme Court nomination. It has never happened before. By denying President Obama the chance to fill this vacancy, the Republicans have infected the Supreme Court with the same gridlock they have perfected with the Congress for the last 7 years. Eight Supreme Court Justices are simply not enough to serve the American people and the rule of law."
Military Construction And Veterans Affairs And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 May 19, 2016
Charlie Dent, R-PA
"Mr. Chair, on the point of order, the point I am trying to make is this: if the amendment is withdrawn, it can be reworked so that it would be in order. We believe that there is a way to do that even today. That is the offer I am making to you. If the amendment is withdrawn, there is a possibility that this amendment could be made in order, but it does have to be perfected."
America’S Small Business Tax Relief Act Of 2015 April 7, 2016
Bill Nelson, D-FL
"But that has not been perfected yet. That is going to be really interesting to see what they come up with. This Senator will report to the Senate later on that. But for the time being, the Heinrich amendment, which I hope we will vote on this morning, is concerned with that security that we have seen as a result of the Brussels bombing."
Defend Trade Secrets Bill April 4, 2016
Christopher Coons, D-DE
"Delaware has a proud legacy of encouraging cutting-edge science. We are home to hundreds of basement inventors who have tinkered, designed, and perfected inventions. Some have become well known internationally, such as Kevlar, and others are not as well known but are critical to our economy. That is why I introduced, along with my friend and senior colleague Senator Hatch, the Defend Trade Secrets Act. This bill creates a new Federal private right of action for the misappropriation of trade secrets. It uses an existing Federal criminal law, the Economic Espionage Act, to define trade secrets, and it draws heavily from the existing Uniform Trade Secrets Act which has been enacted by many States to define misappropriation."
In Honor Of The National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People On Its 107Th Anniversary February 11, 2016
Chaka Fattah, D-PA
"So February 12th is when people of different ethnic backgrounds, different racial backgrounds got together—people like Ida B. Wells and W.E.B. DuBois got together and said that there was going to be an effort to put together a membership-based organization, rooted in neighborhoods, rooted in individuals who would come together in their local communities and who would fight on a variety of levels—on the policy level, in the courts, and also work in neighborhoods at a neighborhood level to improve the lives of people of our country, particularly people who had been disproportionately ill-served by government institutions and people of color in our country who had to work for years, in fact, centuries without a paycheck and who were prohibited by law to do basic things like marry, or own a home, or own land, who had to bear the brunt of a criminal justice system that, even to this day, is yet to be perfected."

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