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Entry Title Date
Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 May 19, 2016
Mike Lee, R-UT
"Mr. President, the amendment offered by my friend and colleague from Maine in and of itself is unobjectionable and does no harm, and on that basis I intend to vote for it. Unfortunately, it also doesn’t do anything. It does nothing to help the many housing agencies that have told the Federal Government that President Obama’s AFFH rule imposes far too many reporting costs and their already stretched staffs are going to suffer as a result. It does nothing to shield local housing authorities from the very many real lawsuits they will face as a result of the data collected from this regulation, and it does nothing to stop HUD from blackmailing local housing agencies with Community Development Block Grant Program funds."
Zika Response Appropriations Act, 2016 May 19, 2016
Chris Van Hollen, D-MD
"Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition of H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act of 2016. It is a tepid response to an alarming public health crisis, only providing a small fraction of the amount requested by President Obama and public health experts."
International Engagement May 19, 2016
Marco Rubio, R-FL
"Americans also see real benefits in terms of our safety at home and around the world. Without American leadership, regional order tends to break down, and then instability spreads. This opens up vacuums that are filled up by radicals, and those radicals always—irrespective of what we are doing or what we are not doing—target America, and they do so either to bolster their own prestige or for ideological reasons or often for both. As President Obama has found, leaving the Middle East doesn’t mean terrorists stop trying to kill Americans. Our families, our homeland, and our men and women in uniform are less safe when America disengages from the world."
Issues Of The Day May 19, 2016
Louie Gohmert, R-TX
"Sometimes, like when Speaker Pelosi was meeting with President Obama at the White House and wasn’t getting back in time, or Majority Leader Hoyer, and they weren’t getting back in time, well, that vote would be held open to give them time well beyond the zero, zero, zero, so they could cast that vote. Nobody objected because we knew they were making a good faith effort to get here."
Executive Session May 16, 2016
Charles Grassley, R-IA
"Mr. President, I come to the floor at this time to also talk about judges generally. I have been hearing the usual complaints from Members of the minority party regarding the pace of judicial nominations. I would urge my colleagues to step back and look at the bigger picture. The relevant number to consider is the number of confirmations during an entire Presidency. At this point in his Presidency, President George W. Bush had 303 judicial nominees confirmed. After tonight’s vote, so far in his Presidency, President Obama will have 325 confirmed. Those are 22 more nominees than Bush had."

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