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Recognizing The Opening Of The Richard And Gina Santori Library Of Aurora, Illinois June 12, 2015
Bill Foster, D-IL
"With the opening of the new library in downtown Aurora, the Aurora Public Library has embraced the challenges and opportunities of the next century. The building will feature a “Makers Space” on the first floor with a 3D printer, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, plotter printer, computers with CAD, CAM, Adobe Cloud and other creation software for students and community members to experiment and train with modern manufacturing tools. It will also feature an audio/visual library, the Kiwanis Club of Aurora Children’s Library, and a Teen Space with a state-of-the-art media studio. These new resources will allow the Aurora Public Library to continue its mission and serve the new needs of our community."
Happy Birthday To Gpo March 4, 2015
Robert Brady, D-PA
"As I noted in the House Administration Committee’s activities report for 2014 (H. Rept. 113-721), I was pleased that Congress honored the request of Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks, first made to the Committee in 2013, for statutory redesignation of GPO as the Government Publishing Office. This long-overdue change rightly proclaims to the American people how Congress and the President view the agency."
Department Of Homeland Security Funding February 4, 2015
Bill Nelson, D-FL
"Remember, because of our intelligence apparatus, working through liaison partners in other countries, about 2 years ago a cartridge in a printer was discovered ultimately going onto an airplane that was bound for the United States—that was a nonmetallic explosive. We were fortunate we got that, but they continue."
Proposing An Amendment To The Constitution Of The United States Relating To Contributions And Expenditures Intended To Affect Elections—Motion To Proceed September 10, 2014
Jeff Flake, R-AZ
"What does it mean to “influence elections,” as the bill states? Who is a “candidate”? What is the “press”? Does this include bloggers? What about a citizen who writes his or her own newsletter to their community association and prints it on her home printer? All of these terms and more seem ripe for litigation, which leaves the true meaning of this amendment in the hands of unelected judges. "
Independence Day June 26, 2014
Benjamin Cardin, D-MD
"On Monday, July 1, 1776, the Committee of the Whole debated the Lee Resolution. Jefferson wrote that they were “exhausted by a debate of nine hours, during which all the powers of the soul had been distended with the magnitude of the object.” The Committee of the Whole voted 9-2 to adopt the Lee Resolution. The following day—July 2, 1776—Congress heard the report of the Committee of the Whole and declared the sovereign status of the American colonies. The Declaration of Independence was given its second reading before Congress adjourned for the day. On July 3, 1776, the Declaration received its third reading and final edits. The text’s formal adoption was deferred until the following morning—July 4, 1776. That evening, the Committee of Five reconvened to prepare the final “fair copy” of the document, which was delivered to the 29-year-old Irish immigrant printer John Dunlap, with orders from John Hancock to print “broadside” copies. Dunlap worked into the night setting the type and running off 200 or so broadside sheets—now known as the Dunlap broadsides—which became the first published copies of the Declaration of Independence. Twenty-six of the original Dunlap broadsides—or fragments of them—are extant. Here in Washington, the Library of Congress has two and the National Archives has one. In January 1777, Congress commissioned publisher Mary Katherine Goddard to produce a new broadside of the Declaration of Independence that listed the individuals who signed it."

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