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Entry Title Date
Federal Reserve Transparency Act Of 2015—Motion To Proceed January 12, 2016
Rand Paul, R-KY
"Nowhere else but in Washington, DC, would you find an institution with so much unchecked power. Creating new money naturally lowers interest rates, or the price of using money. Put another way, the Federal Reserve’s unchecked printing press creates a price control on the cost of using money."
Federal Reserve Transparency Bill January 12, 2016
Dean Heller, R-NV
"Since its founding, the Federal Reserve has often operated in secrecy, even though it is the biggest influence on our country’s economy. The Fed’s actions affect every American family and their hard-earned income. I am fortunate to be chairman of the Economic Policy Subcommittee on the Senate banking committee, where I have direct oversight over the Federal Reserve’s monetary policies. I can say that the Federal Reserve’s actions warrant passage of this legislation. For several years we have seen unprecedented monetary and regulatory policies come from the Fed. One of the riskiest policies I have ever seen is the Fed’s stimulus program of quantitative easing. The Federal Reserve essentially turned on their computers, fired up their electronic printing presses, created new money out of thin air, and started to buy assets."
Sunshine For Regulatory Decrees And Settlements Act Of 2015 January 7, 2016
Doug Collins, R-GA
"To the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives: The 250 undersigned groups strongly support efforts by the House of Representatives to make federal agencies more accountable to the American public and improve the transparency of agency actions. The federal rulemaking process was founded on principles of open government and public participation. We are pleased, therefore, that the House is voting on a comprehensive regulatory reform bill, H.R. 712, the “Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act,” which would take important steps to stop the abusive practice known as “sue and settle” and give the public and affected parties a greater ability to know about potential rulemakings and to participate. H.R. 712 embodies several major principles of accountability, transparency, and fairness, drawn directly from three regulatory reform bills: Title I—the “Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act.” Behind closed doors, organizations and agencies enter into consent decrees or settlement agreements compelling the agencies to issue rules on an expedited timeframe. The states and the public are not given notice of the lawsuits, nor do they have a meaningful voice in the process, despite the adverse impact that rushed, sloppy regulations have on them. This title would improve the “sue and settle” process by requiring agencies to give early notice and take public comment on proposed settlement agreements obligating agencies to initiate a rulemaking or take other action on a specified timetable. These settlement agreements allow interest groups to commandeer an agency’s agenda and regulatory priorities. The bill would allow affected parties to get notice of draft settlements and provide some opportunity to participate. Title II—the “All Economic Rules are Transparent (ALERT) Act.” This title would require agencies to disclose rulemakings the agency plans to propose or finalize to OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). OIRA would disseminate information about these planned rules to the public, including their estimated costs and benefits. Title III—the “Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act.” This title would require federal agencies to notify the public of proposed rules each month by posting a brief, plain-English summary of each proposed regulation on regulations.gov. Taken together, these reforms would help Congress to reassert control over federal regulatory agency actions that have become opaque, unaccountable, and often unfair. Congress must perform its critical role as overseer of the federal agencies. The undersigned groups strongly support H.R. 712, the “Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act,” and its comprehensive approach to regulatory reform. We urge you to pass this important bill. Sincerely, Alabama: Alabama Forestry Association, Business Council of Alabama, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. Alaska: Alaska Chamber, Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. Arizona: Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Arizona Mining Association, Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce, Marana Chamber of Commerce, Tucson Metro Chamber. Arkansas: Arkansas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association (AIPRO), Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Arkansas. California: American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, California Asphalt Pavement Association (CalAPA), California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns, California Hotel & Lodging Association, Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce, Far West Equipment Dealers Association, Gateway Chambers Alliance, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Milk Producers Council, Motorcycle Industry Council, Orange County Business Council, Plumbing-Heating-Cooling of California, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. Colorado: Associated General Contractors of Colorado, Colorado Business Roundtable, Colorado Timber Industry Association, Home Builders Association of Northern Colorado, Western Energy Alliance. Connecticut: Connecticut Business & Industry Association, Gasoline & Automotive Service Dealers of America, Inc. Delaware: Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center. Florida: Associated Industries of Florida, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association Orlando, Inc. Georgia: Georgia Chamber, Georgia Mining Association, Georgia Paper & Forest Products Association, Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association. Idaho: Associated Logging Contractors, Inc.—Idaho, Idaho Trucking Association. Illinois: American Foundry Society, Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce, ISSA—The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, Land Improvement Contractors of America (LICA), Mason Contractors Association of America, National Roofing Contractors Association, Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society, North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM), North American Die Casting Association, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, STI/SPFA, The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce. Indiana: Indiana Cast Metals Association (INCMA), Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Motor Truck Association. Iowa: Ames Chamber of Commerce, Mason City Chamber of Commerce. Kansas: Kansas Chamber of Commerce. Kentucky: Greater Louisville Inc., Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Coal Association, Kentucky Forest Industries Association, Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association. Louisiana: Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), Louisiana Landowners Association, Louisiana Oil & Gas Association. Maryland: Flexible Packaging Association, Maryland Asphalt Association, Inc., National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. Massachusetts: Metro South Chamber of Commerce. Michigan: AGC of Michigan, Associated Wire Rope Fabricators, Foundry Association of Michigan, Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Minnesota: Associated General Contractors of Minnesota, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Mississippi: Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association, Mississippi Propane Gas Association. Missouri: Equipment Dealers Association, Missouri Chamber, Missouri Grocers Association, Missouri Pest Management Association, National Corn Growers Association, Western Equipment Dealers Association. Montana: Billings Chamber of Commerce, Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, Montana Chamber of Commerce, Montana Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association. Nebraska: Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Nevada: Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, The Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada. New Jersey: Morris County Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Business & Industry Association, New Jersey Motor Truck Association, New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce. New Mexico: New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc. New York: Buffalo Niagara Partnership, North Country Chamber of Commerce, Northeastern Retail Lumber Association. North Carolina: Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. North Dakota: Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association, Dickinson Area Builders Association, Forx Builders Association, Greater North Dakota Chamber, Home Builders Association of Fargo- Moorhead, Minot Association of Builders, North Dakota Association of Builders, Williston Area Builders Association. Ohio: Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association, Forging Industry Association, Heating, Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI), Industrial Fasteners Institute, National Tooling and Machining Association, Ohio Cast Metals Association (OCMA), Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Forestry Association, Ohio Trucking Association, Precision Machined Products Association, Precision Metalforming Association, Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber. Oklahoma: Gas Processors Association, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, The State Chamber of Oklahoma, Tulsa Regional Chamber. Oregon: Associated Oregon Industries, Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc., Klamath County Chamber of Commerce, Oregon Retail Council, Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce, The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County. Pennsylvania: Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Pennsylvania Forest Products Association, Pennsylvania Foundry Association, Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, Printing Industries of America, Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, The Pennsylvania Corn Growers Association Inc. South Carolina: Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, CVB South Carolina Timber Producers Association. South Dakota: Black Hills Forest Resource Association, Intermountain Forest Association. Tennessee: Johnson City, TN Chamber of Commerce, National Cotton Council, Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Tennessee Paper Council. Texas: American Loggers Council, Consumer Energy Alliance, Electronic Security Association (ESA), Laredo Chamber of Commerce, Longview Chamber of Commerce, McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Texas Association of Business, Texas Cast Metals Association, Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA), Texas Wildlife Association. Utah: Salt Lake Chamber, Utah Mining Association. Virginia: American Composites Manufacturers Association, American Feed Industry Association, American, Subcontractors Association, Inc., American Trucking Associations, American Wood Council, AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology, Automotive Recyclers Association, Brick Industry Association, Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), Council of Industrial Boiler Owners, Global Cold Chain Alliance. Independent Electrical Contractors, Meat Import Council of America, National Association of Chemical Distributors, National Association of Convenience Stores, National Renderers Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. Petroleum Marketers Association of America, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, Truck Renting and Leasing Association, Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Forest Products Association. Washington: American Exploration & Mining Association, Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce, Washington Cattle Feeders Association, Washington Retail Association. Washington D.C.: Agricultural Retailers Association, American Coatings Association, American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute, American Council of Engineering Companies, American Forest & Paper Association, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, American Highway Users Alliance, American Iron and Steel Institute, American Petroleum Institute, American Public Gas Association, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, Independent Petroleum Association of America, Industrial Energy Consumers of America, Industrial Minerals Association—North America, Institute of Makers of Explosives, National Association of Home Builders, National Association of Manufacturers. National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, National Black Chamber of Commerce, National Council of Textile Organizations, National Federation of Independent Business, National Grain and Feed Association, National Industrial Sand Association, National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, National Mining Association, National Oilseed Processors Association, North American Meat Institute, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, Treated Wood Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, United States Hide, Skin and Leather Association, Vinyl Building Council, Vinyl Institute, Window and Door Manufacturers Association. West Virginia: West Virginia Chamber, West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association. Wisconsin: Greater Green Bay Chamber, Midwest Food Processors Association, Wisconsin Cast Metals Association, Wisconsin Grocers Association, Wisconsin Industrial Energy, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. Wyoming: Petroleum Association of Wyoming, Wyoming Rural Electric Association, Wyoming Stock Growers Association."
Protecting Our Second Amendment Rights January 7, 2016
Steve Russell, R-OK
"While liberals and gun control advocates will take such a statement as evidence of their belief in the backwater, violent, and untrustworthy nature of the armed American citizens, we gun owners hope that liberals hold equally strong conviction about their printing presses, their Internet blogs, and their television cameras. The Republic depends upon the fervent devotion to all of our fundamental rights. That is the oath that we take, and no President’s tears will ever shake us from the defense of that Constitution."
University Of Houston Defeats Florida State And Wins The Peach Bowl January 6, 2016
Ted Poe, R-TX
"As an additional procedure along with the computerization of this information, the Office of the Senate Daily Digest will prepare this information for printing in the Extensions of Remarks section of the Congressional Record on Monday and Wednesday of each week."

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