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Recognition Of Constantine (Gus) Sarkos May 8, 2015
Frank LoBiondo, R-NJ
"Katherine Rooney, chief of ICAO’s cargo safety section, said the work by Mr. Sarkos’ group on the batteries and many other issues has been “absolutely invaluable.” She added that passengers are “in a safer situation thanks to the research they have provided.”"
Congratulating The Providence College Men’S Ice Hockey Team For Winning The 2015 Ncaa Division I National Championship April 20, 2015
Jack Reed, D-RI
"I would like to congratulate all of the Friars players whose season-long hard work and dedication made this successful season possible. The 2015 PC men’s hockey team consisted of: Rhode Island’s own Noel Acciari, Mark Adams, Brooks Behling, Alex Cromwell, Logan Day, Stefan Demopoulos, Nick Ellis, Anthony Florentino, Jon Gillies, John Gilmour, Robbie Hennessey, Mark Jankowski, Brendan Leahy, Shane Luke, Conor MacPhee, Ross Mauermann, Kyle McKenzie, Steven McParland, Trevor Mingoia, Josh Monk, Tom Perisi, Brian Pinho, Truman Reed, Kevin Rooney, Niko Rufo, Nick Saracino, Brandon Tanev, and Jake Walman. I will apologize for my Rhode Island accent."
Providing For Consideration Of H. Con. Res. 27, Concurrent Resolution On The Budget For Fiscal Year 2016 March 24, 2015
Louise Slaughter, D-NY
"Washington.—A sizeable bloc of House Republicans are vowing to defeat the GOP budget that was unveiled on Tuesday, arguing it shortchanges defense programs at a time that multiple national security threats around the world means Pentagon spending should be boosted. “As a Republican I do not want our budget to go down. But as a veteran and somebody who has served in the Army I am not going to be part of something that I believe that makes our country weaker,” Florida GOP Rep. Tom Rooney told reporters Tuesday. Failure to pass a budget won’t trigger any crisis—budget resolutions are nonbinding and essentially symbolic documents. They do set spending levels for various government agencies and outline the party’s priorities for reforming entitlement programs and the tax code, but they lack the force of law. But if House Speaker John Boehner can’t cobble together enough votes from his own members for a budget, he will add another embarrassing setback to a pile of failed efforts this year. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged that total GOP control of Congress meant they would prove their party can govern and showcasing a unified budget is key to that pledge. Last month, Ohio Republican Rep. Mike Turner, a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, got 70 House Republicans to sign a letter insisting that defense programs receive a minimum of $561 billion that was included in President Barack Obama’s budget plan. Republican budget writers, however, were put in a box because of the automatic across the board spending cuts, known as sequestration, put into place by a previous budget law. Those cuts cap defense spending at $523 billion. To address concerns from defense hawks, the House Budget Committee used an accounting trick and added more than $30 billion in defense money to the “Overseas Contingency Operations,” an emergency fund that doesn’t count toward their total spending number. On top of that money the committee created a separate $20 billion reserve fund to add more savings from other programs and promised to set both pots of money aside for defense. But multiple House Republicans told CNN the move is merely a gimmick. “I don’t think that it’s fair game—I think it’s fairy dust stuff,” Rooney said. The top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, also seized on the way Republicans structured Pentagon money, saying on Wednesday the GOP budget “plays a shameless shell game with our defense spending. It would make Enron accountants blush.” Boehner and his lieutenants also know some conservatives won’t back the measure because they want bolder reforms, but threat from Republicans who want to see bolstered defense spending is real. GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger ticked off a list of flashpoints across the globe—ISIS in the Middle East, Ukraine, Boko Haram—that weren’t major threats in 2011, arguing the trend shows the need to respond to growing threats, not cut back. “It’s a totally different world we live in and I think we have to recognize that,” he told CNN, adding he’s not sure how he will vote on the current measure and hopes it will be changed. House Republican leaders also can’t afford to lose more an a couple dozen of their own members on this vote, because Democrats will surely oppose the measure which repeals Obamacare and cuts food stamp and education programs. There remains hope by some in the GOP, though, that they can strike a balance that works for the majority of the caucus. But even if House Republicans figure out a way to pass this budget, the constraints on future proposals will persist until Democrats and Republicans broker a compromise to do away with the automatic cuts that they agree are unworkable for both domestic and defense programs. “Both sides need to come together and put their grown up pants on and figure out how do we overcome this issue,” Kinzinger said. A budget resolution brokered between the two chambers is supposed to be negotiated by April 15th so spending panels can move forward with their work."
Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act September 15, 2014
Michael Fitzpatrick, R-PA
"I am almost certain that every Member of this Chamber knows that famous line that became the motto of Boys Town: “He ain’t heavy, Mister. He’s my brother.” That is what is said by an older lad, with a younger boy on his shoulders, in a logo adopted during the Second World War. All of us, surely, know the “Boys Town” movie, with Mickey Rooney, that won Spencer Tracy an Oscar for the role of Boys Town founder, Father Flanagan, but how many of us know that the organization that began in a rented, rundown Victorian mansion in central Omaha as Father Flanagan’s Home for Boys has grown to be one of the country’s largest nonprofit child care organizations, serving the emotional, behavioral, and physical problems of children and their families—as many as 2 million people each year? Or that it operates throughout the country, in 12 major sites, from California to south Florida to New England, and even here in the District of Columbia?"
Recognizing The Sister Cities Of Oxnard, California And Ocotlan, Jalisco, Mexico July 17, 2014
Julia Brownley, D-CA
"I would like to recognize all members of the Oxnard Sister City Committee, including Officers: Mary Anne Rooney, President; Debra Cordes, Vice President; JoAnn Oliveras, Secretary; and Teresa Ramos, Treasurer; and Directors: Allison Cordes; Marsha Cordes; Dorian Guerrero; Priscilla Herrera; Adela L. Lambert; and Ben Wada."

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