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Recognizing Former California Assemblyman And Chairman Of The President’S Council On Environmental Quality John A. Busterud November 19, 2015
Jared Huffman, D-CA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the life of John A. Busterud, World War II veteran, former Assemblymen, and advocate for the environment. Born on March 7, 1921, in Coos Bay, Oregon, Mr. Busterud went on to graduate from the University of Oregon. He then enlisted in the United States Army and served as an Infantry officer with the U.S. Army’s distinguished 90th Infantry Division in the European Theater. During combat operations, his Battalion captured the vast German gold reserves and priceless art treasures deep in a salt mine in Merkers, Germany. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge for his service and would eventually retire from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. After the war, Mr. Busterud graduated from Yale Law School and moved to San Francisco to start his legal career with the firm of Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison. A dedicated public servant, Mr. Busterud served three terms as a California Assemblyman, from 1956 to 1962, representing the 22nd District in San Francisco. He rose to the ranks of Assembly Minority Leader. After his tenure in the Assembly, Mr. Busterud returned to private practice, but continued to serve the public as President of the Commonwealth Club of California and President of the Committee to Save the Headlands. In this latter role, he was instrumental in the successful efforts to save the Marin Headlands and lay the groundwork for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. In 1971, President Nixon appointed Mr. Busterud to be the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environmental Quality. Subsequently, he served as a member and eventually Chairman of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) under President Ford. During his tenure at CEQ, he represented the United States as a delegate to the groundbreaking Law of the Sea Convention in Geneva, Switzerland. After his service in Washington, Mr. Busterud returned to California to found Resolve, an environmental mediation foundation. Mr. Busterud is now retired and, at age 94, he enjoys spending time with his beloved wife Anne and doting on his three children and seven grandchildren. He also authored “Below the Salt,” a historical account of the 90th Division in WW II and the discovery of the German gold at Merkers. Mr. Speaker, it is fitting to honor and thank John A. Busterud for his long and dedicated service to Country, State, and the environment, and express deep appreciation for his impressive and distinguished accomplishments."
Transgender Day Of Remembrance November 19, 2015
Susan Davis, D-CA
"Organizations like “Project Trans at the Center” in San Diego offer a safe environment to be themselves; they offer resources to help with life situations. It’s up to Congress to offer protection from discrimination as a basic human right."
Syrian Refugees November 19, 2015
Louie Gohmert, R-TX
"But just a few months ago a Federal Immigration judge ordered a dozen Iraqi Christians deported from a facility in San Diego. An Immigration Customs Enforcement spokesperson declined to tell the San Diego Union Tribune why the Iraqi Christians were being sent back to their native land."
Fed Oversight Reform And Modernization Act Of 2015 November 18, 2015
Alan Grayson, D-FL
"Mr. Chairman, my amendment would increase the number of Federal Reserve Districts from 12 to 15. The three new districts would be for northern California, southern California, and Florida; based in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Orlando. No current Federal Reserve banks would be relocated as a result."
In Recognition Of Roc Arnett, President Of East Valley Partnership November 18, 2015
Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ
"Roc is a visionary leader, whose belief in the potential of the East Valley has helped shape the vibrant business and residential communities that now flourish in the area. Roc is a native Arizonan who has lived and worked in the East Valley for his entire life. His love for the area and belief in the unique character of each community within the East Valley has been the motivation behind his work. Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Ahwautkee, Apache Junction, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Guadalupe and Scottsdale are all part of the East Valley; each has its own distinct character and all have benefited from the ingenuity and vision of the East Valley Partnership, under the leadership of Roc Arnett."

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