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Occurrences in the Congressional Record

Entry Title Date
Honoring Rohit Raina March 25, 2015
Pete Olson, R-TX
"The time had come, Election Day in 2008. Republicans and Democrats were standing in anxious positions, waiting to see who would emerge victorious; Barack Obama, or John McCain. The Democrats were obviously rooting for Barack Obama, whereas the Republicans were cheering on for John McCain. However, only one could stand victorious. After a long collection of votes, the new president was declared; Barack Hussein Obama, the first African American President of the United States of America. November 4, 2008 will be a day to remember in our American history. That day was when all tides had turned, and a movement was born. Barack Obama, a three time senate member for Illinois, became the first African American man to ever become president in the history of the United States of America. The turnout of this election was a complete change in the perspective of the American people; where people were used to “White supremacy” and social inequality. After the election, peoples’ mindsets changed about socialism and the attitude toward racism in the workplace. I had read a book by Joseph E. Stiglitz, The Price of Inequality, which this book references how after Obama was elected, the whole nation changed. In the workplace, people were more respectful to the African American race, there wasn’t as much racial discrimination as there previously was. In the book I had read, office employers would be somewhat racist; to a point where a Caucasian man with a critical record had a higher chance of getting a job they tried out for than an African American man without a criminal record. Socially, people were more understanding of the African American race, because they now knew with Obama as president, the African American people were seen to have potential and were not judged any longer. Barack Obama has honestly been one of our greatest presidents in the American nation. Understandably, presidents such as FDR and Lincoln fought through tough times, but Obama was not any less of those two great men. By signing the economic stimulus and fighting through an economic recession, Barack Obama has led the Land of the Free out of grave trouble and into the path of success. President Obama had led us out of two wars in the Middle East, lowered gas prices, and helped the American nation by producing an amazing healthcare system called ObamaCare. By his second term, he had created a better nation, besides the 18 trillion dollar deficit the United States is currently under. With better gun control (because of the Sandy Hook shooting), the assassination of the Taliban terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden, and the search for better relations with Cuba, Obama has clearly led this nation to the path of power. Barack Obama’s election and reelection was one of the most effective changing thing in American history. For the past 15 years, America was getting better and thriving, but with Barack Obama, our nation has reemerged as a much more powerful superpower. Who knows where we will be in 5 more years, but with Barack Obama’s leadership and his effect on the future presidency line, we will be in great shape."
Climate Change February 25, 2015
Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI
"News this week from New York City was that an advisory panel of scientists, engineers, and risk management experts just reported that the sea level rise along that city’s shoreline—approximately 12 inches since 1900—may have expanded Superstorm Sandy‘s flood area by as much as 25 square miles, flooding the homes of some 80,000 people. That is pretty real."
Recognizing Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins February 13, 2015
Marcy Kaptur, D-OH
"On behalf of our entire community, I extend my deepest condolences to his beloved wife Sandy, who was always at his side, and to his daughters and grandchildren. Our citizenry has been blessed to know him, to work with him and for his service to us. May God bless him and bring him peaceful rest."
Congratulating Karl Kildow February 12, 2015
David Valadao, R-CA
"After college, Mr. Kildow dedicated his life to the noble profession of teaching. His first teaching job was at Needles High School in Needles, California. While there, he taught English, mathematics, history, and physical education and coached the school’s basketball team. In addition launching his career as an educator in Needles, he also met his wife Sandy there."
Keystone Xl Pipeline Approval Act February 11, 2015
Frank Pallone, D-NJ
"I have to say, Madam Speaker, when I go home to New Jersey, and my district was probably more impacted by Superstorm Sandy than any other district, I don’t see any disagreement between Democrats and Republicans in my district. It doesn’t matter whether they are State legislators or county legislators or mayors or on the council. And I have almost as many Republican mayors and councilmen and councilwomen as I do Democrats, but all of them agree that climate change is real and caused by human activity because they are listening to the scientists and they understand that science is important and that we should pay attention to it."

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