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Executive Session December 15, 2014
Charles Grassley, R-IA
"Unfortunately it is not just the blog posts that make me ask that question. The nominee has shown in other contexts that he is first and foremost a political operative rather than a zealous advocate for a client or officer of the court. For example, Mr. Bough has lodged two obviously frivolous and abusive complaints with the Federal Elections Commission against a congressional candidate whom he opposed ideologically. In 2008 the Commission dismissed the first of these complaints in a brief opinion. But in 2012, Mr. Bough redoubled his efforts and filed a second 93-page complaint against the same candidate. This time the Commission responded with a lengthy and meticulous opinion that is striking in its strong language dismissing each of Mr. Bough’s allegations."
Honoring The Service Of Mr. James T. Cecil December 2, 2014
Andy Barr, R-KY
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize an outstanding individual, Mr. James T. Cecil of Lexington, Kentucky, for his distinguished military service during World War II. Mr. Cecil served our nation in uniform from August 26, 1942 to September 15, 1945. At the age of 19 years old, Mr. Cecil was one of 70 young men from Central Kentucky who voluntarily enlisted as a private in the Marine Corps with what was known as the Lexington Platoon. Today, Mr. Cecil is the only surviving member of the original Lexington Platoon. During the United States’ campaign to achieve victory over the Axis Powers, Mr. Cecil entered the war by joining some of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific and continued to fight until the Empire of Japan signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender on board the USS Missouri on September 2, 1954. Mr. Cecil was a member of the first wave of U.S. forces that stormed the islands of Saipan and Tarakan. He was delayed entering the battles on the island of Okinawa for one day due to a Japanese kamikaze plane striking the naval ship he was aboard and causing him and his fellow service members to abandon ship. Astonishingly, after floating in the shark infested waters for about 45 minutes, Mr. Cecil was rescued by a nearby U.S. naval vessel. On June 20, 1944, during fierce combat on the islands of Saipan, Mr. Cecil received shrapnel wounds throughout his body caused by an enemy’s exploding artillery ordinance. Because of a severe concussion that left him unconscious, Mr. Cecil was believed by his comrades to be dead. Miraculously, Mr. Cecil recovered and courageously returned to the battlefield, fighting until the Marines took control of the islands. When asked how he was able to make it through the dangers and challenges of war, Mr. Cecil said, “I took it one day at a time, and I did what I was supposed to do.” Today, he can still vividly recall his experience, and is often reminded of his involvements by gazing at a portrait of a Japanese officer whom he killed in combat. However, it was Mr. Cecil’s discovery of a map in the officer’s pocket which outlined many of the enemy’s artillery positions that earned him a battlefield promotion from private to corporal. Mr. Cecil also earned a Purple Heart due to the injuries he sustained during battle. Mr. Cecil’s bravery and that of his fellow men and women in uniform secured our freedoms for future generations. He is truly an outstanding American, a protector of freedom, and an inspiration to us all."
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions November 12, 2014
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"Mr. President, over the past few years we have seen remarkable progress in one of the defining civil rights issues of our era—ensuring that all lawfully married couples are treated equally under the law. In 2011, when I chaired the first Congressional hearing to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, only five states, including Vermont, recognized same-sex marriage. Following the Supreme Court’s historic decision last month to not review decisions from several circuits striking down same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional, same-sex couples in 35 States and the District of Columbia are, or will soon be, able to marry. This is welcome progress. In modern America, no person should face discrimination based on the one they love."
American Energy Solutions For Lower Costs And More American Jobs Act September 18, 2014
Mark Sanford, R-SC
"Toward that end, I look forward to working with the Committee on Natural Resources to find a way forward on striking a more favorable balance between states’ rights and energy independence."
Remembering Nickolaus Schultz September 18, 2014
Joe Donnelly, D-IN
"On Friday, September 5, 2014, Officer Schultz responded to an unwanted party call at Tempe Lake Condominiums in Merrillville. Upon arriving at the condominium where the suspect was believed to be hiding, Officer Schultz led a group of four Merrillville police officers into the unit. Moments after entering, the officers were ambushed. Two shots were fired at Officer Schultz, with one striking him in the head. Despite the best efforts of his fellow officers, EMTs, and medical personnel, Officer Schultz, 24, succumbed to his wounds on September 7, 2014."

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