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Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Conference Report—Continued June 28, 2016
Robert Menendez, D-NJ
"Dear Majority Leader McConnell: I am Dr. David Bernier, former Secretary of State of Puerto Rico, as well as current candidate for Governor of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD, for its Spanish acronym), which I preside. As you know, the PPD is the governing party controlling the Executive and Legislative branch in Puerto Rico. I have written to you on several occasions expressing my opposition to, and deep concerns with, H.R. 5278, the so- called PROMESA bill. These concerns are shared by a clear majority of Puerto Ricans who are opposed to this bill, as well as is every candidate for Governor of every political party, due to its undemocratic financial control board, the lack of real tools for economic growth, and the uncertain treatment given to pensioners, among other reasons. Fortunately it is still not too late. That is why I urge you to approve five amendments being proposed by Senator Robert Menendez which would remedy many of the fatal flaws contained in this bill. One of these amendments would ensure that our retirees are given a real priority during this process. Other amendments are aimed at guaranteeing a minimum level of participation by Puerto Ricans on the control board and making sure central services are rendered. Most importantly, one of these amendments would prevent the federal overreach and wholesale takeover of Puerto Rico’s government by striking Section 205 of PROMESA. This would ensure that voters’ elected representatives have the last say over the Commonwealth’s government, instead of a group of 7 unelected Washington bureaucrats. Surely the Governors and state legislators of Kentucky and Nevada would not accept the type of blatant violation of their fundamental right to self- government that would be imposed on Puerto Rico under this bill. For these reasons we urge you to adopt the amendments proposed by Senator Menendez, as they would avert the violation of Puerto Ricans’ democratic rights and ensure the protection of our retirees’ hard-earned public pensions. We will therefore continue to oppose the PROMESA bill unless and "
Commerce, Justice, Science, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 June 23, 2016
Thomas Carper, D-DE
"Everyone remembers the “Star Wars” movie “The Empire Strikes Back.” Well, in this case, the coalition is striking back."
Tricentennial Of Georgetown, Maine June 21, 2016
Angus King, I-ME
"Today Georgetown is known for its picturesque landscape and quaint, smalltown feel. It is home to boat builders, fishermen, retirees, summer residents, and artists alike. Summer visitors can enjoy the town’s famous Reid State Park, historic lighthouses, and the many land preserves protected through the community’s dedication to preservation and environmental sustainability. Even when the winter comes and the summer residents leave, a cohesive and engaged year-round population remains. The town and its citizens represent the best of Maine’s historic coastal villages: a close-knit and hard-working community surrounded by striking natural beauty."
Commerce, Justice, Science, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 June 21, 2016
Ron Wyden, D-OR
"Some have also made mention of the fact that a company that gets one of these national security letters could challenge it in court. That is technically right. Big companies that have the resources can challenge them. The small companies invariably say they can’t afford to do that. So, again, no oversight. No oversight—particularly striking given the fact that, as I have noted, in the FREEDOM Act—something I felt very strongly about—we gave the government additional authority in the instance of emergencies."
Commerce, Justice, Science, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Motion To Proceed June 14, 2016
Al Franken, D-MN
"Our State of Minnesota has a proud tradition of responsible gun ownership. Generations of Minnesotans have learned to hunt from their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends and neighbors, but when I speak to constituents on this issue, the message is clear: Minnesotans want Congress to take commonsense steps to reduce gun violence and ensure their family’s safety. There is a balance to be struck here, and I strongly believe that we are capable of striking that balance."

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