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Progressive Caucus Hour April 15, 2015
Keith Ellison, D-MN
"This is a great American tradition. Civil disobedience, striking has been something in America, sometimes when you don’t have any bargaining power, when you don’t have a union, when the National Labor Relations Board will not protect you quickly enough because it has been weakened by the conservative wing, then you have got to strike. What else are you going to do?"
Business Roundtable 2015 Sustainability Report “Create, Grow, Sustain: Leading By Example” April 14, 2015
Fred Upton, R-MI
"Beyond that, what is most striking about the long list of accomplishments in the area of sustainability by our nation’s largest firms is that for the most part, their actions have been taken not because they were forced to by regulations and legislation but because they were good for the bottom line. We see this happening more and more. Companies are using their ingenuity to reduce their impact on the environment, not because they are threatened with government action, but because they consider solid corporate citizenship, including lessening their environmental footprint, to be a major company value."
Concurrent Resolution On The Budget, Fiscal Year 2016—Continued March 25, 2015
Orrin Hatch, R-UT
"The most striking thing about this budget is it balances in the 10-year window, eventually reaching a $3 billion surplus. This shouldn’t be all that surprising, but given our Nation’s recent budgetary history, to some, it is. President Obama likes to brag about all of the deficit reduction that has taken place under his administration, yet the President has yet to send a balanced budget to Congress. More often than not, his claims of deficit reduction are measured against an inflation baseline that routinely ignores the fact that almost all of the reduction can be attributed to increased revenues extracted from hard-working American taxpayers with precious little coming in the way of any spending cuts. The Senate Republican budget prepared by the chairman of the Budget Committee would achieve $4.4 trillion more in deficit reduction than President Obama’s most recent budget proposal. This is a statement about fiscal policy, with the recognition that now is the time to get our Nation’s fiscal house in order."
America’S Military Strength March 16, 2015
Tom Cotton, R-AR
"You do not have to imagine much, though; simply look to North Korea. Because of a naive and failed nuclear agreement, that outlaw state acquired nuclear weapons. Now America is largely handcuffed, watching as this rogue regime builds more bombs and missiles capable of striking the U.S. homeland and endangering our allies."
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions March 4, 2015
Benjamin Cardin, D-MD
"(a) Congressional Findings and Declarations.—Section 102 of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 10301) is amended— (1) by redesignating paragraphs (7) through (9) as paragraphs (8) through (10), respectively; (2) in paragraph (8) (as so redesignated), by striking “and” at the end; and (3) by inserting after paragraph (6) the following: “(7) additional research is required into increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of new and existing treatment works through alternative approaches, including— “(A) nonstructural alternatives; “(B) decentralized approaches; “(C) energy use efficiency; “(D) water use efficiency; and “(E) actions to extract energy from wastewater;”. (b) Clarification of Research Activities.—Section 104(b)(1) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 10303(b)(1)) is amended— (1) in subparagraph (B)(ii), by striking “water-related phenomena” and inserting “water resources”; and (2) in subparagraph (D), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”. (c) Compliance Report.—Section 104(c) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 10303(c)) is amended— (1) by striking “(c) From the” and inserting the following: “(c) Grants.— “(1) In general.—From the”; and (2) by adding at the end the following: “(2) Report.—Not later than December 31 of each fiscal year, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate, the Committee on the Budget of the Senate, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on the Budget of the House of Representatives a report regarding the compliance of each funding recipient with this subsection for the immediately preceding fiscal year.”. (d) Evaluation of Water Resources Research Program.— Section 104 of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 10303) is amended by striking subsection (e) and inserting the following: “(e) Evaluation of Water Resources Research Program.— “(1) In general.—The Secretary shall conduct a careful and detailed evaluation of each institute at least once every 3 years to determine— “(A) the quality and relevance of the water resources research of the institute; “(B) the effectiveness of the institute at producing measured results and applied water supply research; and “(C) whether the effectiveness of the institute as an institution for planning, conducting, and arranging for research warrants continued support under this section. “(2) Prohibition on further support.—If, as a result of an evaluation under paragraph (1), the Secretary determines that an institute does not qualify for further support under this section, no further grants to the institute may be provided until the qualifications of the institute are reestablished to the satisfaction of the Secretary.”. (e) Authorization of Appropriations.—Section 104(f)(1) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 10303(f)(1)) is amended by striking “$12,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2007 through 2011” and inserting “$7,500,000 for each of fiscal years 2015 through 2020”. (f) Additional Appropriations Where Research Focused on Water Problems of Interstate Nature.—Section 104(g)(1) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 10303(g)(1)) is amended in the first sentence by striking “$6,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2007 through 2011” and inserting “$1,500,000 for each of fiscal years 2015 through "

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