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Occurrences in the Congressional Record

Entry Title Date
Unanimous Consent Request To Delete Remarks In Debate August 1, 2014
David Cicilline, D-RI
"There is no requirement that a unanimous consent request be timely. The House can consent unanimously to any course of action. I am asking the House to consent unanimously to striking these particular words from the Congressional Record. There is no requirement under the House rules that it be done contemporaneously, that is, of taking down the words of today."
Celebrating James Baldwin August 1, 2014
Charles Rangel, D-NY
"After striking out on his own and moving away from home, Mr. Baldwin published short stories in national periodicals under the tutelage of his mentor, Beauford Delaney, a renowned Harlem Renaissance painter. Growing disillusion with chauvinism against African-Americans and the gay community, Baldwin left our country and settled in France at the age of 24. He found that the distance gave him enough space to reflect on his experience as a black man in white America. Please allow me to quote Mr. Baldwin’s later thoughts on this dramatic change in his life: “Once I found myself on the other side of the ocean, I saw where I came from very clearly … I am the grandson of a slave, and I am writer. I must deal with both.” Through his writing, Baldwin did deal with this reality."
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions July 29, 2014
Al Franken, D-MN
"I wish to say it is very important that there is enough transparency in our NSA surveillance that Americans can judge for themselves if we are striking the right balance between national security and our civil liberties."
21St Century Endangered Species Transparency Act July 29, 2014
Glenn Thompson, R-PA
"(a) Requiring Decisional Transparency With Affected States.—Section 6(a) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1535(a)) is amended— (1) by inserting “(1)” before the first sentence; and (2) by striking “Such cooperation shall include” and inserting the following: “(2) Such cooperation shall include— “(A) before making a determination under section 4(a), providing to States affected by such determination all data that is the basis of the determination; and “(B)”. (b) Ensuring Use of State, Tribal, and Local Information.— (1) In general.—Section 3 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1532) is amended— (A) by redesignating paragraphs (2) through (21) as paragraphs (3) through (22), respectively; and (B) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following: “(2) The term `best scientific and commercial data available’ includes all such data submitted by a State, tribal, or county government.”. (2) Conforming amendment.—Section 7(n) of such Act (16 U.S.C. 1536(n)) is amended by striking “section 3(13)” and inserting “section 3(14)”."
Highway And Transportation Funding Act Of 2014 July 29, 2014
Ron Wyden, D-OR
"First, I think the other body simply overuses pension smoothing. I was struck in conversations with Senator Hatch and conversations with colleagues—one of our colleagues said: What is really striking about what the House is talking about today is that instead of having one problem, we would have two. We already know we have a huge challenge in paying for transportation long-term, as Senator Boxer has noted, but if you go with the House approach, it overuses pension smoothing. You are going to have two challenges—one, to pay for transportation, and second, what are you going to do with the hopes and aspirations of all those workers who are depending on their pensions?"

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