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Entry Title Date
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions May 19, 2016
Ron Wyden, D-OR
"The second part of the change to Rule 41 gives a magistrate judge the authority to issue a single warrant that would authorize the search of a large number—potentially thousands or millions—of devices that can cover any number of searches in any jurisdiction. These changes would dramatically expand the government’s hacking and surveillance authority. The American public should understand that these changes will not just affect criminals: computer security experts and civil liberties advocates say the amendments would also dramatically expand the government’s ability to hack the electronic devices of law-abiding Americans if their devices were affected by a computer attack."
Zika Virus May 16, 2016
Richard Durbin, D-IL
"This week we will take up the issue. We will be voting on three Zika-related amendments this week. The first, offered by Senator Nelson of Florida, is one that I fully support. It would fulfill the President’s request by providing the $1.9 billion in needed funding to ensure an immediate and comprehensive response to Zika. We need to treat this public health emergency like a public health emergency. Senator Nelson’s amendment would ensure that the CDC has the money they need to support States in conducting surveillance, vector control, emergency communications, and research. It would ensure that the National Institutes of Health has the money to develop this vaccine, and it would ensure that USAID has the money they need to build up a global health response to Zika. "
Energy And Water Development And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 May 10, 2016
Richard Durbin, D-IL
"I spoke with CDC Director Tom Frieden 2 weeks ago. He told me this is no way to seriously fight a public health danger. We need a multiyear commitment so CDC, NIH, and public health departments can begin studies to understand the risks to others, improve our surveillance system, study how long these mosquitoes actually carry the virus, and develop a vaccine as quickly as possible."
Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 4498, Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act April 27, 2016
Jim McGovern, D-MA
"The letter basically says that the existing appropriations are not enough. This is what the letter says: “Without significant additional appropriations this summer, the Nation’s efforts to comprehensively respond to the disease will be severely undermined. In particular, the administration may need to suspend crucial activities, such as mosquito control and surveillance in the absence of emergency supplemental funding. State and local governments that manage mosquito control and response operations will not be able to hire needed responders to engage in mosquito mitigation efforts. Additionally, the administration’s ability to move to the next phase of vaccine development, which requires multiyear commitments from the government to encourage the private sector to prioritize Zika research and development, could be jeopardized.”"
Energy And Water Development And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 April 27, 2016
Daniel Coats, R-IN
"No one can argue that these global threats are not the core of modern security challenges. Similarly, no one can dispute that the most effective and powerful alliance in world history should and must organize itself to confront them. And most certainly, no responsible leader should look at these threats and conclude an alliance built to confront them should be abandoned. Let me restate that. No responsible leader, now or in the future, should look at these threats and conclude that an alliance built to confront these problems and challenges should be abolished. Modern NATO activities extend well beyond Europe. These include combating piracy off the Horn of Africa, operational and training support for the African Union in Ethiopia, air policing of Europe’s borders against Russian incursions, growing cyber defense alliance capabilities, expanded special operations capabilities and activities, development of a NATO response force for rapid reaction operations on land and sea, expanded joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations, and expanded joint exercises to improve the alliance and member-state readiness. That is a big challenge, but that challenge is one that needs to be addressed."

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