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Nomination Of Vivek Hallegere Murthy To Be Medical Director In The Regular Corps Of The Public Health Service, Subject To Qualifications Therefor As Provided By Law And Regulations, And To Be… December 15, 2014
Jeff Sessions, R-AL
"In June 2010, the National ICE Council, the union that represents more than 7,000 agents within ICE, cast a unanimous vote of “No Confidence” in former ICE Director John Morton. That vote stemmed from the fact that the agents were prevented by senior leadership from carrying out their lawful duty to enforce immigration laws. Several ICE agents later sued Secretary Napolitano, Director Morton, and former U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Mayorkas, arguing that the administration‘s amnesty policies caused the ICE agents to violate their oath of office and Federal law by commanding them to refrain from detaining certain illegal aliens. The court held that “DHS does not have discretion to refuse to initiate removal proceedings [where the law requires it to do so].” The court also reaffirmed that Congress, and not the President, has the plenary power to set immigration law and that the administration‘s prosecutorial discretion and DACA policies violate Federal law."
Omnibus Appropriations Bill December 15, 2014
Ron Wyden, D-OR
"In addition, this bill interferes with the work that private landowners are doing for sage grouse restoration. This bill blocks the administration from complying with its Endangered Species Act obligations—and its deadline in a court-approved settlement agreement—by barring any funds from being used in efforts to list the sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act. Now, while I join my colleagues and others in wanting to see a listing avoided, this kind of blunt force prohibition of compliance with legal obligations—one that sends the message that these obligations can be ignored when they are deemed inconvenient—is very disturbing. In my State, and across the West, numerous parties have come together to try to tackle the threats to this species, which is just an indicator of threats to an entire ecosystem. I commend these great efforts by ranchers, conservationists, Governors and others who have come to the table, signed agreements, and worked hard on the ground to protect the landscape and avoid a sage-grouse listing. Those efforts are the right way to avoid a listing, not through dangerous riders as we see in this bill. It is my hope the administration will continue to work to manage and improve sage-grouse habitat to avoid undermining those efforts."
Unanimous Consent Request—H.R. 2126 December 15, 2014
Rob Portman, R-OH
"This is a bill, again, that has already passed the House, unanimously out of committee, overwhelming vote on the floor. All we have to do tonight is say yes and it goes to the President for his signature. The administration has indicated they will sign it. It will then become law."
Executive Session December 15, 2014
John Thune, R-SD
"That being said, I intend to introduce similar legislation early next year, and I strongly urge the President of the United States to reconsider what I believe is his misguided opposition to these very worthy provisions. I hope the administration will join us in a spirit of good will toward all men and women, especially those of our fellow citizens most in need of assistance."
We Must Act Now To Increase Sanctions On Iran December 2, 2014
Kenny Marchant, R-TX
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to call attention to the administration‘s recent decision to extend talks with Iran into 2015. Iran is simply stalling and buying time, time that we and our closest ally in the region, Israel, do not have."

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