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Occurrences in the Congressional Record

Entry Title Date
Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Conference Report June 28, 2016
Barbara Mikulski, D-MD
"The Republican conference report also doesn’t treat Zika like the emergency it is. The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus a public health emergency on February 1. And Zika meets the Budget Act criteria for emergency spending: It is urgent, unforeseen, and temporary. Yet Republicans insisted that we cut $750 million to pay for the response to Zika, including $543 million from the Affordable Care Act, $100 million from the Department of Health and Human Services, HHS, nonrecurring expense fund, and $107 million from Ebola response funds."
Zika Virus And Va-Milcon Funding Bill June 28, 2016
Harry Reid, D-NV
"Republicans were eager to inject politics in this legislation, even rescinding $543 million from the Affordable Care Act, making the bill rescindable. For these and other reasons, we are going to vote against cloture."
Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Conference Report—Continued June 28, 2016
Robert Menendez, D-NJ
"During the debate on the Affordable Care Act, I was able to successfully ensure that additional funding was included to help the territories. This funding amounted to more than $7 billion in total, of which $6.3 billion went to Puerto Rico and has helped to keep the program solvent. But that is about to expire at the end of fiscal year 2019. While this may seem way out into the future, there is a good chance that the funding will run out sooner rather than later, and some estimates have the funding being used for other health expenses by this time next year. I want to add that those estimates were made before we knew of the gravity of the Zika virus and what it is imposing upon the people of Puerto Rico. It is a topic I want to momentarily discuss further."
Zika Virus Funding June 23, 2016
Harry Reid, D-NV
"They cut a half a billion dollars from the Affordable Care Act—ObamaCare. The Republicans have tried 67 times to defund ObamaCare—67 times—and that has failed, but the stripping of Ebola money and ObamaCare money—it gets worse than that."
Economic Growth June 23, 2016
Dan Sullivan, R-AK
"That is not what we were promised by this administration when they put forward their policies, many of which, in the early years of this administration, were supported by the Congress. Remember the stimulus package? Remember the Affordable Care Act? These were all things that were going to stimulate the economy. As a matter of fact, we were told—and these were numbers from the Obama administration—that by 2010, we would see 3 percent GDP growth, and that by 2011 to 2014, we would be at 4.1 percent GDP growth. That would have been good. Four percent is strong. That is what they told us. That is what they predicted with their policies. We never came close, and now they do not talk about that. You never hear the President talk about 3 percent, 4 percent. He sure did a lot early on. But their policies drove us in the other direction."

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