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Entry Title Date
Mental Health And Safe Communities Act January 21, 2016
John Cornyn, R-TX
"Some of these colleagues on the other side of the aisle have cited a provision of my bill that would actually strengthen and clarify the definitions regarding the uploading of mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Why would anybody disagree with making sure that adjudication of mental illness be uploaded to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System? That is what happened with the Virginia Tech shooter, for example. He had been adjudicated mentally ill by Virginia authorities, but because the State didn’t provide that information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System operated by the FBI, he was able to buy a firearm without being disqualified, which he should have been, based on that adjudication."
Recognizing Coach Frank Beamer On His Retirement January 12, 2016
Morgan Griffith, R-VA
"He has positively shaped the futures and touched the lives of the Virginia boys and girls that he has dealt with—particularly, the boys on his football team—and has made us a better State. This is truly the great measure of a great coach."
Federal Reserve Transparency Act Of 2015—Motion To Proceed January 12, 2016
Orrin Hatch, R-UT
"At the end of the week, on January 16, it is Religious Freedom Day. It commemorates the 230th anniversary of the Virginia General Assembly’s enactment of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Thomas Jefferson authored the legislation and, after he left to serve as U.S. Minister to France, his colleague James Madison secured its enactment."
Gun Control And Mental Illness January 11, 2016
John Cornyn, R-TX
"The legislation I have introduced would improve treatment and preventive screenings and crisis response for individuals with mental illness. It would also strengthen the existing background check system, something the President says he wants to do. However, the fact of the matter is that many States, such as the State of Virginia in the case of the Virginia Tech shooter just a short time ago, don’t even upload existing mental health adjudications into the background check system, which would have precluded the purchase of a firearm by somebody with that sort of record. So the National Instant Criminal Background Check System isn’t even a comprehensive system when it comes to identifying people who under current law should not be able to purchase a firearm."
Honoring Our Men And Women In Uniform December 17, 2015
David Brat, R-VA
"I am especially proud of my former intern and Virginia native, Specialist Jack Neblett. Jack has served in the Virginia National Guard for 4 years. Jack will be leaving his family and friends for at least 1 year while on tour."

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