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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 11, 2014
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"The Crime Victims Fund has a long history of supporting victims of crime. I am grateful that in the Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, we were able to raise the cap on the Fund by $15 million. This is a historic and hard-won achievement that translates to more money for victims’ assistance grants. Yet despite the increase, support for direct victim assistance remains 13 percent behind where funding levels were 15 years ago. As a result, 1.3 million fewer victims today are receiving help funded under VOCA. It is clear that more work remains to be done on behalf of victims of crime."
District Of Columbia Statehood April 10, 2014
Eleanor Norton, D-DC
"We are soon going to overtake a number of other States. The District is growing, so much that there has been an attempt to raise the so-called Height Act, which limits how high buildings can be, because of the need to expand housing and office space. That attempt was turned back because residents were more concerned with the low-scale residential quality and attractiveness of their city."
Paycheck Fairness Act—Motion To Proceed—Continued April 8, 2014
Patty Murray, D-WA
"I hope to be able to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act as quickly as possible for working women and their families in this country, but we can’t stop there. We need to build then on these critical reforms with other steps toward giving women a better and a fairer shot at getting ahead. One out of four women in the United States today would benefit from raising the minimum wage. That is 15 million American women who are making the equivalent of about 2 gallons of gas per hour. It is clearly time to raise the minimum wage and give working women in the country some much deserved relief."
Equal Pay Day April 8, 2014
Tom Harkin, D-IA
"The next thing we need to do to make sure Equal Pay Day is not today but is December 31, like when men get paid for a full year, is to raise the minimum wage. Hopefully, we will be voting on that soon to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour."
Raise The Federal Minimum Wage April 4, 2014
Robin Kelly, D-IL
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to address the urgent need to raise the Federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour."

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