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Entry Title Date
Schedules That Work Act August 4, 2015
Elizabeth Warren, D-MA
"You know, there is a lot we could do. For example, Democrats have been fighting to raise the minimum wage. And I strongly agree that no one—no one—should work full time and still live in poverty. I think a $7.25-an-hour minimum wage is disgraceful. I support the Federal bill to raise the minimum wage to $12 by 2020, and I applaud the fight for $15 that is springing up across this country."
Raise The Gas Tax Already July 28, 2015
Earl Blumenauer, D-OR
"Indeed, the refusal of Congress to raise the gas tax is the ultimate expression of how reflexive and irrational the resistance to taxes has become. Opposition to higher income taxes has some theoretical justification: higher marginal rates discourage people from working more and investing. Seen in one light, they’re a penalty for success. But no such argument exists against the gas tax: all it does, in essence, is ask drivers to pay for the roads they use. It’s not even fair to say that keeping this tax at its current level is a check on big government, since most federal highway spending now goes toward rebuilding and repairing roads—maintenance that even conservatives recognize we must do."
California Drought Solution July 28, 2015
John Garamendi, D-CA
"Way up here is the largest reservoir in California, the Shasta Reservoir. There is talk—and it has been studied—to raise the dam and increase the capacity perhaps by 130,000 acre-feet of yield here at Shasta. Further south, not on the river, but an off-river reservoir called Sites Reservoir, which my Republican colleague, Mr. LaMalfa, and I are authoring legislation to build Sites Reservoir, which would take water during the flood flows on the Sacramento off stream, pump it into this reservoir, a very large reservoir, about 1.9 million acre-feet, and that water would then be available to be put back into the Sacramento River for export to the south or for salinity control, freshwater into the San Francisco Bay, and also would create the opportunity for the reoperation, that is, to work in conjunction with Folsom Reservoir here in Sacramento, the Feather River Reservoir, the Oroville Dam and Reservoir, and the reoperation of the Shasta as well as the Yuba reservoirs."
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions July 23, 2015
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"These are not abstract concepts. In our country today, LGBT Americans continue to experience discrimination, and it must end. In a June 27 article in the New York Times, entitled “Next Fight for Gay Rights: Bias in Jobs and Housing,” the author Erik Eckholm provides clear documentation of such discrimination. A landlord in East Nashville, TN, refused to rent his apartment to two women in a loving relationship after he learned of their partnership because it made him “uncomfortable.” He refused their rental application even after they offered to raise the rent by $150. A transgender individual was fired from her job as an industrial electrician because, according to her boss, her identity was becoming “too much of a distraction,” in spite of the fact that she was doing “great work.”"
Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 1599, Safe And Accurate Food Labeling Act Of 2015, And Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 1734, Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act Of 2015 July 22, 2015
Jim McGovern, D-MA
"Every year, we make changes to between 25% and 50% of our packaging. Over the last 7 years, we’ve gone through three full line redesigns. In other words, we have changed the packaging on every single pint in our product line as a matter of normal business. I can tell you unequivocally that changing labels does not require us to raise the price of our products. Lots of things impact the cost a consumer pays for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Label changes are not one.”"

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