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Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Conference Report June 28, 2016
Barbara Mikulski, D-MD
"When wildfires hit the West, Congress provided emergency funding. When flooding hit South Carolina and Texas last year, Congress provided emergency funding. Now, we have an infectious disease outbreak that we know causes serious birth defects, and Republicans insist our response be paid for."
Executive Session June 27, 2016
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"We are voting on emergency funding. Whether it is flooding in the South, wildfires in the West, ice storms in the winters, or hurricanes in the summers, Congress has always responded to crises with emergency funds. No offsets were required. Now, despite the overwhelming need for funding to fight Zika, when the threat of Zika is real and here, when the threat is of great risk to pregnant women, when the World Health Organization is urging women in Zika-impacted areas to delay pregnancy, House and Senate Republicans want to cut other programs to offset emergency funding for Zika. House and Senate Republicans decided on a conference report that continues their attacks on women’s health. The report restricts Zika emergency funding for family planning services—limitations that will prevent some women from seeking health services from their own doctors or from primary care clinics that help serve women in rural areas, including in Puerto Rico, where there are already thousands of Zika cases."
Darwin Anderson: Innovator, Firefighter, And Friend May 13, 2016
Rick Nolan, D-MN
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Darwin Anderson of Brainerd, Minnesota. Last Saturday the tanker base at the Brainerd Airport was named after Darwin, who passed away February 6th 2015, to commemorate his 43 years of service and exceptional work as a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) firefighter. Darwin was one of the first to see the potential for using aircraft and a network of tanker bases throughout the state to fight wildfires. He was also a pioneer in utilizing a helicopter with a bucket as a tool for fighting wildfires. In addition to Darwin’s innovations, his compassion and charisma have earned him the respect of his coworkers. His colleagues speak very highly of Darwin’s supervisory skills and the guidance he has given them throughout their careers. Many of his peers attribute their own success to Darwin’s mentoring. Leaders such as Darwin make a positive impact on others’ lives and in their communities—so much so one of his colleagues said, “With Darwin, forestry equaled family.” His family, wife Janet, sons Jeffery, Ryan, Erik, and daughter Yvette gave him the support he needed to do such a difficult job. It is an honor to recognize Darwin’s many accomplishments, and I know my colleagues will join me in thanking Darwin for his leadership, innovation, and many years of dedicated service to our state."
Energy And Water Development And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 April 27, 2016
Ron Wyden, D-OR
"Fighting fires has become a continuous battle virtually year-round throughout the country. That is why this fire burning in the Shenandoah National Park ought to be a wake-up call once again to everyone to understand how important it is to fix this broken system of fighting fire, because the funding system for doing so is leading to dysfunction throughout the Forest Service and contributing to the breakdown of the national forest management that is needed to prevent catastrophic wildfires in the first place."
Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 4498, Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act April 27, 2016
Pete Sessions, R-TX
"I have satisfied myself, and I believe my party has, through our great young Speaker, Paul Ryan, satisfied ourselves that pending the time when we can get at a supplemental—perhaps later in the year there will be wildfires, perhaps later in the year there would be a hurricane. We have the money available. No one disputes that the money right now is usable, it is fungible. The question is: When will it be backfilled?"

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