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Cloture Motion June 23, 2015
Ron Wyden, D-OR
"We have talked a lot about a race to the bottom. My view is that if our country doesn’t fight to protect worker rights and the environment with tough, enforceable trade agreements, those priorities are going to wither away. China is certainly not going to take up the banner for American values in trade. So if you believe America should stop a race to the bottom on labor rights, environmental safeguards, and human rights, this legislation is our chance to lift up global standards."
Usa Freedom Act Of 2015—Motion To Proceed—Continued May 31, 2015
Martin Heinrich, D-NM
"That is why it passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 338 to 88. And let’s be blunt, many of those who voted against it didn’t do so because they support bulk collection. They did so because they want to see section 215 wither and die in its entirety. That is the political reality we face today, and we need to accept it rather than demanding a continuation of a program that the appeals court has determined is illegal."
Transportation Infrastructure May 20, 2015
Jerrold Nadler, D-NY
"The priorities of this Congress are completely out of whack. Our infrastructure is crumbling around us, and the majority continues to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, while leaving transportation funding to wither on the vine."
Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations The Right To Appeal Act—Motion To Proceed—Continued May 13, 2015
Orrin Hatch, R-UT
"This is, in my opinion, the best of all possible outcomes. This is what Republicans have been working toward all along—and, I might add, some courageous Democrats as well. While we could not and still cannot guarantee that all four bills will become law, we certainly want to see the Customs and preferences bills pass the Senate. I am a coauthor of both of those bills. They are high priorities for me. It was never my intention to let them wither on the legislative calendar. I was always going to do everything in my power to help move them forward. That is why at the Finance Committee markup I committed to work with my colleagues to try to get all four of these bills across the finish line. That is the agreement which was made, and as of right now, it appears we will be able to make good on that commitment on a much shorter timeline than I think any of us expected."
Rafael Ramos And Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act Of 2015 May 12, 2015
Robert Goodlatte, R-VA
"First, unlike the Blue Alert bills from prior Congresses that passed this body only to wither away in the Senate, S. 665 will be sent directly to the President’s desk for signature following House passage. I urge him to sign this legislation without delay."

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