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Floor Statement on H.R. 6304, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008

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Madam Speaker, in order to uphold the principle of the rule of law and the supremacy of the Constitution, we must reject this bill. This bill limits the courts hearing lawsuits alleging illegal wiretapping, to considering only whether the telecom companies received a ``written request or directive indicating that the activity was authorized by the President and determined to be lawful,'' not wheth... Read more »

Statement on Introduction of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

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Madam Speaker, today, I joined Rep. CAROLYN MALONEY and my colleagues from New York in introducing a revised version of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Working closely with the AFL-CIO, the City of New York, the local community, the House Leadership, and the Committees of jurisdiction we have revised the bill to reduce the overall cost of the bill while ensuring that it will pr... Read more »

Floor Statement on H. Res. 1088, Recognizing and Commending the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this resolution honoring the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. I would like to thank Chairman Miller, Ranking Member McKeon, and the rest of my colleagues on the Education and Labor Committee for bringing this resolution to the floor. Founded in 1958, Ailey has become widely recognized as one of the world's premier mode... Read more »

Floor Statement on H.R. 3195, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

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I thank the gentleman. Madam Speaker, I want to commend the distinguished majority leader and the gentleman from Wisconsin (Mr. Sensenbrenner) as well as the chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the chairman of the Education and Labor Committee for their leadership on this important legislation. This bill would help to restore the Americans with Disabilities Act to its rightful place among this... Read more »

Statement on National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008

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Madam Speaker, I rise it support of this legislation which is a simple measure the House can take to help protect our troops from undue financial hardship. We constantly receive stern lectures about the importance of supporting the troops. But supporting the troops is more than just wearing a flag pin, or sticking a yellow ribbon on your car, or impugning the patriotism of your political opponents... Read more »

Floor Statement on H.R. 6304, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008

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Madam Speaker, Members of the House must decide today whether to uphold the rule of low and the supremacy of the Constitution or whether to protect and reward the lawless behavior of the administration and of the telecommunications companies that participated in its clearly illegal program of spying on innocent Americans. This bill limits the courts hearing lawsuits alleging illegal wiretapping to... Read more »

Floor Statement on H.R. 6003, the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008

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Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I rise in support of this bill to reauthorize Amtrak, create a State grant program for intercity passenger rail, and invest in high-speed rail corridors. I want to thank the chairman, Jim Oberstar, and Corrine Brown and Ranking Members Mica and Shuster for moving this bill, which is long overdue. For years, Amtrak has been underfunded and threatened with bankruptcy. For th... Read more »

Floor Statement on the En Bloc Amendment to H.R. 1815, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006

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Mr. Chairman, the en bloc amendment calls among other things for special immigrant status for Iraqi or Afghani nationals who have served as translators with the United States Armed Forces. This amendment is a direct response to the critical need for translators and linguists in our military. This interpreter shortage is well documented. The 9/11 Commission report stated that the government ``lack... Read more »

Statement in Recognition of Dr. Barbara Warren's 20th Anniversary at the LGBT Center

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Madam Speaker, I rise today in recognition of Dr. Barbara Warren who is celebrating 20 years of service, dedication and hard work at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center in New York City. Dr. Warren joined the staff of the center in 1988 as a psychologist and only healthcare professional within the staff of six. Today, the Center has a staff of nearly 80 with a third of those in servi... Read more »

Statement in Recognition of New York Artists Equity Association's 60th Anniversary

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Madam Speaker, I rise today in recognition of New York Artists Equity Association (NYAEA), now celebrating its 60th anniversary. NYAEA's advocacy for legislation on behalf of visual artists is matched only by its dedication to the development of the visual arts in our communities, placing the New York artistic world in the context of the larger society, as a necessary component that enriches all o... Read more »

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