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U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate

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Senate Publishes Executive Communications 2024 to 2039 from Executive Branch on June 22
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- The Senate on June 22 published 16 executive communications from the Executive Branch:

EC-2024. A communication from the Secretary of the Senate, transmitting, pursuant to law, the report of the receipts and expenditures of the Senate for the period from October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017, received in the Office of the President of the Senate on May 12, 2017; ordered to lie on the table.

EC-2025. A communication from the Deputy Secretary of Defense, transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to violations of the Antideficiency Act that involved fiscal years ... Show Full Article

Senate Conducted Four Committee Hearings Yesterday
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- The Senate conducted four committee hearings yesterday:

*Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry:

To examine the nomination of J. Christopher Giancarlo, of New Jersey, to be Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, after the nominee testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

*Appropriations:

Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies:

To examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2018 for the National Institutes of Health, after receiving testimony from Francis ... Show Full Article

Sen. Thune Recognizes 125th Anniversary of Summit, South Dakota
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 21, recognizing 125th anniversary of Summit, South Dakota:

Mr. President, today I recognize Summit, SD. The town of Summit will be celebrating its quasquicentennial on June 23 through 25, 2017. Summit will host quasquicentennial events, which include school tours, alumni gatherings, a craft and flea market, competitions, tournaments, and a parade.

Summit is located in the Coteau des Prairies in Roberts County. The Summit area has long been known as a community ... Show Full Article

Sen. Reed Speaks About Legislation to Provide Greater Protection to Servicemembers
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 21, on legislation (S. 1389) to allow the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to provide greater protection to servicemembers:

Mr. REED. Mr. President, today, along with Senators Brown, Tester, Blumenthal, Kaine, Duckworth, Warren, Baldwin, Franken, Klobuchar, Cortez Masto, Van Hollen, and Menendez, I am reintroducing the Military Consumer Enforcement Act to further strengthen consumer protections for service members.

Our Nation has a strong tradition ... Show Full Article

Rep. Tonko: Time to Codify Scientific Integrity
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- Rep. Paul D. Tonko, D-N.Y., issued the following op-ed:

As Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and former President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, I am writing to express my alarm at the recent firing of science advisory board members at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the stated intent of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to replace them with advocates from the industries EPA is tasked with regulating (1). This action signals a dramatic shift that would put vocal, well-funded ... Show Full Article

Rep. Pallone Recognizes Rutgers University Dean Hughes
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 21, recognizing James W. Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Blaustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize James W. Hughes, Ph.D. as he prepares to step down as Dean of the Edward J. Blaustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey on July 1, 2017. Although he is stepping down as Dean after over 20 years of leadership, Dr. Hughes will continue as a professor ... Show Full Article

Rep. Brooks Pays Tribute to Matlock on Occasion of His Retirement from DOD
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 21, paying tribute to Richard S. Matlock on the occasion of his retirement from the Department of Defense:

Mr. Speaker, on the occasion of his retirement from the Department of Defense, I raise tribute to Mr. Richard S. Matlock for a 40-year career as a civil servant and distinguished member of the Senior Executive Service of the United States. Mr. Matlock was one of the Department of Defense's top Science and Technology Executives. In his most recent position, ... Show Full Article