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July 7, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Tom Wheeler, Secretary of the Federal Communications Committee - Call on FCC To Strengthen Privacy Protections For Consumers Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Booker, Maloney Announce Bicameral Effort to Fix America's Strained Public Defender System Sen. Cory Booker Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Menendez, Booker Announce Over $700K for Upgrades to NJ Airports Sen. Cory Booker Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Robert M. Califf, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration - Condemning AstraZeneca for Putting Profits Over People Sen. Bernard Sanders Unknown
July 7, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States - Make U.S. Support For Ukraine A Focus Of Upcoming Nato Summit Sen. Timothy Kaine Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Governor Pence Makes Several University Trustee Appointments Gov. Mike Pence Indianapolis, IN
July 7, 2016 Sen. Cruz: We Must Keep the Internet Free Sen. Rafael Cruz Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Sanders Fights to Protect Vermont's GMO Labeling Law Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States- Menendez, Booker, Merkley, Sanders: 3.5M American Citizens in Puerto Rico Must Have Voice on Oversight Board Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Technology Firms Adding More High-Wage Jobs in Indianapolis Gov. Mike Pence Indianapolis, IN
July 6, 2016 Menendez, Booker Announce $1.29M in HIV/AIDS Housing Assistance Funding for NJ Department of Health Sen. Cory Booker Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Stein: Prosecute Clinton for Reckless Abuses of National Security Jill Stein Unknown
July 6, 2016 Acting Governor Guadagno Announces Projects Subject To Orderly Shutdown Under Executive Order No. 210 Gov. Christopher Christie Trenton, NJ
July 6, 2016 Letter to Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security- Members of New Jersey Congressional Delegation Call for Increased Security Funding to Guard Against Cyber Threats, Increase Port Security Sen. Cory Booker Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Letter to Thomas Perez, Secretary of Labor and Michael Froman, US Trade Representative- Menendez Leads Call for Swift Action to Protect Workers' Rights in Colombia Sen. Timothy Kaine Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Rubio-Menendez Venezuela Sanctions Bill Passes House, Heads To President's Desk To Be Signed Into Law Sen. Marco Rubio Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 A Revolutionary Step Forward for Higher Education Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Sen. Cruz Vows to Continue Fighting For Passage of Kate's Law Sen. Rafael Cruz Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Letter to Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Asking CDC To Remain Vigilant To Florida's Algae Crisis Sen. Marco Rubio Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on GMO Labeling Bill Sen. Rafael Cruz Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Rubio Comments On President Obama's Afghanistan Announcement Sen. Marco Rubio Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Rubio Confirms Businesses Hurt By Algae Bloom Qualify For SBA Disaster Loans He Secured In April Sen. Marco Rubio Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 ​Donald J. Trump Statement on Atlantic City Record Donald Trump Unknown
July 6, 2016 Dr. Rand Paul: HHS Rule-Change Victory a "First Step" Sen. Rand Paul Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Kaine Statement On Administration's Afghanistan Announcement Sen. Timothy Kaine Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader and The Honorable John Cornyn, Senate Majority Whip - Urge for Senate Leadership To Pass Vital Everglades Project Sen. Marco Rubio Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Warner, Kaine, Scott, Members of the VA Delegation & Congressional Black Caucus Applaud House Passage of Bill to Recognize 400 Years of African American History Sen. Timothy Kaine Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Sanders Defends Vermont's GMO Labeling Law Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Rubio Votes In Support Of Kate's Law, Addressing Sanctuary Cities Sen. Marco Rubio Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 USDA FoodKeeper App to Feature New Food Safety Tools, Spanish and Portuguese Functionality Thomas Vilsack Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Rubio-Cardin Bill Passes The House, Heads To The President's Desk To Be Signed Into Law Sen. Marco Rubio Washington, DC
July 5, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Robert McDonald, Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs - Push for V-A to Move Forward on Local Pilot Program to Improve Veterans' Health Care Sen. Timothy Kaine Washington, DC
July 5, 2016 Kaine Receives Briefing On Virginia's Zika Virus Preparedness Efforts Sen. Timothy Kaine Richmond, VA
July 5, 2016 Remarks at Event with President Obama in Charlotte, North Carolina Hillary Clinton Charlotte, NC
July 5, 2016 Rubio Comments On Hillary Clinton's Mishandling Of Classified Information Sen. Marco Rubio Washington, DC
July 5, 2016 During Obama Administration, USDA Has Made Most Significant Food Safety Updates Since 1950s Thomas Vilsack Washington, DC
July 5, 2016 Beyer, National Capital Delegation Announce Memorial Bridge Selected For $90 Million FASTLANE Grant Sen. Timothy Kaine Washington, DC
July 4, 2016 The Post and Courier - Tim Scott Wants to Fix Poverty, One Human Interaction at a Time Sen. Cory Booker Washington, DC
July 4, 2016 Donald J. Trump Statement on False Accusation from Hillary Clinton Donald Trump Unknown
July 4, 2016 Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on Independence Day Sen. Rafael Cruz Washington, DC
July 3, 2016 Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on Terror Attack in Baghdad Sen. Rafael Cruz Washington, DC
July 3, 2016 Sanders: Party Platform Still Needs Work Sen. Bernard Sanders Unknown
July 3, 2016 New Jersey Local News - Christie: Star-ledger, Liberals Wrong on School Funding Gov. Christopher Christie Unknown
July 3, 2016 Rubio Calls For Immediate Release Of Cuban Activist Who Visited Him Last Week Sen. Marco Rubio Washington, DC
July 2, 2016 Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on Terror Attack in Bangladesh Sen. Rafael Cruz Washington, DC
July 2, 2016 Rubio Comments On Bangladesh Terrorist Attack Which Included Miami Student Among Victims Sen. Marco Rubio Washington, DC
July 2, 2016 Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on the Passing of Elie Wiesel Sen. Rafael Cruz Washington, DC
July 2, 2016 Tillis and Cruz Express Concerns Over U.S. Relations with Venezuela Sen. Rafael Cruz Washington, DC
July 1, 2016 Sen. Cruz: Today, We Remember Kate Steinle Sen. Rafael Cruz Washington, DC
July 1, 2016 Letter to The Honorable John B. King, Jr., Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, and The Honorable Loretta Lynch, Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice- Hold Colleges & Universities Accountable for Underreporting Sexual Violence on Campus Sen. Cory Booker Unknown
July 1, 2016 Letter to The Honorable John F. Kerry, Secretary of the US Department of State - Concerns Over U.S. Relations with Venezuela Sen. Rafael Cruz Washington, DC
July 1, 2016 Sanders Vows to Defend Vermont's GMO Labeling Law Sen. Bernard Sanders Montpelier, VT
July 1, 2016 Miami 610 WIOD Radio Interview with Jimmy Cefalo- ICYMI: Rubio: Lynch-Clinton Meeting Raises Many Red Flags Sen. Marco Rubio Unknown
July 1, 2016 Governor Christie Issues Executive Order to Assist in Implementation of Pre-Trial Release Reforms Gov. Christopher Christie Trenton, NJ
July 1, 2016 Donald J. Trump Statement on Continued Terrorist Attacks Against Israeli Citizens Donald Trump Unknown
July 1, 2016 Things I Will do for you as your President Jeff Boss Unknown
July 1, 2016 Warner & Kaine Announce $160,000 in Funding to Relieve Veteran Homelessness in Hampton Sen. Timothy Kaine Washington, DC
July 1, 2016 Letter to James B. Comey, Director of the FBI- NSA Jeff Boss Unknown
July 1, 2016 Let me begin by thanking all of you for doing what citizens should be doing in a democracy. And that is standing up, fighting back, getting involved in the political process and demanding that government represent all the people - and not just powerful special interests. And that is exactly what you did with GMO labeling. As a Vermonter I am very proud that our state became the first state in the country to mandate labeling for food that contains GMO products. I am proud of the grass-roots activism that led to that legislation and proud of the support that the legislature and Governor Shumlin gave to that legislation. Your efforts show what happens when democracy works. The people at the grassroots level speak, state government responds and important legislation gets passed. This legislation is important because people have a right to know what is in the food they and their children eat. The more information we have, the better consumers we become. This is not a radical idea. It is why over 60 countries around the world have passed GMO labeling laws. That is why the states of Vermont, Connecticut, Maine and Alaska have passed legislation to mandate labeling of food that contains GMO products. Unfortunately, the major agribusiness and bio-tech companies disagree. They do not believe people have a right to know what's in the food they eat. That is why they have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in lobbying and campaign contributions to overturn the GMO right-to-know legislation that states have already passed and that many other states are in the verge of passing. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which sued and lost in trying to stop Vermont's law, has 34 lobbyists working on this issue alone. They spent $8.5 million lobbying between 2015, and in 2016 they have already spent $1.6 million in total lobbying. Monsanto has already spent $2 million in 2016 lobbying Congress. The Environmental Working Group has calculated that food and biotech companies and trade associations have spent nearly $200 million to oppose state GMO labeling ballot initiatives like Act 120. When combined with Washington lobbying expenditures that mention GMO labeling, the total amount spent by labeling opponents is close to $400 million. Their goal is to deny states the right to go forward in this area and to pass legislation that is useless and with no value to consumers. And, if we don't stop them, they may just succeed. On Thursday evening, with no hearings and no debate, a corporate backed bill offered by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) was introduced on to the floor by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. This legislation would create a confusing, misleading and unenforceable national standard for labeling GMOs. Instead of a uniform labeling standard like Vermont's law, the language allows text, symbols, or an electronic code to be used. This is intentionally confusing to consumers, and the information may be entirely inaccessible if the consumer does not have access to the internet. The compromise language also allows the U.S. Department of Agriculture to rule on what percentage of GMO material is present in a particular food before it gets labeled, in contrast to Vermont and European Union standards, both which require products with more than 0.9% be labeled. In addition, the bill contains huge loopholes in the labeling requirement, stating that there is no labeling requirement for GMO foods that could have occurred "through conventional breeding or found in nature." Essentially, if the genetic engineering done by a company could have occurred in nature, there is no requirement to label it, which would prevent GMO corn, beet sugar, and soy oils from being labeled. FDA has confirmed this loophole, stating that with the language in the bill currently written "many of the foods from [Genetically Engineered] sources will not be subject" to labeling requirements. Perhaps most shockingly, this bill imposes no penalties whatsoever for violating the labeling requirement, making the law essentially meaningless. Thus, this is a weak bill, full of loopholes, without any requirement to comply. I find it interesting that many of my Republican colleagues, who tell us how terrible the federal government is, and how they want to get the federal government off the backs of the people, are now prepared to overturn the legislation passed in 4 states. Clearly, their belief in states rights is not quite equal to their need for corporate campaign contributions. Sadly, there are some Democrats in the same boat. Needless to say I, and the Vermont delegation and many members of Congress will do everything in our power to defeat this terrible bill. Sen. Bernard Sanders Unknown
July 1, 2016 I Will Do Everything I Can to Defeat This Terrible GMO Bill Sen. Bernard Sanders Unknown
July 1, 2016 ICYMI: Governor Christie Reserves Certain Transitional Aid, Legislative Spending Under EO-209 Gov. Christopher Christie Trenton, NJ
July 1, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State - US Venezuela Relations Sen. Rafael Cruz Washington, DC
July 1, 2016 Letter to The Honorable John B. King, Jr., Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, and The Honorable Loretta Lynch, Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice- Hold Colleges & Universities Accountable for Underreporting Sexual Violence on Campus Sen. Timothy Kaine Unknown
July 1, 2016 PHOTO RELEASE: Rubio Visits Treasure Coast, Calls For Action On Catastrophic Algal Bloom Situation Sen. Marco Rubio Washington, DC
July 1, 2016 Letter to The Honorable John B. King, Jr., Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, and The Honorable Loretta Lynch, Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice- Hold Colleges & Universities Accountable for Underreporting Sexual Violence on Campus Sen. Bernard Sanders Unknown
June 30, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Joseph G. Pizarchik, Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement - Demanding Cooperation with Texas Sen. Rafael Cruz Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Booker-Fischer MARAD Reauthorization Bill Passes Senate Sen. Cory Booker Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Letter to Jacob Lew, Secretary of the Treasury- Menendez and Democratic Colleagues Call on Treasury Department to Hold Iran Accountable for Terrorist Funding Sen. Cory Booker Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Senators Introduce Legislation to Restore Educational Opportunity for Incarcerated Americans Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Governor Mike Pence Press Release Gov. Mike Pence Unknown
June 30, 2016 Delaware-Based Sallie Mae Chooses Indiana for Growth and Nearly 300 Hoosier Jobs Gov. Mike Pence Indianapolis, IN
June 30, 2016 Fitch Ratings Reaffirms Indiana's AAA Credit Rating Gov. Mike Pence Indianapolis, IN
June 30, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration - Take Action on Medical Marijuana Sen. Cory Booker Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Indiana, Kentucky Governors Launch I-69 Ohio River Crossing Project Gov. Mike Pence Henderson, KY
June 30, 2016 Sen. Rand Paul Secures Vital Change for Kentucky Soldiers in Upcoming Census Sen. Rand Paul Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Jacob J. Lew, Secretary of the Department of the Treasury - Call on Treasury Department to Hold Iran Accountable for Terrorist Financing Sen. Cory Booker Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 West Palm Beach's WJNO News Radio Interview with Joel Malkin- ICYMI: Rubio Discusses Blue-Green Algae Issue Sen. Marco Rubio Unknown
June 30, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Richard Shelby, Chairman, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee - Restore Export-Import Bank to Full Strength Sen. Cory Booker Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Rubio Addresses New Details on Istanbul Terrorist Attack & Administration's Attempts to Partner With Russia in Syria Sen. Marco Rubio Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Delaware-Based Sallie Mae Chooses Indiana for Growth and Nearly 300 Hoosier Jobs Gov. Mike Pence Unknown
June 30, 2016 Rubio Welcomes Reduced Lake O Discharges, but More Needed to Protect Against Harmful Algae Sen. Marco Rubio Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Governor Chris Christie Orders Funds Reserved Until Health Care Savings Are Achieved Gov. Christopher Christie Trenton, NJ
June 30, 2016 Rubio Meets With Korean Ambassador, Reaffirms Alliance's Importance & Highlights Florida Trade Links Sen. Marco Rubio Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Richard Shelby, Chairman, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee - Restore Export-Import Bank to Full Strength Sen. Timothy Kaine Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on Palestinian Terrorist Attack in Israel Sen. Rafael Cruz Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Governor Christie Signs Seventh Balanced Budget With No Tax Increases Gov. Christopher Christie Trenton, NJ
June 30, 2016 Governor Christie: Charter Schools Are Making A Difference In The Lives Of Children And Families Gov. Christopher Christie Unknown
June 30, 2016 Blumenthal, Schatz, Wyden, Merkley, Booker Introduce Comprehensive Legislation to Reduce Food Waste Sen. Cory Booker Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Kaine Urges Court to Recognize Protections For LGBT Americans Sen. Timothy Kaine Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $18 Million in Anti-Terrorism Funding for Virginia Sen. Timothy Kaine Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Kate's Law to Be Considered on Senate Floor Sen. Rafael Cruz Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Rubio Comments on State Department's 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report Sen. Marco Rubio Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Stein Says Congressional Deal on Puerto Rico Continues Colonial Exploitation Jill Stein Unknown
June 30, 2016 Governor Chris Christie Issues Executive Order Due to Senate Inaction On the Transportation Trust Fund Gov. Christopher Christie Trenton, NJ
June 29, 2016 Heller, Warner, Kaine, Gardner Introduce Bill to Empower Student Borrowers Sen. Timothy Kaine Washington, DC
June 29, 2016 Letter to US Senate Members - Support Ayotte, Others' Bipartisan No Fly No Buy Bill Sen. Timothy Kaine Washington, DC
June 29, 2016 Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Empower Student Loan Borrowers through Financial Literacy Sen. Timothy Kaine Washington, DC
June 29, 2016 Gov. Christie On TTF Package: Everybody Is Getting Something, That Is What Compromise Looks Like Gov. Christopher Christie Unknown
June 29, 2016 Gov. Christie: The Assembly Got Their Work Done, It's Time For The Senate To Get Their Work Done Gov. Christopher Christie Unknown
June 29, 2016 Rubio-Cardin Bill On Track To Become Law Sen. Marco Rubio Washington, DC
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