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Providing for Consideration of H.R. 2273, Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. YARMUTH. Mr. Speaker, on October 3, eight Democrats and eight Republicans met in an epic competition here at Columbia Country Club in Washington to contest, for the 10th time, the battle for the Roll Call Ryder Cup. This is a competition which is intense but with great sportsmanship, and, of course, the ultimate beneficiary is The First Tee of Washington for whom this competition has now raised more than $1 million over the last 10 years.

Despite an average age of 58.6 years, which means that all but one of our players was eligible for the seniors tour, we were able to parlay our experience and caginess into a great victory--our sixth conservative victory on the Democratic side. I want to congratulate our team of Baca, Clyburn, Courtney, Sires, Cooper, Doyle, Richmond and myself. We look forward to an even tougher competition next year.

But I do want to say that the principles that The First Tee espouses, things like honest, integrity, sportsmanship and responsibility, were all on great display during this competition, even to the extent that Trey Gowdy and Mick Mulvaney called a penalty on themselves during one of the team matches. So, I think the competition lived up to the principles of The First Tee, and we look forward to next year's match.

With that, I yield to the gentleman from Florida, the captain of the Republican side.


Mr. YARMUTH. I thank the gentleman.

It was an incredible competition. As Trey Gowdy said just this morning, if you were there during this event and during the event preceding, the night before, you could not have told who was a Republican and who was a Democrat, because the comradery was so nice.

Once again, congratulations to The First Tee.

I yield back the balance of my time.


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