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Joaquin C.
Democrat TX 20

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  • Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014

    by Representative Joaquin Castro

    Posted on 2013-12-12

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    CASTRO. Mr. Speaker, I'm encouraged to see the spirit of bipartisanship at work on this budget deal displayed. This bill mitigates the effects of sequestration and helps prevent another government shutdown. I support H.J. Res. 59 because it offers relief from the irresponsible sequestration cuts. Thousands of San Antonians were furloughed for more than a week because of sequestration and then found themselves out of a job again in October for almost two weeks as a result of the government shutdown. However, this bill is not without flaws. I am deeply concerned on how these changes will affect military pension benefits. I am hopeful that in the coming years Congress will continue to work together toward a sensible budget.

    Mr. NEAL. Mr. Speaker, Section 203 in the Bipartisan Budget Act restricts access to the Social Security Administration's Death Master File (DMF).

    This provision requires the Secretary of Commerce to create a program to restrict access to the information contained in the DMF for a three- year period after an individual's death. Under this program, only individuals that are certified by the Secretary to have a legitimate need for the information and agree to maintain the information under safeguards may access DMF information.

    In implementing this section, the Department of Commerce in promulgating regulations for the certification program should provide sufficient time for legitimate current users of DMF information to comment on the regulations, especially as it relates to the timing of the effectiveness of this Section and as it relates to the authority to release the DMF to the public.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. All time for debate has expired.

    Pursuant to House Resolution 438, the previous question is ordered.

    The question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from Wisconsin (Mr. Ryan).

    The question was taken; and the Speaker pro tempore announced that the ayes appeared to have it.

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