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  • Hire More Heroes Act of 2014—Motion to Proceed—Continued

    by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

    Posted on 2014-05-13

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    WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, I am here for the 67th time to urge my colleagues to wake up to the growing threat of climate change, and today I am joined by my friend and colleague Senator Nelson of Florida, who is a true leader in this fight.

    Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that we be able to engage in a colloquy for the next 25 minutes.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection.

    Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Florida is about 1,000 miles from Rhode Island, and it is slightly larger than my home State, but Florida and Rhode Island have a great deal in common, such as a beautiful coastline, an economy and a way [[Page S2944]] of life that is tied to the sea, and as a result risk from the ocean in a changing climate.

    On my recent trip down the southeast coast, I spent 2 days in Florida and heard firsthand about the unprecedented changes taking place there. Like the folks I met in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, Floridians are worried about the coastal communities they love. They are getting serious about protecting their homes and their livelihoods, and they want their representatives in Congress to get serious.

    Senator Nelson hears them. He recently took the Senate commerce committee to the Miami Beach townhall to examine the dangers posed by rising seas. Here is what the Miami Herald said about his effort: South Florida owes Senator Nelson its thanks for shining a bright light on this issue. Everyone from local residents to elected officials should follow his lead, turning awareness of this major environmental issue into action. It is critical to saving our region.

    Senator Nelson and I also held a press conference at Jacksonville's Friendship Fountain with Representative Corrine Brown to highlight these serious implications of climate change. So I am grateful for Senator Nelson's bringing his passion and expertise to the floor today.

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