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  • Minimum Wage Fairness Act—Motion to Proceed—Continued

    by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

    Posted on 2014-04-29

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    WHITEHOUSE. I understand the time is controlled now by the Republicans. When Senator Hoeven arrives, I will yield the floor to him. But in the meantime, I thank Senator Nelson for his leadership in this area.

    Let the record reflect that although Rhode Island may call itself the Ocean State, Florida has its fair share of coastline as well. The effects on Florida's coast are really very significant.

    Because time is short and because I see Senator Hoeven has arrived and because Senator Nelson is a modest individual who would not want to brag on himself, let me say one thing and then I will come back later and discuss my Easter southern climate tour at greater length.

    The Miami Herald is a very significant newspaper in Florida, and it attended and reacted to the Commerce Committee hearing Senator Nelson led in his home State. I want to read from two short sections that opened by saying: For South Floridians, the topics of climate change and rising sea levels are no longer to be dismissed as tree- hugger mumbo-jumbo.

    Pause next time you hear that parts of Miami Beach or the intersection of A1A and Las Olas Boulevard have flooded because of . . . high tides? Let the light go off atop your head: It's science, stupid.

    On Tuesday, Florida Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson brought illumination to Miami Beach--Ground Zero for our unique coastal battle with Mother Nature.

    It concludes with these last few words: 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.

    If we don't, we'll soon have water--not sand--in our shoes.

    I yield the floor.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the time until 4:45 p.m. today will be under the control of the Republicans.

    The Senator from North Dakota.

    Keystone XL Pipeline Mr. HOEVEN. I rise to discuss the Keystone XL Pipeline project. I will be joined by a number of my colleagues, whom I will thank at the beginning for joining me. They will come today with the same message that I have; that is, the Keystone XL Pipeline project, the project that has now been under review by this administration for more than 5 years--we are now in year 6. We are on the floor of the Senate asking for, quite simply, a vote to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline project. I have put legislation in on a number of occasions. In 2012 we approved a time limit for the President to make a decision. I believe that bill got on the order of 73 votes--strong bipartisan support. We attached it to the payroll tax holiday, and it said that the President had to make a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline within 90 days. He did. He turned it down, and he turned it down on the basis of the routing in Nebraska.

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