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Commending Coronavirus Task Force

Floor Speech

Date: Nov. 19, 2020
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PENCE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the achievements of the Coronavirus Task Force, appointed by President Trump and led by my brother, Vice President Mike Pence.

Vice President Mike Pence has led doctors, scientists, manufacturers, elected leaders, and others as they work hard to develop therapeutics and deliver hope for the American people.

Under the leadership of Vice President Pence and medical experts, Operation Warp Speed has been a historic success. We now have two vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna at 90 and 95 percent effectiveness. Companies like Lilly have developed an effective antibody.

Our scientists are making history. To not recognize this achievement is an insult to the tens of thousands of people who have been working day and night to battle this pandemic.

COVID-19 has gripped our Nation and our world, but under the leadership of President Trump and Vice President Pence, and the hard work of those on the front lines, we are on the path to recovery.

God bless those who have dedicated so much of their time and energy to helping their fellow man. Honoring K-9 Officer Diesel


Mr. PENCE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a fallen K-9 officer in my hometown of Columbus, Indiana.

Bartholomew County's own K-9 officer Diesel died in the line of duty this weekend while he was in pursuit of a dangerous criminal.

Diesel helped our Columbus officers find dangerous narcotics and search for suspects who had fled from the police. This is important work.

Our community has come together to express condolences for this hero with flowers, notes, and even toys on the K-9 handler's car at the sheriff's office.

Our law enforcement community is the thin blue line that protects our friends and loved ones from danger, and we are forever grateful to the heroes who sacrifice everything to ensure our safety. Thanking Indiana's Sixth District


Mr. PENCE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my appreciation to the Hoosiers of Indiana's Sixth District. They have sent me to Washington again to represent them in Congress. It is an honor to be entrusted with this responsibility.

In my first term, my team and I focused on delivering quality constituent services, and we will continue to work hard for you in the next term.

The Sixth District of Indiana is my home and always will be, and it is my honor to serve you in Congress and bring Hoosier values to this Nation's capital. Congratulating Ryobi Die Casting USA


Mr. PENCE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Ryobi Die Casting USA of Shelbyville, Indiana, on being named the General Motors Supplier of the Year.

The Supplier of the Year award is chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing, and logistics executives.

Hoosier manufacturing plays a major role in our local economy as well as the global economy, and Hoosiers rely on the manufacturing industry for good-paying jobs in my district.

Congratulations to Ryobi Die Casting USA for this tremendous achievement, and keep up the good work. Commemorating 125th Anniversary of NineStar Connect


Mr. PENCE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the 125th anniversary of NineStar Connect.

In 1895, Loren Helms of McCordsville, Indiana, established the very first telephone in the community and created the company we know today as NineStar Connect.

With headquarters in the Sixth District, NineStar provides rural broadband to communities all over my Hoosier State.

It is my pleasure to recognize this Greenfield-based company for their contributions to our community. Thank you to the great team at NineStar, and congratulations on 125 years. Congratulating Batesville FFA Skillathon Team


Mr. PENCE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the Batesville FFA Skillathon Team for winning the Indiana State 4-H title.

All four members of the team scored in the top 10 for individual competitors, earning them the team State title, a big accomplishment.

Congratulations to Anna, Onika, Shalee, and Blake on all their hard work and dedication to the agriculture community. This group has made the Sixth District proud.