Insular Areas and Freely Associated States Energy Development

Floor Speech

Date: Dec. 11, 2014
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. Mr. Speaker, first of all, congratulations on your retirement and the best of luck. I thank you for your friendship while I served in Congress.

I stand in support of this bill, and I want to congratulate both my dear friends, the ranking member, Nita Lowey, and the chairman, Harold Rogers, for working many hours on this bill. I am very happy that as we are about to close this session, that we are working on a bill that will keep our government funded and bring some tranquility to the economy of our country for the remainder of fiscal year 2015. I thank them for doing fine work.

Over the past 23 years that I have had the honor of being in Congress, for 21 of those years I served on the Appropriations Committee. It was a great opportunity for me and an honor for me to serve with various members on Appropriations to do the best we could to serve our country. Many of us would not have been able to produce the bills and provide for the services without the staff on both sides of the aisle that worked on these appropriations bills.

So today, I want to congratulate the current chairman, the ranking member, and thank Chairman Tom Latham for the work he did on the Transportation-HUD bill. And also, it is time for me to thank all of my colleagues for their help and service that they have given this country and the kindness they have shown to me.