(House of Representatives - June 09, 2016)

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  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from 
Pennsylvania (Mr. Costello) for 5 minutes.
  Mr. COSTELLO of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to highlight 
the work of students from Perkiomen Valley High School and Phoenixville 
Area Middle School.
  Recently, the Schuylkill Action Network recognized the Perkiomen Key 
Club and the Phoenixville Envirothon and Environmental Awareness Club 
for their exceptional efforts to protect our local watershed.
  Perkiomen students designed and installed a rain garden in their 
township building, which I visited this past weekend, and which is 
expected to cleanse rainwater and remove pollution. Phoenixville 
students installed a ``bioswale'' to help absorb runoff and reduce 
pollution in Pickering Creek to keep their communities beautiful and 
  For their efforts, the Schuylkill Action Network presented the 
Schuylkill Scholastic Drinking Water Award to these hardworking club 
members from both schools.
  Let me also recognize the Schuylkill Action Network and many 
watershed organizations across my district that do a great job 
protecting our watersheds.
  I want to congratulate these students for their ingenuity to keep the 
water in our congressional district clean and safe for our community.

                Sarah Pennington/Mental Health Awareness

  Mr. COSTELLO of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to thank 
Sarah Pennington for her courageous leadership on mental health.
  Sarah is a courageous, dynamic, hardworking high school student at 
Pottsgrove High School, and the reigning Miss Freedom Forge's 
Outstanding Teen. She visited my office yesterday to bring attention to 
mental health issues and to discuss relevant policy reforms.
  Sarah has not graduated high school yet, of course, but she has 
already founded a nonprofit, Show Your Hero, with the goal of raising 
mental health awareness.
  I want to thank Sarah for her advocacy. I also have some exciting 
news. Sarah will be participating in Miss PA's Outstanding Teen pageant 
from June 22 to June 24 in Pittsburgh. I want to wish her the very best 
in that pursuit.

             First Responders in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

  Mr. COSTELLO of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to 
acknowledge the work of Phoenixville first responders.
  Recently, West End Ambulance and the Phoenixville Fire and Police 
Departments responded to a call for help. These devoted crews assisted 
an individual who went into cardiac arrest. Through their swift efforts 
to administer CPR, the responders were able to save a life.
  The Chester County EMS Council recognized the responders for their 
expertise on May 28, coinciding with National Emergency Medical 
Services Week, which honors those serving on our communities' front 
lines every day.
  Mr. Speaker, I commend and thank these and all firefighters, 
officers, EMTs, and paramedics for their service.

              State Outreach for Local Veterans Employment

  Mr. COSTELLO of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak 
about a bill I introduced in the House called the SOLVE Act, short for 
the State Outreach for Local Veterans Employment Act.
  The SOLVE Act will provide Pennsylvania, and all States, with 
critical flexibility to utilize existing grant funds in the way that 
best serves the needs of each State's unique veteran population.
  The American Legion, Paralyzed Veterans of America and National Guard 
Association of the United States, have all endorsed this commonsense 
  I encourage my colleagues to cosponsor this bill as well.

               Recognizing Wilson Southern Middle School

  Mr. COSTELLO of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize Wilson 
Southern Middle School as one of six exemplary middle schools in 
Pennsylvania recognized as a school to watch. I also thank the 
teachers, administrators, parents, faculty, and students for their hard 
work in making Wilson Southern Middle School such an exceptional middle 
school. We are very proud of you.

           Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows

  Mr. COSTELLO of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak in 
support of Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act.
  Every year, one in seven new mothers experiences perinatal 
depression, impacting babies and families for years to come.
  This bipartisan legislation, which I have cosponsored with 
Congresswoman Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, would help those 
suffering receive the treatment they need. States would receive Federal 
funding to establish, expand, or maintain programs for screening and 
treatment of maternal depression.
  Thanks to the tireless efforts of mental health advocates, we have 
reached over 65 bipartisan cosponsors in the House. I am respectfully 
encouraging other Members and their staffs to look at this bill and 
join as cosponsors. It is the right thing to do as we seek to 
proactively address issues of postpartum depression in communities 
across this country.