June 9, 2016 - Issue: Vol. 162, No. 91 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 2nd Session
SCHUYLKILL SCHOLASTIC DRINKING WATER AWARD; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 91
(House of Representatives - June 09, 2016)
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[Page H3575] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SCHUYLKILL SCHOLASTIC DRINKING WATER AWARD 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 healthy. 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 bill. 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. ____________________