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On Thursday, I introduced H.Res. 753, with the support of 10 House colleagues, which expresses our deep hope, commitment and support for the designation of June 2, 2016, as "National Gun Violence Awareness Day" and the month of June 2016, as "National Gun Violence Awareness Month." My House colleagues included: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY), Rep. Charles Rangel (NY), Rep. Mike Thompson (CA), Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI), Rep. Joyce Beatty (OH), Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL), Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL), Rep. Barbara Lee (CA), Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ) and Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH).
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a similar resolution, S.Res.478. Senators cosponsoring the resolution include: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI).
We ask people across America to #NeverForget, #AlwaysRemember and #WearOrange in tribute to victims of gun violence and their loved ones. #DoSomething to #EndGunViolence
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A new business has come to the Village of Homewood, Illinois. Homewood Bat Company is swinging for the fences. Todd Pals founded the wooden bat manufacturer at 17845 Bretz Drive, in the town of Homewood, Illinois. It supplies amateur players from Little League through college, minor league players and even Major League Baseball pros, including on the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox.
The company was formed by Todd Pals, who has deep roots in the 2nd Illinois' Congressional District. The name of the business came at the suggestion of Homewood Mayor Rich Hofeld.
Homewood Bats is occupying 5,400 square feet of space, located in the business park along Bretz Drive, north of Ridge Road and behind the Home Depot. Production started late last year.
Thanks to Todd Pals, Mayor Rich Hofeld, Homewood Village Manager Jim Marino and the Village of Homewood Board of Trustees.
In another historic event in his presidency, President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the Hiroshima atomic bombing. President Obama visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a site at the center of the city dedicated to the victims of the atomic bombing, where he shared his reflections on the significance of the site and the events that occurred there in 1945.
#TBT - I assisted in the opening of a downlink that connected area students with two NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration - astronauts living and working aboard the International Space Station during an exciting, earth-to-space call hosted earlier today by South Suburban College.
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra and Flight Engineer Jeff Williams of NASA discussed life and research aboard the orbital complex with students at the South Suburban College in Chicago during an in-flight educational event May 5. The event involved questions about scientific experiments, day-to-day life on the station and the nuances of human spaceflight. Kopra is scheduled to return to Earth after a six-month mission on June 18, while Williams will remain on board until September.