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                                                 congratulate the Committee on reaching its                 Tom has served and continues to serve ably             HONORING CAPT. CHARLES E.
                                                 50th year in existence, I ask my colleagues to          on a long list of boards, commissions, and                      RIDGLEY, JR.
                                                 join me in remembering and honoring its work            philanthropic endeavors. As chairman of the
                                                 on behalf of the free people of Estonia, Latvia,        Tigard Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration,             HON. C.A. DUTCH RUPPERSBERGER
                                                 and Lithuania, the American citizens of Baltic          a board member of the Clean Water Institute,                             OF MARYLAND
                                                 heritage, and democracy for all of those still          and a board member of Willamette Valley                   IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                                 yearning to be free.                                    Vineyards, Tom Brian stays busy working to
                                                                                                         make life better in his community.                                  Thursday, May 5, 2011
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                                                                                                            Tom is a husband, father, leader, and                  Mr. RUPPERSBERGER. Mr. Speaker, I rise
                                                        RECOGNIZING TOM BRIAN                                                                                   before you today to mourn the loss and honor
                                                                                                         friend. He set a tremendous example for the
                                                                                                         many Oregon leaders he mentored over the               the life of Army Captain Charles E. Ridgley,
                                                             HON. GREG WALDEN                            years, instilling in them the core values of           Jr., who died April 16, 2011, in support of Op-
                                                                     OF OREGON                                                                                  eration Enduring Freedom.
                                                                                                         commitment to others, self-sacrifice, and deci-
                                                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                      sive leadership.                                          A Maryland resident, Captain Ridgley was
                                                             Thursday, May 5, 2011                          Max Williams, one of Tom’s close friends            serving in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan,
                                                    Mr. WALDEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to             and a former state representative, said of him,        and died of injuries sustained from a grenade
                                                 recognize the contribution to Oregon by my              ‘‘You taught me not to be afraid of—or avoid—          attack by a suicide bomber on Forward Oper-
                                                 good friend Tom Brian, and congratulate him             the difficult issues. Being out there ‘on the          ating Base Gamberi. Four other brave Amer-
                                                 on his retirement following 32 years of public          limb’ was necessary because that is ‘where all         ican soldiers were killed in the attack.
                                                 service to our great state.                             the fruit is’ when it comes to making meaning-            At the time of his death, Captain Ridgley
                                                    Tom’s commitment to improving his commu-             ful and positive change.’’                             was assigned to the 17th Combat Support
                                                 nity, state, and nation were readily apparent              Tom took risks and he pushed for progress;          Battalion, based in Fort Richardson, Alaska.
                                                 from his early days as a deputy sheriff, city           because of that, he made a real and positive           He had just two weeks left of his first overseas
                                                 councilor, and mayor of the city of Tigard, to          difference.                                            assignment before he was due to come home.
                                                 his service as a state representative and 12               Today I rise to recognize my friend Tom                After overcoming a challenging childhood,
                                                 years on the Washington County Commission.              Brian for all that he has accomplished and for         Captain Ridgley joined the Army after earning
                                                    Tom has deep and enduring roots in Or-               his invaluable contributions to his community.         his diploma from Walbrook Senior High
                                                 egon that have grounded his personal and                I invite my colleagues to join me in thanking          School. He was inspired by his uncle’s military
                                                 professional life in special ways. He treasures         Tom for his service and wishing him and his            service in the U.S. Air Force and participated
                                                 Oregon, where he and his wife, Joene, have              family many great and healthy years ahead.             in ROTC at Walbrook. He was commissioned
                                                 raised their three children: Becky, Sarah, and                                                                 a quartermaster officer in January 2007 and
                                                 Kevin.                                                                    f                                    was assigned to Fort Richardson. While there,
                                                    Tom believes in making a difference—and                                                                     he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in business
                                                 he’s backed up that belief with action. Over                   A TRIBUTE TO THE JACOB                          administration with a concentration in global
                                                 the last decade, Tom’s vision as a commis-                            POMEROY                                  logistics from the University of Alaska. He was
                                                 sioner deserves much credit for Washington                                                                     working toward his Master’s Degree when he
                                                 County’s robust job growth. His tireless col-                        HON. TOM LATHAM                           was deployed to Afghanistan.
                                                 laborations with Intel, Solar World, and the                                                                      Known as responsible and family-oriented,
                                                                                                                               OF IOWA
                                                 many small businesses throughout Wash-                                                                         Captain Ridgley took great pride in his daugh-
                                                                                                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                   ter and great care of his mother. Captain
                                                 ington County have created a business-friend-
                                                 ly climate that has made it a magnet for eco-                       Thursday, May 5, 2011                      Ridgley also worked as a martial arts instruc-
                                                 nomic development.                                                                                             tor who enjoyed mentoring the children of fel-
                                                                                                            Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to
                                                    Tom grew up in Monmouth, Oregon, where                                                                      low soldiers. He deeply valued education and
                                                                                                         recognize and congratulate Jacob J. Pomeroy
                                                 he attended Central High School and grad-                                                                      ethics.
                                                                                                         for the rank of an Eagle Scout. Travis is a
                                                 uated from the Oregon College of Education in                                                                     Mr. Speaker, many Maryland soldiers have
                                                                                                         10th grade student from South Hardin High
                                                 1970, now Western Oregon University. After                                                                     died in support of the global war on terror.
                                                                                                         School in Eldora, Iowa.
                                                 serving as a Polk County deputy sheriff from                                                                   Once again, we hang our heads with sorrow
                                                                                                            The Eagle Scout rank is the highest ad-             at the loss of another life. I ask that you join
                                                 1969 to 1973, an opportunity arose for Tom to
                                                                                                         vancement rank in scouting. Only about 5% of           with me today to honor the life and memory of
                                                 join the Oregon Council on Crime and Delin-
                                                                                                         Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Scout Award. The             Captain Ridgley, a true Maryland hero.
                                                 quency, where he became its executive direc-
                                                                                                         award is a performance based achievement                  Captain Ridgley will be forever remembered
                                                 tor until 1979.
                                                    In 1979, Tom started a career in real estate         whose standards have been well-maintained              as a dedicated soldier who greatly loved his
                                                 and also began his life in elected public office,       over the years. To earn the Eagle Scout rank,          country and faithfully served his fellow Ameri-
                                                 earning election to the Tigard City Council. He         a Boy Scout is obligated to pass specific tests        cans by fighting for this great nation. He risked
                                                 later became the city’s mayor.                          that are organized by requirements and merit           his life to serve our country and deserves our
                                                    Tom was recruited to run for the Oregon              badges, as well as completing an Eagle                 unending admiration and appreciation.
                                                 Legislature in 1988. Tom rose quickly through           Project to benefit the community. Jacob’s
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                                                 the legislative ranks and became the chairman           project was to construct a barn-themed sun
                                                 of the Revenue Committee and served on the              shelter for the Joyful Noise Preschool and the         INTRODUCTION OF THE CONSTRUC-
                                                 Ways and Means and Judiciary committees.                Waukee United Methodist Church. Jacob also               TION QUALITY ASSURANCE ACT
                                                 Tom was an innovator and collaborative lead-            went above and beyond the requirements by                OF 2011
                                                 er in the legislature. His hard work, steadfast         completing more than the minimum required
                                                 dedication to Oregon, great wit, and solid              number of merit badges.                                       HON. CAROLYN B. MALONEY
                                                 character earned him respect from both sides               Jacob has been involved in scouting since                             OF NEW YORK
                                                 of the aisle.                                           he became a Tiger Cub more than 11 years                  IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                                    In 1999, Oregon’s term limit law ushered             ago. Jacob’s father, John Pomeroy, is also an
                                                 Tom from the legislature after 10 years. Still          Eagle Scout and current assistant Scout Mas-                      Thursday, May 5, 2011
                                                 committed to making a difference, Tom ran for           ter to Troop 178 from Waukee, Iowa.                       Mrs. MALONEY. Mr. Speaker, today, along
                                                 and earned a position on the Washington                    Mr. Speaker, the example set by this young          with my colleague Rep. MAZIE HIRONO, I am
                                                 County Commission. Tom served there for 12              man and his supportive family demonstrates             introducing the Construction Quality Assur-
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                                                 years before retiring in January of this year as        the rewards of hard work, dedication and per-          ance Act of 2011. This bill is designed to stop
                                                 its chairman.                                           severance. I am honored to represent John              bid shopping on federal construction contracts.
                                                    Mr. Speaker, Tom’s leadership has been               Pomeroy and his family in the United States            It would require prime bidders on low-bid
                                                 recognized with numerous awards and acco-               Congress. I know that all of my colleagues will        projects valued at $1 million or more to list
                                                 lades, including the First Citizen of the City of       join me in congratulating him on earning an            each subcontractor on work categories of
                                                 Tigard, the Guardian of Small Business, Out-            Eagle Scout ranking and will wish him contin-          $100,000 or more with their bid submissions.
                                                 standing Service to Farm Families, and Transit          ued success in his future education and ca-            Substitutions of listed subcontractors after
                                                 Legislator of the Year, just to name a few.             reer.                                                  contracts are awarded would be allowed only



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                                                 in exceptional circumstances and only with the                HONORING DOTTIE BERGER                                   A TRIBUTE TO TRESSA
                                                 consent of the contracting officer.                                 MACKINNON                                             BARTHOLOMEW
                                                    The bill would impose financial penalties for
                                                 improper substitution of listed subcontractors.                                                                            HON. TOM LATHAM
                                                 The bill would also apply to subcontractors.
                                                                                                                     HON. KATHY CASTOR                                               OF IOWA
                                                 Both prime contractors and subcontractors                                   OF FLORIDA                            IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                                 would be subject to debarment or ineligibility               IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                               Thursday, May 5, 2011
                                                 determinations in cases where there are two                                                                       Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today con-
                                                 infractions of the prohibitions over any three-                     Thursday, May 5, 2011                      gratulate Tressa Bartholomew of Carlisle, Iowa
                                                 year period.                                                                                                   on recently celebrating her 106th birthday on
                                                                                                           Ms. CASTOR. Mr. Speaker, I rise to herald
                                                    Restoring equitable safeguards in the low            the achievements of Dottie Berger MacKinnon            March 30, 2011. Today she has four children,
                                                 bid system will assure that agency practice will                                                               thirteen grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren,
                                                                                                         and to acknowledge her valuable contributions
                                                 conform to the highest standards adhered to                                                                    and 43 great-great-grandchildren.
                                                                                                         to the Tampa Bay community. Dottie is a com-              There have been many changes that have
                                                 by industry professionals and contractor asso-          munity activist, child advocate, and former
                                                 ciations, and will reflect best practices followed                                                             occurred during the past one hundred and six
                                                                                                         Hillsborough County Commissioner.                      years. Since Tressa’s birth we have revolu-
                                                 by a great many other public procurement sys-
                                                 tems nationally and internationally.                       Dottie Berger MacKinnon is one of the               tionized air travel and walked on the moon.
                                                                                                         founders of Joshua House, a safe haven for             We have invented the television and the Inter-
                                                                  f                                      abused, abandoned, and neglected children,             net. We have fought in wars overseas, seen
                                                                                                         in Tampa and she has passionately supported            the rise and fall of Soviet communism and the
                                                 CONGRATULATING KRAFT FOODS’                             the children served there since 1992. After            birth of new democracies. Tressa has lived
                                                  OSCAR MAYER PLANT IN COLUM-                            founding the institution she helped the group          through nineteen United States Presidents and
                                                  BIA, MO, WHICH IS CELEBRATING                                                                                 twenty-five Governors of Iowa. In her lifetime
                                                                                                         establish a $1.2 million endowment through
                                                  ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY                                                                                          the population of the United States has more
                                                                                                         the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay in
                                                                                                                                                                than tripled.
                                                                                                         order to ensure that they can continue the                I congratulate Tressa Bartholomew for
                                                                                                         work that she started there long into the fu-          reaching this milestone of a birthday. I am ex-
                                                        HON. BLAINE LUETKEMEYER                          ture. This is one of the truly incredible philan-      tremely honored to represent her in Congress
                                                                    OF MISSOURI                          thropic establishments in Tampa Bay. Joshua            and I wish her happiness and health in her fu-
                                                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                                                                                         House continues to change the lives of the             ture years.
                                                                                                         children who pass through its doors today.                               f
                                                             Thursday, May 5, 2011                          In addition to her service as a founder of                    HONORING JOE WAZ
                                                   Mr. LUETKEMEYER. Mr. Speaker, I rise                  Joshua House, she also served the commu-
                                                 today to recognize Kraft Foods’ Oscar Mayer             nity as a Hillsborough County Commissioner                        HON. JOE COURTNEY
                                                 plant in Columbia, MO, which is celebrating its         from 1994–1998. Her impressive service as a
                                                                                                                                                                                  OF CONNECTICUT
                                                 25th anniversary on May 7th.                            County Commissioner inspired those around
                                                                                                                                                                   IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                                                                                         her and on May 4, 2011 Dottie will be honored
                                                    The plant opened in 1985 and is now a                                                                                  Thursday, May 5, 2011
                                                                                                         with the Ellsworth G. Simmons Good Govern-
                                                 183,000-square-foot structure located on 30
                                                                                                         ment Award by the Hillsborough County Com-                Mr. COURTNEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today
                                                 acres. It has been a formidable force in boost-
                                                                                                         missioners in recognition of the significant role      to recognize Joe Waz for his 17 years of serv-
                                                 ing Columbia’s economy, employing over 600                                                                     ice to Comcast Corporation, where he worked
                                                 people in the area. Twenty of the plant’s em-           that she played in improving government
                                                                                                         through leadership and vision.                         as Senior Vice President of External Affairs,
                                                 ployees have dedicated their service since the                                                                 and to the Comcast Foundation, where he
                                                 plant opened over two decades ago, contrib-                Not finished with her incredible work for chil-     served as Public Policy Counsel and Presi-
                                                 uting considerably to the plant’s ranking as            dren yet, from 2005–2009 she worked tire-              dent.
                                                 one of the top ten employers in the city.               lessly to develop, create and co-found A Kid’s            Mr. Waz has announced his retirement from
                                                    The Oscar Mayer plant has also played a              Place, a residential care facility for foster sib-     Comcast Corporation, and although he will be
                                                 significant role in contributing to the commu-          lings. Before A Kid’s Place opened in 2009,            greatly missed, his hard work and contribu-
                                                 nity of Columbia and its citizens. Over the past        kids who were taken away from abusive                  tions have made a positive impact on the in-
                                                 26 years, the plant has produced over 28 bil-           homes were often separated from their sib-             dustry and ensure he will not be forgotten. In
                                                 lion hot dogs in the last 25 years, enough for          lings. Rescued children now stay at com-               May 2002, Mr. Waz received the Vanguard
                                                 over 100 trips around the world laid end-to-            fortable houses at A Kid’s Place for up to a           Award, the highest honor presented by the
                                                 end. On average, the Columbia plant donates             month while officials work to find stable homes        cable industry, for his service in government
                                                                                                         for groups of brothers and sisters. Her work           and community relations.
                                                 70,000 pounds of hot dogs to the Central Mis-
                                                                                                         with A Kid’s Place continues to this day, as              Not only is Mr. Waz recognized nationally
                                                 souri Food Bank annually, which is the only
                                                                                                                                                                for his expertise in telecommunications public
                                                 source of protein for the food bank. Through            they just opened up a fifth residence hall due
                                                                                                                                                                policy, he is also a leader in community in-
                                                 Kraft Foods’ contributions programs, the facil-         to her tireless work and fundraising.                  vestment and service. Under Mr. Waz’s lead-
                                                 ity donates to non-profit organizations for the           The achievements of Dottie Berger                    ership, Comcast Corporation has made 219
                                                 alleviation of hunger and to promote healthy            MacKinnon are truly remarkable, heroic even.           investments to 120 different groups in Con-
                                                 lifestyles, to support the social service and cul-      She has been recognized as a true difference           necticut since 2006. More than $2.9 million
                                                 tural activities of its employees in the commu-         maker in the lives of the children of Tampa            has been given in grants to groups ranging
                                                 nities where they live and work, and to provide         Bay. Although she now battles cancer, she still        from the University of Hartford, the Con-
                                                 humanitarian aid.                                       works unrelentingly in her quest to improve            necticut Police Chiefs’ Association, and the
                                                    Contributions made by the Kraft Foods facil-         the lives of children in the Tampa Bay area. I         American School for the Deaf. In further com-
                                                 ity in Columbia have done much to greatly en-           stand with the rest of the community in awe of         mitment to the public interest, Joe also serves
                                                 hance both the business climate and the qual-                                                                  as a chairman of the Settlement Music School,
                                                                                                         the work she has done and continues to do for
                                                 ity of life for the entire population of the city,                                                             the oldest community school of the arts in the
                                                                                                         the children of Tampa Bay. I am honored to
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                                                 in addition to building upon the great sense of                                                                U.S., and has previously served on the boards
                                                                                                         have been invited to the Hillsborough League           of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivor-
                                                 pride in those individuals associated with it.          of Women Voters 2011 Annual Award Lunch-               ship, and the Federal Communications Bar
                                                    In closing, Mr. Speaker, I ask all my col-           eon where Mrs. Dottie Berger MacKinnon will            Association Foundation.
                                                 leagues to join me in wishing the employees             be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. I              On a personal note, I have known Joe since
                                                 of the Columbia Oscar Mayer plant and the               can think of no better candidate to receive this       we attended the University of Connecticut
                                                 citizens of Columbia, MO, congratulations on            honor than Dottie, she is truly an inspiration to      School of Law together. I got to know him as
                                                 reaching this significant milestone.                    everyone in the Tampa Bay community.                   a hard working, serious student of the law,



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