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Oxford Eye on the Beltway: Lieberman Praises Florida Senator

And DeLauro reiterates country's need for animal identification system.

BLUMENTHAL: The senator praised the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for launching a public inquiry into how arbitration clauses affect consumers.

“Consumers must have the right to remedies in court to hold companies accountable for poor service or excessive fees,” he said in a statement released by his office on Tuesday. “The CFBP arbitration inquiry is a meaningful step toward ensuring consumers are not unfairly and unethically forced into a biased arbitration system. I will continue to fight for legislation that restores the people's right to hold corporations accountable.”

Blumenthal recently introduced the Consumer Mobile Fairness Act, which would ban mandatory binding arbitration clauses in cell phone and mobile data service contracts, and co-sponsored the Arbitration Fairness Act with Senator Al Franken (D-MN), which prohibits pre-dispute arbitration agreements if it requires arbitration of an employment, consumer or civil rights dispute.

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LIEBERMAN: The senator went to Twitter to praise U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) for a speech he made Wednesday at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C.:

"Terrific speech by @MarcoRubio. More evidence that he is a rising star in the next generation of American foreign policy leaders."

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HIMES: The congressman revealed on Twitter that he was one of many who saw President Obama's appearance on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" Tuesday night:

"You gotta see the Pres slow jammin' the news on student loans w/Jimmy Fallon: http://tinyurl.com/cff84fy Fun, but this issue is DEAD serious."

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DELAURO: The congresswoman again expressed her views on the country's need for animal identification system. She previously urged the United States Department of Agriculture to implement one when she was Chairwoman of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee.

“Yesterday’s announcement of the fourth case of BSE, or mad cow disease, in the United States clearly highlights the need for a comprehensive national animal identification system,” she said in a statement released by her office on Wednesday. “We were lucky to identify this case, but we must invest in a strong national identification system that has the potential to improve animal traceability and ensure the health of our domestic livestock.”

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MURPHY: The congressman went to Twitter to express his gratitude after a UConn student wrote an opinion piece in support of Murphy:

"Honored to have the support of #UConn Student Body President Sam Tracy! http://bit.ly/K4jgS2 #CTSen"

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