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U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate

News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from all members of the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate as well as the House and Senate leadership and House and Senate committees.

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Trump Nominee Confirmed by U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON, April 28 -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of an individual for a position in the Trump Administration on April 27:

R. Alexander Acosta, of Florida, to be Secretary of Labor.

Senate Conducted Seven Committee Hearings Yesterday
WASHINGTON, April 28 -- The Senate conducted seven committee hearings yesterday:


Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies:

To examine preventing veteran suicide, after receiving testimony from Carolyn M. Clancy, Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Organizational Excellence, Harold S. Kudler, Chief Consultant for Mental Health Services, and Stephanie A. Davis, Suicide Prevention Coordinator and Staff Psychologist, VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, each of the Veterans Health Administration, and Michael L. Missal, Inspector General, ... Show Full Article

Sen. Flake Speaks About Legislation to Hire Additional Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists
WASHINGTON, April 28 -- Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on April 26, on legislation (S. 946) to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire additional Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists to provide treatment court services to justice-involved veterans:

Mr. President, Arizona is home to more than a half million veterans. They have served in every conflict from World War II to present-day operations in the Middle East. Nothing makes me prouder than to shake the hand of one of these veterans and to call them an Arizonan.

Fortunately, ... Show Full Article

Sen. Brown Pays Tribute to Reps. Stivers, Wenstrup
WASHINGTON, April 28 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on April 26, paying tribute to Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, and Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio:

Mr. President, I would like to recognize my friend and colleague, Congressman Steve Stivers, and congratulate him on his promotion to brigadier general in the Ohio National Guard.

Steve has served our State and our Nation in uniform for more than three decades. When his guard unit was called up in 2005, he served our country in Operation Iraqi Freedom. His leadership earned ... Show Full Article

Rep. LaMalfa Supports Review of National Monument Designations
WASHINGTON, April 28 -- Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., issued the following statement after President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order directing the Department of Interior to review national monument designations made during the last 20 years under the Antiquities Act.

"I fully support the President's decision to review national monuments that had been recklessly expanded under the Obama Administration.

"Downsizing many of these monuments will help the Department of Interior to better manage our federal lands and allow land owners to better use their own private land. It is time to reform ... Show Full Article

House Conducted 13 Committee Hearings Yesterday
WASHINGTON, April 28 -- The U.S. House of Representatives conducted 13 committee hearings yesterday:

*Armed Services:

Full Committee:

"Member Day". Testimony was heard from Chairman Chabot, and Representatives Walz, Carter of Texas, Loebsack, Crawford, Dunn, and Johnson of Louisiana.

Subcommittee on Military Personnel:

"Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/Traumatic Brain Injury". Testimony was heard from Captain Mike Colston, U.S. Navy, Director, Department of Defense, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury; Lieutenant Colonel Chris Ivany, M.D., ... Show Full Article

Del. Norton Introduces Low-Wage Federal Contractor Back Pay Act
WASHINGTON, April 28 -- Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on April 26, introducing the Low-Wage Federal Contractor Back Pay Act:

Mr. Speaker, today, I introduce the Low-Wage Federal Contractor Back Pay Act of 2017, to grant back pay to federally contracted retail, food, custodial and security service workers who may be furloughed if there is a federal government shutdown this fiscal year. The bill would apply to all three branches of the federal government. The idea for the bill was brought to my attention by federally ... Show Full Article