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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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Sens. Wicker, Cortez Masto Introduce 'SPEED Act'
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The office of Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., issued the following news release:

U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., have introduced the "Streamlining Permitting to Enable Efficient Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure Act of 2017" (SPEED Act), S. 1988. The measure would accelerate the deployment of new broadband infrastructure to both rural and urban areas by streamlining the permitting process for telecommunications equipment that is installed in locations that have already been subjected to historical or environmental reviews.

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Sens. Collins, King Announce $100,000 in USDA Small Business Innovation Funding to VitaminSea LLC in Buxton
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The office of Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release:

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded a $100,000 grant to VitaminSea LLC, a family-owned seaweed harvesting and processing company based in Buxton. The Phase I grant, which was awarded through the USDA's Small Business Innovation Research Program, will fund a concept study for larger scale commercialization of VitaminSea's seaweed products. In October 2016, Senators Collins ... Show Full Article

Senators Request Update on Drug Enforcement Law
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The office of Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release:

U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ed Markey (D-MA) today led a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requesting information on the impact of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act highlighted in a recent report from the Washington Post and "60 Minutes." The Senators are working with the agencies to ensure they have the tools they need to fight the addiction epidemic.

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Sen. Durbin Pays Tribute to State Rep. Nekritz
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 19, paying tribute to Illinois State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook:

Mr. President, earlier this month, Elaine Nekritz retired after more than 14 years of service representing the 57th District in the Illinois House of Representatives. Along with being a good friend and dedicated public servant, Elaine was a real leader for her constituents in Northbrook, Arlington Heights, Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, and across her district.

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Sen. Donnelly Assists Lafayette Resident Replace Lost Service Medals for Her Brother
GRANGER, Ind., Oct. 20 -- The office of Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., issued the following news release:

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today released the latest installment of his "Just Ask Joe" video series, which highlights the many services available to Hoosiers from his office. Susan Couk, a Lafayette resident, needed assistance in replacing medals for her brother's service in the Air Force. Susan wanted to have the medals replaced so her brother, Otis Walter Stair, who served in Thailand during the Vietnam War as an air traffic controller, could have the medals he earned during his service.

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Sen. Corker Issues Statement on Modernizing Food for Peace Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement at a hearing to examine current policies governing the delivery of food aid through the Food for Peace program and ways to use existing resources more efficiently to reach more people in need:

"We are currently facing a historic humanitarian crisis with over 800 million people worldwide who are in need of food aid.

"The United States continues to be the world leader in providing more than a third of all emergency food aid--over $2 billion annually.

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Bipartisan E&C Leaders Probe Florida Nursing Home Following Resident Deaths After Hurricane Irma
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., ranking Democratic member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following news release:

Bipartisan Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today sent a letter to Dr. Jack Michel, Owner of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, LLC, the Florida nursing home that lost 14 residents in the wake of Hurricane Irma, after the facility's air conditioning failed. The letter requests a detailed briefing and documents from the owner of the facility.

Signing the letter were: Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), ... Show Full Article