2019 AHCJ-National Library of Medicine Fellows Selected
COLUMBIA, Missouri, April 24 -- The Association of Health Care Journalists issued the following news:
Five journalists have been named to this year's class of AHCJ-National Library of Medicine fellows. The fellowship program was created to increase reporters' access and understanding of the considerable resources available at NLM and the National Institutes of Health.
The journalists chosen to take part this year are:
* Julia Haskins, AAMC News
* Jon Kelvey, staff writer, Carroll County Time more
Made in China, Exported to the World: The Surveillance State
QUITO, Ecuador, April 24 -- The U.S. Embassy in El Salvador issued the following news release:
The squat gray building in Ecuador's capital commands a sweeping view of the city's sparkling sprawl, from the high-rises at the base of the Andean valley to the pastel neighborhoods that spill up its mountainsides.
The police who work inside are looking elsewhere. They spend their days poring over computer screens, watching footage that comes in from 4,300 cameras across the country.
The high-power more
Philippine News and Human Rights Organizations Accused of 'Plot' Against Duterte
WASHINGTON, April 24 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news:
The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over Philippines President Roderigo Duterte providing information to The Manila Times, a local daily, alleging that media and legal groups orchestrated a "plot" to discredit and oust him.
"Unsubstantiated allegations of a plot against Philippines President Roderigo Duterte relayed by the president himself create an immediate danger for critical jo more
Religion News Service, AP and The Conversation Launch Global Religion Journalism Initiative
NEW YORK, April 24 -- The Associated Press issued the following news release:
Religion News Foundation (RNF), Religion News Service (RNS), The Associated Press (AP) and The Conversation announced today the creation of a global religion journalism initiative, an effort to expand religion news reporting in the U.S. and around the world.
This initiative includes the creation of a joint global religion news desk aimed at providing balanced, nuanced coverage of major world religions, with an emphas more
Scripps to Report First-Quarter 2019 Operating Results on May 10
CINCINNATI, Ohio, April 24 -- The E.W. Scripps, a broadcasting company, issued the following news release:
The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) will report first-quarter 2019 operating results before Nasdaq trading begins on Friday, May 10.
A conference call with the company's senior management team will follow at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time.
Scripps will offer a live webcast of the conference call. To access the webcast, visit http://ir.scripps.com/. The webcast link can be found on that page u more
TBEF Awards $29,000 in Scholarships
WASHINGTON, April 24 -- The Texas Association of Broadcasters issued the following news:
Congratulations to the 2019-2020 TBEF Scholarship Recipients! TAB's scholarship foundation awarded $29,000 to 10 college and university students from all over Texas.
This year's recipients include:
* Ann Arnold Scholarship: Paulina Fonseca, University of Texas-Arlington
* Belo Scholarship: Nick Williams, Texas State University
* Bonner McLane Scholarship: Paris Regan, Texas Tech University
* Tom Reiff more
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Names New Communications Director
MADISON, Wisconsin, April 24 -- The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. issued the following news release:
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- David Callender brings extensive experience in journalism, government relations and policy analysis
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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has named David Callender as its communications director.
Callender joins WEDC after serving as communications director for the nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum (WPF), where he helped guide the merger of the Madison-b more
Tipoffs:: First Amendment
Columnist Jay Michaelson Will Discuss Religious Liberty, Civil Rights May 6
LAWRENCE, Kansas, April 25 -- The University of Kansas issued the following news:
The Daily Beast legal affairs columnist Jay Michaelson will present "Religious Liberty and/or Civil Rights" at 7 p.m. May 6 in the Jayhawk Room at the Kansas Union.
Michaelson, a featured commentator on CNN, National Public Radio and MSNBC, will examine the redefinition of the First Amendment's guarantee of liberty as it relates to religion. Michaelson's lecture is sponsored by The Friends of the Department of Re more
Naval Academy Assistant Professor Jeff Kosseff Named Andrew Carnegie Fellow
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, April 24 -- The U.S. Naval Academy issued the following news release:
U.S. Naval Academy Assistant Professor Jeff Kosseff, a native of East Brunswick, N.J., was recently named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for his book tentatively titled "United States of Anonymous Speech."
"The book is under contract with Cornell University Press and will tell the story of the First Amendment right to anonymous speech, starting with the drafting of the Federalist Papers under the pen name "Pu more
UConn Professor Refunded Over $5,000 in Union Fees Seized in Violation of His First Amendment Rights
STORRS, Connecticut, April 24 -- The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation issued the following news release:
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- Supreme Court's Janus decision leads AAUP union officials to quickly settle civil rights lawsuit filed by UConn School of Business accounting professor
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National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation staff attorneys have secured a victory for a University of Connecticut School of Business professor who filed a lawsuit in January seeking the return of forced un more
BLM Seeks Public Comment for Castle Mountain Mine Proposal
NEEDLES, California, April 19 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management's California State Office issued the following news release:
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking comment on a proposed modification to the Plan of Operations for the Castle Mountain Mine located in San Bernardino County. The 30-day public comment period will end on May 20.
The mine, owned by Castle Mountain Venture, is an authorized 1,375-acre open pit gold mine that was approved in 1990 and t more
Department of Education Issues April 19 Education Review Newsletter
WASHINGTON, April 19 -- The U.S. Department of Education issued the following Education Review newsletter:
Acting on the recommendations of the Federal Commission on School Safety, Secretary DeVos announced the "Parent and Educator Guide to School Climate Resources." This guide, produced jointly by the Department's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) and Office for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), provides best practices and resources that parents and educa more
HHS Announces Next Steps in Advancing Interoperability of Health Information
WASHINGTON, April 19 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the following news release:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued for public comment draft 2 of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) that will support the full, network-to-network exchange of health information nationally. HHS also released a notice of funding opportunity to engage a non-profit, industry-based organization that will advance nationwide interoperabi more
HHS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rules to Improve the Interoperability of Electronic Health Information
WASHINGTON, April 19 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the following news release:
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it is extending the public comment period by 30 days for two proposed regulations aimed at promoting the interoperability of health information technology (health IT) and enabling patients to electronically access their health information. The new deadline for the submission of comments - June 3, 2019 - will allow add more
House Oversight & Reform Committee Issues Report on Authorization, Oversight Plans for All House Committees (Part 4 of 14)
WASHINGTON, April 19 -- The House Oversight and Reform Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-40) on authorization and oversight plans for all House committees. The report was advanced by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, on April 12.
COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR
SUBMISSION OF OVERSIGHT PLAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR
Mr. Scott, from the Committee on Education and Labor, submitted to the Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Committee on House Administratio more
ONC Releases Second Draft of TEFCA for Public Comment
CHICAGO, Illinois, April 19 -- The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society issued the following news:
On Friday, April 19, 2019, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published its second draft of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) and opened it for public comment, with a deadline to respond of Monday, June 17. This second draft of TEFCA follows the initial iteration that was released in January 2018. HIMSS, along with many other stake more
The Justice Department, Environmental Protection Agency, and State of Colorado Reach Agreement With Highpoint Operating Corporation to Resolve Alleged Clean Air Act Violations and Reduce Air Pollution in Colorado
WASHINGTON, April 19 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division issued the following news release:
The Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the state of Colorado today announced a settlement with Denver-based HighPoint Operating Corporation resolving alleged Clean Air Act violations.
The settlement resolves alleged claims that HighPoint violated requirements to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions from its more
ARL White Paper on Wikidata Highlights Use of Open Knowledge in Scholarly Communication, Special Collections
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- The Association of Research Libraries issued the following news:
In a new Association of Research Libraries (ARL) white paper, a task force of expert Wikidata users recommend a variety of ways for librarians to use the open knowledge base in advancing global discovery of their collections, faculty, and institutions.
Librarians are using Wikidata's structured data about people, topics, concepts, and objects to populate open source faculty profiling systems, to enhance bi more
BLM Evaluating Camping Opportunities in Rabbit Valley
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado, April 18 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management's Colorado State Office issued the following news release:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand Junction Field Office is seeking the public's input on a proposal to improve camping opportunities in Rabbit Valley.
The BLM prepared a preliminary environmental assessment analyzing new camping facilities and providing additional camping opportunities while protecting the natural, cultural and more
EPA Seeks Public Input for Development of National Water Reuse Action Plan
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public input on the development of an action plan to accelerate the application of water reuse as a safe, reliable, and sustainable way to meet the country's current and future water demands.
"To meet the country's most pressing water resources challenges, EPA recognizes the need for coordinated federal leadership," said David Ross, U.S. EPA's more
FTC Chairman Simons Issues Statement on Matters of Sandpiper/PiperGear, Patriot Puck
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- The Federal Trade Commission issued the following speech by statement Joseph J. Simons in the matters of Sandpiper/PiperGear and Patriot Puck:
"When companies make misleading or blatantly false "Made in U.S.A." claims, they undermine and skew consumer choice, and may create an unfair competitive advantage over a product or service that is marketed truthfully. Today I have voted to finalize the consent orders to resolve the Commission's allegations that Patriot Puck and S more
Funding Available for Forest Projects
MEDFORD, Oregon, April 18 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service unit - Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest - issued the following news release:
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- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Accepting Proposals for Title II Funding
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Proposals for natural resource projects to benefit the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Curry, Coos, Josephine and Del Norte Counties, are now being accepted. The project proposals will be reviewed and recommended for funding by t more
House Administration Subcommittee Issues Testimony From U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
WELDON, North Carolina, April 18 -- The House Administration subcommittee on Elections issued the following testimony by Patricia Timmons-Goodson, vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, at a field hearing entitled "Voting Rights and Election Administration in North Carolina":
"Thank you for inviting me to testify. I am Vice Chair of the United States Commission on Civil Rights [hereafter "Commission"], and I come before you today to speak about our 2018 statutory enforcement report more
Sen. Murphy Criticizes FTC Decision to Let Companies Falsely Claiming 'Made In USA' Off the Hook
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- The office of Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Connecticut, issued the following news release:
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- Murphy: "The 'Made in the USA' label should mean something"
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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, on Thursday criticized a decision by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to let companies that falsely labeled foreign products as "Made in the USA" off the hook and not press any substantive charges.
The companies und more
Settlement Reached With Honeywell International Inc. and International Paper Co. for Cleanup of Contaminated Soils and Sediments at North Carolina Superfund Site
ATLANTA, Georgia, April 18 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice announced a settlement with Honeywell International Inc. and International Paper Co. for cleanup of contaminated soils and sediments at the LCP-Holtrachem plant in Riegelwood, Columbus County, North Carolina.
"The environmental benefits that will result from today's settlement are a win for the communities near more
United States Reaches Settlement With Honeywell International Inc. and International Paper Co. for Cleanup of Contaminated Soils and Sediments at North Carolina Superfund Site
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- The U.S. Department of Justice issued the following news release:
The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement with Honeywell International Inc., and International Paper Co., for cleanup of contaminated soils and sediments at the LCP-Holtrachem plant in Riegelwood, Columbus County, North Carolina. The United States brought its action under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Ac more
United States Wins Dispute Finding China's Administration of Grain Tariff-Rate Quotas Breaches WTO Commitments
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued the following news release:
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel found that China has administered its tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for wheat, corn, and rice inconsistently with its WTO commitments. Contrary to those commitments, China's TRQ administration is not transparent, predictable, or fair, and it ul more
United States Wins Dispute Finding China's Administration of Grain Tariff-Rate Quotas Breaches WTO Commitments
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- The U.S. Trade Representative issued the following news release:
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel found that China has administered its tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for wheat, corn, and rice inconsistently with its WTO commitments. Contrary to those commitments, China's TRQ administration is not transparent, predictable, or fair, and it ultimat more
WildEarth Guardians: Greater Chaco Coalition Responds to Congressional Visit on Oil and Gas Impacts
SANTA FE, New Mexico, April 18 -- WildEarth Guardians issued the following news release:
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- House Natural Resources Committee Holds Field Hearing on Protection of Air Quality and Sacred Sites
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Members of the Congressional House Natural Resources Committee held a three-day trip in New Mexico from April 13 to 15 to learn more about the negative impacts of oil and gas drilling on sacred sites and air quality, especially in the Greater Chaco region of northwest New Mexico.
Over the th more
Commissioner Slaughter Issues Statement on Matters of Sandpiper/PiperGear, Patriot Puck
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- The Federal Trade Commission issued the following statement by Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter in the matters of Sandpiper/PiperGear and Patriot Puck:
"Let me cut to the quick: I have changed my vote on these particular cases because I now believe that I got this wrong the first time around.
"I misunderstood an important aspect of the FTC's authority, and then I repeated my misunderstanding to a wider audience. So I write to clear up this misunderstanding, to say t more
FTC Approves Final Consents Settling Charges That Hockey Puck Seller, Companies Selling Recreational and Outdoor Equipment Made False 'Made in USA' Claims
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- The Federal Trade Commission issued the following news release:
Following public comment periods, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final consent orders in two cases in which the agency alleged that companies falsely claimed their products were made in the United States.
Patriot Puck: First announced in September 2018, the FTC's complaint against four related Farmingdale, New York-based companies doing business as Patriot Puck alleged that the companies made fal more
FTC Commissioner Chopra Issues Statement on Matter of Sandpiper/PiperGear
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- The Federal Trade Commission issued the following statement by Commissioner Rohit Chopra in the matter of Sandpiper/PiperGear:
"Law enforcement actions without consequences harm honest businesses forced to compete with those who don't play by the rules. With our economy experiencing a rise in counterfeit goods from overseas that rely on fake branding and are sold through e-commerce marketplaces, more and more law-abiding firms are feeling the pain of lost sales. When the more
Livestock Industry Groups Launch Campaign Supporting State Management of Gray Wolf Populations
CENTENNIAL, Colorado, April 17 -- The National Cattlemen's Beef Association issued the following news release:
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) today announced the launch of a campaign to celebrate the conservation success story of the gray wolf. The campaign supports state management of gray wolf populations and encourages grassroot engagement during the open U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) public comment period ending May 14.
NISO Releases Draft Recommended Practice on Improved Access to Institutionally-Provided Information Resources for Public Comment
BALTIMORE, Maryland, April 17 -- The National Information Standards Organization issued the following news release:
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) seeks comments on a new Recommended Practice draft for improved access to institutionally-provided information resources. This document details the findings from the Resource Access for the 21st Century (RA21) initiative and provides recommendations for using federated identity as an access model and for improving the federate more
Agencies Invite Comment on Modifications to Resolution Plan Requirements
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- The Federal Reserve issued the following joint news release with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation:
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- Proposal Keeps Existing Requirements for Largest Firms and Reduces Requirements for Firms With Less Risk
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The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on Tuesday invited public comment on a proposal modifying their resolution plan requirements for large banking firms. The proposal would keep existing resolution plan expect more
BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Lincoln County Land Sales
ELY, Nevada, April 16 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management's Nevada State Office issued the following news release:
The Bureau of Land Management Ely District, Caliente Field Office is proposing to offer six parcels (totaling approximately 248 acres) of public lands in Lincoln County, Nevada through a competitive sale. All parcels are located within five miles of the following communities: two parcels near Alamo, three parcels near Panaca, and one parcel near Rache more
Cardin, Carper, Duckworth Urge EPA, Army Corps to Abandon 'Dirty Water Rule' Proposal
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release:
At the close of the public comment period, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) led 13 other senators in sending a letter yesterday to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) R.D. James urging them to reverse course on the dangerous Dirty Water Rule proposal to gut the Obama-era re more
Carper, Duckworth and Cardin Urge EPA, Army Corps to Abandon 'Dirty Water Rule' Proposal
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, issued the following news release:
At the close of the public comment period, U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) led 13 other senators in sending a letter yesterday to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) R.D. James urging them to reverse course on more
Duckworth, Carper and Cardin Urge EPA, Army Corps to Abandon 'Dirty Water Rule' Proposal
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release:
At the close of the public comment period, U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) led 13 other senators in sending a letter yesterday to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) R.D. James urging them to reverse course o more
FDIC, Federal Reserve Invite Comment on Modifications to Resolution Plan Requirements
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System issued the following joint release:
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- Proposal Keeps Existing Requirements for Largest Firms and Reduces Requirements for Firms with Less Risk
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The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on Tuesday invited public comment on a proposal modifying their resolution plan requirements for large banking firms. The proposal would keep existing more
Sens. Carper, Duckworth and Cardin Urge EPA, Army Corps to Abandon 'Dirty Water Rule' Proposal
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following news release:
At the close of the public comment period, U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) led 13 other senators in sending a letter yesterday to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Sec more
South Fork Salmon Named Among America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2019
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- American Rivers issued the following news release:
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- Mining threatens clean water, salmon for second year in a row
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For the second year in a row, American Rivers named the South Fork of the Salmon River among America's Most Endangered Rivers(R), citing the threat expanded open-pit gold mining in the area would pose to water quality and river health. American Rivers and its partners called on the U.S. Forest Service to protect the South Fork of the Salmon fo more
Comment Period Opens for Updated Breast Cancer Testing Guideline
NORTHFIELD, Illinois, April 15 -- The College of American Pathologists issued the following news release:
Draft recommendations that update the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2010 guideline for estrogen (ER) and progesterone (PgR) receptor testing in breast cancer are open for public comment today through April 29, 2019.
Globally, more than 1 million women are diagnosed annually with breast cancer and receptor testing conducted on th more
EPA Issues Guidance on Clean Water Act Permitting Requirements
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:
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- EPA's Interpretative Statement provides certainty to states and the regulated community while recognizing long-standing protections for America's groundwater.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued guidance clarifying the application of Clean Water Act (CWA or the Act) permitting requirements to groundwater. EPA's Interpretative Statement concludes that Congress exclude more
FCC Commissioner O'Rielly Issues Remarks at NTCA - Rural Broadband Association Conference
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- The Federal Communications Commission issued the following speech by Commissioner Michael O'Rielly at the NTCA - Rural Broadband Association's "Legislative and Policy Conference":
"Thank you, Shirley, for that very kind introduction. Many of you may be unaware, but Shirley and I became fast friends when I first arrived at the Commission and have remained so over the last five-plus years. Granted, she was somewhat skeptical about me pre-Senate confirmation, but we have wo more
Groups Oppose the EPA's Proposal to Gut the Clean Water Act
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- The Southern Environmental Law Center issued the following news release:
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- Public Comment Period Closes on Proposal to Strip Federal Protections for Wetlands and Smaller Waterways
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Today the Southern Environmental Law Center filed comments on behalf of 80 conservation and community organizations against the EPA's proposal to drastically reduce what waters are protected under the Clean Water Act, jeopardizing drinking-water sources for 200 million Americans more
National Park Service Approves Plan to Repair, Raise and Resurface Towpath
HAGERSTOWN, Maryland, April 15 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park issued the following news release:
The National Park Service (NPS) has approved a plan to stabilize a historic stone wall and raise parts of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O Canal) towpath, move it farther from the Potomac River and resurface it. The improvements will be made between McMahon's Mill (milepost 88.1) and Lock 42 (milepost 89.0) in Washington County, Md.
Proposed Roster for Person-Center Planning Panel
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living issued the following news release:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is working with the Administration for Community Living through the National Quality Forum (NQF) to address quality measurement in person-centered planning. NQF issued a call for nominations for individuals with experience in person-centered care to serve on a multi-stakeholder panel.
The roster for more
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility: Trump's Clean Water Debacle
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility issued the following news release:
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- Proposed Rewrite of WOTUS Threatens U.S. Water Security
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The Trump plan to dramatically limit the scope of the Clean Water Act will be a devastating blow to both water quality and availability, according to comments filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Overall, PEER estimates as much as 60% of U.S. waters and wetlands, and up to 90% in more
Reps. McEachin, Jayapal, Diaz Barragan, Lead Letter Urging House to Protect the Clean Water Act
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- Rep. A. Donald McEachin, D-Virginia, issued the following news release:
Today, the United for Climate and Environmental Justice task force co-chairs - Representatives A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and Nanette Diaz Barragan (CA-44) - led a comment letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging them to halt efforts to weaken the 2015 Clean Water Rule, otherwise known as the "waters of the United States" ru more
Sen. Warren Issues Statement on Military Student Loan Proposed Agreement
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, issued the following statement on the announcement that the Department of Defense has proposed an agreement with the Department of Education to automate for servicemembers a benefit that exempts them from paying any interest on federal student loans while serving in war zones:
Since 2008, the Higher Education Act has included a provision that removes the interest on military borrowers' student loans while they are serving in areas more
USDA Announces Reopening of Public Comment Period for Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Preliminary Plant Pest Risk Assessment for GE Citrus Tristeza Virus Permit
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issued the following news release:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announces today that we are reopening the public review and comment period for a draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS) and preliminary Pest Risk Assessment (PRA) prepared in response to a permit application from Southern Gardens Citrus Nursery, LLC, for the environm more
Cabrillo National Monument to Host Open House to Share the Trail Management Plan/Environmental Assessment
SAN DIEGO, California, April 13 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's Cabrillo National Monument issued the following news release:
Cabrillo National Monument Superintendent Andrea Compton invites the public to attend an open house meeting to share the Cabrillo National Monument Trail Management Plan / Environmental Assessment. The plan will be used to guide the development, maintenance, and use of the trail system for the next 25 years with the goal of improving visitor experience and safet more
Public Invited to Comment on Implementation Activities for the Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project During 30-day Comment Period
THORNE BAY, Alaska, April 13 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service unit - Tongass National Forest - issued the following news release:
The Tongass National Forest is asking for the public's input over the next 30 days on a wide array of proposed activities included in the "Out-year Plan" for the Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis (POW LLA) Project.
The "Out-year Plan" is a living document that allows the public to track activities through the implementation process. more
USDA Announces Availability of Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Plant Pest Risk Assessment for Petition to Deregulate Altered Oil Profile and Herbicide Resistant GE Canola
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issued the following news release:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on two documents related to the potential deregulation of a canola variety genetically engineered (GE) to convert oleic acid to docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), as well as for resistance to an imidazolinone herbi more
Patent & Trademark Office Deputy Director Peter Issues Remarks at Silicon Valley IP Forum 2019
PALO ALTO, California, April 10 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office issued the following remarks by Deputy Director Laura Peter at Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Forum 2019:
"Good afternoon everyone, and thank you, John Cabeca for your kind introduction. It's a pleasure to be here with all of you today to discuss intellectual property in a global environment.
"Just think: 150 years ago, before the invention of the car or the airplane, it would have taken week more
CMS Proposes Expanding Coverage of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued the following news release:
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- Proposal would increase access by expanding Medicare coverage to additional diagnostic applications
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Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to update its national coverage policy for Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM). ABPM is a non-invasive diagnostic test that uses a device to track blood pres more
IRS Issues Announcement on Advance Pricing Agreements
WASHINGTON, April 8 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Internal Revenue Service issued the following announcement:
Announcement and Report Concerning Advance Pricing Agreements
This Announcement is issued pursuant to * 521(b) of Pub. L. 106-170, the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, which requires the Secretary of the Treasury to report annually to the public concerning advance pricing agreements (APAs) and the Advance Pricing and Mutual Ag more
Politics: President Donald Trump
Congress Must Override Trump's Veto of Yemeni Withdrawal
WASHINGTON, April 19 -- The Libertarian Party issued the following news release:
The United States has a long history of intervention in foreign conflicts, waging war and dropping bombs in countries where American interests are not at stake -- and taking innocent lives in the process. The civil war in Yemen is fueled by aggression from Saudi Arabia that has been particularly brutal, with an estimated 50,000 killed, including many thousands of civilians. American intervention there serves no nat more
Governor Ron DeSantis and FDEM Announce $18.5 Million for Bay County Hurricane Recovery
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, April 19 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release:
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that following President Donald Trump's commitment to federally fund 100 percent of the first 45 days of Hurricane Michael recovery, Bay County is receiving $18.5 million in recovery funding. These funds will be used to reimburse Bay County for removing 2.3 million cubic yards of debris in the 45 days following Hurricane Michael's landfall.
This is also the more
It's Time for Democrats to Accept Reality
MADISON, Wisconsin, April 19 -- The Wisconsin Republican Party issued the following news:
Yesterday, the Department of Justice released a copy of special counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The report confirmed there was no collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, and there was no obstruction of justice. Nevertheless, Democrats continue to spread baseless accusations and lies. Some, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Corte more
Brennan Center Experts Available: Mueller Report
NEW YORK, April 18 -- Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law issued the following news release:
Experts from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law are available to discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller's findings released today by Attorney General William Barr.
The Brennan Center has deep expertise on many of the issues at the core of the report, including: presidential power, securing elections from foreign interference, campaign finance laws that govern the infl more
Gov. Bevin Receives Notification of Presidential Disaster Declaration for Kentucky Counties Impacted by Flooding
FRANKFORT, Kentucky, April 18 -- Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release:
Gov. Matt Bevin has received notification that President Donald Trump has authorized assistance for certain Kentucky counties that suffered significant damage as a result of the severe flooding event commencing on February 6, 2019, and continuing through March 10, 2019.
"We are grateful to President Trump for issuing an official disaster declaration to assist Kentucky counties impacted by widesprea more
Op-Ed: Tax Day Shows Benefits of President Trump's Tax Reform for Nation, Florida
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce issued the following op-ed:
This past Monday was Tax Day, perhaps the least appealing day on America's national calendar. This year, however, President Donald Trump's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act gave Americans something to smile about.
Today, I am in the Miami (https://www.sun-sentinel.com/topic/south-florida/miami-SFL00052-topic.html) area discussing tax reform and the positive impact the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) will have fo more
Rep. Bergman Issues Statement on Special Counsel Mueller Report
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Michigan, issued the following statement on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report:
"After nearly two years of investigations, countless political and media speculation, over $25 million of taxpayer dollars spent, and hundreds of witnesses, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report confirms there was no collusion between Russia and President Trump, his campaign associates, or any American in the 2016 election.
"Russia sought to sow discord in our cou more
Rep. Cole Issues Statement on Release of Special Counsel Mueller's Report
NORMAN, Oklahoma, April 18 -- Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, issued the following statement after Attorney General William Barr released to the public a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report:
"While I applaud Attorney General Barr for allowing Congress to review Special Counsel Mueller's report and making it publicly available for Americans to read for themselves, it doesn't change the prior conclusions of the 22-month investigation.
"Redacted or not, the report confirms that more
Rep. Lucas Issues Statement on Release of Special Counsel Mueller Report
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Oklahoma, issued the following statement after the Department of Justice delivered Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report:
"Today, the United States Department of Justice provided the complete transparency needed to bring this investigation to a close. Complying with current federal statute, protecting grand jury material, classified information, and the integrity of the investigative process, United States Attorney General William Barr provided the more
Rep. Wilson Issues Statement on Release of Mueller Report
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- Rep. Joe Wilson, R-South Carolina, issued the following statement on the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report:
"I commend Attorney General William Barr for his release of the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and for his commitment to transparency for the American people.
"As President Donald Trump has said time and time again, it is clear that there was no collusion with Russia as they clearly made efforts to interfere with the el more
Sen. Crapo Issues Statement on Full Mueller Report
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election:
"I have repeatedly said this investigation should come to a conclusion without interference from either side of the political aisle. Attorney General William Barr's four-page summary submitted last month adequately summarized the pri more
Sen. Toomey, Rep. Reschenthaler Issue Op-Ed on Combating Fentanyl
ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania, April 18 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, and Rep. Reschenthaler, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following op-ed on combating fentanyl, which was provided to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
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- Under the Blocking Deadly Fentanyl Imports Act, a nation exporting illicit fentanyl would be ineligible for U.S. taxpayer-subsidized foreign aid or Export-Import Bank loans if it fails to cooperate with U.S. narcotics control efforts. These conditions already apply to any nation ide more
University of Virginia's School of Law: Inside the Mueller Report
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia, April 18 -- The University of Virginia's School of Law issued the following news:
The much-anticipated "Mueller report" dropped Thursday. Named for Robert Mueller '73, the University of Virginia School of Law alumnus who conducted the investigation, the report offered good and bad news for President Donald Trump, according to Professor Stephen Braga, an expert in white-collar crime.
Mueller led the investigation into Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 presid more
With Release of 'Mueller Report,' Law Professor Foresees New Headaches for Trump
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia, April 18 -- The University of Virginia issued the following news release:
The much-anticipated "Mueller report" dropped Thursday. Named for Robert Mueller, the University of Virginia School of Law alumnus who conducted the investigation, the report offered good and bad news for President Donald Trump, according to Law professor Stephen Braga, an expert in white-collar crime.
Mueller led an investigation into Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 presidential el more
CCI Global Scholars Attend Reception for US Ambassador in Sydney
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, April 17 -- The University of Tennessee issued the following news:
Twenty-one students from the College of Communication and Information who are studying abroad and interning in Australia recently attended a reception honoring UT alumnus and US Ambassador Arthur "A.B." Culvahouse Jr. at the Consul General's residence in Sydney.
"When Consul General Sharon Hudson-Dean learned there was a class of UT students studying in Sydney, she worked with her staff to invite the stude more
Congressmen Rooney and Gaetz Request Meeting With President Trump on Banning Oil Drilling East of the Military Mission Line
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Florida, issued the following news release:
Today, Congressmen Francis Rooney and Matt Gaetz sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting a meeting in the Oval Office to discuss the importance of a permanent moratorium on oil and gas drilling and pre-leasing activity East of the Military Mission Line in the Gulf of Mexico.
A copy of the letter is attached(https://francisrooney.house.gov/uploadedfiles/2019.4.17_request_offshore_meeting_potus more
New National Poll Shows Biden, Sanders, O'Rourke and Castro Hold Highest Favorability Among Latino Voters in Lead Up to Election 2020
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund issued the following news release:
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- Findings show race for democratic presidential nomination is wide open, with many candidates relatively unknown among Latino electorate
- NALEO presidential candidate forum, taking place June 21 at Telemundo Center in Miami, will offer candidates a unique opportunity to address Latino leadership
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Less than 10 months before the 2020 prima more
New Opportunity Zone Rules Will Kickstart Entrepreneurship, Says Advocate for Entrepreneurs
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council issued the following news release:
It was a big day for Opportunity Zones on April 17. The White House hosted an Opportunity Zones conference, and the U.S. Treasury released proposed rules that provide clarity for investors, entrepreneurs and economic development officials. Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan attended the conference, and commented that both the event and pr more
Please Terry, Run for President
RICHMOND, Virginia, April 17 -- The Virginia Republican Party issued the following news:
Terry McAuliffe has ruled out running for the presidency in 2020. We wish he would reconsider.
* Does he think Ralph Northam was in blackface or the KKK hood in his yearbook photo?
* Does he believe Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted any/all of the women who have accused him?
* Will he do any events with any of Virginia's top three elected officials?
* Why did he flip-flop on Kathy Tran's abortion during more
Vice President Trump Issues Remarks After Tour on Permian Basin Oil Field, Diamondback Oil Rig
MIDLAND, Texas, April 17 -- The White House issued the following remarks by Vice President Mike Pence after a tour at the Permian Basin oil field and Diamondback oil rig at the Latshaw Drilling Rig 45:
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you all very much. It is great to be in West Texas in the heart of an American energy renaissance, the Permian Basin. (Applause.)
I'm delighted to be here with the great Diamondback team. I'm also delighted to be with the Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt more
Bipartisan Colorado River Drought Plan Signed Into Law Averting Potentially Catastrophic Outcomes for People and Birds
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- The National Audubon Society issued the following news:
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- Audubon worked throughout the West to advocate for the Drought Contingency Plan.
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"More than 400 bird species and 36 million people rely on the Colorado River. Studies show that as temperatures continue to rise, the Colorado River and the rivers that feed it will become even more important for people and for birds like the Yellow-billed Cuckoo and the Great Blue Heron," said David Yarnold, President more
FICCI Lauds US Government's Crackdown on Counterfeits
NEW DELHI, India, April 16 -- The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry issued the following news release:
US President Donald Trump has signed a memorandum on Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods which is aimed at stopping the sales of counterfeit products especially via online platforms. The statement mentioned that the Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with the Commerce Department, the attorney general and other federal agencies will compose a more
Nadler, Lofgren, and Cohen Seek Documents and Testimony on President Trump's Reported Pardon Offer to DHS Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, issued the following news release:
Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee Chairman Steve Cohen (D-TN) wrote a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan requesting information and documents related to President Donald Trump's reported offer of a pardon to hi more
New Report Creates Roadmap for U.S.-Mexico Cooperation on Security, Drug and Border Policy
LA JOLLA, California, April 16 -- The University of California San Diego campus issued the following news:
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- UC San Diego white paper recommends establishing a joint taskforce combatting fentanyl, developing binational criminal investigative operations and more
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The University of California San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy's Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies recently released a report with steps the U.S. and Mexico can take to make each other safe. The white paper list more
President Trump, the First Lady & Federal Leaders to Join Congressman Rogers at Operation UNITE's National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit Next Week
ATLANTA, Georgia, April 16 -- Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release:
The annual National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit continues to lead the way toward better policies and practices to save lives and address the national opioid abuse crisis. The four-day conference, which will take place April 22-25 in Atlanta, Georgia, brings together the most powerful leaders in the United States, along with the nation's largest contingent of state and community advocates and pro more
Sanders Responds After Trump Vetoes Yemen Resolution
BURLINGTON, Vermont, April 16 -- The office of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, issued the following news release:
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump vetoed the resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen:
"I am disappointed, but not surprised, that Trump has rejected the bi-partisan resolution to end U.S. involvement in the horrific war in Yemen. The people of Yemen desperately need humanitarian help, not more bombs. M more
Sentencing Reform in North Carolina Pushed By Advocates, Trump State of the Union Guest Matthew Charles
RALEIGH, North Carolina, April 16 -- Families Against Mandatory Minimums issued the following news release:
Criminal justice reform advocates and Matthew Charles, President Donald Trump's 2019 State of the Union guest, held a press conference at the North Carolina State Capitol today to urge the passage of the North Carolina First Step Act (SB 404).
"It didn't take two decades in prison for me to straighten my life out, but that's how inflexible sentencing laws work," Charles said. "It's wrong more
AP Wins Pulitzer Prize for Yemen War Reporting
NEW YORK, April 15 -- The Associated Press issued the following news release:
The Associated Press today won a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting based on its compelling coverage of the grinding conflict in Yemen and the ensuing humanitarian crisis, including a series of deep investigative stories, photos and videos chronicling atrocities spawned by the war.
The achievement is the 53rd Pulitzer Prize won by AP.
At great personal risk, correspondent Maggie Michael, photographer Nariman more
Gov. Justice Issues Statement on Tax Day in West Virginia
CHARLESTON, West Virginia, April 15 -- Gov. Jim Justice, R-West Virginia, issued the following statement on Tax Day in West Virginia:
"This Tax Day is a great day in West Virginia. Our state is really on the move with historic revenue numbers that remain on track for a significant year-end surplus, and we've been able to help lots of West Virginians save real money on their tax payments.
"In 2017, I signed into law a tax exemption for our veterans, which has made it so military retirement inc more
Governor Walz to White House: Minnesota Will Need Federal Disaster Relief
ST. PAUL, Minnesota, April 15 -- Gov. Tim Walz, D-Minnesota, issued the following news release:
In a letter to the White House today, Governor Tim Walz informed President Donald Trump of the recent severe weather events in Minnesota and the looming need for federal disaster relief.
"Minnesotans are hardy people and we have a lot of experience taking care of each other during and after severe weather," wrote Governor Walz. "Over the past twelve months - not counting this event - Minnesota has e more
Jim Justice's Weekend Was Worse Than Yours
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- The Democratic Governors Association issued the following news:
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- WV Governor Has Public Meltdown at Gala, College GOP Votes No Confidence
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week" doesn't seem like it's ever going to end.
Once again, an important Republican grassroots organization has voted to express no confidence in his leadership. This time it was the West Virginia Federation of College Republicans, who passed the r more
Mount Aloysius College Announces Commencement Speaker
CRESSON, Pennsylvania, April 15 -- Mount Aloysius College issued the following news:
Mount Aloysius College is honored to announce that Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson will present the college's 2019 commencement address. The College will hold its 79th annual commencement on May 11, 2019 at 10 a.m.
Congressman Thompson represents Pennsylvania's Fifteenth District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to being elected to Pennsylvania's geographically largest congressional district, Congre more
Rep. Hagedorn Thanks Trump for Strong Economy and Encourages Him on Trade
BURNSVILLE, Minnesota, April 15 -- Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minnesota, issued the following statement:
Today, Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) greeted President Donald Trump onboard Air Force One at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport and rode with him in the motorcade to the economy and tax reform roundtable at Nuss Truck and Equipment in Burnsville.
"President Trump's policies are making a difference for small businesses in Minnesota and across our nation. His relentless pursuit of lower taxes, regulatory more
Rep. Ruiz Sends Letter to the President Urging Federal Aid for Local Communities Impacted by the Valentine's Day Flood
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-California, issued the following news release:
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- The letter calls on President Trump to use federal disaster relief funds to help residents and business-owners overcome the flooding damage
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Today, Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Palm Desert) sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to devote federal funding to help local communities recover from the Valentine's Day flood. The letter comes after Governor Gavin Newsom sent a lett more
Young and Braun Co-Author Tax Day Op-Ed
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- The office of Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release:
- "GOP brings boom times"
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Coinciding with Tax Day, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R.-Ind.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) co-authored an op-ed in The Journal Gazette highlighting the benefits of tax reform.
"Since Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, 3.2 million new jobs have been created. Our unemployment rate is near a 50-year low, and jobless claims have dropped to the lowest level sinc more
Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Respond to Trump Executive Orders
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, D-Oregon, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, issued the following news release:
Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) responded to President Donald Trump's Executive Orders to ease the permitting process for oil and gas pipelines, weakening the Clean Water Act.