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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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Sen.McConnell Supports Nomination of Balash
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 7, supporting the nomination of Joseph Balash:

Mr. President, in addition to our important work on tax reform and to fund the government, this week the Senate is also continuing our efforts to confirm President Trump's nominees to his administration.

Soon the Senate will consider the nomination of Joseph Balash to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management. Through his career in both State government and as the Alaska ... Show Full Article

Sens. Udall, Heinrich, Rep. Pearce Announce Alamogordo Veterans May Access Specialized Care at El Paso VA Medical Center
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The office of Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, issued the following news release:

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced the Department of Veterans Affairs will make specialized medical care more accessible for veterans in Alamogordo by giving them the option to seek care either at the El Paso VA Medical Center or the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque for advanced care. Until now, veterans in Alamogordo needing specialized care have been referred to the Albuquerque VA hospital, which is three and a ... Show Full Article

Sens. Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $100,000 in Federal Funding for the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The office of Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-New York, issued the following news release:

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $100,000 in federal funding for the Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation (HVADC). HVADC is a non-profit organization that works to enhance the agricultural sector in the Hudson Valley and Capital District.

The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and will be used to provide technical assistance for the HVADC's Farm & Food Funding ... Show Full Article

Sen. Cochran Issues Statement on Opening of Civil Rights, History Museums
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi, issued the following statement to mark the dedication and opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson:

"The opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum represents a seminal event in the bicentennial of our beloved state.

"These two institutions give Mississippians and visitors from around the world a setting for learning about the people and experiences that make up our collective story.

"I believe understanding Mississippi's past is indispensable ... Show Full Article

Reps. Kinzinger, Suozzi Introduce Bill to Curb Iranian Influence
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, issued the following news release:

Yesterday, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation with his Democrat co-lead, Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-NY), that would impose sanctions with respect to Iranian persons who threaten the peace and stability of Iraq. After introducing the bill, H.R. 4591, the Preventing Iranian Destabilization of Iraq Act of 2017, Congressman Kinzinger and Congressman Suozzi released the following statements:

"For decades we have witnessed the true intentions of the Iranian regime when it comes ... Show Full Article

New Report: Republican Tax Bill Could Increase the Number of Uninsured In NV-03 By 31,000
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nevada, issued the following news release:

Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement in response to a new report on Republicans' partisan tax bill passed by the Senate. A new analysis (https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/news/2017/12/05/443767/estimates-increase-uninsured-congressional-district-senate-gop-tax-bill/) from the Center for American Progress found that the tax bill's provision dismantling the Affordable Care Act's health insurance coverage requirement could lead to 31,000 constituents in Nevada's ... Show Full Article

Following Exchange With NIH Director, Warren, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Increase Funding for Biomedical Research
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The office of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release:

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today introduced the National Biomedical Research Act, following an exchange with National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins during a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

The legislation would increase funding for targeted biomedical research initiatives through a new, reliable funding stream supporting the NIH and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The purchasing power of the ... Show Full Article