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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. McCaskill Issues Statement on Tragedy at Table Rock Lake
WASHINGTON, July 20 -- The office of Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, issued the following statement on the duck boat tragedy at Table Rock Lake in Branson:

"Our hearts are heavy for those families involved in the tragedy that struck in Branson last night.

"Sincere thanks to the first responders and those on the scene helping in the search and rescue."

McCaskill's office has been in contact with the National Transportation Safety Board, which is sending a large team to Branson to investigate the incident and to offer family assistance.

Reps. Courtney, Larson Issue Statement on Home Foundations Problem
WASHINGTON, July 20 -- Reps. Joe Courtney, D-Connecticut, and John B. Larson, D-Connecticut, issued the following statement after the House approved two amendments to help address the home foundations problem:

"Homeowners in more than three dozen towns in north central and northeast Connecticut have reported that their home foundations are failing due to the mineral pyrrhotite that could affect up to 35,000 homes in the area. That is why it is critical to make sure that all municipal, state, federal and private sector measures are taken to address this catastrophe. This week was another small ... Show Full Article

Rep. Tonko Issues Statement on House Vote on Election Security Funding
WASHINGTON, July 20 -- Rep. Paul D. Tonko, D-New York, issued the following statement after the House voted to reject on a motion restoring $380 million to help state and local election officials upgrade outdated voting technology, counter cyberattacks and address other election vulnerabilities:

The vote failed along strictly partisan lines, 182-232.

"With their vote today, Congressional Republicans put politics and allegiance to party over common sense and their duty to the American people. Our nation's top intelligence experts have been unanimous and clear: Russia continues to engage in active ... Show Full Article

Rep. Pelosi Issues Statement on House Vote on Funding Election Security
WASHINGTON, July 20 -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, issued the following statement after the House voted on a motion to restore funding for state election security grants:

"It seems that Putin is Trump's puppeteer, and that House Republicans have decided to join the charade.

"I salute Congressman Mike Quigley for his strong leadership in the Congress to secure our elections from the Russians' ongoing attacks. It is deeply disturbing that House Republicans chose to vote to pursue the President's Putin-first agenda, instead of protecting our democracy.

"The President and Republicans ... Show Full Article

Rep. Noem: Fighting for Farmers
WASHINGTON, July 20 -- Rep. Kristi Noem, R-South Dakota, issued the following column:

It's been a tough few years for agriculture. Between a drought, hail, and low prices, net farm income has been cut in half the last four years.

The Farm Bill was designed to provide a safety net for our food supply during stretches like this. In 2014, we approved a five-year Farm Bill, which offered strong crop insurance and livestock disaster programs for producers. That legislation is now up for renewal, which we're making steady progress on.

The House's updated Farm Bill incorporates reforms I helped write ... Show Full Article

Rep. Buck Issues Statement on Northern Integrated Supply Project
WASHINGTON, July 20 -- Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colorado, issued the following statement on the release of the final environmental impact statement for the Northern Integrated Supply Project:

After 15 years of wading through needless red tape in the federal permitting process, the completion of the FEIS marks a significant milestone.

"This is a great step forward for a very important project. For northern Colorado, proper water stewardship and storage is vital to our agriculture, recreation, and economy.

"While it's unfortunate that overly complex government permitting regulations have held up NISP ... Show Full Article

CBO Issues Cost Estimate for National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act
WASHINGTON, July 20 -- The Congressional Budget Office issued the following cost estimate:

H.R. 2345

National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018

As reported by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on July 18, 2018

H.R. 2345 would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to coordinate with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the Department of Health and Human Services to study and report on the feasibility of designating a N11 dialing code as a national suicide prevention and mental health ... Show Full Article