Wednesday - February 19, 2020
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. Tester Demands Administration Reverse Course, Protect Montanans With Pre-Existing Conditions in Budget
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 -- Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, issued the following news release:

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- Trump budget fully funds lawsuit attacking protections for Montanans with pre-existing conditions

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U.S. Senator Jon Tester sent a letter with 46 of his colleagues to President Donald Trump urging him to direct the Department of Justice (DOJ) to protect the law of the land, which provides health care coverage protections for Americans with pre-existing medical conditions.

The Administration's Fiscal Year 2021 proposed budget continues to fund the DOJ's efforts in Texas v. United States to repeal ... Show Full Article

Sen. Inhofe Issues Statement on Waterways Council Leadership Service Award
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 -- Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, issued the following statement receiving the 19th Annual Leadership Service Award from the Waterways Council, for his leadership and commitment to inland waterways:

"Waterways are a vital and often unseen mode of our nation's infrastructure," Inhofe said. "I am proud to highlight how waterways complement road and bridge infrastructure, driving economic expansion and job growth in communities across Oklahoma that will last for years to come. Just look at the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS) in my state of Oklahoma: ... Show Full Article

Sen. Brown Applauds More Than $9 Million for Energy Projects Across Ohio
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release:

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- Funds will Support Projects on Energy Efficiency, Innovative Manufacturing

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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a total of $9,444,330 in advanced manufacturing grant funds to four Ohio businesses and institutions. The projects will center on innovations for manufacturing advanced materials, lowering thermal budget processes to increase industrial efficiency and productivity, and creating flexible and efficient facilities and energy systems. ... Show Full Article

Rep. Moore Issues Statement on Domestic Violence Incident
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 -- Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement after the murder of a Milwaukee mother and her two daughters during a domestic violence incident:

"As a mother and grandmother, my heart breaks over these tragic losses. Sending my prayers to the family of Amarah, Zaniya and Camaria, who are processing this unimaginable pain. Domestic violence is a stain on society that makes homes less safe, and leaves women and children to endure the trauma and pain from this crisis. Last year in Milwaukee, 1 in 5 homicides were connected to domestic violence. I hope this tragedy ... Show Full Article

Rep. Cicilline: Rhode Island Leaders Call on Mitch McConnell to Stop Blocking Legislation That Cracks Down on Big Pharma
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 -- Rep. David Cicilline, D-Rhode Island, issued the following news release:

U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI-01) and Rhode Island State Senator Louis DiPalma (D-12) visited the Middletown Senior Center to talk about their work to lower the high cost of prescription drugs.

"Americans pay more for prescription drugs than anyone else in the world. We need to do more to make sure working people can get the medicine they need at an affordable cost. That's exactly why the House passed the Lower Drug Costs Now Act last December," said Cicilline. "President Trump and Mitch ... Show Full Article

Rep. Brindisi Visits Lockheed Martin to Announce Critical Dollars for Defense Programs Built At Southern Tier Lockheed Martin Facility
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 -- Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-New York, issued the following news release:

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- Congressman Fought to Authorize Millions in Funds for Programs Supported by Lockheed Martin's Owego Plant

- Brindisi: This is a big victory for the Central New York and the Southern Tier

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Congressman Anthony Brindisi, a key member of the House Armed Services Committee, visited Lockheed Martin's Owego plant. Following his visit, Brindisi announced crucial investment and key victories for Upstate New York in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

"The workers at this facility ... Show Full Article

CBO Issues Cost Estimate for Veterans Improved Access & Care Act
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 -- The Congressional Budget Office issued the following cost estimate for the Veterans Improved Access and Care Act (S. 450):

S. 450 would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to include information about the time it takes VA to recruit and hire medical staff in a quarterly report on staffing and vacancies that the department provides under current law.

The bill also would decrease the frequency--from semiannual to annual--of a report from the VA Inspector General on departmental staffing.

CBO does not expect that those changes would affect the costs to prepare ... Show Full Article