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Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Scott, Sen. Reed Lead Resolution Declaring April 2024 Financial Literacy Month
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following news release:

Ranking Member Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and fellow member of the Senate Banking Committee, Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), are leading a resolution to declare April 2024 as Financial Literacy Month. The senators are co-chairs of the Financial Literacy Caucus.

Recognized by the U.S. Senate since 2004, Financial Literacy Month is a national celebration of financial empowerment that raises awareness on the importance of financial education ... Show Full Article

Mast Demands FTC to Probe Temu For Its Alleged Ties To CCP
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, issued the following news release on April 16, 2024:

Today, U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL - 21) called on the Federal Trade Commission to probe the parent company of online retailer Temu over its ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

"Whether it's Tiktok or Temu, behind these friendly English words, hide three nefarious letters -- CCP," said Congressman Mast, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "We need to be clear, if you're a company operating within the U.S., you don't get to hide your links to the Chinese Communist Party. ... Show Full Article

Congresswoman Nancy Mace Introduces the Sue VOYEURS Act
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- Rep. Nancy Mace, R-South Carolina, issued the following news release on April 16, 2024:

Today, Congresswoman Nancy Mace (R-SC) announced the introduction of the Sue Victimizers and Offenders who Yield Explicit Unconsented Recordings Surreptitiously Act, also known as the Sue VOYEURS Act. This legislation aims to allow victims of video voyeurism to sue their offenders and prevent the unauthorized capture and sharing of intimate images and videos.

"Voyeurism violates people's privacy and dignity, and causes unimaginable trauma. This legislation is going to do something about ... Show Full Article

Congressional Research Service Issues In Focus White Paper on U.S. Army's Typhon Strategic Mid-Range Fires System
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- The Congressional Research Service issued the following In Focus white paper (No. IF12135) on April 16, 2024, by military ground forces specialist Andrew Feickert.

Here are excerpts:

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The U.S. Army's Typhon Strategic Mid-Range Fires (SMRF) System

What Is the Army's Strategic Mid-Range Fires (SMRF) System?

Reported improvements to Russian and Chinese artillery systems present a challenge to the U.S. Army. Improved longer-ranged artillery systems, new employment techniques for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and the proliferation of special munitions (such as precision, ... Show Full Article

Cartwright Champions Justice Department FY2025 Funding Increase in Support of Law Enforcement
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on April 16, 2024:

U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-08), a senior member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, welcomed and addressed U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland at today's House Appropriations Hearing on the proposed Justice Department's Fiscal Year 2025 budget request.

A transcript of Cartwright's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follows:

"Thank you, Chairman Mike Rogers, and I would like ... Show Full Article

Banks Introduces American Students First Act
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- Rep. Jim Banks, R-Indiana, issued the following news release on April 16, 2024:

Today, Rep. Jim Banks introduced the American Students First Act, legislation to prohibit the Education Department from allowing illegal immigrants to participate in the TRIO program, a collection of eight federally funded and administered college prep programs for low-income Americans, first generation college students, and students with disabilities.

You can find the full bill text here and coverage of the bill from Breitbart here (https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/04/15/exclusive-jim-banks-introduces-american-students-first-act-to-stop-joe-biden-from-expanding-college-prep-programs-to-illegal-aliens/).

Said ... Show Full Article

Balderson, Kelly Introduce Legislation to Combat Scams Targeting Seniors
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- Rep. Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release:

U.S. Representatives Troy Balderson (OH-12) and Robin Kelly (IL-2) introduced the Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams Act, legislation aimed at raising awareness for scams targeting older Americans.

The bill directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to update its web portal with information about scams targeting seniors. This portal would allow consumers to search for scams by region and access contact information for law enforcement and adult protective service agencies. It also directs FTC to work with ... Show Full Article