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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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Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer: Feds To Invest $715,000 Toward Proposed Move Of Mt. Hood Summit Rest Area
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 -- Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, issued the following news release on Jan. 30, 2023:

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer today announced the proposed relocation of the Mt. Hood Summit Rest Area on Highway 26 east of Government Camp has secured $715,000 in federal funds to study the move.

The resources from the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) follows a Oct. 7, 2021 letter that Wyden, Merkley and Blumenauer wrote to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg seeking the funds for more than two dozen organizations working closely with the ... Show Full Article

Sen. Crapo: Weekly Column - Leveraging The Skills Of Idaho's Military Servicemember
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 -- Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, issued the following column on Jan. 30, 2023:

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Leveraging The Skills Of Idaho's Military Servicemember

Supporting Idaho servicemen and women during their transition from military service back to civilian life is a meaningful way to help launch these dedicated men and women into the next phase of their lives to Idaho's great benefit. I have been a longtime advocate for more seamlessly connecting military servicemembers with Idaho employers. The recently enacted Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) takes a big step ... Show Full Article

Sen. Cantwell: 16 WA Communities Will Get DOT Funding To Help Reverse The Increase In Traffic Fatalities
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 -- Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, issued the following news release:

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, announced that 16 Washington communities will receive federal grants to help reverse the statewide increase in traffic fatalities. The Department of Transportation has awarded a total of $9,198,763 to communities in the State of Washington through the Safe Streets for All program.

"There were 745 fatalities on roads in the State of Washington in 2022, the most in more than 30 years," said Senator ... Show Full Article

Hawley Introduces Bill to Protect Families from Big Pharma, Cap Insulin Prices
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following news release:

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced the Cap Insulin Prices Act, new legislation to reduce the price of insulin and protect families from Big Pharma.

"Insulin was discovered more than a century ago, yet too Americans who rely on it have difficulty paying for it," said Senator Hawley. "The price of insulin is straining household budgets - at a time when inflation is already squeezing families - which can lead to rationing, and even the need for more expensive treatments down the line. Patients and their ... Show Full Article

Ernst Calls Out Potential Federal Fraudsters for Double Dipping on the Dole While on the Unemployment Roll
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release:

Over the last few years, while Iowa business owners and working families faced economic uncertainty, federal employees were fortunate to have the reliability of a government paycheck. Despite this, tens of thousands of federal employees applied for and received financial aid intended for small businesses. In addition, thousands of active federal employees may havefalsely claimed they lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic, in order to be paid twice by taxpayers.

Staff from numerous government agencies, including ... Show Full Article

Congressman Wesley Hunt Condemns Terrorist Attack On Synagogue In Jerusalem
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 -- Rep. Wesley Hunt, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Jan. 30, 2023:

Congressman Wesley Hunt strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem. "On Holocaust Remembrance Day, a synagogue in Jerusalem was attacked by a Palestinian terrorist. Worshippers celebrating the Jewish Sabbath were butchered. Why?

Because they were Jewish. All leaders must, in the strongest terms, condemn attacks against Israel and the Jewish people. Emily and I are praying for the victims, their families, and for the people of Israel.

"Today, we should be honoring the ... Show Full Article

Congressional Research Service: 'United Arab Emirates - Issues for U.S. Policy' (Part 2 of 2)
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 -- The Congressional Research Service issued the following report (No. RS21852) on Jan. 30, 2023, entitled "The United Arab Emirates: Issues for U.S. Policy:"

(Continued from Part 1 of 2)

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Foreign Policy and Defense Issues

The United States is arguably the UAE's most important security partner (see below). U.S. troops are stationed on Emirati soil (at the invitation of the UAE government); the UAE military procures sophisticated U.S. military equipment; and the security partnership has been, since 1994, delineated by a "Defense Cooperation Agreement" that promotes ... Show Full Article