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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. Murkowski: New Legislation Would Provide Greater Fiscal Stability for the University of Alaska
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following news release:

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, last week introduced new legislation, the University of Alaska Fiscal Foundation Act, in both the Senate and House of Representatives. The legislation is supported by Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy, also R-Alaska, and would resolve the University of Alaska's (University) unfulfilled land grant to help it generate revenues that support its students and operations.

The University currently has one of the smallest land endowments--just ... Show Full Article

Rep. Stefanik Helps House Pass Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-New York, issued the following news release on Sept. 29:

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted today in favor of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, bipartisan legislation that she cosponsored. This bill establishes the Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority as a private, non-profit corporation responsible for developing and administering an anti-doping and medication control program for racehorses as well as their caretakers and trainers.

The Federal Trade Commission has oversight of the authority. This bill passed the House ... Show Full Article

Rep. Schiff Introduces Legislation Addressing Systemic Racism, Inequality in Health Care by Treating It As Civil Rights Issue
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-California, issued the following news release on Sept. 29:

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced the Equal Heath Care for All Act, to begin to address the systemic racism and inequality endemic to our health care system by - for the first time - treating equitable care as a civil rights issue.

This legislation would establish a legal definition of "inequitable health care," and create a formal structure to enforce the standard. It would establish a regulatory process to investigate complaints from patients, create a private right of action for ... Show Full Article

Rep. Lowenthal, House Colleagues, Human, Immigration Rights Orgs Urge New Acting ICE Director to End Southeast Asian American Deportations
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-California, issued the following news release on Sept. 29:

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today joined with 29 of his House colleagues in urging the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to end the detention and deportation of Southeast Asian refugees from Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

The letter to newly installed ICE Acting Director Tony Pham, which was also endorsed by nearly 30 human and immigration rights organizations, points out that hundreds of thousands of Southeast Asian refugees fled to the U.S. to seek freedom from ... Show Full Article

Rep. Gottheimer Celebrates WWII Veteran's 104th Birthday Newton Resident, U.S. Air Force Veteran Wally Atkinson Celebrates 104th Birthday
GLEN ROCK, New Jersey, Sept. 30 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release:

This weekend, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) honored local World War II U.S. Air Force veteran and Newton resident Walter "Wally" Atkinson in celebration of his 104th birthday and to thank him for his service during World War II.

"It's an absolute honor and privilege to celebrate Wally's birthday and to thank him for his service to our great country. I'm always lucky to be able to spend time with so many of our bravest veterans," said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). "It is our ... Show Full Article

House Energy & Commerce Committee: Bipartisan Emerging Tech Bill Passes House Unanimously
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The House Energy and Commerce Committee issued the following news release on Sept. 29:

Today, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass the American Competitiveness on More Productive Emerging Tech Economy (American COMPETE) Act. The bipartisan bill, led by Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Energy Subcommittee Chair Bobby Rush (D-IL), would work to speed up the development and deployment of emerging technologies to strengthen U.S. competitiveness, bolster our economy and national security, and ... Show Full Article

Chairman Graham Releases Information From DNI Ratcliffe on FBI's Handling of Crossfire Hurricane
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following news release on Sept. 29:

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today released a letter from Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe. DNI Ratcliffe responded to Graham's request for intelligence community information regarding the FBI's handling of Crossfire Hurricane.

DNI Ratcliffe provided the following declassified information to the committee:

- "In late July 2016, U.S. intelligence agencies obtained insight into Russian ... Show Full Article