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Smith Selected to Lead Ways and Means Tax Subcommittee
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release:

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) has been selected to serve as Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, previously known as the Subcommittee on Tax Policy, which has jurisdiction over federal tax legislation and oversees tax policy implementation by the Internal Revenue Service.

From Congressman Smith:

"I am honored to lead the important work of the tax subcommittee on behalf of my Republican colleagues," said Congressman Smith. "My priority will always be to fight ... Show Full Article

Sens. Cruz, Cornyn Praise White House Announcement of Texas Judicial Nominees
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and John Cornyn, R-Texas, issued the following statements after President Trump announced his intention to nominate Wes Hendrix to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Lubbock, Mark Pittman to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Fort Worth and Sean Jordan for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Plano:

"I was happy to recommend Wes, Mark, and Sean to the President," Sen. Cruz said. "They each bring to the bench a proven record of professionalism and excellence. I commend the ... Show Full Article

Senator Markey Joins Senator Tina Smith, Colleagues to Introduce Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- The office of Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release:

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- Senators Want to Make Sure Federal Contract Workers Hurt by Shutdown Receive Their Paychecks

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Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.), along with her colleagues Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), introduced legislation to secure back pay for the federal contractor employees who continue to go without pay during the current government shutdown.

The bill--the Fair Compensation for Low-Wage ... Show Full Article

Sen. Barrasso: Andrew Wheeler Has Done an Outstanding Job Leading EPA
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following remarks:

Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), delivered the following remarks at a hearing on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

For more information on Wheeler's testimony click here. (

Senator Barrasso's remarks:

"Today, we ... Show Full Article

Rep. Latta Authors Resolution to Honor Gold Star Families
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following news release:

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has introduced a resolution, H.Res. 39, honoring Gold Star Families by designating March 2, 2019 as "Gold Star Families Remembrance Day." The resolution would honor and recognize the sacrifices made by the families of military members who gave their lives to defend freedom and protect America.

This March 2 will be the 90th anniversary of President Calvin Coolidge signing legislation to approve and fund the first Gold Star pilgrimage, enabling Gold Star families to travel ... Show Full Article

Pelosi Sends Letter to President Trump Concerning the State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, issued the following news release:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent the following letter today to President Trump suggesting that the delivery of the State of the Union address to a Joint Session of Congress be delayed until government re-opens.

In the letter, the Speaker wrote "The U.S. Secret Service was designated as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising, and implementing security for National Special Security Events by Public Law 106-544, December 19, 2000. However, both the U.S. Secret Service ... Show Full Article

Cornyn Honors Southwest's Herb Kelleher on Senate Floor
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, issued the following news release:

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) posthumously honored the life and legacy of Herb Kelleher, the co-founder of Southwest Airlines, on the Senate floor.

Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn's floor remarks are below, and video can be found here (

"I want to share a few words about the passing of one of the airline industry's most unconventional and most successful executives."

"He was known for his gregarious personality, his incredible work ethic, and his penchant for the nontraditional."

"I ... Show Full Article