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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. Portman, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge President Biden to Keep Section 301 Tariffs in Place, Enforce Phase One Agreement With China
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release and letter on May 25, 2022:

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today led a bipartisan group of senators in sending a letter to President Biden urging him not to lift the Section 301 tariffs, which currently target China and their illegal and unfair trade practices. The Biden administration has publicly signaled a desire to lift the tariffs, a policy position long advocated for by the Chinese Communist Party. The Biden administration has also noted that China has failed to comply with provisions in the Phase One Agreement, ... Show Full Article

Sen. Grassley, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Help 1st Responders Access Key Health Insurance Benefit in Retirement
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release:

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) have introduced legislation that seeks to make it easier for retired first responders to take advantage of a benefit designed to help them cover health expenses.

Under the current system, health insurance payments are required to go directly from the pension plan to the health insurer for first responders to obtain the existing tax benefit. Their new bipartisan proposal would improve and reform the Healthcare ... Show Full Article

Sen. Feinstein Speaks on Uvalde School Shooting With ATF Director Nominee
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release on May 25, 2022:

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today spoke at a Judiciary Committee hearing with President Biden's nominee to serve as ATF Director, Steven Dettelbach, regarding yesterday's tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

"We know what protections work to stop these killings. For example, in the 10 years that the Assault Weapons Ban was in place, gun massacres dropped 37 percent. After the ban lapsed in 2004, gun massacres rose by 183 percent. There is simply no reason that average citizens ... Show Full Article

Sen. Cardin: Maryland Congressional Delegation Delivers More Than $198M in Federal Funding to Help Spur Economic Growth & Support Small Businesses Recovering From the Pandemic
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release on May 25, 2022:

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) today delivered $198,404,958 to spur economic growth and support small businesses in Maryland through the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Program. This Treasury Department program was reauthorized and expanded by the American Rescue Plan which the lawmakers fought to pass. The funds will be ... Show Full Article

Sen. Brown Pushing for Senate Vote on Historic Legislation Expanding Benefits for Veterans Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release:

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a news conference call to discuss the bipartisan deal reached by members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee on a legislative package to deliver comprehensive relief to all generations of veterans who have suffered due to toxic exposure, for the first time in the nation's history. Brown is the longest-serving Ohioan on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, and is pushing for an immediate Senate vote on the bipartisan package, which includes provisions Brown has ... Show Full Article

Rep. McCollum Statement on the 2nd Anniversary of George Floyd's Death
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minnesota, issued the following statement on May 25, 2022:

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Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) released the following statement on the second anniversary of George Floyd's murder at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020.

"Two years after George Floyd was brutally murdered by a Minneapolis Police officer, we remember his life and we continue to mourn for the loved ones and the community he left behind. The anniversary of his death is a reminder that the systemic racism and unacceptable disparities that persist in our society must be ... Show Full Article

Rep. Demings on New Police Announcement
ORLANDO, Florida, May 26 -- Rep. Val Demings, D-Florida, issued the following news release on May 25, 2022:

Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) commented on a new federal police initiative that would provide additional funding to police departments to implement programs supported by police and communities which would help keep officers and communities safe. Rep. Demings was the first female Chief of Police of Orlando, Florida.

Said Rep. Demings, "Today's announcement will have three clear effects: more resources for law enforcement, greater coordinated response to quality-of-life issues, and commitment ... Show Full Article