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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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Sens. Padilla, Feinstein to Interior: Don't Weaken Oversight of Oil, Gas Drilling in Santa Barbara County
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- Sen. Alex Padilla, D-California, issued the following news release on Oct. 26, 2021:

U.S. Senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) today called on the Department of the Interior to withdraw its draft General Conservation Plan for oil and gas drilling in Santa Barbara County and instead continue to utilize existing project-specific Habitat Conservation Plans.

Proceeding with the Interior Department's draft plan may lead to insufficient information about how proposed oil and gas projects may adversely affect health and the environment, including harm to ... Show Full Article

Sens. Murkowski, Sullivan Introduce Bill to Establish Offshore Revenue Sharing for Alaska
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following news release on Oct. 26, 2021:

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-AK, today introduced legislation to provide for equitable revenue sharing from energy production and development in Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf.

The bill, Alaska Offshore Parity Act, will facilitate the establishment of a revenue sharing program for Alaska to provide parity with onshore and offshore development in the outer Continental Shelf. This program will provide support for onshore infrastructure for coastal communities, mitigation ... Show Full Article

Sen. Tester Secures $32,500 for Lincoln County Libraries Foundation to Close Digital Divide
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, issued the following news release:

As a part of his continued effort to connect rural Montana to high-speed internet, address technology needs, and improve digital literacy, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced $32,500 in American Rescue Plan funding to Lincoln County Libraries Foundation in Libby, Montana to advance digital inclusion in the rural communities of Libby, Eureka, and Troy and in more remote, unincorporated areas of Lincoln County.

Tester was the only member of Montana's Congressional delegation to support the American Rescue ... Show Full Article

Sen. Risch Joins Hagerty, Colleagues in Introducing Legislation to Protect U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following news release on Oct. 26, 2021:

U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) and 33 Republican colleagues in introducing the Upholding the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Law Act of 2021, a bill to protect the full and faithful implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 and block the Biden Administration's efforts to subvert the law.

"I am disappointed in the Biden Administration's ... Show Full Article

Sen. Inhofe Questions Top Pentagon Policy Official About the Number of Americans Abandoned in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release:

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today questioned Colin Kahl, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, about how many Americans remain in Afghanistan following the Biden Administration's disastrous non-combatant evacuation operation ending August 31:

Inhofe: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. One of the many confusing things about this whole thing is that we really don't know how many Americans were left in Afghanistan. The administration's number of U.S. citizens ... Show Full Article

Reps. Costa, Plaskett Issue Statement After Joint Hearing on 21st Century Advancements & Applications in Agricultural Biotechnology
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- Rep. Jim Costa, D-California, chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, and Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-Virgin Islands, chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research, issued the following statement on Oct. 26, 2021, after a joint hearing entitled "Agricultural Biotechnology: 21st Century Advancements and Applications":

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"Today's hearing highlighted the important innovations in agriculture that can help address some of the largest threats that face our world," said Chair Costa. "Having a resilient food ... Show Full Article

Del. Plaskett Issues Opening Statement at Hearing 21st Century Advancements & Applications in Agricultural Biotechnology
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- Rep. Stacey Plaskett, D-Virgin ISlands, chairwoman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research, issued the following opening statement at an Oct. 26, 2021, joint hearing with Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture entitled "Agricultural Biotechnology: 21st Century Advancements and Applications":

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Hello, and welcome to what is sure to be an informative hearing today as we discuss the advancements and applications of agricultural biotechnology.

Thank you, Mr. Costa, Chair of the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture ... Show Full Article