Saturday - April 4, 2020
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.

Featured Stories

Sens. Markey, Blumenthal, Murphy Lead Colleagues in Calling for Strengthening Background Checks, New Federal Guidance Amidst Surge in Gun Sales
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release:

* * *

- Outline five key steps to ensure background checks don't fall through the cracks, records are appropriately maintained, safe home storage emphasized

* * *

Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) led thirteen of their colleagues in calling for strengthening background checks amidst a massive increase in gun sales during the coronavirus emergency. In a letter sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau for Alcohol, ... Show Full Article

Sen. Duckworth Speaks With Illinois Farm Bureau President About COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release:

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) recently spoke with Illinois Farm Bureau (ILFB) President Richard Guebert about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Duckworth and Guebert discussed how the CARES Act relief funding will benefit farmers across Illinois and the role of ILFB in educating their members about opportunities and challenges during this public health crisis.

"The strength of America's farmers reflects the strength of our nation," Duckworth said. "I had a productive discussion with the Illinois ... Show Full Article

Sen. Collins Announces Social Security Beneficiaries Will Receive Coronavirus Stimulus Rebate Checks Automatically
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, issued the following news release:

U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee, announced that Social Security beneficiaries will not be required to file a tax return in order to receive a rebate check under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Senator Collins strongly supported the policy released by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service that will make it easier for many seniors to obtain these targeted relief funds.

"Seniors ... Show Full Article

Rep. Tipton Secures Over $50 Million for Rural Transit Through CARES Act
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colorado, issued the following news release:

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced over $50 million dollars will be allocated to communities in Colorado's Third District and other rural parts of Colorado to assist in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The funds were made available after the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law late last week. Congressman Tipton (CO-03) outlined the necessity for rural areas to be included as the bill was crafted by legislators and has since pressed the ... Show Full Article

Rep. Moulton and Team Named Finalists for National Award for Outstanding Achievements in Constituent Service
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release:

The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) announced that Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA) and his team are finalists for the Democracy Awards, CMF's honors program recognizing performance within congressional offices. Moulton and his team were selected for Outstanding Achievement in Constituent Service, which recognizes offices for their outstanding practices or achievements acting as ombudsmen with the federal government or responding to constituent requests and inquiries.

Bradford Fitch, President ... Show Full Article

Rep. Foster Urges HHS to Rapidly Deploy COVID-19 Antibody Testing
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, issued the following news release:

This week, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL), Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA), and Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) led a bipartisan letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) in support of their efforts to encourage innovation in COVID-19 testing, and urging them to rapidly deploy COVID-19 antibody tests that have met accuracy and safety standards as rapidly and widely as possible.

Simple antibody tests have been developed ... Show Full Article

Rep. Brooks to Vice President Pence: Thanks for Stopping Giveaways of American Medical Supplies to Foreign Countries
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following news release:

Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence thanking him for placing a moratorium on shipments of medical supplies to foreign nations from the stockpile maintained by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) while a review of all U.S. aid procedures is undertaken. The letter also urges Vice President Pence to continue the moratorium until America has the capacity to produce enough personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical equipment to fill anticipated supply gaps ... Show Full Article